Jack Russell Terrier adoption is a big decision which should not be made on the spur of the moment. Jack Russells are a unique breed and they need proper care, exercise and training in order to fit well into a new family. If you're ready for the commitment involved, adoption is a great alternative to getting a puppy as you may end up saving a dog that was otherwise destined to be put to sleep.
First of all ask yourself if you are really prepared to adopt a Jack Russell - especially a fairly high maintenance dog like a JRT. You need to have plenty of spare time to spend exercising the dog - this breed doesn't do well with being left alone for long periods of time. Take a look at your family situation and ask yourself if a JRT will really fit into your lifestyle - you will need to dedicate at least a few hours a day to exercise and giving your dog attention.
Possible Bad Habits
Because rescue Jack Russells may sometimes come with aggressive habits that they've collected from bad experiences in their past, it's not advisable to adopt one if you have a younf family with smal children. While most JRTs are fine with kids, there's an unpredictable element when you don't know a dog's behavioral history. It's better not to risk it. This also applies if you are planning to have a baby in the next few years. Consider your Jack Russell adoption as part of family planning.
You will also want to have some breed-specific training knowledge on hand, as Jack Russells are something of an unusual breed and often don't respond well to generic dog training techniques.
The JRT Personality
JRTs have quite a cheeky and mischievous personality. You have to have a sense of humor and a light-hearted approach to life to get along well with an adopted Jack Russell.
Preparing Your Home
There are a few preparations you need to make around the home before you adopt a Jack Russell. First of all, make sure it's tidy and there's nothing lying around on the floor that the dog might decide to pick up and chew. JRTs are well-known for their habit of chewing on random objects, so make sure anything you don't want destroyed is up off the floor. Buy a couple of solid chew toys. Nylon bones are a safe and durable option here.
Make sure your property is completely fenced and there are no gaps or holes where your JRT can get out. Be on the watch for digging and any holes that may emerge neat fences. Fill them in ASAP. In my ebook I provide solutions to all the major JRT behavior problems.
Most Jack Russell Terrier adoption organizations will want you to take the dog for a trial period before you sign the necessary papers to complete the Jack Russell Terrier adoption process. They will also interview you thoroughly and possibly inspect your property. This is to avoid placing dogs in inappropriate homes. All the measures taken by rescue workers are done to ensure the long-term well-being of the dogs they adopt out. You may have to sit down for an interview and a home inspection, which will basically cover the issues touched on in this article, so you know what to prepare yourself for.
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