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Common Jack Russell Problem Behaviors and How to Fix Them

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All Jack Russell Terrier (JRT) owners know that these little dogs come with some drawbacks. But are JRT problem behaviors just something we have to live with? The truth is that many behavioral problems have very simple solutions.

Here are some of the biggest, headache-inducing JRT behaviors and how you can fix them.

How to Keep Your Jack Russell Terrier from Barking

Barking is a completely natural habit for a dog, and Jack Russells tend to be a bit noisier than most breeds. But there are times when barking just isn’t appropriate, so for your own sake and the sake of your neighbours, you need to get this under control.

The first thing you need to do is determine why the dog is barking in the first place. The two biggest reasons that Jack Russells bark are because of boredom or anxiety:

  • Boredom can be easily fixed by giving your dog a variety of chews to entertain herself with. Try buying hollow nylon chews which you can fill up with peanut butter, which works as a great treat.
  • Anxiety is a little harder to deal with. If there is something in the environment which is intimidating your dog—a neighbor’s dog, for example—you can block it from view with curtains or fencing. If the anxiety is the result of being separated from you, the proper treatment is to gradually get your dog used to being alone. Leave it for very short periods at first, then come back with a reward. Slowly increase the amount of time that you leave the dog alone.

How to Keep Your Terrier From Jumping Up

Jumping up can actually be quite scary for many people, even with a small dog like a Jack Russell. Also, it's just plain annoying. Jumping up is usually caused by overexcitement. The solution is to make sure the dog gets its fair share of excitement throughout the day through games and exercise so it doesn’t end up releasing all its pent-up energy on unsuspecting guests.

Start going for more walks, play games that exhaust your dog like fetch, and teach the dog to sit on command.

How to Discourage a JRT's Destructive Behavior

This habit, like barking, is usually the result of boredom or separation anxiety. If you leave a puppy alone in your bedroom all day, you shouldn’t be surprised when you come home to a pair of chewed-up shoes. For a young dog, keep it in a puppy pen when you have to leave it alone. For older dogs, this is usually a bad habit formed in puppyhood that never got trained out. Starting a formal training regime with a disobedient dog will help to set some boundaries. Also, deal with your dogs boredom – up the games and physical activity, and provide some new treats and toys. Variation of toys and mental stimulation is important for an intelligent breed like the Jack Russell.

How to Teach Your Dog Non-Aggressive Behavior

Aggression can be a real problem with Jack Russells, whether it’s aggression towards certain people, strangers, other dogs, or over food and toys. Often it’s a sign of a lack of socialization and is common among some rescue dogs. However, a sudden change in behavior towards aggression in a usually friendly dog can also be a sign of injury or illness.

If the aggression has come on suddenly, contact your vet. If it is an ongoing problem, try slowly introducing the dog to environments and situations where it may act aggressively, providing treats and rewards to build up a positive association.

How to Stop Your Jack Russell From Biting

Biting is particularly a problem in puppies, but it can be an issue with older dogs too. To stop play-biting, all you need to do is hold the puppy’s mouth shut for a few seconds, say “No” firmly and then stick a chewy treat or toy in its mouth.

This lets the dog know what it should be chewing on rather than human skin. If you have an adult dog with biting problems, this is a serious matter that will probably require the skills of a professional trainer.

How to Keep Your Jack Russell From Running Away

Jack Russells are born hunters, and they were made to dig—so dig they shall, even if it means digging under your fence. The tendency of dogs to go roaming is generally inspired by natural urges to go and find a mate. The tendency can be reduced a great deal by neutering and spaying.

There are many other health benefits to neutering your dog too. On top of that, you should escape-proof your house and back yard, using chicken wire where necessary to block your dog from digging under fences.

How to Solve Your JRT's Hyperactivity

Jack Russells are pretty hyper by nature, but many are excessively hyper because their owners don’t help them release their energy. If your dog is excessively hyper it very likely needs more exercise.

Add an extra walk to your exercise regime, make walks longer and more challenging, teach your dog to swim, and start playing lots of games. Perhaps invest in a tennis ball launcher to help you throw a ball further in a game of fetch. This is about the only way your Jack Russell will get tired before you do.

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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

Comments

Mick on August 31, 2020:

We have a 12 year old JRT, she used to be fine with other dogs up to a couple of years ago, now she is very aggresive towards them.

Nick Tolentino on July 24, 2020:

We adopted our Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix 2 years ago. When we first got him, he was protective of my wife and would claim our bed lol. He would often scare the crap out of me if I laid in the bed after him. I would display my dominance and sometimes it worked. What really worked was taking him to dog training. They gave us a correction collar that works perfectly but above all, us as owners were trained how to handle their bad behaviours. So I recommend anyone dog owner to get training and education. Dogs are great but do need training at any level.

