The lively little Jack Russell Terrier - affectionately also called "Jacky" - is usually endowed with a very friendly character, but also has a good portion of hunting instinct, a very great need for employment and a small stubborn who likes to come out. It is therefore not so well suited for beginners, but better suited for people with dog experience.
Jack Russell Terrier: Advanced Education
The Jack Russell Terrier is a dog that sometimes tests its limits and follows its own will. This is not because he wants to annoy you, but because this breed of dog was bred to work independently. The terriers are hunting dogs, which with their small stature and short legs fit into the burrow of wild animals, should track them down and chase them away. Jack Russell Terrier was also bred a property that is called "predator sharpness" in the hunter's terminology. This means a basic willingness to also kill hunted game. Since the hunters cannot follow the dogs into the burrow, the terriers have to decide independently whether to scare away or kill the game.
Even if today's Jack Russell Terriers are no longer kept exclusively as hunting dogs, you still have a strong hunting instinct and a strong attachment. In addition, there is often a certain protective instinct that can become self-sufficient in the event of poor upbringing. The dog's vigilance also requires special attention, because after all it should not become a barker. For the education of the Jack Russell Terrier, more applies than with other dog breeds: Be consistent, clear and patient.
You won't get far with hard words or violence with the Jacky, he has to come to the conclusion that it is more worthwhile for him to listen to you than to follow his own head. Therefore, start the education on the first day after your puppy's arrival. In the beginning, we recommend several short training sessions in order not to overwhelm the dog. Work with rewards if he did something right. If he did something wrong, stop training and say "No" or "Off". Combine negative and positive reinforcement, but avoid drastic penalties and aversive training methods.
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Tips for working with the young Jacky
With basic commands and socialization, it is important that you proceed consistently from the start. In addition, the whole family should pull together when it comes to teaching the dog what it can and cannot do.
From an early age, you should work with the dog to ensure that the commands of its owners are more important than its desire to hunt. Otherwise, the walks with him later could be a difficult affair. You can find more tips for training young dogs in our guide "Avoiding mistakes in puppy training: 6 no-gos".
Posture and dog sport for the Jack Russell Terrier
A good upbringing should go hand in hand with this dog with sufficient capacity and optimal housing conditions. The four-legged friend needs a lot of exercise, has to be occupied with games and training for the head and should also be best encouraged and encouraged in dog sports. If the Jack Russell Terrier is balanced, he learns faster, is more cooperative and calmer in the house.
Simple stick or ball throwing is usually too boring for the Jacky, and he also has a tendency to develop addictive behavior in such games. Dog sports that he can do together with his caregiver are better, for example:
● Nose work and hidden object games
● Trickdogging (teaching the dog tricks)
● Dog dancing