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I live with my daughter and have an11year old jack russell female/spayed. She has never really liked other dogs, but it has mostly been just snapping and growling. My daughter has an 8 week old shihtzu puppy and my dog has twice snapped at her and made her cry. Have you please got any suggestions as to what I can do to alleviate this situation as it is impossible to permanently keep them apart. Thankyou ..... Delia

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Yikes! At 11 years old, its going to be difficult to teach her not to snap at the puppy.  Unfortunately in this case I believe the puppy will on her own learn to stay away from the jack. Try VERY hard to keep diligent watch when they are together and LOUDLY CORRECT the jack BEFORE she has a chance to nip. Step in before it escalates. Correct the jack with a poke and loud voice the SECOND you see her getting aggressive. A spray water bottle helps with distance, keep it with you and spray the jack BEFORE it escalates.  You will have to be VERY consistent in the correction. Best of luck with the both of them.

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Questions on "Jack" Russell Terriers pertaining to their health, well being, general questions on breed, types, size, shape, health, personalities, behavior problems, genetics, so called standard, what to look for when purchasing, and if you would be a good match with this wonderful and unique dog. Too many times, people buy jack puppies because they are absolutely adorable, and then a few months down the road they own this dog that they know nothing about and haven't prepared or trained for. I love the breed and everything about them and hope to provide some help, education and advice to current and prospective owners. I am a veterinary technician, dog trainer and breeder of Jack Russells.

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I own four Jack Russells and I have been working with dogs for 30 years. My personal interest is in helping educate people about the very special qualities of this breed. I advocate education and research of the breed before you buy one, they are wonderful pets if suited with the right person/family. Do your homework first! I can help you determine if you are a good match with this breed. I want people to know also that there are two types of Jack Russells, the Parson hunter with long legs and the Shortie or Russell Terrier and their very distinct differences. I also hope to allay fears about their CRAZY reputations - which is not always the case. ~*~*~*IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ*~*~*~ PLEASE NOTE: I DO NOT ENDORSE THE SALE OF ANY JACK RUSSELLS OR JACK RUSSELL PUPPIES THAT MAY BE ADVERTISED ON THIS PAGE. BEWARE OF PUPPY MILLS OR OTHER PLACES THAT SELL MANY DIFFERENT DOGS OVER THE INTERNET. ALSO I DO NOT ENDORSE ANY VIDEOS OR TRAINING TAPES THAT ARE ADVERTISED ON THIS PAGE. I WILL BE HAPPY TO HELP YOU PICK OUT A REPUTABLE TRAINER/VIDEO SERIES OR EVEN PUPPIES IF PRIVATELY ASKED. I DO NOT ENDORSE ANY SALES ADVERTISEMENTS ON THIS PAGE.

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Jack Russell Meet Up Russell Terrier. net Attleboro Dog Park Committee No Puppy Mills.com Humane Society

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Veterinary Technician - Newbury College 1982 - 1985

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