Hi ~ I'm new here and also a new JRT owner. We are a family of four, kids are ages 14 and 11. Getting a puppy was sort of spontaneous, and we have another dog (4 year-old Shepherd mix), so we are caring and responsible pet owners, but we really kind of jumped in the car one evening and drove to see these puppies. Obviously we came home with one, and he's adorable! He's almost eight weeks old. I've been doing some reading on this breed (yes, I know, it's backwards -- usually you read BEFORE you get the puppy!), and I'm a little nervous about owning this type of dog.
We started crate training and house training right from the start, and he'll start puppy Kindergarten in one week.
ANY advice on owning this type of dog, training, etc. would be so helpful!
I made sure that after puppy training was over, she was enrolled in Intermediate training right away. They will help you learn how to control her better and get her to do what you want/need her to do, and reinforce all that puppy training. I liked "Clicker Training" too, it helped to reinforce the training on top of giving her a treat.
In between training sessions, make a list of all the training that she is being taught in class. Then at home, everyday, put her through her paces. But only about 15 minutes. Any longer and she gets bored/too distracted/too many "treats".
Don't use all the various "training treats" that are out there. My JRT gets a very gassy stomach from all of them during training, because she gets too many of them, during our sessions. Our Vet recommended using her dry kibble food as her "treats". I don't know if this is true for all JRTs, but mine has a very sensitive stomach, and can't have beef, chicken, or turkey - her dry food is Blue Buffalo Wilderness - Duck formula. It's grain-free.
I hope you have a fenced-in yard.
JRTs are notorious for tearing up their toys, unless they are very durable. As a puppy, mine tore through her toys so fast, I ended up getting her new ones almost every week. Don't get stuffed toys.
I like the "Chuckit"-brand of toys - not the Kong toys.
Chuck-it toys are very durable and versatile and fun.
Get the "squirrel" toy for throwing like a frisbee and she'll chase after it and jump up to get it. But JRTs are also notorious for not "dropping-it". So I play with 2-3 different toys at a time. You'll end up running around the yard with your dog. So get used to it now. You will be running after the toys right along with her.
Walk her at least 2 times a day, at least 30-45 minutes. As a puppy, she may not walk that long yet, but work up to it. In between walks, play with her out in the yard or in the house or reinforce her training exercises. Oh and in the summer, get her a little kiddie pool to get her used to water and keep her cool. Start with just enough water to cover the tops of her paws. I also got my JRT a sandbox, to keep her from digging up the yard. Hide her toys/treats in the sand and make her dig for them.
You can also use this time to teach her tricks. There are great trick books out there. These are the ones I use and I love them, they're very easy to follow:
"51 Puppy Tricks: Step-by-Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Puppy" and
"101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog" (Kyra Sundance (Author)for both books).
I hope this helps! JRTs are fun and funny too! They get goofy, they'll make you laugh so hard! Mine is so happy in the morning and I swear she smiles behind that toy in her mouth!