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Sat Aug 3, 2019, 05:39 PM

Jack Russell terrier cross advice needed

We adopted a one year old JRT X two weeks ago and we love her. She's a rescue stray, so we don't know what happened to her before she got to us. Lucy is great fun, a character and really friendly to any human she has met.

Usually she goes on her back with all 4 legs in the air for a belly rub, which is fine, but in the last week she has started little nips on our hands. I'm not sure why she has started doing this, but I'd to try stop it now before it becomes worse.

Also, she's generally fine with other dogs but again, some dogs she'll go into a rage at and she's almost standing on her hind legs as we strain to hold onto her lead. There's no talking to her when she's like that.

When next doors cat was in our backyard, as he usually does, she went after him. He ran out via an old tree stump, and she'd have followed but it was just to high for her, thankfully. But still goes over to that spot as soon as she goes out the back.

She's fantastic but I'd appreciate any feedback to help us.

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Response to OnDoutside (Original post)

Sat Aug 3, 2019, 05:46 PM

1. When I had a nipping American Eskimo puppy, I bought

several small toy water pistols and would squirt him in the face when he started nipping. It may sound cruel, but he would stop biting. Within a few weeks, he stopped completely.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 3, 2019, 06:16 PM

4. The only thing is she would love that ! She adores hoses, showers

water dripping from drain pipes 😀

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 3, 2019, 06:26 PM

6. No. Not on the face. Spray her feet. It will re-direct her. Try it. It has

worked for many. And use a spray bottle (or squirt gun) with a direct spray--not a diffused spray.

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Response to japple (Reply #6)

Sun Aug 4, 2019, 01:36 AM

10. Will give it a go, thanks.

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Response to OnDoutside (Original post)

Sat Aug 3, 2019, 06:06 PM

2. These are what they call ratter dogs, they live to hunt rats, squirrels, etc. I suggest you either

take you and her to a trainer or take her and you to where she can learn to do agility course work. This will help work out her instincts by making her have to control her behavior. Agility training also is training as she will have to learn to listen to your commands and this will put you in the alpha position. Besides, it's fun to do with a dog. Don't forget she needs time to unlearn how she's been behaving before she can learn to behave. The most important thing is that both of you have fun when training. You could try some CBD oil, also.

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Response to in2herbs (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 3, 2019, 06:15 PM

3. Thank you very much. We had been thinking of that so your advice

is great confirmation. She's adorable, and we want to do our best for her. I think maybe she took a week to settle in and once she became comfortable with us, perhaps she relaxed into what she had done before ?

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Response to in2herbs (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 3, 2019, 06:20 PM

5. Ps you're right about the ratter. She has a soft toy ball that she loves

to play with, and everytime she runs after it, and catches the ball, she shakes it violently from side to side, as it to break the neck. She had phenomenal hind quarter strength.

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Response to OnDoutside (Original post)

Sat Aug 3, 2019, 06:39 PM

7. We call ours a holy terrier!

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Response to Karadeniz (Reply #7)

Sat Aug 3, 2019, 09:30 PM

8. I have two "holy terriers" and both display that shaking of their toys with vigor!

The older one is a Parson and he has caught/killed several slow squirrels that were in their fenced in yard but he doesn't maim them. He always brings them to the doggie door and leaves them intact. He is very obedient for the most part and when on walks, squirrels tempt him but I have a sound I make that stops him. He's not aggressive to cats but cats don't seem to like him. The other, younger dog is still a puppy and has learned many of the actions from his brother. He has not caught any squirrels and doesn't seem to be as interested in them as the older dog. They are so smart and so much fun and really keep me on my toes! I also have a x-minpin female and she really rules the roost! I'd have several Jacks if I could! They do need exercise and I do lots of enrichment activities to keep their minds busy.

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Response to MojoWrkn (Reply #8)

Sun Aug 4, 2019, 01:35 AM

9. It's 7.30am here, and I've brought her for her morning walk. It's funny how

She consistently has a pee outside the same neighbor's house, and then walks on around the corner to have her morning poop in the same spot. As soon as we come home she'll go get her ball for me to throw, which she'll shake vigorously too !

It's amazing how she has recentered our world since we got her, and she has worked wonders for our 13 year old, giving him more responsibility.

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