Victoria on June 13, 2020:

I adopted a two-year-old JRT. HE’s now four. It was tough from the beginning, due to hyperactivity. I resolved this by walking him A lot. And I mean a lot. Sometimes six times a day (I work from home and was able to do this, but his behaviour is very disruptive, whether because I have to walk him when I’d rather be at my desk, or because he’s pawing and pestering me). Of course, he has lots of positive attributes, and most of the time I can channel his behaviour into more manageable patterns (we play ball in the house for short stints—luckily I have floorboards and few breakables, he likes it when you bounce the ball and he has to jump for it, which means he’s less interested in fetch outside), but I will never get another JRT—at least, not without having acreage and the lifestyle suitable for this type of dog. A farmer once suggested I should give him the dog. It would make sense because these dogs are working dogs (they hunt vermin, I believe) and the problem for most of us here is that we’re putting them into to housebound lives. I am lucky in that my dog doesn’t bite. He’s an adorable little fellow, but yesterday he pushed me to my limits and I found it really hard to deal with his pestering and the impact it has on my life. I came here looking for a solution. In a way, it’s a relief to know that it’s not me, it’s not my fault he’s this way; it’s the breed, and no amount of training will address hyperactivity and it’s overflow (aggression) if the dog isn’t getting high levels of exercise. Things improved greatly when a friend took him on daily early morning walks in addition to those I take him on. So the solution is, get up early and walk the dog for between 5-10 ks. It will need another walk or two throughout the day, and some ball play, or play with another dog, if you have one. Good luck to everyone.

Donna on May 19, 2020:

My Jack is now 10 years old. He has suddenly started to growl and bite when he is woken suddenly. Then he keeps coming. I turn my back on him and shout no which seems to snap him out of it,but i am concerned that one day he will just keep coming. Dont know what has got into him

Lane on May 18, 2020:

Our JRT we've had since he was a pup. My husband was deployed most of 2019 and since he came back our JRT has been very aggressive towards him. It has been months now since he got back. I am also pregnant so don't know whether that adds to it and the lockdown also makes him more attached to me. If our little girl tries to stroke him he starts snarling at her. I need advise please

Carmen on April 28, 2020:

I have a very well behaved pet I just think sometimes she sees spirits.Im just facinated with her, she is very brite and very loving.

Sarah on March 04, 2020:

Rescued a JRT, its been 3 weeks. He is 1.5 years old. He recently bite someone and acts very possesive of me and my fiancee. What can we do on our end? Any tricks to training a JRT?

My baby bug on March 03, 2020:

I agree with the person who said people are here for support and understanding there jack russell, if people know so much about them they shouldn’t be here disrespecting those of us who want and need support. Not all jacks are the same I know mine is just like a child sometimes I think he’s bipolar but wouldn’t change him for all the money in the world. He is very passive and demands attention. If I’m on my iPad he gets all over me until I put it down. Do most jrt like to play at crazy hours? Bug likes to get me up at around 4am to play but he likes it better if I fetch his baby and bring it to him he’s very vocal. I’m hoping I learn a lot from other owners with those who have nothing nice to say need to keep it to themselves. Love my BUG!!

tabby on January 10, 2020:

i have 7 month old jack russell chihuahua mix her name is lucy we call her lulu for short and she wont stop biting she always biting my nose or my feet she wont get along with my chaweenie either what do i do im running out of options

Beth on July 21, 2019:

Wow I thought I would like this site but allowing post like Avas I think I will find a much better one where comments like that are not allowed!!!! Points can made in much better ways....

Ava James-Betazoid on June 27, 2019:

Why is there so many people asking for help in this comment section? It’s fairly obvious that you will not receive a reply. Also, most of these “Please help” comments can be solved with 1 sentence: TRAIN YOUR DOG! If you cannot afford a trainer and/or are unable to train it yourself, find a home that’s willing to put in the work to be a responsible JRT owner because you do not deserve that Jack.

mrs m j alkhayat on June 18, 2019:

I HAVE A JACK RUSSEL HE IS 3 BUT HE HAS BEEN BITTING PEOPLE OUT SIDE BUT NOT INSIDE THE HOUSE HE HAS A LOVLEY NATURE SO KNOW WE CANT TAKE HIM ON THE BEACH WITH US PLEASE HELP

Christopher Gatt on May 29, 2019:

I have a Jack Russel Mix that is now 14 months old. One of the best tempered dogs I ever had except for when I leave him to go to a meeting or shopping. He will howl and bark from the second I leave to the second I get back.

