I have a female jack russell. She has become a deomon dog from #$%@@! I am about to loose my mind. Does anyone else have a jack who can help me? She won't house break, she jumps the fence, she won't crate train, she is a toy pusher and has most recently decided that she likes the way electrical cords taste! HELP!!!! Thank you.
Hey Demon, I understand what you are going through...when I was younger, my mom had just remodeled my bathroom and hung some wallpaper...we had a male jack russel at the time, and besides all the other destructive behaviors he had..ie:chewing on table legs, on human legs, peeing everywhere....he also added wall chewing to the list....he actually got in there and chewed through the paper all the way in a matter of a few minutes....my parents were dumbfounded....however, they realized that if left alone for any amount of time, that there would be destruction...its like having a child....you have to keep your eye on them at all times..... As far as the crate training...what is she doing? Does she whine all night, if so, heres what you can do...make sure she is sleeping near you or in the same room....if she does not stop barking and whining for a reasonable amount of time....try taking an old teddy bear or even a pillow and put one of those old alarm clocks in it....the ones with the bell on top, that are so loud when they go off....the ticking of the clock seconds are very soothing to the pup...it mimicks the sound of the mothers heartbeat....just make sure that the alarm is OFF! We tried this and it worked wonders and we also had a friend who did the same thing and it also worked...so give it a shot and see what happens.....Good luck to you...
Thank you all for responding to my plea! I have tried to creat train her in the past. I would come home to find her shaking like someone has just beat her all day long, there would be some sort of bodily fluid all over the inside of the crate and it appeared to have blood in it. I have called the vet and they suggested that I not put her in a crate since it stresses her out so bad. I then tried putting her in a room. The same thing happens there. Only the mess is much bigger!! I tried letting her run the house, closing off certain rooms, but she potties in the house when I do that and recently she has discovered electrical cords. I can't leave her outside because she jumps the fence. I am just having a hard time. I went today to buy another crate and this time I am going to ease her into it. The vet told me I could giver her benedryl 2 times a day to help with her anxiety. I just feel like a horrible pet owner. Now I have to replace the carpet in my house ($1,000), build a fence ($1200), fix my tv (?) and looks like obendiance school is my only other option ($89). I feel bad thinking of the cost, but I work so hard to have nice things and she is just tearing it all up. I don't want to give up on her, but sometimes I want her to just disappear! I feel so wrong!
How much time is the dog left alone during the day? It sounds like your dog is one of those dogs that needs to be kept leashed at all times for now, whether indoors or outdoors. Hate to say it but if you can invest in a 'hot wire' and line the top of your fence with it, it'll stop the dog from jumping over the fence. Lining the inside of your fence with an invisible fence will also help. Keeping the dog leashed when its inside when you are home will give you more control. What method are you using to try and housetrain? Given the dog's extremely destructive habits, I have to admit, I would keep it in the crate as well, and sedate her when you aren't home.
I haven't thought of leashing her in the house. I don't really have any ideas of how I would do that. Do you know if they make things for indoor leash? I just bought another crate and another Kong toy today. Tonight when I get home I will work with her using the crate. I plan to feed her in it and play fetch with her favorite squeek and toss it in the kennel every so often to make her go in it. I guess I will do that off and on all evening. I read somewhere that when you allow them to sleep in the bed with you that it means (to them) that they are on the same power level as you. I think tonight I will try making her sleep in her crate on the floor next to my bed. She never wets the bed at night when she sleeps with me, this is how I know she CAN hold it at least 8 hours. I don't think I will make her stay in the crate all day tomorrow. I think I will just put her back in the bathroom while I am at work and then when I get home play with the crate again and make her sleep in it again. What do you think? Thanks again for your reply.
Leashing hte dog in the house is easy, but I mean leashing it when you are home. Just tie the leash to your belt loop or keep it around your wrist all day when you are home. Then you will know exactly what she's doing all day. I'd start putting her food and water in her crate, in just the very entrance to start off with so she gets used to drinking/eating from it and realizes that it's not *all* bad.
I have a terrier, so I know they are stubborn! Esp. Jack Russells- they are so high energy. Honestly I think obedience training should be a requirement for every dog. A person may think they know how to train but it is a lot more complicated than that. A lot of times owners will inadvertently make lots of mistakes and send mixed messages to the dog. They need absolutely clear direction and utter consistancy, ESP. terriers. If you can't afford classes, there are great books out there that can tell you step by step what to do. Good luck!
The first trainer I went to with my dog was at Petsmart. Honestly, I was not too thrilled with my trainer because I didn't like the way she corrected some of the dogs. She used a lot of negative reinforcement, and in my dog's case it didn't help him or me. But I have heard very good stories about Petsmart as well. It all depends on the trainer. I would gather as much info as you can, see if you can sit in on a class before committing to taking your dog, and see what goes on. I would also recommend doing some info searching on the internet on all of the different training techniques because there are MANY! You may agree with some and not with others. I have read that terriers often do very well with clicker training, and that method worked well for my dog. The only thing I would really watch out for are the trainers who use VERY negative and subversive methods like smacking the dog, hanging, etc.
While at Petsmart today I actually got to talk to the trainer. One of the sales people found her for me cause I was about in tears over my situation with my dog. She said that they train using positive reinforcements. She seemed like a very positive person. She was telling me the different ways to stroke my dog to help her relax while I am hold her or sitting next to her. She actually didn't really want me to buy a crate for fear that my dog would hurt herself on it. I told her about the vet telling me about benedryl and she said it would help, but she thinks that training is the best rout. I just wanted to make sure that I wasn't wasting my money. I don't have a lot of it right now especially since I am having to replace the carpet and all. They have a class this Sat. at 1:00 I may go watch it. They encouraged me to at least come watch. So, I guess that answers my question. Thanks