Jack Russell Terriers!! Please help!

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Basset Hound- with a Flatty- suit on
Barked: Mon Apr 7, '14 12:07am PST 
So as circumstances go, the father of someone I know has ended up in the possession of a JRT. It's young, I don't know how young, but well under a year. I have not met this dog.

This man didn't want the dog, but had it hoisted upon him. He isn't a dog nerd by any means, and has limited basic knowledge of owning a dog, although he has owned them before. He does have poor health, but has grown to love the dog and would like to keep it if he can manage.

How can a person with limited health/energy/vision etc keep a JRT happy? This isn't my breed of choice, so I'm a bit at a loss and haven't met the dog. If you have specific suggestions on how to tire this dog out and keep it mentally stimulated while balancing his limited dog knowledge and health issues let me know!
-The dog is crate trained, but could still use a bit of help really loving the crate.
-The dog has a toy he likes that is a stump with squirrels, and he's proven that he enjoys sticking his head in to nab the squirrels
-He has been feeding the dog in the crate, and the dog does retreat into the crate when he fears being disciplined
I will try to find out more and add to this as I can.

Black dogs rock!
Barked: Mon Apr 7, '14 2:40am PST 
wave Abner, good to see you back! hug Can the man walk the dog at all? Does he have a yard? Can he see enough to read books or the internet? This came to mind right away:


I think clicker training anything would be a great idea for the JRT. Maybe the man can even train the dog to help him with his challenges. Wasn't it a JRT that was doing housework in one of those adopt a shelter dog commercials? If the man is willing to learn how to clicker train, I think these 2 could make an awesome pair smile Kudos to the man for wanting to find a way to keep himflowers

High-flyin' Pup!
Barked: Mon Apr 7, '14 5:29pm PST 
Three words: nosework, nosework, nosework!

Nosework tires Jasper out almost as much as hard exercise, and it's way more fun for me!

We started with a few open boxes with a really stinky treat inside one of them. Gradually, I made the 'puzzle" harder and harder, now I can out him in his crate and hide the treat on a different floor of the house for him to 'find it'.

Sometimes I hide a few treats, or "trick" him by scenting several locations but leaving the treat in only one of them.

It's a fun game that never seems to get old for either of us. smile


Ready Set GO!
Barked: Mon Apr 7, '14 6:53pm PST 
Clickertraining would be terrific if he is up to it. Physically it just takes pressing the clicker and toss a little kibble to the dog. Mentally it is great for both halves of the team and it is quite a challenge to time the click right. Been c/t for 15 years and it is still not easy to get right every time.

Flirt pole? First one I bought was for a JRT. Basically a sturdy cat fishing pole toy is all it is. Mine are store bought but running a strong line through a short length of PVC and tying a thick knot to keep the line from pulling through works fine. Teach stay then get the lure to build some basic obedience in the dog too. Letting go of the lure is another challenge, I drop the pole and offer a treat. May have stepped on the line to keep it from moving much early on, don't remember. Didn't take long to figure out lure in mouth is boring even if catching lure is the best thing ever.

Food puzzles are very entertaining for us humans to watch and most dogs enjoy getting food in this manner. A kong wobbler looks easy to load and clean unlike all the ones I have. Or use a dry plastic water or milk bottle then recycle the crumpled chewed on mess after it is empty. A bottle is only when one is closely watching the dog, if dog gets frustrated and pulls off chunks things could go wrong fast.

I love sitting- in laps
Barked: Mon Apr 7, '14 9:38pm PST 
wave Good to see you again Abner.

Like Jasper, I'd suggest nose work games. The simple way I do it with Moose is I toss teeny tiny treats all over the floor and as he's sniffing them out, I toss more in other areas. I can even do it while I'm watching t.v.. The other night I tossed treats for close to an hour. He seemed pretty tired from it.

If your friends father is up for it, maybe taking a nose work class would be fun for both of them. I loved taking them with Mikey.
The other thing he can do is train, train, train.
Also, food dispensing toys. When I feed Moose, a 1/3 of his kibble goes into a food dispensing toy. I also put wet food inside a Kong and shove a huge piece of apple in there and he works on that after he eats his kibble.

The dog must get out and run every day though. Hopefully he can fulfill that for the dog.

Basset Hound- with a Flatty- suit on
Barked: Tue Apr 8, '14 12:58am PST 
Bunny- wave HIII! I do lurk sometimes. He can walk the dog small amounts. He has area around the house, but not fenced. I think he can go online a bit, but doesn't have the best computer. I will pass that link on.
I don't think he's terribly familiar with clicker training, but I will try to pass information about it on.
And I agree! He just doesn't know what to do with this sort of dog. It's hard falling in love with a dog you may not have chosen for compatibility.

Jasper- Thanks! I was thinking nosework too!

Ginger- Clickers are awesome. That being said, I don't know how much he'd know how to do with training past the basics. I was thinking about this kind of training too, but his family member said he's not so experienced with that kind of thing.
I think he could do a flirt pole!
Right now he's feeding in the crate to get the pup enjoying that as his space more, but I will suggest the wobbler.

Moose- wave !! Hi! When I think of Saints I still think of you guys. I'm going to throw the nosework thing out to them for sure.
I am concerned about the exercise factor. The dog can go to work with him most days, which I think does help rather than cooped up in the house entirely. It's more stimulating at least. But JRTs are so... So terrier-y! I'm hoping they can adjust.

Also, I've been told he's having trouble potty training properly. I guess he got an indoor dog pad of some sort that I think he may have in the crate right now. The dog seems to be taking to the pad, but will still have accidents if left unattended, and tends to dislike potty time outside. If he can't take the dog he has to leave it for around 10 hours or so, which isn't ideal for a puppy obviously. Of course, it wasn't his expectation to be put in charge of this dog. It's kind of a tough one. I mean, I assume it's difficult for him to get someone in to let the dog out during the day.
Any advice for dual potty training the dog?

Black dogs rock!
Barked: Tue Apr 8, '14 2:30am PST 
The puppy pad should *not* be in the crate. Princesse's puppy pad is in a litter box smile Treats, treats and more treats for pottying outside. My mother is not well physically either. What she does to exercise her dog is drive the dog to the park or other open space and lets her run. Not ideal but works for her.The man could do a similar thing but with a long training lead smile

14- Years- Young!
Barked: Tue Apr 8, '14 6:24pm PST 
If he is able to ride a bike, even for short periods of time, he can get a bike attachment and take the dog biking. I jog and bike with my younger dog regularly, awesome way to exercise a high energy dog, I can cover twice the distance in half the time of a walk.

I agree with the NW suggestions! Is he in Sonoma Co. too? If he’s interested in pursuing classes there is a large, very active NW community here (heck, nationals are being held here next month at the fairgrounds!) Most of the people I train with are competing, but we have some ‘just for fun’ people too.

Also, would a dog walker be a possibility?
Kali earned- her wings- 10/21/14

She's game for- anything that's- fun.
Barked: Wed Apr 9, '14 4:24am PST 
Maybe he could try Doggie Day Care. That would tired the pup out for him. Or maybe have a younger relative take him for walks when he's old enough? Puppy Classes might help too.