Barking Behavior and Your Jack Russell
Trying to stop barking from extreme territorialism can be quite more challenging than that little story. Especially when you consider that barking is a quite natural reaction for the Jack Russell because of its breeding history. In the past the Jack Russell was supposed to view all of its surroundings as its territory and bark as an alarm when other people or animals were in it. The best way to practice good ownership and good neighbor relations is to prevent any unnecessary barking behavior before it starts. The way to do this is to start from an early age, as soon as you bring your puppy home. The dog is smart and will learn from repetition. The key to success is consistency. Scold negative behavior and reward good behavior or responding to the command when you say "no" or "stop".
The most important detail in order to successfully train your Jack is to evaluate what is acceptable consistency. Do it every time and do it immediately. Scold bad behavior, reward good, do it every time, and your Jack will be much more manageable as an adult. During the early training period it is best that the Jack Russell pup be kept indoors while the owner is away instead of in a fenced yard; unless another care provider will be present in order to administer the same strict correction as the owner in their absence. Remember, it's very much discouraged to try and achieve success in training by physically harming the dog or breaking its spirit. The Jack Russell's behavior is rooted in its ancestry and breeding, using violence to correct it will often create more personality problems in this strong willed breed. A well trained Jack Russell will enjoy pleasing its master and spending time with them. A happy Jack will exhibit more loyalty and affection than the owner can handle. Remember to be understanding, no Jack, even the best trained will respond perfectly to every command 100% of the time.
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