5 Tips On How To Calm A Lively Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier at home playing
Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terriers are most of the time full of beans, and they are always on the go looking for their next plaything, even at inappropriate times. Like just before bed or early morning risers. Maybe you have to take them to a friends house, and you know they can’t contain themselves. That’s why we love them, and it’s one of their many unique Characteristics. But with the proper training, as an owner, you can solve it. JRT’s are a lively dog breed because of their background in hunting. They love to have fun at all ages, even in their older years. It makes them unique. Understandably, you would want to calm your Jack Russell down at certain times.

I can give you a few pointers from a Jack Russell owners point of view. 

5 Tips to Calm a Jack Russell terrier Down

  1. Turn your back on them without them thinking it’s a game. Slowly keep turning away. This will give off the vibe that you are not interested in playtime, and since Jack Rusell terriers are incredibly clever at understanding their owners. Turning your back on them can work a treat. No touch, no talk, no eye contact!
  2. If your Jack Russell terrier is showing a playful side, you can relax them by gently rubbing their belly. Your JRT dog will lay still and will start to relax, especially if they are enjoying it and this help in calming them down.
  3. Keep distractions away. If you have a household with small rodents, or cats remove them or move your dog into a different one, this will calm your dog down, and your Jack Russell will forget about them eventually. You can slowly introduce them back when your dog has calmed down. It would be best if you always kept small animals in a cage when Jack Russells are around.
  4. If they are full of energy, it could be that they haven’t yet been on their daily walk. You should do so at the time when the liveliness commences, if possible. This will keep them from holding onto the bad habit. Walk them, especially if your Jack Russell terrier is shaking. They are known to shake from the build-up of excess energy from lack of walking and playtime. See here an article I wrote on this topic. Why Do Jack Russells Shake?
  5. If you have other dogs in the house, try separating them for a while. One lively dog at unwanted times isn’t as bad as two energetic dogs at one time. However, do remember they love to play, and they love to playfight, and it is entirely normal. So try not to tell them off too much. It would be best to separate them to keep the peace.
  6. Provide them with mental stimulation. Dogs can often misbehave, like being over lively because they are bored by getting them a new toy or something that keeps their minds busy. Jack Russells love their toys and will keep them entertained for hours. 

At what age does a Jack Russell terrier calm down?

Jack Russell terriers are lively right up until around 13 years old until they can’t play or chase as much as the young ones. However, there are ways to calm them and control their liveliness up until this age.

Age/Life span

Typically a Jack Russell Terrier has a good long life span of up to sixteen years.

  • Considered elderly range – 13 to 16 years

How to Discipline A Jack Russell Terrier

  • Rewarding at positive times only
  • Be consistent
  • Keep calm
  • Be firm but not with an aggressive tone

It would help if you showed that your the leader of the pack, or your dog will run loops around you. See the below articles for the heal command and also the leave it commands. Every dog should understand these basic commands if possible. 

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2 thoughts on “5 Tips On How To Calm A Lively Jack Russell Terrier”

  1. Sherril downey

    Our 3mo jr/chi is constantly removing cushions from outdoor furniture and chews on it. We try to remember to remove them from seats and place on table as not to have them damaged. If we forget, he knows it and gets it. He is always getting into something he shouldn’t. He is scolded, but he is very stubborn. Very smart, easy to train – sits, shakes, fetches tennis ball, (but does not GIVE – he likes to tug and make me work to get it from him to toss again for him to retrieve). I am 70 and love him, and do not want to give him up (we adopted him). Can you give me some tips?

    1. Teresa Milne

      Thanks for your comment Sherril. Your doggy certainly sees them as a play item, and I expect you come rushing out when he gets them, which I’m sure he enjoys the fun of. Yes, stubborn dogs definitely don’t like to get told off as well, and they always want to do their way or the high way.

      I would try this:
      Sitting on a chair, put the cushion next to you, “you could always get an old one in case of any further damage”, and each time he goes to play with it.
      Give him the command, “leave it“, but be careful not to be too firm as being stubborn could adversely affect him.
      Keep repeating this over and over.
      Another technique you can do: Sit down with the cushion next to you, and each time he goes to play with it. Take his distraction off the cushion and swap it for something else like a toy or a treat. Keep praising him when he leaves the cushion alone.

      The above is very basic; however, it’s all about repeating and being consistent.

      He seems lovely and full of beans. I have a Chihuahua, and all he wants to do is play, very vocal. I have also had several JRTS, and they are very energic. So mix the two of them; you get a very playful doggy. But since they are so intelligent, He should start to realise, “Oh,I shouldn’t be doing this” Good luck!

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