Other issue I have is his tendency to bark at other dogs whenever I walk him, and this thing with his bark is he sounds aggressive but all he wants to do is play with the other dog.

Melani Harmse on May 01, 2019:

I have a Jack Russell she's 1 year old, and a Yorkie mix with a Poedel 6 years old.

They were very aggressive towards each other and was fighting EVERY DAY and with each fight it kept on getting worse and worst Until I had no choice but to find her a new home, she's a LOVELY dog and VERY good with children.

But seems that now in her new house she's very aggressive and even want to bite the little kids aswell as the other dogs. Can it be separation anxiety and how can I fix it? PLEASE HELP??

Janet on April 22, 2019:

I have had my jr since he was 8wks old he is coming up to be 11 his behaviour as changed drastically he is very grumpy I understand that this could be age I walk him every day try to play with him daily he has started to bite me he just suddenly spins round I do not see this coming he has got me a few times can someone give me any advice on how to cope with this .yes I have had behaviour therapy with him it didn't work

Gina on March 25, 2019:

I have had wonderful dogs all my life. We adopted a female JRT mix at a shelter at 10 weeks old. We trained and socialized her, we feed her a homemade organic diet, she is one of the most difficult dogs we have ever had since puppyhood. She shows her teeth anytime she doesn't want to do something and if you proceed she will bite - and has bitten. We are experienced with dogs and this dog high energy and very easy to nip. We love her very much and will make sure she has the best life, but would never recommend a JRT to anyone.

yeet on March 03, 2019:

my jack russel growls at people when they pick him up

ConcernedJRT on March 03, 2019:

Adopted my JRT from a shelter three months ago. He’s gotten thought the transition fine, but we have a problem walking him. He is aggressive towards babies, particularly ones in strollers. He also seems to be racist. Please help.

Alvin on February 10, 2019:

I have a Jackrussell he is eating and drinking but is not himself he has been shaking and seems very scared he is a good boy so don’t get told off he has plenty of loves and he loves his walk and is normal for that but back in the house he is not himself he haven’t been hurt by anyone

kim on January 06, 2019:

My dog is about 1 year old she is a chawawa when ever someone leave my house as soon as they open the door she try's to literally bite them,and if I take her around any other dog ,she charges at them like she wants to kill them,big dogs,little dogs it doesn't matter she just charges at them barking and grawlling,I don't k ow what to do,to keep her from being so mean

RON on November 24, 2018:

We have a 1 and half year old jack Russell. He has bitten my wife 3 or 4 times around food. Last night I covered him with a blanket while he was sleeping and moved him. He immediately bite me hard . We love him but we can't keep a biting dog. What can we do?

Janet Plumptre on November 24, 2018:

Have got a rescue dog jack Russell he’s usually very friendly but will not allow me to groom him,what should I do

Madison on November 19, 2018:

Ok so we got him about three days ago and he is 15 weeks old he’s really hyper and he started to get agressive my uncle thinks it’s ok to hit him when he’s bad but I think he will make him more mean he started play biteing but he kept geting in to things and when I pushed him away he growled at me and bite me and my mom has treats and he was putting us head in the container and my mom pushed him away and started growing mean and almost bite her and then he dropped he’s toy on the grown and my mom was trying to pick it up and he bite her can you plzz help me

joe poppa on November 13, 2018:

Just got a mix breed jack from the spca. About 5 years old. Sweetheart. She is ok at first but starts nipping when you pet her. She also humps. She stops when I say no or clap hands. Have been telling her to sit also. Just got her a week ago and want to know if I'm going about this right. I would love it if I could get her to stop these behaviors. Any suggestions.

Carole F Fisk on November 11, 2018:

My Jack=chi will not stop pulling and charging when we go for a walk. He knows the commands "NO", "Sit", "Stop", he juist doesn't care. Please help

Katezep on October 29, 2018:

Two weeks ago my family adopted a 5 yo tinny female JR, from a couple who could not handle it any more. The main issue is that the dog keeps growling, barking and seriously biting everyone except my father (66), whom she lets pet, sleeps with, get fed, plays fetch with.

We can not know the real previous living conditions of the doggy, apart that she has a perfectly completed health booklet.

As a family we have adopted dogs before but none of them was so aggressive. There are no other dogs in the house at the moment.

Any ideas how to deal with it?

Doreen on October 15, 2018:

My jackrussel male is a rehomed 3yr how do I control him as when it’s raining he wants to get in any car so I think other owner took him always in the car instead of walking.

peggy on October 13, 2018:

i have a jack Russell and boxer mix she just turned a year old on october 4th and we thought she might of calmed down when she turnd 1 but insted she turned even more hiper and she is just so difficult to train that i am about to say the heck with training.

