I need to rehome my 2 yr old Jack Russell can anyone help?(61 Posts)
He's lovely but we had ds 2 last year and he doesn't get the attention he needs.
He's great with older kids (ds 1 is 4 and he's fine with him) loves to be with people. Great on walks (ie he comes back when called!) but hates to be shut away in a room away from you and wees and chews when he is. We have had to shut him in the study when ds 1 plays outside (our garden is very small so the kids all play on the grass out the front) as the front door is open and also when ds has friends to play (they are all scared stiff of dogs) so he hears the children having a fun old time without him.
We are looking for;
A family with older children
A retired couple
Someone who works outdoors
A farm/people with a large garden/land
A 2 yr old Tri-coloured, rough coat, Jack Russell (Stanley)
Male -been castrated
Had all his injections
A fun playful little dog!
He gets on well with ther dogs -we also have a black lab (10)
He is fine with us until we can find him a better suited home but if anyone knows of anyone who is looking for a companion...
I was going to stay off this thread but I can't..
So, I will say it. I think you should have thought twice before you got him. How can you get rid of your dog who sounds lovely...Now you're shutting him away??when you say he loves being with people? All he wants is to play with them!If my son had friends round, I would not be locking my dog away. I would be finding boys who are not scared of dogs to come and play. Or show them he's fine and wont bite!
I know from experience because when my ds was born, I had dd who was 3 and 3 dogs!!
I see it the same as you getting rid of your child because you have just had a baby.
There are LOADS of people shoving their dogs and cats into rescue places because they have had a baby or another child and I think its disgraceful.
I feel really sorry for your dog, would take him myself as I know it would be a privelige to share my life with such a nice dog, but I have 4 pets and cannot.
He is your dog, when you took him on you also took on the responsibility to do the right thing by him. Why do you not want to do that now?
I feel really sorry for your dog, and you should be bloody ashamed of yourself. Hope he finds a family who will love him.
Sorry but I'm with Lovecatsanddogs on this one.
I opened this expecting to hear that there was a genuine reason for you to be looking for a new home for him - i.e. that he was threatening to your children.
I can't actually see why you want to get rid of him. Also, as Lovecatsanddogs has said - why did you get him if you are now over-committed? Plenty of people manage dogs and children - seems very short-sighted of you. I know I am judging you here, but people need to think very long and hard before they make the long commitment to get a dog.
Might I also suggest a stair gate for when you have to leave the front door open instead of locking him away?
Hi muppetgirl, I'm interrested but need to speak to my husband first. I would also like to know where you live.
I don't understand why you have to shut him away when you sy that he is good with the kids?
My dog nipped my ds when he was a baby, and because of that we have had to keep them seperated ever since.
My dog is not nasty, but I cannot risk it happening again.
It has been almost impossible to live like this for the last 3 years but I would never get rid of my dog as he is my responsibility.
I would love to have a dog that is trustworthy with children and I cannot really understand your position.
i would also be interested. i am in west country, have large garden, access to fields, beaches. one dd6, and a cat who has no brain and would like a playmate.
mum2oandh did your dog nip for a reason eg he was pulled at, fur pulled, tail etc? My dog went for ds foot when ds was 2 and stood on dog! I understood why and never separated them, just taught ds to be careful around dog. Dogs are allowed to protect themselves. If it was for no reason at all i understand your concern, but if dog was defending himself, you don't need to seperate them!
Hmmmm I say nipped but my ds (who was 7 months old at the time) needed 16 stitches in his cheek.
We (and the behaviorist we took our dog to)
think the dog was trying to get a piece of rusk out of ds's mouth, but baby skin is so fragile.
My dog is quite large and if he had been attacking my ds his injuries would have been very severe.
He is however an old dog, and doesn't seen to like chidren much, though he loves adults. I just can't trust him anymore.
We have a stairgate in our hallway blocking off the stairs and the front door so there is no issue about the dog running out when the front door is open. Might be worth a try.
I have a JRTx. She is just over a year old. She is a lovely little dog, great with the kids and yes she is lively and a handful but we absolutely adore her and would never dream of getting rid of her, no matter what.
muppetgirl...your dog is chewing and weeing because he is SHUT away. You can't do this to any dog especially a JRT. They are a breed that need company. Chewing and weeing are clearly a sign he is bored, lonely and obviously upset at being shut away. It is cruel to do this to him regardless of whether or not your kids are playing outside.
JRT's love to run, chase a ball etc. Having such a small garden that doesn't accommodate your kids plus a dog is, imo, not adequate. I would never have my JRT with such a small garden that can't house both.
