"Begin training your Jack Russell Puppies as soon as possible... It will save you a lot of trouble later!"
Jack Russell puppies are a whole lot of fun, but they can also be a huge challenge. These tips on buying, training, feeding and raising your puppies will help you through the process.
If you're an owner of a new puppy, I strongly recommend you sign up for my free special report on the Top Ten Jack Russell Training Mistakes. This will help get your pup off to a good start and save you a lot of time and hassles.
Short on time and looking for the absolute essential information? Take a look at the quick guide to Jack Russell pups.
Looking after a puppy will require some work, but a puppy given the right care will pay back your efforts in spades with the affection, energy and cheekiness he brings into your home. If you want to make a new furry little friend in the form of a JRT pup, there are three ways to go about it: breeding puppies yourself, buying a puppy, or rescuing a puppy from the pound. Follow the links for more detailed information on any topic.
Finding a Puppy
Buying a Jack Russell Terrier
puppy is the option most people interested in a JR puppy will go for. When buying, it's important to know what to look for and to keep in mind your own lifestyle and the purpose of the dog (for example, will it be a family pet or a farm dog?). Prices for pups can fluctuate a lot from place to place and depending on pedigree, so it also pays to be educated on what puppies are really worth as well as
the short-term and long-term cost of Jack Russell Terriers.
If you've made up your mind that a Jack Russell puppy is right for you, it's time to start looking for the perfect pup. Not all puppy sellers are created equal so it's a good idea to have a clear plan for the pup you want and how much you're willing to pay. Jack Russell puppies range in price significantly, depending on the breeder and the pedigree of the puppies.
Bringing a Pup Home
You should pick up your puppy from the breeder when it is 8 or 9 weeks old. Before you do, make sure your property is absolutely sealed so that your pup can't dig under a fence. You may also want to buy child gates to block off any stairways - a tumble can be fatal to a young pup. You'll also need a puppy playpen to keep the little mite contained - you can't keep an eye on it 24 hours a day.
When you get your Jack Russell home, show it around the house and garden and encourage it to go to the toilet on the lawn. Praise it if it does, but don't worry if it doesn't - housetraining, like all dog training, takes time, repetition and patience. Be careful not to over-excite it - remember, it's a scary experience for the pup. This means that if you have children you will have to keep them under control and make sure they allow the pup to rest when it wants to. There's plenty more tips for housetraining troubleshooting in my Jack Russell training ebook.
The first night will be difficult for your pup. It is used to sleeping with its mother and brothers and sisters. I recommend putting a hot water bottle or microwave wheat bag in its bed to give the impression of another body close by. The ticking of a clock near the bed can also help to calm the pup as it acts as a fake heartbeat.
The first few weeks your pup is at home are very important for its development. Learn about some of the early raising and training you need to keep in mind for the first few weeks after you bring your Jack Russell pup.
Consider keeping a
Jack Russell Terrier Puppy Diary
so that you can not only remember all of the different memories, but it is also a great way to document important information regarding your puppy.
Raising Jack Russell Puppies
Raising pups can be a real mission, especially when you consider that litters can range anywhere from 2 to 12 in size (although 12, thankfully, is rare. 3 to 7 is more typical. 10 was more than enough for me). There are a lot of preparations to make before you welcome a new pup or a litter into your home. If you're looking to breed, be aware that if there are any complications with the delivery, or if the mother refuses to feed the pups, you may end up hand-raising the litter yourself. Information on raising pups younger than eight weeks old is found in the
Newborn Jack Russell Terrier Puppies section.
Training Jack Russell Terrier Puppies
Training should ideally start at an early age, especially since Jack Russells are notoriously willful and can be difficult to reign in if your start too late. Pups need to learn to socialize with people and other dogs very early in life. Failing to do this can lead to huge hassles with behavior later on, so it's worth investing the time. Take a look at some simple techniques and tips for training Jack Russell Terrier puppies. You will also want to understand the 5 P's of training a Jack Russell puppy.
Begin training your Jack Russell Puppy as soon as possible. It will save you a lot of trouble later.
When you understand the basics of Jack Russell puppy training, you can start on crate training puppies.
Another big step in training your puppy is introducing it to the leash. A lot of basic commands are taught using the leash, so it's a good idea to get your puppy used to the leash as soon as possible. Find out more about leash training a puppy.
A problem you're bound to face with a new Jack Russell puppy is biting. Click here for tips on how to stop puppy biting problems. Closely related to biting problems is the issue of how to stop a puppy from chewing on shoes and furniture. Many a valuable household object could have been saved if a few simple measures were taken to stop puppy chewing before it gets out of hand.
Of course, if you want the premium information to give your Jack Russell the best possible start (and make your life easier), you can't go past The Jack Russell Lover's Ultimate Guide To Training.
