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18 Apr 2006

My daughter cried for a dogg for years and we bought a jack russel. Now we struggle keeping him in the yard. We stay in a townhouse complex with own enclosed garden. He jumps a 1 1/2 meter fence and doesn't obey us when we call. Help
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Joy

Jack Russels are very active dogs and they need lots of stimulation. You would need to help him with this. I would suggest you take him for walks in the morning and evening and during the day when he is at home, keep his brain stimulated by giving him toys, etc. Get him a toy box. Jack Russels love hunting. With the toy box (that is his), you put all the goodies in for him. Remember to alternate or add new toys and chews in the box as he will get bored with the old toys. They are like children that get bored with the same old toys everyday. He would now have to use his nose to find the new chews and toys which will stimulate his brain and assist with exhausting him. You can also take a plastic coke bottle, make hole in it big enough for his pellets to come out when rolling it about and put his breakfast in there. Also play hide and seek with his breakfast. Put it under a container here, around a pot plant there, some under a chair, etc. Be very inventive and alternate your routine.
If you can, also make it unaccesable for him to jump over the fence. Some positive reinforcement training could definitely assist you when you recall him. I am sure if you ask your vet, they should know of someone that could assist you with this. Training is fun and should be for both owner and dog. This way, you will get the dog to do anything you want it to do. Clicker training will assist you greatly because you could stimulate the dogs brain enough and teach him wonderfull things.

Good luck
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