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Your Jack Russell Puppy Care Checklist - Jack Russell Crazy Issue #20
July 05, 2011
Training tips! Free Recipes! Contests!.
In this issue, we are going to cover 3 principles for training success with your JRT--taken as an excerpt from my e-book. Also, I will share with you a drool-worthy yet healthy snack treat that you can make for your JRTs that will floor them!!! Finally, the details of the first Jack Russell lover photo contest will be discussed.
Excerpt From My Book: I discuss the first three of 9 Essential Principles of The Right Training Attitude
Right, now before we get into any specific techniques, we need to lay out the attitude that you personally need to take towards training. Trust me: success or failure all starts in your head. Your dog is more in tune to your emotions than you might believe. If you try to train half-heartedly, or you doubt a technique you’re trying is going to work, then guess what? It’s not going to work. Your dog can feel that you don’t believe in yourself, and she won’t believe in you as a result. Your success with training your Jack Russell will depend first and foremost on how well you apply these principles.
Principle #1 – It’s not the dog’s fault she’s not a human. Yes, I know Jack Russells can be cheeky little devils. I know sometimes you think they are doing something they know they shouldn’t be doing, just to get a reaction. Sometimes they are, and I’ll show you how to deal with those habitual line-steppers. But the point is, they don’t know any better until you put the rules in place.
This book is all about positive training. That means, no harsh punishments for bad behavior. There is a place for punishments, but we’ll discuss that later – and they probably aren’t the kind of punishments you’re used to. For now, just understand that the best results come from rewarding good behavior (positive reinforcement), not punishing bad behavior. This is the basis of positive training (and yes, I know this isn't a technical term, but it's useful for the way I talk about training, so I use it).
Principle #2 – There’s no such thing as a free treat. Make your dog work for every little treat she gets from now on. I know it’s tempting to pamper your pet, but in reality if you spoil her too much she will begin to get an inflated ego. She’ll start to think she’s higher than you in the pack order – and then you won’t have a chance of getting her to obey you. Which leads to principle #3.
Principle #3 – You must be in charge. You must be the leader. Now, this is an idea that gets kicked around a lot in dog training talk these days. Cesar Milan of Dog Whisperer fame has done a lot to popularize the idea of being the “pack leader.” Now this is a good rule to follow, but if you take the wrong approach to it with a naturally assertive kind of dog like a Jack Russell, it’s likely to backfire. I’m going to explain the right approach to becoming your dog’s pack leader. You can't be a tyrant – you have to be the team captain.
More Info on Jack Russell Puppy Raising and Training
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Feeding your JRT a home-made treat
Here is a delicious recipe gleaned from All Recipes that I wanted to share with you. Try it out and let me know if your dogs give it two paws up :) Bella and Runty devoured these with relish and gusto that they've never shown for store bought biscuits. Pumpkin is very beneficial for pooches as it is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants. Pumpkin is often prescribed by vets for intestinal maladies and it helps to regulate your pup.
Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff. Roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick roll. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 35 minutes.
If you are looking for more info on home-made dog food and treats, Dr. Miller has many years of experience as a vet and provides almost 250 recipes which he has tested on his own dogs...so you know they are tried and true!
Anyway, if you want to check out Dr. Miller's website Click Here!
We absolutely love receiving photos of your JRTs. That's why we are holding our first ever cute JRT contest. Send us your most adorable JRT photos with a brief explanation of who your JRT is and what your JRT is doing/thinking/scheming about in the picture. The winner will be announced on July 20th, will be featured on our homepage, and will receive a free JRT tote bag from our new JRT Amazon Store. Submit your photos here!
'Til Next Time...
Take care - and take care of your JRT!
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