nervous jack russell puppy

by jordan
(england )

I have just bought a 4 month old jack russell and puppy and he is very nervous and he goes to bite me when i try to pick him up. And also he keeps pooing and peeing everywhere what should i do? and also when should i start house training him and how? Thanks for any comments and suggestions

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Jan 08, 2012
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Nervous Puppy & Potty Training Part II
by: Robbin's Rescued Russells

At four months old your puppy is exploring the world around him. They do this by using their mouth. You need to provide him with lots of SAFE toys to chew on. Nyla bones, Kongs, and Antlers are just a few. You need to teach him to have a softer mouth. When he bites you, you can do one of two things” 1) As soon he puts his mouth on you, yelp in a high pitched tone. This should startle the puppy. Or 2) When he puts his mouth on you do not react. Do not pull your hand away, do not make any noise. If you react in any of the ways I mention not to then your puppy thinks of your hand as a toy. And with him seeing your hand as a toy your reaction is seen as playing a game with him and the behavior will continue. At this age your puppy will begin teething too, so it is important to provide him with things that appropriate for him to chew on. If you catch him chewing on something you don’t want him to you should simply tell him no, remove him from the situation and give him something it is okay for him to chew on.
You also need to socialize him so he can mature into a dog you are proud of and one who people have respect for. An obedience class is a good place to start as well as it will strengthen the bond between and your new puppy. Make sure he is getting enough physical and mental stimulation.
Robbin Grabowski
www.robbinsrescuedrussells.org
California, USA

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Nervous Puppy & Potty Training Part I
by: Robbin's Rescued Russells

Jordan,
Congratulation on your newest family member!
You should start potty training him immediately. This is fairly easy but you have to be diligent and consistent. He should sleep in a crate at night until he is fully potty trained. The last thing you should do before you go to bed at night is to take him out to relieve himself, and the first thing you do in the morning is to take him outside to relieve himself. You should take him out to potty about thirty minutes after he has eaten. Take him out immediately after he wakes up from his naps. Take him to the same place every time. When you take him out to potty this is not the time to play. If he wants to play simply take him back to the house and put him in his crate. You are putting him in his crate to set him up for success, not using his crate as punishment. By placing him in his crate for about thirty minutes you are preventing him from having an “accident”. Therefore you are setting him up to succeed. After thirty minutes take him back outside, to the same place, again this is not the time to play. You should use some type of verbal cue. Personally I say “Go pee pee” and “Go potty”. Use a monotone voice and when you see he is beginning to do either one you should reward him with verbal praise. I use “Good Job”, “Yeah” or “Good pee pee” or “Good potty”. You should use an enthusiastic upbeat tone of voice. In the beginning you can also use food/treats along with verbal praise. Depending on your puppy if you start praising him early, when he starts to relieve himself, then him may quit doing his business and come to you for his reward. If this happens don’t scold him, go ahead and give him his reward. Just remember next time to wait a couple of seconds before giving praise. About every two hours throughout the day take him out to potty. If he has been playing you may need to do it more often. You may need to interrupt whatever he is engaged in if the two hour time frame is in place. Just like toddlers sometimes puppies are so engrossed in what they are doing that they forget to take the time to potty. If he does have an accident in the house, it’s your fault for not watching him closely enough. Do not rub his nose in it or other types of physical punishment. Physical punishment does not get positive results with this Terrier breed. Instead it could create another behavior problem for you to have to deal with. A simple and firm “No” will do. If you catch him in the act pick him up immediately, firmly tell him “No” and take him outside to the same spot and repeat steps above. If you are not able to keep a good eye on your puppy during the day he should be confined to his crate. But remember that a puppy should not be confined to a crate for long periods of time. No dog should. Raising a puppy is a full time job, but well worth it in the long run. My response is continued in the next post. Please continue reading. Thanks Robbin



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Jack Russell nervous
by: Jackie

It sounds like your Jack is still getting used to his new environment. It can be a big transition going somewhere new at a young age. That is probably why he doesn't like being picked up yet and is making in the house. I would start house training right away. Make a set schedule to take him out - like every 3-4 hours or so and try to feed him first each time before you take him out. Getting a crate for your Jack can help to. Dogs usually don't make where they sleep. Confine your Jack to certain rooms so that he doesn't have free range to make in the house. Also buy a good enzyme based cleaner from the vet/petstore/online because dogs like to revisit spots they have gone before since they have such a keen sense of smell.
I think as your Jack adjusts to his new environment he will be more trusting and less nervous. Also, learning basic commands/puppy obedience school could be good for his confidence level and socialization.

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