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5 Tips to Stop Problem Behaviors - Jack Russell Crazy Issue #17
April 26, 2011

Tips to Deal with 5 Common JRT Problem Behaviors

When it comes to training your Jack, often your biggest concern is how to stop one or two particularly annoying behaviors. This issue of the ezine contains some practical tips to stop or prevent five extremely common JRT problem behaviors: digging, excessive barking, toilet training problems, nipping and overexcitement.

1. Digging

Digging is a common issue in Jacks. Because they worn bred to hunt animals that live in burrows like foxes and rabbits, they have a natural instinct to dig holes. If you have a garden at home this can be particularly annoying.

One simple technique for discouraging digging is to teach the dog not to by catching him in the act. Organize a situation where the dog can dig, but isnít aware youíre watching. Perhaps let him run around outside while you watch through a window or from around a corner.

As soon as you see him starting to dig, interrupt him with a loud noise and call him to you. (Simple commands, like the recall, make it much easier to stop some problem behaviours).

This tip is handy for stopping a dig from digging, but it may not prevent the behaviour when youíre not around to give commands. My ebook contains some effective positive training techniques which will teach your dog to stop digging whether youíre around or not.

2. Barking

Excessive barking in a dog can be stressful for you as the owner and for neighbours. Again, the behaviour comes from the breed history. When the dogs went down a fox hole, they needed to bark so that the hunter could keep track of the dog while it was underground. This, of course, is not such a useful behaviour for a house pet.

There are a couple of options to get barking under control. The first thing you need to recognize is that dogs bark for many different reasons Ė sometimes fear and anxiety, sometimes frustration, sometimes excitement.

If you can identify what it is in the environment that is causing your dog to bark Ė being able to seeing other dogs being walked through the front window, for instance Ė you can immediately find an easy way to reduce or get rid of the problem altogether.

3. Toilet training trouble

One of the most frustrating problems you can have with a dog is difficulty with toilet training. Sometimes itís a new puppy that doesnít seem to get it Ė sometimes an older dog will backslide and start having accidents for no apparent reason.

First you have to understand that sometimes this isnít a training issue. Especially if your dog is getting old, it may be a sign of a health problem, so if you suspect this might be the cause you need to see a vet. If a vet confirms thereís nothing physically wrong with the dog, there are a few things you can try.

You need to use the correct toilet training process Ė or repeat it, if it hasnít been effective yet. Remember this process takes time. Always take the dog outside straight after a meal or drink, and donít let him back in until he does his business. Take him outside as much as possible Ė as much as you need to prevent accidents.

Always take him outside first thing in the morning and before bed at night. Accidents are often a result of the dog not having enough opportunity to get outside, and too many accidents leads to a bad habit of going inside. The correct treatment is to re-train with the right toilet training process.

4. Nipping

Nipping is a common problem behaviour in puppies, but if itís not trained out at an early age it can pass through to adulthood. If you get onto it early enough, itís fairly enough to nip this one in the bud.

The best way to achieve this is through use of the ďmuzzle hold.Ē To perform this you simply wrap your hand around the pupís muzzle when he gets bitey. Your grip should be firm, but donít apply so much pressure you hurt the dog. The idea is not to punish, but simply to let the dog know the action is not acceptable.

The hold should be accompanied by a firm ďNo.Ē If you were playing a game, ended it as soon as the pup starts nipping. Itís important to avoid giving positive attention to a pup when heís displaying a negative behaviour.

5. Overexcitement

Jack Russells are known for being highly excitable dogs. This is their nature, and you canít change the basic nature of a dog. However, there are some techniques you can use to help reduce the problems related to having a hyper Jack.

One tip is to reduce your dogís level of stimulation. I often say dogs need lots of mental and physical stimulation, so how can I also say they need less stimulation? Let me clarify. Your dog needs physical and mental stimulation in the form of exercise (walking) and games and training. But some stimulation, like vigorous petting, fast and loud talking, and other exciting things in the environment, will only serve to make your Jack even more hyper.

Those other things mentioned here are also important for reducing overexcitement: exercise, physical and mental. A good long walk is important for tiring your Jack out and burning up some of that pent-up energy.

Mental exercise, in the form of games and training, is the other crucial part of the equation to keep the dogís curious mind occupied and out of trouble.

More Information on Having a Better Behaved JRT

The Jack Russell Loverís Ultimate Guide to Training contains a wealth of information on basic training and stopping all the most common problem behaviours Jack owners face.

It comes complete with trouble-shooting tips and alternative methods Ė because every dog is different. It also includes plenty of tricks, games and ideas for Jack Russell sports. Watch this video now to learn more about what you and your Jack can get out of this guide.

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'Til Next Time...

Take care - and take care of your JRT!

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Thanks for reading and best wishes,

Tom McSherry

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