JRT about 12 weeks old. Bites, growls and does not listen!

by Lisbeth

A picture when recently got him

A picture when recently got him

Hi, I got this puppy for 3-5 weeks ago and recently he has started to growl and bite.

When we are out walking and if we are returning home(or even in the middle of the walk), he starts to run and attempts to bite my shoes and pants(as he's growling/barking at me!). He also does this when we are at home. I know that he's teething and wants to bite everything, but its getting out of control. I say a stern NO, but he continues to bite and growl. Also he doesn't listen when I call him. Ive tried with a high voice, whistle for him, everything to take his attencion but he doesn't react!

Also I walk him several times a day for about 30-45 min everytime he has to go out and to what he has to do. I throw sticks that he can run and get, I pick up leafs he can try to get.
I thought that the longer hes out the calmer he should be, but it seems that its not working.

I really hope someone can help me! I want to get rid of these things before he starts to get more older or even more aggressive.


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Apr 27, 2010
Your the Boss
by: Anonymous

About JRT, Jennifer is right on, I have a 2 yr old Jack Russell,he was 5 mos. old when I got him from some people that had small children --Jack Russells are not good as a general rule around small children because they will not tolerate "pestering" my Jack Russell is very loving and sweet but he does try to be in charge at times and you have to take control at an early age--do not let him bite and chew on you when playing,they start off thinking its ok to put teeth on you-I just say "No bite" when my Jack Russell does this and he stops,also I have found that when you correct Jack Russells you should not scream or yell at them this only escalates the problem and they go into a self protection mode and things can get ugly--you have to speak to them in a firm voice don't back down, you just have to know how to deal with them.

Apr 17, 2010
Who's in charge?
by: Jennifer

Ok, I'm just a JRT owner...not a training expert, but I had trouble with my Bella until I realized something. She thought SHE was in charge and was letting me know it. Even as a puppy, YOU have to be the Alpha (male or female). If you are not the head of the "pack", even if that just means the two of you, your pup will try to be the leader/Alpha dog. I had a HORRID time with Bella from 2 - 4 1/2 months because I started all wrong. She has such a dominant personality (as most JRT's do!!) and I thought that just giving her more love and kisses would make her WANT to be sweet to me! lol Doesn't work this way in the dog world. Your pup is biting, nipping and growling because it is telling you what to do!!! I used several methods with Bella - both from Ceasar Milan (the Dog whisperer) to Tamar Geller (The loved dog...FANTASTIC book). Once I established with Bella that I was the Alpha female in the house, she stopped biting me (attacking really) and we really could get to training. It took several months (probably because I was such a newbie) but this is my advice. Bella is my baby, and she is WELL loved, but I'm the one in charge...and she loves me even more for it!! Good luck!!

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