Training starts from the minute you bring your Jug home.
You may not realize it, but everything you do teaches your Jug puppy how to act. Many dog owners make the mistake of giving their puppy free reign for the first few weeks and then they are surprised when it comes time for training and the puppy has already developed hard-to-break habits.
If you want to raise a well-trained and obedient Jug, you should start your training early by rewarding your puppy for doing the things you want him to do and discouraging him from unwanted behaviors.
What Should I Avoid When Training my Jug?
The worst thing you can do when training your Jug is to yell at him or use punishment. Positive reinforcement training methods – that is, rewarding your dog for good behavior – are infinitely more effective than negative reinforcement – training by punishment.
It is important when training your Jug that you do not allow yourself to get frustrated. If you feel yourself starting to get angry, take a break and come back to the training session later.
Why is punishment-based training so bad? Think about it this way – your dog should listen to you because he wants to please you, right? If you train your dog using punishment, he could become fearful of you and that could put a damper on your relationship with him. Do your dog and yourself a favor by using positive reinforcement.
Dealing With Barking
We have been asked about Jugs barking excessively and how to deal with this. The truth is it’s the Jack Russell in them, they can’t help themselves!
Michael Westhead suggest this tip: “I use an empty plastic bottle filled with a few small stones and shake it and the sound stops my three Jugs barking. It takes time just keep shaking it every time he barks (even outside) and with constant shake and the word no it will get better but it will never stop them completely because dogs bark.”
Alyson Jones: “Ours is also very quiet but does bark at anything with four legs on the T.V. They are wonderful companions.”
Sharron Halstead: “My Jug boy barks at horses and people walking by so we use the plastic bottle filled with pasta, it does work and he knows we don’t like him barking, he then tries to keep it in but it is like he has Tourette’s. I think it’s just their character. Water sprayed at them works too.”
Julie Moore Kerkhove: “Our Jug is now 3 and we also have a Jack Russell. Both as bad as each other! Our Jug loves running up and down the back garden, chasing and barking at seagulls – a car door slams – barking, people walking past the house talking loudly – barking. Also chases the Henry Hoover around and barks frantically at it. I have given up! Lol.”
Marion Barmy Majors: “I have one who never barks at anyone or any dog in the street. But when there’s one on the tele she goes mad even knows the ads music 😡
Sarah Willacy: “Mine never barks apart from at the brush when you’re sweeping up. I thought she would from the Jack Russell in her. It must just be in their make up x”
Mandy Reeves: “It’s the jack Russell in them, they can’t help themselves!”
Naomi Humphrey: “Mine barks all the time, nothing is working to stop her 🙈”
Claire Devereux: “I’m sure it’s a character trait they all vary though on the amount they bark etc xx”
Here is a video of a Jug barking: