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Your Jack Russell Puppy Care Checklist - Jack Russell Crazy Issue #18
May 18, 2011

Jack Russell Puppy Checklist: Supplies, Care and Training Tips

Owning a JRT puppy for the first time is challenging, even if you've owned dogs before. They're unique as a breed and require a unique approach. With a new pup you'll be facing all sorts of issues like toilet training, nipping problems and general obedience.

The good thing is, you're starting from scratch – your puppy hasn't had time to pick up bad behaviors and turn them into habits. That makes it much easier to train the right way, the first time.

In this issue I'm going to cover:

  • What you need to buy for a puppy
  • Puppy proofing your home
  • The essentials of training you should cover at the beginning
  • A few mindset tips for dealing with JRT pups

Puppy Supplies

To look after and train your puppy properly, you need a few supplies. The main ones are:

  • A crate
  • A puppy pen
  • Food and water bowls (solid, not cheap plastic)
  • Collar
  • Leashes (long, short and retractable)
Crates and puppy pens are handing for stopping accidents in the house and destructive behavior when you can't be around to supervise. Collars and leashes, of course, are necessary for walks and for a lot of training techniques. Don't only use a retractable leash – you need to have fixed-length leashes for some training exercises to work properly.

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Puppy Proofing Your Home

It's important to take steps to make sure your house is puppy-friendly. This means making sure there's nothing that could lead to your puppy being harmed. Think about these factors:

  • Is your fence line secure – no holes in the fence?
  • Do you have exposed wires the puppy might chew on?
  • Are there chemicals or poisons lying around that the puppy can reach?
Make sure you keep any dangerous substances well away from puppy level. Keep your fence line secure and tape wires and cords up to a wall out of the puppy's reach.

Training Essentials for Puppies

When it comes to the first few months of training, you should focus on keeping things fun. Play lots of games, and don't get stressed out if the pup doesn't make much progress. Often, a lot of what you teach in the first month or two end sup getting forgotten during adolescence (starting at about 4-5 months old) anyway.

That doesn't mean you shouldn't start training until your pup hits 4-5 months old. You should start from the day you bring the pup home. But keep it simple. Work on these commands first and foremost:

  • Sit
  • Stay
  • Come
  • Give
  • Drop It
  • Leave It
  • The word "No"
Those will help you set a good foundation for obedience.

Mindsets and Principles

When you're dealing with a JRT puppy, you need to have your head in the game – otherwise you'll go crazy. Here are a couple of tips and guidelines for making sure you approach raising your puppy with the right mindset.

  • You have to be the leader. Dogs look for a leader to follow – becoming the pack leader allows you to create obedience easily.
  • Don't act as if your dog is human – learn the nature of dogs, especially Jack Russells, and treat your pup accordingly.
  • Pups will make mistakes – it's not the end of the world. Keep your training positive and don't use punishments – they can damage your bond with your dog and generally don't work to change behavior anyway

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The Jack Russell Lover Community

As always, it's great to see more people contributing their JRT stories, questions, answers and photos to the community. You can have your say on one of these pages:
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'Til Next Time...

Take care - and take care of your JRT!

Any comments on this issue, or ideas for upcoming issues of the E-Zine? Don't hesitate to contact me. Simply reply to this email. Your question may even be featured in an upcoming issue of the newsletter!

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Thanks for reading and best wishes,

Tom McSherry

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