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Common Behavioural Characteristics Of A Jack Russell Terrier

Common Behavioural Characteristics Of A Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Behaviour – The Good

Jack Russells are known for their tremendous personalities. They are tremendously sweet and social, demonstrating great affection and warmth for their owners. They’re known for their warm greetings and lifelong loyalty. These dogs love to stay active and play and bore easily when they remain still. They exude so much excitement, in fact, that they are incredibly amusing to watch as they dig their phantom holes and run in endless circles.

Jack Russell Behaviour – The Bad

Like any dog, the Jack Russell has a few unattractive characters as well. Jacks were bred to hunt and as a result can occasional be somewhat aggressive toward other dogs. In addition, they can be quite fearless when it comes to confrontation, which is sometimes a problem when facing bigger dogs. Likewise, while they are extremely loyal, they can be over-protective of their owners if they sense any threat from other dogs.

Improving Their Behavior

Even in light of these negative characteristics, the Jack’s positive traits tend to overshadow the bad. Furthermore, all of these negative attributes can be corrected through training and as long as you spend time with your pet you’ll be able to promote more of the good tendencies and less of the bad ones.

For training to be effective owners need time, patience and-most of all-consistency. You need to start moulding your dog from an early age – like the rest of us, once habits have been learned they’re much harder to unlearn. Start training from the first day you get your Jack Russell puppy, as this will maximize your dog’s chances of developing a temperament that both he and you can be proud of.

The Significance Of Positive Reinforcement

The secret to stopping (and encouraging) any Jack Russell behavior starts and ends with positive reinforcement. This means that you praise good behaviour and ignore the bad, and punishing your dog when he misbehaves isn’t always the way to go. Remember that Jacks love attention, even the attention they get when being punished. So if your Jack misbehaves the best thing for you to do is ignore him and only give him attention when he’s earned it through good deeds. They’ll soon learn to associate good behaviour with reward and bad behaviour with nothing, and that could easily be all they need to start forming a habit.

Being Head Of The House

Be sure to assert your dominance early, before your dog becomes under the illusion that he makes the rules and can be as disobedient as he likes. The best way for your dog to learn his role is by feeding him after you eat and only greeting him when you want to. Soon your dog will understand his status within the house and should be responsive of your commands.

Certainly, however, there some dogs need professional assistance. Most of the time obedience classes can work wonders for young dogs, while owners of misbehaving older dogs may need to speak a behavioral specialist, depending on the severity of his habits.

In brief, while Jack Russell behavior may present certain challenges, proper training can address most of these issues. If you want your dog to have the best temperament possible then make sure to elicit those behaviours from him and prevent the bad, and with careful training and plenty of love and care you’ll have a dog that will make a fantastic family pet.