Sharey on September 09, 2018:

I have two jack Russells that will be a year old in October. They are destroying my backyard. They have dug holes all over it and I can’t seem to get them to stop. Any suggestions that might help.

turquoise03 on September 03, 2018:

My Jack Russell would go hide under the bed when she knew I was leaving. Recently she will go in there during the day, at first I tried to coax her out but decided it was for attention so just leave her be. Typically she has slept with me since I have had her, 5 years...the last couple nights she got under there during the night. Otherwise she acts perfectly normal. I am hoping there is no cause for concern but I am!

Melanie van Heerden on August 30, 2018:

My 14 year old Jack Russell ‘barks’ in her sleep. She sleeps on top of my Labrador and is well behaved. Is this a sign of dementia?

Modesta on August 23, 2018:

I have a 2year old jack Russell terrier. She parks at everybody that comes in my home and also arks at people when I’m walking her. I need to get a mussel ffor her cause she not only parks but she also grail at people. Tell please what to do. I can’t afford training classes. I need help.

Lyndsey on August 21, 2018:

I have a 16 month jr and he barks alot at other dogs and started to lunge towards them too any idea how i can stop this behaviour? Thanks

LSJohns on August 05, 2018:

I have a 3 year JR, I lived in the country with other dogs. I divorced and brought him and another dog with me to the city he became very protective of me and very aggressive to the other dog. They were both miserable so I had to take them back to my ex on the farm. He seems so much happier but he’s being agrresive with other dogs and with my 2 year granddaughter. What is causing this aggression?

Ron Bougher on August 04, 2018:

I have a 10 month old JRT. He will pee in several locations when he doesn't get his way. 10+ tomes in a 30 minute period. Suggests? 2 weeks ago it cost me $150 to rule out a urinary tract infection.

D Stewart on July 18, 2018:

I have 3 Jack russells mother father and 2 year old pup from them, they all get along great every day for 2 hours we are on the beach but the pup is aggressive towards other dogs i have tried keeping her on a lead, she doesn't like it if a dog comes near me or my other 2 Jr's what can i do?

LISSA ANNAN on June 10, 2018:

my 10yr old grandson had a sleepover at my house and he woke me this morning to tell me he was sitting in the floor watching TV and my 9tr old Jack Russell cocked his leg and peed on him. He has NEVER peed inside the house before and certainly never peed on a person before. Does anyone know what could have caused him to do this?

sam on April 23, 2018:

I have a 2 year old JRT, Good with all people but aggressive to certain dogs, especially un-castrated male dogs. He hasn't been neutered and I don't see the point now because of his age, but will it calm him down even at 2? Can you train a dog who has not be neutered to not be aggressive to other dogs?

Help anon on April 07, 2018:

So my JRT jumps on just me and try’s to bite me yes I have scars from him scratching. He’s eight months old and can sit on command but when it’s me he just acts up. We go for walks regularly so idk what the problem is.

Sophie on April 01, 2018:

My jack Russell is not even 2 yet and she doesn’t do any of this so just train your dogs better

Sandra on March 28, 2018:

My 4 month old puppy keeps picking up pebbles when I try to take it off him he runs off thinking it's a game how can I stop him doing this I'm at my wits end , help

Graham Nash on March 03, 2018:

we have taken our Jack Russell to the vets because when we stroke or tittle her chest she squeals and darts away we are not applying any pressure and the vets can't find anything wrong wth her what could this be?

Karen Bowering on February 06, 2018:

Why does my jack Russell sit on me like a chair

Dog lover on February 04, 2018:

My 5 month old JRT is very well socialised with people and dogs however he’s started hurting my chorkie leaving marks on him and hanging off my shih tzu s ears making him cry doesn’t matter

What I do to try and stop it he won’t :(

Mrs R Mohanarajhan on February 04, 2018:

I am having Jackrussell since 7 week s old now he is 1 year 3 months old

He is keep biting my chichildren 14 teen and 12year now he is biting me as well .what can I do

Alies on February 01, 2018:

Hello. Few Problems with my Jack: he is around 4 years old and tend to bite without any reason. For example Kids or other People just want to pet him and sometimes he is good but sometimes he turns back and bite. What can be the reason for it? Another Problem is that he jumps and sleeps on the bed when I am away. my wife can't do anything about it, because he's showing his teeths when someone wants him to go down. Any help?

Mrs on January 13, 2018:

Why dose my jack russell hump my other dog and how can we stop it

Sian Williams on January 09, 2018:

Hi all dog lovers. Our now 19 month old Jack Russell poppy is a real delight. She has never ever destroyed anything in the house or caravan even when left alone. However we suddenly no longer want to sleep... In the caravan obviously we can't have her barking, not that she does a lot of that anyway, so she sleeps on her own bed on the floor but often ends up on the bed. At home she sleeps in the crate in the kitchen and comes to me when husband goes to work. This has been absolutely fine until about a month ago. Nothing has changed in our routine or home... Please help as getting worried and soooo tired. Many thanks for your help.

