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Old 04-25-2005, 09:29 AM
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Hey,

We are looking at getting a Jack Russell Pup in the near future and although I already have a 4yo Jack Russell I don't remember much about the training ( I was 14 and didn't really take that much notice) and it was mainly my dad who did that initial training and caring.

However I'm going to be a lot more responsible for this puppy from the start, but I'M LOST! I just don't know all those little things...Like if they cry at night do I go and comfort them, or just ignore. How long should I do this for. etc etc....

Any pointers at all, no matter how obvious it may seem please post them! It's more difficult as this time my Dad probably won't be around to train (My parents will be visiting my sis in France)!!

Please Help.
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Old 04-25-2005, 10:34 AM
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That's a broad subject! The first thing I'd suggest is that you go through the training and puppy forums and read up on some of the existing threads. There's a lot of great information there already. Read anything CreatureTeacher or Smkie have posted there especially. They're tops. Emma (CreatureTeacher) is a professional trainer and Smkie worked for years training hunting and retrieving dogs. Saje is full of good advice, as are many others here. You'll find a lot of questions answered that way, and then you'll be able to narrow your focus some and we can help you fill in the things that maybe aren't answered yet.

A Jack Russell, hmmm. Are you getting the classic, short legged Jack or the longer legged Parson version? Which coat do you like best?
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Old 04-25-2005, 11:31 AM
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funny..i read puppy pointers and thought oh boy! Pointer Puppies..lol
'this is what i told my customers when they got their first one
a puppy is a baby..then a toddler, and then a child. You treat them accordingly..a puppy can not hold its urine for very long so you cannot expect it too...to house break make sure u are always in the same room..catch them as they are waking up..right after they eat or drink..and take out often....lots of praise..if they cry, hold em and love em! my old boss had three rules for training a dog...i found it sound advice for puppies and my children too
one...always make sure they are having at least 50 percent of the fun
two...always leave them wanting more
three...never give a command u do not enforce....that last one is a biggy
the wanting more is especially true when teaching retreiving...
i told my people that they will chew on everything, especially the things that smell most like u, the telephone, headphones, shoes
we always had a wooden shoe box and the kids just put their shoes in there when they took them off...you need to have a safe place, or a safe room for when u do need to leave....i have a pic somewhere of a labrador pup with her head firmly stuck in an empty thermos..she would have suffacated if we hadn't found her in time.
Bitter apple is a must! Put it on any electrical cord u cant get out of reach
it comes in a spray and a gel..i prefer the gel, it is gooey but it last longer.

that is all i can think of off the top of my head...training sessions should be short and often.. sit and heel are easier when they are small..don't wait until they are 6 months old like so many people do..hallways are great for teaching stay and retreiving....
don't buy retractable leashes! I hope u have tons of fun..most of it is common sense..and this is the best place of all to come with questions.

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Old 04-25-2005, 01:10 PM
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Again....just in case it's been missed ....get the book "How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With "..Rutherford and Neil ...Step by step and easy read....even shows you what to look for when picking a pup , through a puppy personality test. Look it up on web and read some of the pages. Everyone should own one !! Training goes up to 1 yr. old, so good when adopting older pup too.
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Old 04-25-2005, 08:05 PM
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It'll be a short haired Jack Russell (short legs as well). I have a Parson Jack Russell at the moment.

Thanks for the help everyone. I'll sure look into buying those books. And i'll have a lot more questions when I've actually got the pup. I'll be sure to post some pics!
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