How do you stop a Jack Russell terrier from running wild when off the leash?
Chantrel from Plaquemine, LA
Jack Russells need time to run off the leash like in a dog park where they can be off leash. They are bred to be hunting dogs and have much pent up energy. It is not natural to keep them on a leash all the time. They need a field to run in so they can be happy. They are not doing anything wrong, they need to run. Did you not read about the breed before you got one? It's not the dog's fault. (05/04/2007)
There is a TV show called the Dog Whisperer, we get it on the national geographic channel on Sunday afternoons.
He is awesome with dogs, he has a pack in Los Angeles of over 40 dogs, all different sizes and breeds, and they all get along. On the show Caesar teaches people how to be the pack leader. Although each dog is different, you can still use many of his tips to help your own situation. (05/04/2007)
Of course dogs like to run when they are off the leash, but they need to understand that they should come back when you call. When my Jack Russell was a puppy, I was advised to take her for a walk before her mealtime when she was hungry. I would then call her back to me when she was off the leash and every time she came back, she got a little doggy treat. Within a day or two she understood that coming straight back earned a doggy treat. After only a week or so, the food treats were replaced with lots of praise (which dogs crave) and the job was done! (05/05/2007)
By Sheena McKinnon
We've got three dogs and they finally stopped running away! I believe time did it and most of all, we play with them several times a day with tennis balls and frisbees. The labs especially have learned that being outside is play time. They even just wait outside near our cars now for us to come out. Last suggestion is to say "come", and whichever dog comes first gets the biscuit. (01/25/2008)
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