Jack Russell Rescue – Give A Dog A Second Chance

If you are interested in Jack Russell rescue, you need to understand that adopting one of these Jack’s is not entirely the same as purchasing a puppy from a breeder. This is due to the fact that Jack Russell Terriers at a rescue are usually adult dogs that have been abandoned, abused or given up by their original owners. Therefore, these dogs require owners who are familiar with the breed and know what they are getting into.

The following are answers to questions you may have regarding Jack Russell rescue:

Is there any reason why I shouldn’t rescue a Jack Russell?
If you have never owned a Jack Russell Terrier, you should think twice before adopting one from a rescue shelter. Jack Russell’s are high energy and hard to control. In fact, part of the reason why so many Jack Russells end up in rescue shelters is because owners can’t handle them and give them up.

Take time to carefully consider your decision. If you know you don’t have the lifestyle that compliments the breed, or the time or patience to give a Jack Russell, it wouldn’t be fair to yourself or the dog to adopt. Be responsible in your decision and know what you are getting into.

Where can I find a Jack Russell rescue?
The best place to look for a Jack Russell rescue is to conduct a search online or contact your local human society.

Does it cost money to adopt a Jack Russell Terrier?
Yes. There is a fee to adopt a Jack Russell. Rescues are volunteer associations. Therefore the cost of the adoption will likely provide the shelter with money to help them continue helping animals, as well as cover the vet bills of the jack you are adopting.

Can anyone adopt a Jack Russell?
No. The Jack Russell Rescue and Shelter will not hand over a Jack to anyone. All interested applicants must fill out an adoption form and will be properly screened to verify their suitability. For instance, some Jack Russell rescue shelters will decide if one of their dogs is right for you based on your:

Home life – where you live. If you live in an apartment or in the city with a small lot, the rescue may deem your living accommodations unsuitable for the breed.

Family – if you have children. Most rescues will not give one of their Jack Russell dogs to a family that has children under the age of 6

Pets – if you have other pets, such as a cat, rodent or another terrier of the same sex, the rescue shelter may be leery about granting you adoption, due to the nature of the Jack Russell breed.

Lifestyle – if you work a lot and won’t have the time to give the required attention and exercise to the Jack Russell, you may not be granted adoption.

Donations and Sponsoring
Finally, even if you can’t adopt a Jack Russell because of your inexperience, or lifestyle, you can give donations to the Jack Russell rescue or humane society. In fact, most rescues provide you with the option of sponsoring one of the Jack’s. Thus, although they will still care for the dog, your charity will go towards any medications or vet bills needed to treat the dog and keep him healthy. Note: Most donations given to recognized rescues and shelters are tax deductible.

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.