Destructive Jack Russell - need advice

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Destructive Jack Russell - need advice
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Mon, 08-29-2005 - 1:47pm
Hi everyone. I have an 8 month old jack russel terrier/lab mix, Gia. She is soooo bad! I can't leave her by herself for 5 minutes, or she is chewing the couch, desk, pillows, anything she can get her paws on. I can't take her destructive behavior anymore...she is going to leave me broke. Also,...she never sits still, she is always running around! ahhh! Anyone have any advice for me?...or own a jack russell, and can calm me down by telling me that she will grow out of this ???!! Please!
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Mon, 08-29-2005 - 2:45pm

Hi, are you playing with her a lot and taking her for long walks?

Vickie

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Mon, 08-29-2005 - 4:20pm

I agree with the previous poster to make sure you are exercising your JRT enough.

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Mon, 08-29-2005 - 7:44pm

One more thing I forgot about...we would keep Murphy on a leash in the house so that we knew where he was at all times.

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Mon, 08-29-2005 - 11:09pm

Hi and *Welcome* to the Popular Dog Breeds board.



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Tue, 08-30-2005 - 9:21am
thanks for the advice everyone. I don't take her for walks or let her run enough i know that. But when I come home from work, all I want to do is lay down. There is a dog park about 10 minutes from me, so I should probably take her there more. I recently spent 80 bucks at petsmart on indestructable toys that she can't destroy. So i have alot of toys for her, it has seemed to help some. The bitter apple doesn't really help...she actually seems to like it! And I do crate her when I leave, but will there ever be a time when I won't need to? I feel bad about leaving her in the crate all day long. I just think she doesn't understand me sometimes. Like yesterday, I caught her in my bedroom, destroying a pillow once again, so I put her in the cage for about an hour. Then I left her out, and she eventually found her way to the pillow again! So i once again put her in the cage. Why did she do it again, after I had punished her for it? Is she stupid?
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Tue, 08-30-2005 - 12:32pm

You're not spending enough time with her. And I think she's viewing going to her crate as punishment. She chews something, you take her to the crate, you let her out and she does the same thing. She may be "acting out".

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Tue, 08-30-2005 - 11:25pm

Part of responsible dog ownership is more than just feeding them and giving them a nice bed, you also have to exercise them and play with them consistently.



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Wed, 08-31-2005 - 5:33pm
Ditto with what everyone else says and I have to emphasize on the obedience training. The crate should be their bed, their safe haven, a place they can go to feel safe and a place they know is their very own. If you use it as a punishment for an hour at a time they will begin to act out and not like the crate anymore, and you'll have problems getting Gia into the crate sometime in the near future. If she were being trained even the littlest bit in obedience she would know her sits, and downs, etc. etc. I have a 1 year old Sheltie that also has alot of energy but he has been obedience trained and is actually still in the process, it is an ongoing thing with us. Because of this training, he understands that "down" means to lay down and not get up until released. Therefore, if he misbehaves, we will put his leash on him and put him into a down, and as b1tiredmomma had suggested to me once a while back that really does work is when she is down, keep your foot on the leash not giving any slack at all so when she tries to stand up she can't cause the leash isn't long enough for her too, tell her "no" "down" again. Do not talk to her at all until you release her and then praise her profusely. The worse punishment for a dog is being ignored. Try this for about 20-30 minutes a couple of times a day and this will help to establish who is boss, and this will also help in the other stuff. You can do this when you get home when you are tired, it doesn't require a whole lot of physical energy. Please, please get Gia some obedience it doesn't have to be expensive, from some top trainer, alot of community centers offer it, and I think places like petco offer it too. It will only be about an hour or two at a time and it is well worth it.