How do I train my Jack Russell Terrier to walk off leash

I love taking walks with my Jack Russell and I would like to know how to walk her without a leash.

Asked by Member 769478 on Nov 17th 2008 in Behavior & Training
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Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011)

Don't do it unless and until she has a 100% foolproof recall. In other words, never until she always comes when called no matter how tempting distractions there are.
Start practicing the recall in a low distraction environment. When she is 100% foolproof on her recall there, build up to the highest distractions available. Always practice on leash first and make sure that you're comfortable before doing it offleash.
You might get a trainer to help you out.

NEVER walk her offleash where it is illegal to do so. Check the laws before walking her offleash.

Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011) answered on 11/17/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

CODY 2010 R.I.P.


No matter how well trained a dawg is, walking off leash is taking a chance. You don't want your dawg to run off, get lost, or get hit by a car.

If you insist on practicing, try a fence in yard, a high school track, or an enclosed dog park. Lots of treats. Work hard on looking both ways crossing the street.

Good Luck & Be Safe,
- Mr. Cody Boxer

CODY 2010 R.I.P. answered on 11/19/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Zackintosh CJ

I wouldn't recommend letting your dog (No matter how well trained) off-leash. However if you really want to -and warnings aside- your dog should have a 90% reliable recall (Don't excpect your JRT to be 100% reliable, humans aren't 100%, much less dogs)
around very strong distractions. And never call her to do something aversive (punishing, bathing, whatever she dosen't like)
I had a JRT for 5 years, and she was an off-leash outdoor dog all her life, and with no training had a fairly good recall. But most JRTs are NOT reliable off-leash. If you do let her off-leash, be sure she has current ID tags (and/or microchip) and check the leash law in your town.

Zackintosh CJ answered on 11/19/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer