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Old 07-18-2011, 08:56 AM
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I have a 4 month old Jack Russell / Pug puppy. She is beautiful and loving and so funny but the last couple of weeks has been getting badly behaved. Im an obsessive 'it's me or the dog' and 'the dog whisperer' watcher and have been training her every day with a clicker, but she is driving me crazy!!!!!
I find i constantly have to lock her in her crate (where she is happy as larry and sits and plays and sleeps) otherwise she goes psycho and starts tearing round the house, stealing shoes, ripping my curtains and my rug, jumping on the furniture and trying to pull all electric plugs out of their sockets.
Obviously when she is out of the crate i watch her like a hawk but outside crate time turns into an endless ***no - leave it - play with this - ohhh look at this toy! (please dont lock eyes on the washing hanging on the rack!!!)***

It feels harsh to leave her in a crate for most of the day but i also need to do housework and shower sometimes!!!

When do they get to the stage where I can leave her alone without her destroying my house, and more importantly, without hurting herself on anything...

HELP!!!!!!
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At 4 months she is going to have a LOT more energy than she did as a tiny baby. The solution is to give her MORE outlets for this energy, NOT to lock her up!

She's ready for some longer walks, ideally off-leash in the woods. If you cannot do that, then take her into the yard for sessions of toy throwing, chasing the flitty birds, playing with other dogs etc.

The main reason she is going crazy when you let her out of the crate is that you are bottling up all that puppy energy by keeping her locked up! So then you get all that energy exploding at once!

The good news is that this energy is not endless! But you must let it out!
This is NOT a training issue, or even a maturity issue. This is a NEED for exercise.

A tired puppy is a good puppy. Get her outside several sessions a day and let her spin off that energy to the point of satisfaction, and she'll be a lot easier to live with!
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Ditto. Exercise, exercise, exercise.

While different people have different ideas of what that word means, a JRT puppy is going to need excessive amounts of exercise because they have excessive amounts of energy. When I say "excessive", I don't mean a half hour walk on a leash every day and that's it. I mean running and playing for 1 and 1/2 - 2 hours a day. Otherwise the zoomies are definitely going to continue.

Also, by the way, it's good to hear that clicker training is working for you, but the TV shows you watch are by no means "training classes". It's Me or the Dog isn't bad, I think Victoria has some good training methods, but the dominance-based approach Caesar Milan takes is outdated. It might work for him when he's rehabilitating extremely aggressive and dangerous dogs, but in general, it's not a good way to approach training your own dog, IMO.
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Welcome to puppyhood! You need to increase the amount of physical and mental exercise that you giving your pup. Terriers are hit energy breeds. Invest in a kong or other puzzle toy. Also an exercise pen, kinda like a baby play pen, or even baby gate can help you out. Sick the pen in an area that is near to you but not so the it's in the way, place the pup in the with only toys he's allowed to play with. Training is good, but I would pretty much ignore anything ceaser has to say. Most of what he does it unnessasary for the average pet owner(or anyone really).



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In addition to the excellent advice above, can I also ask what you're feeding her on? Check out the quality of the food here Dog Food Comparison, Ratings, Reviews - In-Depth Guide to the Best Dog Food
It could be that she's reacting to something in her current food. Some puppy foods are far too high in protein and this can result in hyper-activity so I understand. May be worth a try if all else fails?
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I definitely agree with the exercise. I walk her at least once a day if not twice and although she is not off lead yet as she hasnt quite mastered recall she has an extendable lead. I also play fetch and run around our large garden with her at least three times a day as i dont work and my husband plays with her twice a day for at least 30 mins at a time.
I was taking her for long walks ie 1 1/2 hours at a time but was told at 4 months she should only have 20 mins at a time (which i have tried to stick to but she needs more than that)
As it is at the moment I dont have any more time in the day to spend with her as i spend at least 5 hours a day playing with her and that doesnt include walks. I also play mind stimulating games with her like training and she has hide-the-treat toys to try and get her thinking.

Would you recommend three long walks a day as well as the playing?
The problem we have as well which im not sure anyone else has that she gets very badly behaved as soon as we get home whether the walk is half an hour or two hours long.

Im not in any way professing to be an expert on dogs but i really am trying my best so any help would be appreciated. My main concern is that she may hurt herself on something and of course money is not unlimited and i cant carry on buying new shoes etc (much as i would love to)....
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Oh and i am feeding her bakers complete for puppies. she gets chicken VERY OCCASIONALLY if we have a roast and the odd treat when training.
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I have a 4 month old Jack Russell / Pug puppy. She is beautiful and loving and so funny but the last couple of weeks has been getting badly behaved. Im an obsessive 'it's me or the dog' and 'the dog whisperer' watcher and have been training her every day with a clicker, but she is driving me crazy!!!!!
I find i constantly have to lock her in her crate (where she is happy as larry and sits and plays and sleeps) otherwise she goes psycho and starts tearing round the house, stealing shoes, ripping my curtains and my rug, jumping on the furniture and trying to pull all electric plugs out of their sockets.
Obviously when she is out of the crate i watch her like a hawk but outside crate time turns into an endless ***no - leave it - play with this - ohhh look at this toy! (please dont lock eyes on the washing hanging on the rack!!!)***

It feels harsh to leave her in a crate for most of the day but i also need to do housework and shower sometimes!!!

When do they get to the stage where I can leave her alone without her destroying my house, and more importantly, without hurting herself on anything...

HELP!!!!!!
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Your dog won't be 'calm' until a few years after maturity, as a generalization. That's about 4 years away.

I'm not at all sure why you have a puppy when you seem so ill at ease with one. It's a PUPPY. It's growing, it's learning, it has BOUNDLESS energy with nowhere safe to direct it. I'm sorry, what exactly did you expect??

Your pup needs FREQUENT mental stimulation (aka training) as well as physical stimulation (aka structured playtime and walks).

Your pup needs LESS crate time and MORE time interacting with you, learning manners, and exercising. Short sessions of training and exercise sprinkled throughout the day are key.

What is your routine like now?
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Oh and i am feeding her bakers complete for puppies. she gets chicken VERY OCCASIONALLY if we have a roast and the odd treat when training.
Baker's is trash, I'm sorry, but it's just as bad as the Pedigree and Beneful junk here in the states. Mostly grains laced with carcinogenic artifical colors and preservatives.

Too many grains has been shown to cause behavior issues in addition to coat and skin deterioration. G
o raw or go with a grain-free, minimally processed kibble.
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I would not be concerned with the protein levels in the food. Excess protein does not cause 'hyperactivity' - this is an anecdote based on the fact that excess protein is stored for future activity, and it is indeed true that dogs that are fed more protein than previously will exhibit an increase of energy - but quality food will always produce more energy than junk.

Dogs are canines, canines are carnivores, and your dog will do best on a diet free of grain and roughage.
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