Jack Russell Terrier at home playing

5 Tips On How To Calm A Lively 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 which will help you. 

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 you are 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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Do you have a Jack Russell Terrier puppy? If so, here is an article I wrote that will help you calm a puppy, plus understand why they are lively and that it’s normal behaviour. Calming a puppy is slightly different to an adult dog.

A puppy calm and sleepy
JRT puppy called Albert

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