We are brand new dog owners. We have adopted a 9-10 week old Jack Russell Terrier/female. She's very sweet and passive. We decided, "maybe we'll adopt one of her brothers/sisters for a playmate"! Well, we picked up one of her brothers and brought him home. He was very curious about his surroundings and very friendly with us, but Noelle, our female, went ballistic. She was jumping all over him, chasing him, I'm sure very excited to see another dog, but he was getting pretty P.O.'d :) Anyway, they started really getting nippy with each other and he was humping her face like crazy. They were both in "that position" equally. It was quite funny at first, then it bothered me. Is this natural? We didn't keep him more than an hour before we brought him back because of this action, but I am really interested in bringing in a sibling for Noelle. Please advise. *Would we be better off bringing in her sister for a playmate?
They were probably just trying to establish a pecking order. Humping is not necessarily and is frequently a dominance behavior, not a sexual one (especially in very young pups). You should've given it a little more time and let them work it out, IMO. An hour? Sheesh! Give 'em a chance!
In the breed I own, it's almost always best to have a mixed pair. Don't know about JRTs. Good luck in your search.
This kind of behaviour is pretty normal, and probably the least of your worries! It's always harder to train 2 litter mates, than it is one at a time. My advice to you is to wait until you have the first pup housebroken, and well on it's way to obedient, and then pick another pup of the opposite sex, which was a good idea. Jack Russells are very active little dogs, and I think you will have your hands full with just one. This is just my opinion, others may disagree.I suggest that you do a bit of research on animal behaviour, and if you want to stick with a JRT, research those as well.Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
No - Don't get a playmate! You need to study up on the things you need to do to aid the social development of you puppy. It can be a lot of work. You can't outsource that work to another puppy -- that will only compound your problems.
You have a toddler now, and you need to think ahead to when that toddler becomes a headstrong teenager. You are at a critical time in your dogs life, and lessons she learns now can be firmly imprinted and difficult to reverse in the future. The last thing you need is a pair of littermates that have bonded more closely to each other than they will ever bond to you.
Go the library and read up about puppy development, or call you local humane society and ask for help.
As a breeder of Parson/Jack Russell's, I stongly advise against getting two at once. And I will very rarely place to pups from the same litter in a home. If you have two pups they tend to bond to each other and not to you. Take the other posters advice, and only have one pup at a time. Trust me, I have a litter of 7 right now and in less than two weeks it will be sheer pandamonium in my kitchen!!!!! LOL
He's your friend,your partner,your defender your dog.You are his life,his love,his leader. He will be yours faithful and true to the last beat of his heart.You owe it to him to worthy of such devotion
I agree that two puppies at one time is a 'no-no'. Way too hard to properly train, much less jack's LOL. But it's done. And the original question was is it normal. Given they are puppies, Yep, it has to do with dominance. It's not the S word (though I do hope you intend to have them fixed sooner than later? Or it just might well be). They gotta figure out who's the boss, and who's next in line and so on and so on. One of your many responsability's now is to make sure the boss (alpha) is you. Good luck. Are you just getting other opinions besides the breeder's? *just my opinions*
Not than breeders. THE breeder's. Really I was wondering about what the breeder of these two pups had to say about JRT's in general, and two together? I was just wondering how well her breeder tried to inform her, we know they don't always listen, LOL. But she DOES have a brother and sister, so I was just wondering. I also had alot to drink last night, though I'm not sure if it matters (or is allowed)