In this video, Jack Russell puppy, Patch, is enjoying the good life, with another family dog friend. He wants so much to be the new friend, chasing his dog friend and licking his ears. But that’s not his only focus. He is enjoying his life with or without his friend. If you are thinking about bringing home a Jack Russell, it is important to keep them mentally and physically exercised.
Jane Meggitt in Pets The Nest writes that as soon as your Russell is 2 months old or a little older, start training him. And we’re talking beyond the basics such as house training. That’s a given. Have him meet a variety of people, dogs, and cats. And make sure your puppy understands that cats are off limit when he feels his hunting instinct coming on.
What a Jack Russell needs
Jack Russell’s were originally bred to be hunting dogs to get rid of rodents. Rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, and even neighborhood cats would be wise to stay out of his sight. Even though there are much fewer rodents for him to get rid of today, his prey instincts are still present to some extent. Jack Russell’s like to work. So make sure they get plenty of exercise–both physical exercise and mental exercise.
If you live in an apartment, make sure you have the time to take him for long walks everyday. And if you have a yard, make sure the fence is secure. And check the fence line from time to time because they like to dig. It’s one of their favorite hobbies. That and barking. Many Jack Russell Terriers end up in shelters for being who they are. They like to dig, bark, and may be aggressive toward other dogs. It’s a good idea to turn to a trainer who is knowledgeable about the specific needs of Jack Russell, so yours can live happily ever after with neighbors, cats, and dogs. You can learn more about the Jack Russell here.
Article source: Jane Meggitt in Pets The Nest