Preparing For The First Day With Your Jack Russell Puppy

Bringing a Jack Russell puppy home is very exciting, but you need to ensure that you are prepared for the new member of the family. This means knowing what to buy for the puppy and how to make your home safe. You want your Jack puppy’s first day in his new home to be an easy and comfortable transition for him.

What does your Jack Russell puppy need? Keep the following checklist in mind:

Collar – one that isn’t tight so it will be comfortable for the puppy

Leash – Find a leash that is retractable. This will allow you to control the amount of freedom you give your Jack Russell puppy when you walk him. This leash is also a good tool for training.

Food and water bowls – stainless steel is recommended as plastic bowls can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

Dog bed or pillow and/or blanket – you want your new Jack Russell puppy to be comfortable. Just make sure you pick him up the size that is necessary for his breed. Jack’s require small sized beds that are “18x”23, or small pillows “30 – “36.

Crate – If you think it is cruel to crate train a dog, you probably aren’t aware of the fact that all dogs are den animals by nature. This means they are happy in their own cozy place. A Jack Russell puppy that is properly crate trained will be able to fully relax in his own space, will be easy to transport, and stay out of trouble when you are not home. The standard crate size for a Jack Russell is “16 x “22. You may also purchase them a crate one size larger.

Food – While there are many different, good dog food brands available on the market, when you first bring your Jack Russell puppy home, you will want to feed him the same food he was being given by the breeder, rescue shelter, etc. You want to make the transition into a new home as easy for the puppy as possible. Providing him with the same food will help.

Treats – Every dog, regardless of his age loves a good dog treat. Treats can also help keep a new puppy happy. However, you shouldn’t feed your new puppy more than a couple of treats. The object is to make him feel happy, not to buy his love and attention with goodies.

Toys – Purchase a few chew toys, a ball and a small safe and durable plush toy for your new puppy. He may not be interested in the toys at first, but you should show him each one and let him examine them, so he knows they are his.

Hot water bottle – A Jack Russell puppy may find a hot water bottle comforting, especially if this is the first time it has been away from his mother. Place the water bottle under a towel or blanket and put it in the dog bed, so he can snuggle with it.

Name – Before your bring your puppy home, he needs a name. Take the time to sit down with your family and brainstorm dog names until you settle on one you like. Only call the puppy by his new name as soon as you get him, so he will grow familiar with the name.

Now that you know what you need to welcome your Jack Russell puppy into your home, the following are other aspects you should keep in mind to ensure that his welcoming is a smooth, easy process.

Free Your Calendar
The best time to bring home your Jack Russell puppy is at the beginning of a weekend. If you work, it is also a good idea to take off a few days and arrange to have him brought home then. This will give you adequate time to help your puppy adjust to his new home, make friends with him and start his training.

Get Everyone Involved
Make sure that everyone in the family is aware of the day that the Jack Russell will be arriving. Remind children to cool their excitement and make sure they understand that the puppy needs to adjust to his new home and surroundings. Teach them how to play or pick up the puppy gently, and tell them to leave the puppy alone when he is sleeping, or in his crate.

Introduce your Jack Russell puppy to other pets
If you have other pets (dog or cat) carefully introduce them to your new puppy. Let the animals check each other out and watch their behavior closely. You don’t want to overwhelm your puppy or endanger him due to a jealous pet. Note: Remember, Jack Russell’s are not compatible with all domesticated pets. If you own rodents, a Jack Russell is out of the question. In addition, some Jack’s are not cat friendly.

Don’t bring the Jack Russell home during a busy holiday
While the idea of buying a Jack for a birthday or Christmas present may sound like a sweet gesture, it is completely unreasonable and not fair to the dog. Busy holidays will be too much for a puppy to handle. There is too much commotion and people to allow the dog the transition time he needs.

Last but certainly not least, have fun with your new Jack Russell puppy. Pay him plenty of attention and affection. The more he feels like one of the family, the quicker he will adjust.

