Advise and Training

We all know the Jack Russell Terrier by now. Its energetic, passionate and trustworthy characteristics can also be very difficult to formalise. It sometimes seems impossible to train them to do what you want them to do.
It is advisable to start training your Jack Russell Terrier as soon as possible. Socialising your dog at a young age can change the way he behaves for the rest of his life.
We will try to give further advice on certain aspects of breeding, buying or keeping your Jack Russell Terrier.
All contributions will be welcomed.

   Many people believe that it is not possible to affectively train your Jack Russell Terrier. Others however believe that their Jack Russells' are the best-trained dogs in the world.
   To start any affective training program you would have to do some research. Jack Russells are hunting dogs. They are described as bold, friendly, athletic and clever. Unfortunately, these hunting characteristics, including digging, barking and aggressive behaviour are the very reason why people give them up. Therefore, before getting a Jack Russell, know that they require firm, consistent discipline. If you fail to do this, you will end up with a terrier training you, as these dogs are extremely intelligent and continue to test their limits throughout their life. Through an active training program you can however teach your Jack Russell and get it to perform in the way you like it to perform.
   Most behavioural problems are due to a lack of companionship, discipline and exercise. Attention to your Jack Russell is crucial. You will have to take your dog for regular walks (preferably everyday) and expose it to different sights, smells, places and people from a young age. Regular interactive play is also very important. By entertaining your dog you will ensure that he gets the attention he deserves and also prevent him from doing the things you don't like. Remember that a tired dog seldom picks a fight.
   Consider taking your puppy to a training camp. The expertise available at these camps will help to establish a submissive nature, which is not a bad quality. Submissiveness will not 'cramp' your dog's style, but will make him or her obedient. By teaching him discipline from a young age he will learn to accept it more readily and he will be much more controllable during future training sessions. The earlier you start the better.


   So how do you discourage negative behaviour? Experts believe that negative punishment is most effective. It involves taking away something good when the dog is misbehaving. By taking away the fun, you are punishing the dog. For example, your dog will learn that whenever it bites, it is not allowed to play, and this motivates the pet to stop biting. But you cannot only punish the behaviour. You have to provide an alternative, for example, if your Jack Russell shows signs of possessiveness give him a specific toy to guard over every time he does so and leave the room. However, if your Jack Russell starts to bite, seek professional help immediately.
   It is important to continue with any training program. A week here and a week there will not ensure that you Jack Russell is properly disciplined. Chances are that he will be more confused and this might even contribute more to unwanted behaviour. Discipline must be constant, regular and without and inconsistencies to be most affective.


So what is a Puppy Mill?
   So, what is a puppy mill? A puppy mill is a large-scale commercial breeding facility usually with many different breeds of dogs. A puppy mill will sell primarily to retail pet shops or through similar commercial instruments (usually via a broker), but also sells directly to individual consumers. Dogs are bred solely for profit, with no concern for their physical health or psychological well being - As recently seen on Carte Blanche on M-Net.
   The persons that operate these puppy mills turn their dogs into breeding machines and are only concerned about the number of puppies that the 'mill' can turn out. In lots of cases the prospective buyer have sympathy with the puppies born under these conditions and buy the puppy to give it a better home and living prospects. This however only stimulates the demand and the puppy mill will continue its operations.
   When buying a puppy be on the lookout for signs of puppy mill operations. Always ask to see the kennels where the breeding animals are kept. Always inspect the parents of the puppies and be satisfied with the reasons as to why, when it is not possible. Kennels that are stacked, have wire flooring and unhealthy conditions are typical signs of puppy mill operations. Animals should always be healthy. Diseased animals do not form part of a professional and legitimate breeding program.
   The South African Jack Russell Registry condemns all puppy mill operations!
   In contrast there are hundreds of responsible and reputable kennels where breeders to make a profit but not to the expense of their dogs. These breeders are concerned with improving the quality of their dogs and puppies are usually the pride of the breeder. Customers wishing to buy puppies from these breeders are welcome to inspect the premises and in most cases to meet the puppies' parents.
   The only affective way of stopping puppy mills is to report any suspicious kennels immediately. Reporting can be made to the South African Jack Russell Registry or the local SPCA or Animal Anti Cruelty Society. Only be reporting these activities we can help in stopping it.