Dawn Fuerst on January 03, 2018:

I have to jack russell 12 week old puppies and they keep peeing in their bed. I have the bed outside the crate I do not use pads I take them out when they need to pee they usually go to the door but if I'm not there to see the last few times they've peed in their bed and not the crate help help please

Queen Buddha on December 29, 2017:

I have a Jack Russell and he eats everything. Trash, socks and he chewed up my granny's glasses. How do I stop him?

charleigh on December 07, 2017:

my dogs cant exercise daily due to work and school for the people In the house, however they do run around lots and play most of the time. the problem is- if there is even a slight sound from outside they are up and running/barking and if someone is at the door and we open it they run out into the street and its very dangerous seeing as our neighbours own 10 different breed dogs who ultimately will harm them. they pee anywhere and basically do what they want, they have control of the household and there isn't anything we can do. also when we do play with them they just bark and it creates an unbearable situation for us. we do let the dogs play in the garden on a regular basis but they are so ill behaved out there too, they will go anywhere in the garden to the loo apart from the grass and that creates extra chores. my girl jack Russell- poppy is quite violent too, e.g if she sees us playing with our cat she'll pounce and bite. if we tell her off she only jumps and licks and she just doesn't understand us. they are both rescue dogs and are aged 6 and 4 we have tried everything but its really hard when one doesn't like treats so they are hard to train because when given them they see it as a chance to fight over who has what. they do this with food too, eating out of eachothers bowls . poppy / the girl has a skin condition too and she is ALWAYS scratching .

Carla on November 13, 2017:

My Jack Russell has become aggressive to myself and my husband lately and dont know why he has always been a lover now all of a sudden he growl and trys to bite us. HELP !!!!!!

Jodie on November 02, 2017:

I have a jack a bee. We adopted from a shelter he is 2-3 yrs. He is great my son my husband an I an adults but he growls an barks when he sees my nieces an nephews even if they are just standing there he growls an barks in an aggressive way. How do I get him to stop so he can get used to them???

sue on October 07, 2017:

We have a cute wee jack Russell that is just over a year old. He gives us endless laughs every day. He is so sociable, just loves to interact with anyone or anything! Yes he is full on and doesn't like to be on his own except when he wants to hunt or very tired. He's lucky as we have a farm and live near the beach so he gets lots of exercise and meets lots of other dogs. He loves cardboard boxes so let him destroy them rather than shoes etc. He has a happy smiley nature that we encourage. Jumping is a problem but have to be firm with the down command or have him on a lead. We love him to bits and have lots of time for him so I guess a jack Russell works well for us!

simple solution for dogs that bite strangers on May 30, 2017:

use a leash, if none is at hand, a bit of rope will do.

beyond that, if 'one' walk a day isn't enough for your dog, try 4 walks a day. If you don't have time for 4 walks a day, pay somebody who has. There isn't a dog-problem in the world that cannot be solved with time, affection but above all, consistency. Make the wrong thing hard and the right thing easy.

ashley on May 21, 2017:

My jack russell hates strangers of all ages and when comes at the door or is in our yard he will bite them....I nervous I'm gonna have to put my dog to sleep for hurting someone he bit.....please help

Helena on May 15, 2017:

So, my boyfriend decided he wanted a puppy. He found a litter of jack russells. We didnt do any research about the breeds behavior or anything. We have a five year old pitboxer/labshepherd mix he is a male. The puppy is also a male. The puppy has nipped at my older dog and my three year old daughter. Im concerned he made a mistake getting a jr. Ive had my five year old pit mix since he was two months old due to his mothers passing, he is welp behaved, great with my children, and very well mannered towards strangers. My boyfriend is convinced the puppy will learn just as my five year old did and be as well behaved. But everything ive read makes me disagree. Now the puppy is supposed to be his dog, but he wont leave myside always wants to be on my lap. Im worried that he will become to protective over me. What can i do? How can i train him to be a loving non agressive dog. I really want him to do well with my children thats probably my main concern. What can i do so my boyfriend doesnt have to give him up?

Dawn on April 16, 2017:

My JRT is a mess...lol! I've tried training her, which I stuck to on a daily basis, but that didn't work. I swear my baby girl has separation anxiety, ADHD, she is allergic to everything (including fleas), she is super attached to me, and stubborn as hell, but I love her either way. She also barks at every one, no matter a dog or another human being, or when she is excited. Not to mention, she is very vocal when she plays (she sounds like she is eating her sister alive, but she barley bites when playing ). I'm at a complete loss at getting my stubborn baby under control, but willing to try new (but safe) ways of getting her to mind.