Jack Russell Training – Are You Up For the Challenge?
Becoming a Jack Russell owner means you are prepared to enroll both him and yourself into a proper training program. While every dog should be enrolled in obedience classes, this goes double for Jack Russell Terriers.

Jack Russell Training – Are You Up For the Challenge?

Becoming a Jack Russell owner means you are prepared to enroll both him and yourself into a proper training program. While every dog should be enrolled in obedience classes, this goes double for Jack Russell Terriers.

Jack Russell Obedience Training

Of all the different Jack Russell training techniques you could teach your dog, obedience training is the most important. You’re in for plenty of trouble if you don’t take command and allow your Jack Russell to walk all over you.

Your Jack needs to know his place in your “pack”. He must see you as the pack leader or he will be impossible to control.

The following are some great obedience Jack Russell training tips:

Teach him young – You need to show your Jack Russell who is boss from the very moment you get him. The longer you wait to train your dog, the more difficult he will be to control. For instance, it isn’t fair to let a puppy get away with things like tugging on the leash, and then reprimand him for it when he gets older. He won’t understand what he’s doing wrong.

Be the master – Jack Russell training is about showing your dog where he stands in your family “pack”. You can help teach him you are the master by:

  • Walking through doors before him
  • Eating first before giving him his food
  • Being firm and consistent with your training and discipline

Respect their Intelligence – Jack Russell’s are an intelligent breed, and their cleverness should be respected. Provide them with challenges they’ll enjoy, and won’t become bored with.

Take advantage of their energy – Jacks are balls of energy, which can help make Jack Russell training more effective and fun for both of you. How? Think about it, you need to make your Jack want to do what you want him to do. Just like a child, you shouldn’t expect an enthusiastic response unless it is something fun and interesting to do. If you can’t keep your pup’s attention, you are only wasting your time and his.

Give them your time and attention – Obedience training requires plenty of your time and energy, but it’s the only way you will show your Jack you mean business as you enjoy spending time with him. Plus, the more time you spend with your dog, the more you will pick up on his habits and deter bad ones from growing.

Short attention span – Don’t forget that a Jack Russell puppy’s attention span last only seconds. Therefore, you need to make sure in the beginning that training isn’t only consistent but also shorter. Have 5 – 10 minute training sessions with your dog, and then play with him. As your Jack becomes older, his attention span will improve, and you will be able to have longer training sessions of up to 30 minutes.

Overall Jack Russell Training Tips

House breaking – House breaking (training the dog to do his business outside) should begin the first day you introduce your puppy into his new home.

Puppy kindergarten – This is beginner training for your Jack. Think of it as a warm up before real obedience training. In puppy kindergarten, your Jack will learn basic training skills in a relaxed and less rigid environment that won’t demand too much of his attention.

Obedience class – Your Jack should be enrolled in an obedience class as soon as he reaches the required age (usually between 4 and 6 months). Check the requirements of your local dog obedience school.

Be consistent with your training – Don’t change the method in which you give commands to your dog, because you will only confuse him and he won’t understand. For example, don’t change the words you use when giving a command. Avoid statements like “come here” and use only one word commands such as “come” to make it easier for your dog to learn. Moreover, make sure everyone in the family uses the same consistency your Jack as learned.

Be Firm When Discipling – When you discipline your Jack, be firm but gentle. Let him know you won’t tolerate his misbehavior, and continue to teach him until he gets it right. It’s in the Jack’s nature to try your patients and outwit you. Stand your ground, and the Jack will know who’s boss. Note: Never hit your dog when disciplining!

Praise, Praise, Praise! – Give your Jack praise every time he performs a command correctly.

Jack Russell Terrier that is properly trained is confident and HAPPY! If you want a dog that is loving, loyal and sociable he needs to be trained. Training is the only guide your dog has to life. It isn’t cruel, as some people believe; it’s what the dog needs in order to develop healthy characteristics that make him a credit to his breed.