Seeing dogs executing “fun” tricks is definitely enjoyable. Nevertheless, prior to teaching your pooch such complicated tricks, you will need to teach him the basics first. Basic obedience commands such as sit, stay, lie down and come must be taught during the early stages of Jack Russell training. While it’s tempting just to hop to the fun stuff, having a firm grasp on the basic commands could make mastering tricks less difficult. Besides that, basic obedience training can keep the dog as well as others around him safe.
Begin teaching your furry pet how to sit, stay, heel, come and understand the word “no” when he is old enough to be trained. Even the calmest dog may suddenly begin to pursue a car, a bike, a cat or a squirrel. Giving the command “no” or “come” ought to stop the dog in his tracks and prevent him from getting hit by a car or endangering the person or animal he is chasing. Some dogs tend to jump on people as a means of welcoming them, but this could be dangerous to small kids or seniors who aren’t stable on their feet. Telling your canine to “sit” and “stay” eliminates this concern.
To teach your JRT to “come”, call him and then give the command “come”. If he comes to you immediately after you gave the command, reward him with treat or praise. If he doesn’t, avoid repeating the command over and over. Just give the command once and wait until he comes to you. You may also want to use a leash when training this command. To begin with “sit” command, call your furry companion to “come” to you. Hold a treat in front of his nose and slowly move it upwards. The dog will naturally sit to follow the treat you are holding. The moment his butt touches the ground, reward him with treat or praise. In time, he’ll associate the command with the behavior.
One more command that should be included in Jack Russell training is “stay”. Not only can this command prevent him from running into the streets, it can calm him down in an unfamiliar place. First, tell him to “sit”. Hold him in the sit position and say the word “stay”. Calmly praise him with a treat to ensure that he remains seated.
Compliment your pet lavishly when he comes closer to following commands. And keep in mind a well-trained dog not only makes enjoyable buddy but also lowers the risk of accidental injury to himself or others.