Joy on March 27, 2017:

The jr next door has made our life a nightmare for the last twelve years with its constant barking. Normally I would inform the authorities but the owner is old and frail. What can I do to spare my sanity.

Danneille on March 02, 2017:

I'm having an issue with my JRT. I had him nurtured a month ago and he's regressed from a calm and non disctuctive Jack, to ripping apart his bed and anything he can reach. I have no idea how to curbe this.

Jeanette on February 28, 2017:

I have a 14 week Jack Russell and he is aggressive toward my mom and kids. He gets mad if my kids touch him or hold him.

Caroline on January 12, 2017:

Frank... Probably Anal Glands are needing emptied that can cause dragging behind on the floor..

mario on January 11, 2017:

I have a Jack Russel he is about 11- 13 years old, and the first couple weeks he was great, didnt act up or anything. His hearing is going and i believe his eyesight may be weakening, he is startled easily and doesnt hear as well. Lately he has been barking at all hours of the day, scratching, jumping and running headfirst at doors. And now he is attacking us rabidly.

He was barking loud and I sternly told him NO!he understood and hung his head but then I closed the bedroom door and he immediately ran into the living room and started tearing at the leather couch cushion with his claws, hes never done this. He is being extremely challenging, he wont listen to commands and he is snarling, worse if you go near him while hes snarling he'll snap into full attack/kill mode. I have had to lock him in the spare bedroom when he is acting up but he just keeps banging, scratching, whining and barking at the door for hours non stop.

I know this can be a number of issues from unknown changes in old age, separation anxiety, stress, or doggy alzheimers. There are 3 of us here and we take him on plenty of walks, give him lots of attention and feed him regularly. At this point i dont know what to do and now that he is attacking at random I do not want him sleeping in the bedroom. If anyone has any answers please. This experience has completely changed my perspective about jack russell dogs, a very challenging breed for sure. I do not suggest.

lori on January 03, 2017:

My 5 year old Male Jack attacked my 15 year old Male Jack for no reason.. I couldn't pull him off and it was sooo scary... any ideas how to prevent this...

karl on December 28, 2016:

Frank, your JRT needs its anal glands emptying, this is why they rub their bums on the floor mostly, or maybe he/she has eaten a hair, and its tickling its bum

Chadwick.gemma@yahoo.com on December 15, 2016:

Hi I have got a 6 year old jack Russell male and I have just getting a 8week old jack Russell puppy and the dog is keep growling at the puppy when he is wantyto play and if he goes near his toys I have only had the puppy 2 days will he be like this all the time? Can you help me please

Danielle on December 06, 2016:

For anyone who has a jack who rubs the bum along the floor it's not always a case of worms, jack Russell's get swollen anal glands which need to be popped, my jack has them popped by the vet every time I see her bum dragging on my carpet!! Annoying as it is I thought worms too but I was wrong lol.

shirley on November 27, 2016:

i have a rescue jr he is now 13 or 14 yrs old,he is difficult sometimes , h e is neutered but wants to hump my bed pillows and tear them apart, and is aggressive at times, he has bitten me, several times and lately drawing blood, this is sometimes without warning, other times he is cuddly, and ok , i dont know what to do, my husband passed and i do my best for him ,

Barbara on November 21, 2016:

Need your help .. Have two females jack Russell both are 22 months old and both got fixed ... Some time they play toghter great some time they aggressive and got fight what should I do with them I love them so much I do gave them alots love It's pretty frustusrate me ....

Sarah on November 01, 2016:

Abby, I currently have 3 but have had 4. Did she eat a bone or something hard?

Abby on October 31, 2016:

My jrt was outside going to the bathroom and when I let her in she was screaming and running all over the house. We didn't know what happened to her. Was she scared? Was she hurt? We had know idea. She is 13. Any advice

Karen on October 15, 2016:

We have a rescue girl aged 1 year. She has been so good with children other dogs everything. She has been with us 3 months. She was ill with D & V but better now, but on antibiotics, but seems healthy in herself. Today my daughter (adult) took her to a football match (she has been to car shows and other places with us with no problem). She growled at her friends boy aged 6, and she felt fearful she might snap. She also growled at another dog. We had an incident about 3 weeks ago with a friends dog, but we established this was over food left down. As she has been so good before with children, strangers and other dogs I do not know what has caused this. I heard there is a honeymoon period with dogs and maybe we need to be firm with her now as she is much loved by us all. Any thoughts

Mary on October 11, 2016:

For all of you that owns a JR, be patient! I have a nice jr giving to me at 2 because he destroyed everything in the house! I decided to give him a chance! I had at the time 2 others dogs he was friend with them all good! I have always play so he get tired and never destroyed my house! At one point one of my dog was old 15 and sick and my jr was now5 he started attacking him in the neck and hurting him! I learn latter that some dogs can or want to kill a sick one but i end to old dog suffering myself at the vet! My JR was then very nice and play with the other one! Yes he want to escape the yard so he always carry a long rope so i can step on it if he wants to jump the 6ft fence! He bites some delivery guy at the ankles but only one company?? He sometimes pee in the house if i leave but then he gets no cookies! And he knows too well! Now he is 8 he is more abd more lovely and i am learning that they are very intelligent play a lot show you are the boss but dont hurt them say no and use cookies when its good or piece of meat and love! My experience so far works well!

shelanGatehouse@icloud.com on September 28, 2016:

I have two brother jack russells and i love them both like children they have different personalities when i go out it seems that one has seperation issues and the other wants to punish me and i have an arm ful of scratshes and bites they bark at any noise when i stay at home i have a fight between them as they both want to be top dog they are stupid when getting them out but once they are they are great they dont like strangers and when they are aprouched i cant guarentee they will not bite

Calataylor70@hotmail.co.uk on September 25, 2016:

Hi our 3 year old jack Russell is lovely and sweet at home but as soon as the postman or a delivery man comes she try's to attack them she's uncontrollable, have you any ideas what we need to do to stop her from doing this ? X

Judy on September 14, 2016:

After reading all these questions (no answers, I've noticed) I realize my JRT is a pretty great little guy after all (he'll never be perfect ). He's 2 and I've done training with him in group lessons (where he learns to focus on me with other dogs around) and I can honestly say it's really working though it does take time and patience. These are clearly not train-'em-once-and-they're-done dogs. Ongoing training is crucial and you always have to be the parent (or the boss). These dogs require constant training, formally with a trainer first, then later on with you as "trainer" if you can always do what the trainer told you to do. I swear these were the dogs the trainers coined the term "no free lunches" for. They need lots of interaction but you'll get your throwing arm in great shape.

Barb Keck on August 25, 2016:

My Jack Russell is 6 yrs. old. She was given to us when she was 3 yrs by a lady that had her strictly for breeding. She was crated 24/7 and only taken outto do her business. She's never been very good with other dogs but 2 months ago granddaughter got a pup lab/shep mix she's pretty good with her but shortly after my son's fiance moved in wth her pets american bull dog/american boxer( sweet do ), 3 cats and 4 ferrets. The ferrets she ignores. the cats she fine with but the poor dogshe's attacked twice. We now keep them separated they take turns having free run of the main level. I have to keep her in my grandson's roomthe rest of the time. Seteeva the big dog is in thebasement with my son and fiance. The problem is the JR att6acks the basement door if shehears noice in the basement which sets off the big dog. We tried having them spend time together in the basement and she be doing really well ( playing,lick each etc. ) and then all of a sudden she'll start getting aggressive. I love them both but it's driving crazy. If anyone can HELP please.

Yellowturtle1 on August 23, 2016:

I have two Jack Russels we are looking for someone to keep them for 1 month, Or how ever long it will take for us to move. People with little dog have become afraid of them. They have been ordered to leave mobile Park. Do not want to destroy them. Owner loves them dearly....if someone has a yard no cats or other dogs....They would love to come and visit .

SukiBlackCat on August 12, 2016:

Please help, my jackrussel attacks my cat, my cat is very old and frail. My doggy bites her neck.

Barb on August 08, 2016:

I see my JRT in so many of these comments, but what I need are solutions. I have been unable to do as much with my JRT since an illness caused me some limited mobility. She is very loving and protective of me, but my live-in grandson does very little with her and she sometimes does not get outside until afternoon. How do I then help my dog more and reduce increasing aggression? THANKS.

Chris on July 12, 2016:

I got my JR when he was aged 6. He was not interacted with very much but fed and watered and sheltered. Since in my home he has been a loving, funny, very smart little dog. He is an inside dog, has a bed in each room, sleeps with either of my sons and thoroughly enjoys his life. He is prone to be a bit aggressive if I want to enter either of my sons bedrooms after bed time but I work around that. The issue I have is that although he has a doggie flap and uses it, is regularly encouraged to go outside to toilet via the door, he still pees and poos inside. This is getting much worse and he is destroying my house. At around 12.......hard to know as the previous owner is not sure..............what to do about it. Tried everything including medication. It would break his heart if he had to live outside as he loves being part of the family but I can't keep doing this. Help us both please.

