Jack Russell Running Round & Round in Circles

by Mrs Wendy Hooker

We have 2 Jack Russell Terriers. Our long haired terrier Barney reacts when postman comes. He runs round & round in circles and he snaps at our other Jack Russell. If we are at our parents he catches our leg when my parents get up or if we go out. But if they r both there without us no problem. They are both very loving. Barney is a very nervous dog.

Behavioral Suggestions from Our Editor

Hi Wendy,

You have two great Jacks.

It sounds like Barney may be exhibiting signs of anxiety or over-excitement, which can lead to the behaviors you've described. Here are a few suggestions to help manage and modify Barney's behavior:

Desensitization and counter-conditioning: Gradually expose Barney to the triggers that cause his anxiety (e.g., the postman, people getting up) while rewarding him with treats or praise for remaining calm. Over time, this can help him associate those triggers with positive experiences instead of anxiety.

Create a safe space: Provide Barney with a designated area, such as a crate or a separate room, where he can go to feel safe and secure when he's feeling anxious or overstimulated. Make sure this space is comfortable, with his bed, toys, and some water available.

Redirect his energy: When Barney starts running in circles or snapping at your other dog, try to redirect his energy with a toy or a command, such as "sit" or "down." Reward him with treats or praise when he focuses on the new task.

Exercise and mental stimulation: Ensure both your Jack Russell Terriers get plenty of physical exercise and mental stimulation to help reduce anxiety and excess energy. This can include walks, playtime, puzzle toys, or training sessions.

Obedience training: Work on basic obedience commands with Barney to help improve his impulse control and focus. This can also help build his confidence, which may reduce his nervousness.

Consider professional help: If Barney's behavior does not improve or worsens, you may want to consult with a professional dog trainer or behaviorist. They can provide personalized guidance and training techniques tailored to Barney's specific needs.

Consult with your veterinarian: If Barney's anxiety is severe or does not improve with training, it may be helpful to discuss the issue with your veterinarian. They can rule out any underlying medical issues that might be contributing to his behavior and discuss the potential for anxiety medication, if appropriate.

Remember that modifying behavior takes time and patience, so it's essential to be consistent with your training and management techniques.

All the best,

Editor and Publisher
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