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Breaking the Barriers of Your Jack Russell’s Freedom

Posted on: October 29, 2008

Now you’ve brought this little savage beast into your home and suddenly everything is off-limits, also there’s no communication between them and any other animal or person. Your home environment appears be the same as any other number of places they’ve ever been, but for some reason they’re not allowed to do or be anything other than a statue that used to be a dog.

Scolding a dog for their natural behavior will only confuse them and creates an environment where the dog may be very unhappy. Once used to your home a Jack considers you to be a part of his pack. Whether or not he thinks he’s the head of the pack is another story. A properly trained Jack should be able to have some fun and still recognize that you are the alpha leader. Even when he does recognize you as the boss, he still doesn’t understand why he can’t play with you the way he would with any other member of his pack.

Denying your dog to behave in any form that is natural to a dog will only create more confusion and frustration. The frustration will grow and eventually the positive aggression traits that were previously shown, (and you’ve trained out of him) will develop into negative aggression in terms of being cross or frustrated with the people and places surrounding them. In his heart your dog wants to escape. This is when your dog may become a danger to you as well as other people or pets in the household. He will begin to see them as barriers to his own freedom and his ability to interact and communicate with the world around him

Kellie Rainwater loves her Jack Russell Terrier, Trixie, so much that she co-authored the book, “The Jack Russell Terrier: Canine Companion or Demon Dog.” You can find this book and other Jack Russell toys, jewelry, and merchandise that is branded with the face of this tenacious canine at


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