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Our 1.5 year old Jack mix still tries my nerves, but I have to admit, he has made great strides, especially in the environment he is in. He can be out of his crate for a good amount of the day and not chew things or get into things he shouldn't, but is still happily crated off and on. He does wind down and is a big cuddler at night on the couch and sleeps with one of us. He is the type that wants to be as close to you as possible.

He's mostly past the puppy stage, but has non stop energy, obviously, which we are not surprised by. I do like it a fair amount of the time and enjoy running and playing with him. But it can get to be a bit much when it's non stop.

He is ball obsessed. You know the Chinese water torture? Well, the bump, bumpbumpbump of him dropping his ball at me feet constantly is a close second. He focuses solely on the ball, and will literally play for hours if he could. So this is something we do with him during the day many, many times, both inside and out.

On my days off, if I am trying to get any office work done or anything that is not physical, he is demanding of my attention. If I'm on the phone or laptop or tablet, he is weaseling his way into my space, dropping his ball, chasing me back and forth, practically non stop. Sometimes, completely non stop. Sometimes, he'll drop or push his ball somewhere he can't get to, then bark and bark til I get it for him. Makes it hard to concentrate.

He does "stop" occasionally, laying in a bed or on the back of the couch. I didn't think he ever would, so I am hopeful as he gets older that increases.

We have not done things perfectly with him. My husband is a complete pushover and does not discipline at all. He actually encourages bad behavior if I'm not "barking" at him (pun intended) such as letting the dog jump, stand on him, push into his space, etc. So, there's that losing battle that I've given up on for my sanity's sake. I still do some of his commands with him, but probably not as much as I should. He gets so excited to play that his focus is not great.

He gets walked daily, played with during the day at different times outside and in, and has another older dog that he plays with off and on all day. I have treat balls that I'll fill and let him chase around which occupies him for a fair amount of time. But man, his energy can be non-stop, and there are times I just need to concentrate and pay a bill or two!

I guess I just feel bad that he drives me nuts sometimes, and it helps to know I'm not alone. He is a sweetie, not perfect, but, he makes me smile every day. I've never had a dog with SO much energy, altho he is not our first terrier (love them). It's normal to feel this way, right?
 

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Hi,
I have a 14 year old JRT who has been ball obsessed for most of her life. Spoiler she did slow down a lot but it took until she was probably 10 to do so. One thing that helped me a lot (because she was in her prime while I was going to university). was I invented a game where I would hold her paw and make her wait while I threw the ball and then after a certain amount of time I let her go to retrieve it. She hated this game and would only play a few rounds before going off and playing with her ball by herself.
Anyway that's how I dealt with my crazy girl, hope that helps!
 

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also train lots of new tricks. I got a book with trick ideas to work on with her to make her brain tired. otherwise she could play ball all day (she literally did one day with my father in law).
 

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If its possible trying setting up an indoor spring pole, with ball attatched. The idea is like tether ball. Hopefully your dog will amuse himself. May be hard to attatch a ball to one though, perhaps you could try a fuzzy toy? I know what you mean exactly. This is my rat terrier too, but in his case its fuzzy toys being constantly stuffed under our noses. I havn't tried the indoor spring-pole idea myself cause my partner is a party pooper and wouldn't go for that. But I would love to and curious to see someone else try :D. When my rt gets really annoying I take him outside with a flirt pole and do my best to exhaust him, that will buy us a couple hours of peace if we are lucky.
 
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