Jack Russell Terrier - Canine Companion or Demon Dog (Chapter 2, page 4 of 15)


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Chapter 2

Jack Russell's are best suited to a home with an active family who enjoy the outdoors. Jack Russell's will do best in a rural or country setting where there is wilderness for them to run, explore and play in. Keeping your Jack Russell as a welcome part of the family means firm, consistent training and patience. Another key to enjoying your Jack is regular lengthy exercise and fun games to occupy them. Failure to keep your Jack Russell active will often result in a bored dog that will show a change in temperament and quickly find himself in trouble. Your wardrobe, shoes, furniture and other belongings will suffer.

Jack Russell's are very playful and have very flamboyant personalities. Allowing them a chance to exercise these traits will help keep your Jack happy and healthy. Jack Russell's that are not shown the proper care, training and exercise can quickly become an unmanageable member of the family. Jack's that are not properly attended to will often exhibit excessive and unwarranted barking, an unstoppable urge to escape from your home or property, unwanted digging and damage outside and inside the home as well as damage to personal belongings within the home that are within reach.

In the U. S., Canada, and Britain there are now a number of rescue agencies that focus exclusively on Jack Russell's. This is because of the number of people who take these animals into their homes expecting them to be like the dogs on TV. These rescue agencies are often working full time at full capacity to take care of Jack's that have been rejected by their owners. It cannot be expressed enough that anyone interested in Jack Russell Terrier's must do their research and realistically decide if a dog of this type will be able to fit into their current lifestyle before buying or adopting a Jack Russell.

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