Jack Russell Puppy Care
Having some basic knowledge of puppy care is very important BEFORE you purchase a puppy. You need to know about feeding, housetraining and rewarding your dog so that it grows up healthy and well-balanced.
Jack Russell puppies should be introduced to other animals and new people early in life. Make sure you play with your dog and communicate with it through talking and touch. Don't over-excite the pup though. If it wants to sleep, let it sleep. Jack Russell puppies are not ideal for people with very young children, as kids often can't tell when a dog is angry and won't allow it to rest. Read more about socializing a puppy.
It's important to get the pup into a consistent routine in the first few days after you bring it home. This means regular feeding times and trips outside to go to the toilet after every meal. Always go outside with your pup and be sure to praise it and feed it a treat when it goes to the toilet - this is the beginning of housetraining.
Socialization isn't just about training your puppy to be good with people - the flipside is training your puppy to be comfortable on its own. If your puppy whines or panics when you leave it alone, you're up against separation anxiety. Don't worry - it's completely natural. Find out how to deal with puppy separation anxiety.
Feeding Jack Russell Puppies
When you pick up your puppy from the breeders, try to get them to give you at least a week's supply of whatever food they have been feeding the puppy. A quick change in diet could lead to a very sick puppy. Don't feed a puppy cow's milk unless the breeder tells you it's okay.
Click here for detailed info on feeding puppies.
Vaccinations and Worming Puppies
There are many nasty diseases that can afflict young Jack Russell puppies, so it's important to take them to the vet for vaccinations. You should take your pup to the vet within the first two or three days after you bring it home. The first vaccination should be given around 6-8 weeks of age. This should protect against hepatitis, distemper, parvovirus, tracheobronchitis, leptospirosis and parainfluenza (aka "kennel cough") all of which are potentially deadly to a puppy. The next shot should be given about 4 weeks later and will often include first rabies and Lyme disease vaccine. Ask your vet exactly what the vaccines he's administering will protect your dog against as vaccinations vary in different parts of the world.
Many puppies will have already had their first vaccinations when you pick them up from the breeder - in this case, make sure you get the paperwork from the breeder as your vet will need it. Another one or two (depending when the first vaccine was given) vaccinations follow the first two, each 4 weeks apart, and after that your dog will need a booster shot every year to keep its immunity up. The vaccination is repeated because puppies have a natural immunity for the first few months through drinking their mother's milk (assuming they actually did - make sure you ask the breeder). There's no way to tell when this immunity has "worn off." If the immunity from the mother's milk is still effective, vaccinations won't work. So repeat vaccinations make sure that at least one round of shots is given after the natural immunity wears off.
Make sure your day is fairly free the day after vaccinations, as your pup might not feel too good the next day and you'll want to keep an eye on it.
You also need to discuss worms and worming with your vet. Worm are parasites that can live inside your dog and damage its internal organs, sometimes causing death. Find out more about worming puppies here.
Playing Games with Your Puppy
Games are an essential part of raising Jack Russell puppies. They help you to bond and grow close with your pup. They are also an important part of the training process, and can even serve as training sessions in disguise. "Fetch" may even end up being the first command your pup learns! But it shouldn't be all about work - owning a puppy is supposed to be fun, after all. Jack Russell puppies have a fun-loving nature and JRTs tend to be quite "puppyish" in character even into adulthood.
Play games with your Jack Russell puppy to stimulate its body and its mind. Rolling around with a chew-safe ball or chasing a stuffed toy tied to a piece of string can keep your JRT pup amused for as long as its little attention span will allow. Experiment with different toys and games. Some Jack Russell puppies enjoy a good tug-of-war with their owner over a long, flexible chew toy, as this can help with teething. When you discover your puppy's favorite toy or game, you may find it's an even more effective training reward than a food treat. Being the source of both food and fun for your puppy makes training much easier.
Playing regular games with your pup also helps to get you into a good action routine for when the dog grows up. Regular activities mean less chance of developing obesity and health problems later in life - both for your dog, and for you. Who said it had to be all about the puppy?
Regular games are good exercise for your pup, although you don't have to go out of your way to exercise a young pup. Adult JRTs need a lot of exercise before they will be worn out, but puppies should get enough action from their own play and exploration. Don't try to get your pup to play a game when it needs to sleep - the sleep is more important while the pup is growing. It you have children, make sure they understand this.
Raising Jack Russell puppies is an exciting experience. You'll experience the joy of watching you pup grow more boisterous every day and begin to develop its own personality. When you're raising Jack Russell puppies, there's a lot you need to be prepared for, so use this information to your advantage.
There are so many possible mistakes you can make when you're dealing with a new Jack Russell - there's no point trying to reinvent the wheel. Learn from my experience and mistakes by getting a copy of The Jack Russell Lover's Ultimate Guide To Training . Get your puppy off to the best possible start by avoiding the common training pitfalls.
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