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Jack Russell Terrier Puppy Goes Home

In the weeks leading up to the homecoming of your new puppy you will need to get a few things ready such as purchasing some supplies and puppy proofing your house and yard.  We have prepared a printable shopping list for your convenience.
If you have any questions  about bringing your new puppy home that we have not been able to answer on this page, please feel free to contact us at any time.

Not to be confused with the taller Parson Jack Russell Terrier (12" to 16" tall) our shorter legged terriers are known by many names such as Irish Jack Russell Terrier,Shorty Jack Russell, English Jack Russell Terrier, Short Legged Jack Russell, Shorty Jack, Irish Jack or English Jack and stand on average 10" to 11" tall.
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Puppy Proofing

House:  Puppies are curious and inquisitive and they LOVE to put things in their mouths!  With that being said, now is the time to “puppy proof” the rooms where your pup will spend most of his time.  If this is your first puppy, or is has been a long time since you have had a puppy in the house, it is time to go back to basics.  Think about electrical cords, computer wires, cable wires and phone cords, toys, game pieces, shoes and the hand knit afghan your Grandmother made for you!  Once you think the room is completely puppy proof, get down on your hands and knees and look around your room from the vantage point of your puppy.  Look under the couch and chairs and behind the book shelf.  Think about how you will contain him in certain rooms, by using baby gates, closing doors or using the x-pen.  At this point in his life, it is best not to even let him into rooms that have not been puppy proofed!  Make sure your pup has plenty of durable toys and chews available to him in the room where he will spend most of his time.

Yard: Believe it or not many of the plants, bulbs and shrubs that we think are beautiful can actually be harmful to our pets if they eat them.  The ASPCA has put together a toxic plant list which you should take a look at.  I am not saying that you need to remove all of these plants from your yard before your puppy comes home but in case you see your puppy tugging on the Azalea, you should know that it is toxic.  Some dogs never take a second look at the landscaping and others think it is quite fun to rip a branch off a bush and play keep away with it.  If you have fencing, double check to make sure there are no holes where the puppy can escape.  You should never leave your young puppy in the yard unattended; they can appear to be prey to a hawk.

Garage/Shed: The garage can be a dangerous place for puppies and animals in general.  Make sure there are no oil leaks, anti-freeze leaks or harmful chemicals where your puppy can get to them.  Other than carrying your puppy to and from the car, it is best to prevent them from exploring the garage.
The First Day/Night

If you have the flexibility, try to take a few vacation days from work around the time when your new puppy comes home.  If you cannot take the time, it would be best to arrange to get your puppy on a Friday night or early Saturday morning so you have the rest of the weekend to acclimate your puppy to his new environment and to your schedule. 

Plan to have your crate and food dishes all set up before you get home with the puppy.  When you first get home, let him go to the bathroom before entering the house.  Once inside, put him on the floor and let him explore his environment.  Don’t be alarmed if he appears timid and afraid because remember, this is all new to him and he no longer has the safety of his mom and littermates.  Engage him in play with some of his new toys, offer him something to eat and drink and show him where the puppy pee pad is located.

After you have spent about an hour of playing with your pup and letting him explore, it is time to start getting him adjusted to his new crate by putting him in for a nap.  This is probably the hardest piece of advice I can give to a new puppy owner who has just waited for weeks and sometimes even months for their new puppy to come home.  Do not allow your puppy unrestricted access to you when you first bring him home.  Take him for a potty break and put him in his crate along with his blanket that smells like mom and littermates.  Give him a stuffed Kong or some treats and close the door.  He has just had a very long day and with lots of new experiences and he will probably be very tired.  Hopefully he will settle right down and go to sleep but if he doesn’t, DO NOT let him out of the crate.  Reassure him a couple of times in a calm voice and plan to do something else in the same room so that he can still see you and feel safe.  You can download your pictures, check your e-mail and call your friends and family to give them an update.  When he wakes up or after about an hour of resting quietly, open the crate door and pick him up.  Offer him a treat for being good but DO NOT LET HIS FEET TOUCH THE FLOOR until you take him outside to go potty (see potty training section for more information).

If you repeat this cycle of play and then crate time you will be well on your way to helping your puppy adjust to his crate and to start the process of errorless potty training.   Remember, always give treats when you put him in and out of the crate and only take him out when he is quiet.  As the weekend progresses, the time spent in the crate should be continually increased and you should be prepared to leave the room or house so that he is used to spending at least three hours in the crate at a time during the day before you have to go back to work.  DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE NIGHT BEFORE YOU HAVE TO GO BACK TO WORK TO START THIS PROCESS!

When you go to sleep that first night, put his crate in your room so that he can see you.  You can cover the top and sides of the crate with a blanket and leave a night light on for him.  He will most likely whine and cry but just reassure him a few times in a soft voice and do not take him out of the crate or you will have just taught him that whining and fussing gets him what he wants.  Now he is training you!  Every puppy is different, I have had one cry for three nights straight and I have had others not make a peep at all.  After the first night, move the crate to where you want your pup to sleep permanently.

At this age, puppies cannot make it through the night without a potty break.  If you are a sound sleeper, you should plan to set an alarm in the middle of the night to take the puppy out.  Gradually increase the amount of time between bed time and when you get up to take him out until eventually he makes it all night without having to go.

Going Back to Work

If you have practiced my advice above on crate training your puppy, going back to work should not be an issue for either of you.  Remember, the puppy should not be left in the crate for more than 4 hours at a time without being let out for a potty break and given some lunch.  If you cannot make it home from work during your lunch hour, you should arrange to have a friend, family member or dog walker come in during the day to take care of the puppy.

Don’t let anyone tell you that crate training is mean.  A crate is the SAFEST place for a small puppy.  He will feel safe and find comfort there and you will feel reassured knowing that he is safe while you are not home.  It is a win win situation for everyone.  Puppies need a lot of sleep and he will spend most of that time dozing quietly.  I have raised all of my dogs in this manner and I never came home to a house that was destroyed or a puppy that was stressed and afraid.
About sleeping in the bed... There is nothing wrong with letting your dog sleep with you.  However, my advice is to wait until he is older and completely crate and potty trained.  You will have a much harder time with separation anxiety and potty training if you immediately allow your puppy to sleep with you.
Crate Training...
A crate is the safest place for your puppy when you are not at home.
Puppy proof your yard...
Make sure your yard is free of any toxic plants and shrubs.  Alternatively you can fence off the plants to prevent your puppy access to them.
Durable chew toys...
Make sure your pup has plenty of durable chew toys at his disposal.