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Let Your Jack Russell Be the Dog That it Is

Posted on: October 29, 2008

There are a number of things that can be done in order to prevent your Jack Russell Terrier form becoming a negatively aggressive danger to you and the people in your home. The biggest item to do is lower your expectations. The dog is not going to be perpetually silent, sit perfectly straight and upright in a chair and have afternoon tea with you. He’s a dog, let him be a dog. One of the biggest causes of grief for owners is trying to impose some type of human standard of manners onto your dog.

Your dog is going to chew. If he’s a puppy he will begin teething and chew even more. If he has nothing to chew on other than your $900 Italian shoes, well, that was your fault. In order to allow your dog to explore its natural behavior and still save your home and belongings; you need to use proper training in a patient, firm and consistent manner.

Provide objects that you dog can chew on and remind him what is appropriate for him to chew on and what is not. Be sure that you are the one consistently providing the approved chewing devices and giving the frequent reminders. An important point in training often over looked by the average pet owner is to train him not to chew or mouth human skin. This type of conditioning can prevent a potentially serious injury in extreme circumstances later on down the road and could save you bite marks and scratches.

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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