Training A Jack Russell Puppy:
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What's the secret to training a Jack Russell puppy? There are a few simple things you can do to make the training experience easier for you and your puppy. If you're a new Jack Russell owner, I highly recommend you sign up for my free special report, The Top Ten Jack Russell Training Mistakes. It will make life a lot easier.

The 5 P's of Training a Jack Russell Puppy

There are five crucial ingredients that go into successful Jack Russell Puppy Training:

  • Patience
  • Practice
  • Praise
  • Plenty of treats
  • Play
I call these the 5 P's of Jack Russell training. I'll explain why these five elements are so important for training a Jack Russell puppy.

Patience

As the old saying goes, patience is a virtue. This is especially true when it comes to training a puppy. If you lose your patience, all is lost. Don't expect your puppy to pick everything up all in a day.

Don't expect too much from your puppy too soon. Remember how boring school was when you were a kid and all you wanted to do was go outside and kick a ball around? That's what training is like for your Jack Russell pup, unless you make learning fun. So pile on the games - they help your puppy learn, too. Remember, early socialization is essential for a well-balanced dog, so lots of human interaction is important.

Training Jack Russell puppies takes time. It's all about watching and waiting for small, incremental improvements. Follow the tips on this site, and the improvements will come, sooner or later.

Practice

A puppy simply can't remember something if you've only shown her how to do it once. Successful Jack Russell puppy training takes repetition, and lots of it. This is closely related to Patience - you need to have the Patience to keep on Practicing until you start to see improvements. Don't give up on Practice! Learning is a life-long experience, for you and for your puppy. Even after your puppy has mastered basic commands, keep practising them on a regular basis and teach new tricks to cement the bond between you.

Praise

Always praise your dog for achieving little milestones. If you already have a strong bond with your puppy, your praise will work as a bigger reward in training than a physical treat like food or a toy. Make it very obvious to your puppy when you approve of something she's done by touching, petting and talking to her.

Plenty of Treats

Treats are an essential part of any would-be dog trainer's arsenal. Your puppy's head is very closely linked to her stomach - make use of this fact by figuring out her favorite treat early on. Buy a few different types of treats and compare the reaction they get from your puppy. Also, experiment with different types of toys and games - these count as treats too. This will help you get to know your puppy's personality, as well as making training a much smoother and faster process.

Now, I'm not saying you should overfeed your puppy on treats and make her fat. Only give your puppy treats when she's earned them, but keep plenty of treats on you and around the house to maximize training opportunities during the day.

Play

Remember that the emphasis with a puppy should be a lot more on the games and fun side of training than the "work" side. A Jack Russell puppy has a very short attention span and will view practically everything it sees as an opportunity to invent a new game. So always have plenty of toys on hand for training sessions and keep each session short when training a puppy. By short I mean 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the puppy's attention span (for a Jack Russell it's likely to be closer to 5). Train your puppy three times a day. If you try to force your puppy to continue training when its attention is wandering elsewhere, it will start to build up a negative association to the training sessions and will stop being a willing participant.

The Next Step

Congratulations, you now have the basic knowledge needed to train your Jack Russell puppy. You can now get the most out of the resources provided on this site. You can start getting your puppy used to crates, collars and puppy playpens. You will also need to make sure your puppy is housetrained. Go back to the Jack Russell Puppies page for information on all these aspects of training a Jack Russell puppy. When you feel you're ready to take your puppy to the next level and start teaching it commands and tricks, head over to the Jack Russell Training page. For more in-depth advice on training a Jack Russell pup, The Jack Russell Lover's Ultimate Guide To Training delivers everything you need to know about training these dogs.

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