Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Training: Puppy, Socializing
By Alana Roxin
2191, South Africa
Posted January 29, 2018
The title might sound quite terrifying, but i all honesty, this female pup steals everyone hearts! She was the gentle one out of the litter, more my type of dog. Yet I came to discover that gentle doesn't always mean easy trainable. She is a bloody handful of a dog. We've only had her for 2.5 weeks and I have asked myself this question more than once... What was I thinking??
She has a great personality, undoubtedly the favourite pup at all parties. If somebody is sitting on the ground, be sure she will run towards them and try to lick them to death. Except staff... for some reason she is quite weary about our housekeeper and the gardener (also at other houses). She is a rescue dog, so maybe she had a bad experience in the past or she was never exposed to them. Whichever it is, I try my hardest to get rid of this, but trust me that with this cross.... nothing is easy to get rid of.
I have constantly tried to get her not to chew on my shoes. Ive tried just telling her off, punishing with staying outside as soon as I see her with a shoe and ever soft/medium spanking with the shoe.... NOTHING WORKS. She successfully chewed a whole high heel of mine yesterday and I wanted to cry. I just lock all shoes away at ALL TIMES. Might try dog-stay-off spray on my shoes soon!
As you can read... she is a stubborn dog, thanks to the JR. Jack Russells seem to have a pretty bad reputation at puppy schools and almost always end up as school dropouts. They got too much of a personality to take any orders from anybody. But trust... this cross is FOOD DRIVEN. If you've got treats or chicken strips... she will perform miracles. If you don't have any, she will rarely do anything you want her to. She is smart and knew her name in less than a week time, but she will have selective hearing if you call her and she decides that whatever she is doing at the moment is more interesting.
JR and Pitbulls are both jaw and chewing dogs, so make sure to stimulate that or else they will find something tasty from your wardrobe or furniture to entertain themselves . Hooves are great as it also selves as a food-stimuli!
She is quite fearful about other dogs. We try to socialize her AS MUCH as possible, as she could potentially become a VERY aggressive dog just because of fear. She snaps a bit and curls her lips when scared, she always stays between my legs when unsure. Her best friend is another female (1 year old) jack russell. That's when her full hyper personality comes out, wonderful to watch... but she will pay you no attention at all then.
If she starts peeing and pooping in certain places in the house... she sure she will do it again. I have tried everything... but she carries on. Also be ware... she is a cat-poo eater of note. Nose like a hound and appetite like a JR and PB...
What I didn't know... is that JR are extremely prone to allergies. She is allergic to something and we cant figure out what it is. She will scratch her tummy like mad and not stop until sores come. Make sure to get her to the vet and try to figure it out, if you cant... try cortisone tablets, anti inflammatory or even chamomille tea baths (I put tea in her water everyday as well). You need to get to the root of the problem ASAP as she will develop secondary infections because of the sores... just beware. As she is food driven... her pills are no problem whatsoever. I just drop it on the floor and she licks it off straight away and done. Quite practical.
As a summary, this cross is great. Never tell anybody on the street what she is (pitbull), as they might want to take advantage of her and steal her.
Chilled most of the time.
Super sweet and lickaholic (licks to death).
Energetic when playing.
Very good watchdog, always aware of her surroundings.
Doesn't really bark, only the occasional curious yap followed by a wagging tail.
Great with people.
Lap dog (until she gets bigger)
Great car traveller.
Easy to medicate.
Nice for walks and runs! Full of motivation and energy (be careful se doesn't turn into a leash puller!!)
Fine with cats (although I wouldn't generalise this one to all... as JR have a huge tendency to be cat bullies/killers).
Great fun chasing and playing with!
Couches and Beds are her resting area.
Allergies for days.
Not too friendly with other dogs (should get a second dog to minimize the chances of her being aggressive towards other dogs).
Food driven (can definitely be a bad thing as well!).
No sense of personal space.
Will chew anything left in her reach, shoes, hairbands, underwear, bowls, carpets... and the list just started.
Stubbornness is an understatement.
Hard to train.
NEEDS a playmate.
Doesn't particularly like water or swimming.
LOVES eating cat-poo.
She is smart... she might outsmart you if you are not careful enough!
If you do something she is "scared" of, she will cry very loudly and make everyone think you are about to kill her. Don't hesitate, this cross needs huge discipline!