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Your Jack Russell Puppy Care Checklist - Jack Russell Crazy Issue #21
August 04, 2011
Training tips! Contests!.
In this issue, we are going to give a few pointers on separation anxiety, something many JRTs exhibit. An article about keeping a JRT puppy diary is also included. The details of the August, Jack Russell lover photo contest will be discussed.
As most owners already know, the Jack Russell Terrier is a social animal; an animal that would live in packs should it be left in the wild. Since JRTs are generally kept as pets though, the family around them becomes their pack – meaning that they are an integral part of their social behavior. This means that should the “pack” suddenly disappear, then anxiety can occur.
When a dog’s pack disappears, some JRTs feel like they have been left alone to fend for themselves and may panic. They don’t have the where-with-all to realize straight away that you will return, so they believe that they have suddenly lost one of the most important aspects of their life. Beyond psychological discomfort, this can unfortunately lead to a number of destructive behaviors, such as the “digging” of carpet near to doors, destruction of property, and sometimes even urinating or pooping in the house.
Separation anxiety in Jack Russell Terriers is something that must be tackled as soon as possible. There are a number of different solutions to the problem of separation anxiety though, with the most common discussed below…
Create a Comfortable Environment
When looking to combat separation anxiety in JRTs, the most important thing is to ensure that they have everything that they need to be comfortable while you are away. This means that they should have sufficient water and also a place to go to get away from it all, such as a bed hidden under the stairs. It is also important to leave a number of different stimuli in the house, which can include leaving toys scattered around or even leaving the television on to keep them company – they often find the sound of a human voice to be comforting.
Drop your Intensity
Dog owners often can’t help but make a fuss of their dog when they leave the house, but what they don’t understand is that this only increases the chances of separation anxiety in Jack Russell Terriers. By getting them excited, they miss you that much more when you do go, so try to make leaving the house a process without fanfare. In fact, the best way to leave is to simply ignore the dog – this will make you feel bad for a while but will be infinitely better for your Jack Russell’s mental health.
There’s no point in expecting your Jack Russell Terrier to immediately allow you to go out for hours on end without suffering from separation anxiety. That is why it is important to treat separation anxiety in Jack Russell Terriers in stages. You should first only go out for a minute or so and then return before the anxiety kicks in. You should then lengthen this period over time, therefore showing your pooch that you always return and that there is nothing to be concerned about! Also, reward your JRT when you return if they have behaved, but never scold them if they have caused damage through their anxiety.
Keeping a JRT Puppy Diary
Keeping a Jack Russell Terrier puppy diary is something that can ensure that memories are retained, but there are also some important practical reasons to keep one as well.
Keeping a Jack Russell Terrier puppy diary isn’t difficult at all, as it is also identical to the keeping of your own diary. There is no need to fill it in every single day and to document what your dog ate and toys he played with, but it should be used to document all of the important moments and all of the details that you will want to remember for the rest of your life.
For this reason, you may want to buy an attractive journal where you can write to your heart's content and have room to include photos as well. You will be able to look back fondly at how adorable your puppy was and how much he has grown since you first got him. You can also look back at all the wonderful memories your JRT brought to your family including vacations you took with him, funny things he did, his unique quirks, how he interacted with various family members and friends, etc.
The Serious Side
Although most people keep a Jack Russell Terrier puppy diary so that they can remember all of the different memories, it is also a great way to document important information regarding your puppy. Perhaps the best example of this is using the Jack Russell Terrier puppy diary to write down the different dates that the puppy had its vaccinations – therefore meaning that there will be no confusion and that any future vaccinations are administered on time.
A Jack Russell Terrier puppy diary can also be used to monitor the health of your puppy, especially if you are concerned that there is something wrong – or if it has already been confirmed that there is a problem. A lot of times a vet will ask you to keep a record of certain things about your dog – such as the size of a lump or the amount of times it goes to the toilet – so writing these things in a puppy diary will ensure that these details are not lost – something that will be incredibly useful for any vet.
Planning for the Future
Nobody knows what will happen in their life in the future and this includes the circumstances that might surround you and your dog. Perhaps you will move to an apartment that doesn’t allow pets, or perhaps you or one of your family members will develop an allergy to dogs? This means that, as sad as it is to think about, there is a time when your dog might have to be given away or sold. Any future buyer will want to know the history of the dog, so keeping a puppy diary will ensure that all information they need is in one area. This is also the same should your dog have puppies in the future, as buyers will want to know the history of the parents.
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We absolutely love receiving photos of your JRTs. That's why we are holding our second, August 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. It's okay if you've already entered in the past, just send us a different picture of your JRT than the one you've previously submitted. The winner will be announced on August 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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