Jennifer on June 05, 2016:

We have two dogs the first is a Scottish terrier and we were given our Jack Russell which was three months old from our daughter our dogs are 12 and 10 now this long haired Jack Russell is scared of every thing , jealous and if my scotty wants to play JR goes her she will attack her ,if a dog which she has meet previously comes into yard I have to hold her until she stops snarling flip a switch and she wagging her tail. Can't walk her as she gets hyper if see another dog so attacks my other dog when she was a puppy my husband and I were sitting watching tv and has a dog each patting them the JR flew off chair airborn to attack the other dog Dog fight on my lap so we don't do that any more I'm sure these dogs are just plain nuts

Never had a dog like this and don't want one ever again

liz lee on May 31, 2016:

hi i have a 2 year old jack russell cross with corgi i got him from rescue.ive been struggling with him pulling on the lead so i bough a harness on buying the harness i put it on for his afternoon walk he acts really strange and walks kind of stiff??but dosnt pull he looks terrified.

Avril Perrin on April 19, 2016:

Hi, I have had my Jr. A year, he is 6. Since being attacked. By two different dogs. He has become. Very clinging, and intolerant to other dogs, he,ll stand on garden wall or jump over it, just to have ago. Not physically, but alot of noise. Apart from that. He is a fantastic. Loving, friendly, but stubborn dog. Won,the go to park. Since attack. Can anyone help please.

margaret on March 19, 2016:

my jack is 13 twice this wk as gone to nip me once when i was drying her after her bath and once when i was trying to pick her up of the settee

cilla on February 29, 2016:

I am having a lot of problems with my JRT she bites the cat has bite me jumps all over furniture fights viciously with other dogs she is 6 and unsprayed. Barks incessantly. please I need help

elaine on September 23, 2015:

My 18 month old jack keeps lickin the floor and walls is this normalx he has also bit me twice wen hes been tired

Yolandi on August 28, 2015:

My jack russel started escaping from my yard. We've since closed it and now he can't get out. Now he's owling and "crying" the whole day, everyday. We take him for a walk everyday, but still... He's making me crazy!

alison on July 14, 2015:

I have had my JR since 8 weeks old and has been a real handful. He is now 14 and still difficult to manage. He is aggressive with other bigger dogs when I walk him and he doesn't like people coming to the house. He can be very stressful to deal with and he obviously thinks he's the boss. I thought he might have calmed down the older he gets but he still shows aggressive behaviour. I cannot cut his nails or clean his teeth as he growls at me when I try. His nails grow quickly although I walk him daily. He does give me some pleasure and affection. I just wish it was more pleasurable to take him out instead it's a chore I don't want to do. Can anyone give me some tips.

Angie on May 04, 2015:

I have a JR who is 18 months old I have had him for a couple of months I don't no what to do with him he's great one minute and aggressive the next he has growled at me a few times he goes for anyone that comes near me (my husband and my son ) what can I do.

Marie Davis on March 17, 2015:

My JRT McDuff was taught to come when called as a puppy. Now he is 16 months old and has regressed back to NOT coming when called. We live on 10 acres in the country and this has become a BIG problen. Would a training or shock collar help to solve our peoblem?

Ben on November 26, 2014:

I have a lovely 2 year old Jack Russell crossed with a TFT. She is the most loving dog in the world but gets extremely possessive over toys and being woken up and shown the dog to go outside, in other words extremely stubborn.

Any tips on curbing her possessiveness and her stubborn streak?

Nina on November 19, 2014:

My long haired jack has always been 'fiesty' and we've invested in training but lately his behaviour is more aggressive, going for people's ankles (if they are wearing dark trousers/shoes) and no longer tolerates a delivery person. This morning he went for someone's ankles that came to the house - it's getting worse & I'm worried what to do next? Some advice would be brilliant. Thank you

Frank on November 17, 2014:

My jack has started rubbing her bottom on the floor she is quite actuated scratches her pauses on the carpet before she sleeps and most off the night I have gave her 4worm tabs in the last 2weeks she is still doing it she is still eating and passing water also her boules are norm she's not sick put I can't find a solution can you thanks

mary mc lauchlan on June 18, 2014:

How do I stop my jrp from doing toilet in the house she does it outside when she goes out walking or goes in back garden but still she does it in house. She's 4mth old any tips please.

Shane on December 26, 2013:

How do you stop a jack russlle chewing wallpaper and skirting boards

Joanne Carpenter on December 16, 2010:

Just a tip for exercizeing your hyper doggy without wearing yourself out to a calapse state of exhastion. Invest in a laser light and watch the excitement for hours till it stops,fals flat on the floor and pants by the water dish with tail going.