Jack Russell pup

edited 29 January 2019 at 1:53PM in Pets & Pet Care
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edited 29 January 2019 at 1:53PM in Pets & Pet Care
Mum and Dad have just got a JR pup.

They've always had dogs and had a JR in the past, but that was 30+ years ago and have since had 2 Westies.

They have a very large garden on a corner plot. High fences which have concrete bases that are dug down by around 3 ft.

Obviously JR terriers are known for nipping/biting and chewing, digging, and can be quite aggressive if not trained properly.

They've done plenty of research but are looking for upto date advice with JR's and instilling best behaviours in them.

They've got plenty of chew toys to help deter chewing the furniture, shoes etc, but what else can they try?

They are already aware not to use rawhide chews, but are pigs ears/snouts still acceptable?


They have never had need to muzzle a dog in the past, but I have suggested it given the reputation JR's now have, especially around other dogs.

Which type are best? I've looked at the Baskerville ones and the fabric/mesh ones that wrap/slide around the muzzle.

The Baskerville ones to me look awful, but do allow the dog to open its mouth where the wrap/slide on types allow enough room just so the dog can breathe and get a drink.

Which type is most acceptable/better for the welfare of the dog?

The breeder has provided details of the food they have used with the pups. Is it best to continue with that and then slowly change, or just stick to that brand?

My parents last dog had issues throughout its 14 years with food but was most happy eating brown rice and chicken added to some mixer/dry food (as long as it didn't also include rice and grains) following advice from the vet, and dog diet has significantly changed over the years.

Coats etc???

With JR's being working dogs will coats have an affect on their fur/natural skin oils etc? Are they encouraged or should they be avoided?


They've bought 2 collars. One is a leather one and the other is a fabric one. Again is there are recommended type, thickness/width or is it down to personal preference?

They also have a harness. Are these still seen as the best option for keeping control of a dog?

There have a few dog leads of differing lengths/materials, but dont/won't use a retractable on as don't believe they are safe.

The leads are made from what I can only describe as rock climbing rope.

Any recommendations on this as the dog grows from being a pup into an adult JR?

Anything else that anyone can recommend?
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  • MovingForwardsMovingForwards Forumite
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    Slow down and breathe!

    If the JR is a pet rather than a hunting / catching / working dog then feed it non-working dog food (less protein).

    We have fed ours on various foods to see what does and doesn't work with her stomach; plenty has been given to the local dog/cat home as we have moved away from it. Other people do a raw food diet.

    Leads / harness can be material or leather; personal choice comes into play. Do not buy a chocker!! We use a martingale collar. As you say, no to a retractable especially with a strong minded dog, they could get seriously hurt, or worse, the walker could risk an injury themselves to the shoulder/ get pulled over etc.

    Toys - kongs are great for all dogs, keeps them occupied and are fairly robust.

    Muzzles I've never used, not even on my retired greyhound; that is due to the temperament and seeing her reaction rounds different dogs and outdoor cats.

    Can't see why a JR would need a coat as it has decent fur! But I would wait and see through the seasons.

    Training from first receipt of the puppy sets up how it will be for life; this is what they need to concentrate on.
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    edited 29 January 2019 at 2:20PM
    I take it that the JR is a puppy? From a recognised breeder? If so, take the breeder's advice! I would suggest reading Gwen Dunbar's book "Raising the perfect puppy" or any of Ian Dunbar's books - his training methods are excellent. Please do NOT use any of Cesar Milan's methods - that way lives Disaster!

    Find a puppy socialisation group - which consists of puppies of around the same age. Generally run by your local veterinary group - but make sure that the puppies are all around the same size/age!

    Don't start thinking about muzzles at this age - it is definitely the wrong way to go.
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    I wouldn't consider muzzling a pup, nor an older dog unless there is very good reason. Not only unneccessary but it can make them more anxious hence more reactive in turn.
    If a puppy is properly trained and socialised - take it to puppy classes as a starting point- then these issues shouldn't arise. And keeping a dog on a lead and under control is a far better option than whacking a muzzle on the poor thing just because of something you've read.

    You really need to stop getting so far ahead of yourself and seeing problems where currently there aren't any.

    Bottom line - good consistent ongoing training is a far better way of keeping control of a dog than any number of leads, harnesses and collars.
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  • please don't get a muzzle just because of the reputation of the breed!

    You sound like you are panicking a lot about things that don't need to be worried about.

    retractable leads are good for dogs that aren't pullers / easily distracted, so may be just get a normal lead to begin with until your parents can suss out what type is best. we use slip lead collars for our dogs, but they are good walkers - if it kept choking them then i wouldn't use them.

    Socialisation groups are great, but your parents would need to take them so they can start to exert authority over appropriate behaviours etc.

    i agree with the above, I don't think JR need a coat, but they will soon learn how the dog reacts to the different weathers.

    as for harness / collars, it is personal preference.

    Trust your parents to do their research, and trust that they know what they are doing given they have had dogs before. Just like children, theres no hard or fast way to behave/parent dogs. Your parents will realise what is best for their dog pretty quickly!!
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