I really do hope you are able to rehome him because he obviously isn't suited to you and your environment at the moment.
Also!...if your DS's friends are 'scared stiff' of dogs why are you allowing them to come over? I'm sorry but when my kids have friends over I always check to see if they are ok with dogs. If not they don't come over. My dog is as much a part of my family as the kids and if friends are scared of dogs its a no-no from me. I certainly wouldn't shut the dog away to allow for kids to play. Sod that! Just imagine if your dog got out of the study, went to play and nipped one of the friends? Bloody irresponsible on your part as a parent and pet owner.
He is good with my children but when my ds's friends come to visit he gets upset by their mixed messages as they are scared/nervous of him. They scream, jump about and run away and he thinks they are playing. He does growl when around nervous children. He is around the house 90% of the time as I am a SAHM so isn't shut away that often. When he is shut away he is distressed and shows this by barking, scratching at the door, urinating and chewing whatever is in sight. He has chewed through electric cables, so I am trying to avoid serious injury to himself and avoid the distress he is under. He also urinates in his bed and sits in it whilst he is in the study. We have seen a behaviourist about this and even she is baffled. I cannot change my ds's friends as there seem to be more children afraid of dogs than not, this seems, in my experience the same with parents.
I could get a gate at the front door but this wouldn't help his distress and I would also get compliants about his barking from neighbours. I don't want to turn a wonderful little dog into a nasty dog and want to find a more suitable home before anything should happen. He needs an older family and I accept that. I have not once mentioned a rescue centre and in fact pointed out that he is fine with us until we find him a better home. He will not be going to a rescue centre. I also do not equate children with dogs so I do not accept I am rehoming my child.
So, these kids that are terrified of dogs, how are they with your 10yo black labrador? Does the lab get locked away too?
Thank you for your reply. I totally agree with you that he is bored 2 walks a day isn't enough it seems.
Yes both dogs are put into the study. I also put them into the study when the doorbell goes as they totally scare anyone who knocks the door.
If you are under the impression that they are in the study for hours on end every day then I am sorry if you have misunderstood me. This really isn't the case.
At the end of the day you have a dog that is totally unsuitable for the environment you are all living in. You have to find him somewhere to go where he will play a major part of the family set-up. My advice to you would be to move him to the Dogs Trust. They are a fabulous organisation and they will ensure he will be found a suitable new home, based on his history with you.
If he growls near 'nervous' children who are playing at your house then, imo, you should not have the children coming into your home/garden...for not only their safety but that of the dog because if he were to nip or bite the parent of the said child would probably insist he is destroyed. If you are aware of the way he is with children you must either ban all friends coming over (which is what I would do) or rehome him. I personally think its madness allowing kids, especially nervous ones, into your home knowing full well the dog isn't happy, has to be shut away and shows aggression towards the situation.
Like I've said before I have a JRT. They are known to be snappy and bark a lot. I've not long lost my lab who was 13yrs old. The two dogs could not be any different. JRTs are a demanding breed of dog. Labs are so laid back. I think you're finding your JRT a real handful as compared to a labrador.
JRTs need work. They need permanent exercise - whether it be running up and down a garden or regular walks. They do not want to be shut up in a room just because your kids are playing outside. It will do him absolutely no good whatsoever being shut up. If anything it will make him considerably worse because once released he will want to run around, nipping, barking and letting loose. Restricting him in a room, on his own, I'm sorry to say, is extremely cruel to any dog but in particular a young, energetic JRT.
You have to find him somewhere else NOW. Don't expect his new ideal home to come to you. For his own sake as well as those of your kids and others visiting hand him over to the Dogs Trust who will find him somewhere far sooner than you possibly will.
I would like to offer some support to muppetgirl. I read the OP this morning before anyone else had commented. My interpretation of the situation was of someone in a difficult situation, trying to find a good solution for both her family and her dog. Coming back to it this evening, I am shocked at some of the reactions. In my profession, I see a lot of dogs and owners whose lifestyles are incompatible and therefore neither party benefits from the relationship. It is an immensely hard decision to rehome a dog and muppetgirl does not deserve to be made to feel more guilty than she probably already does. Maybe only people who want to help, as requested in the OP, might reply?????????
skyisblue....Everyone is entitled to an opinion. Unfortunately not all will agree with how muppetgirl is treating her dog. I personally don't agree with shutting the dog away, which will only make him worse. That's my opinion and I've expressed it and I suggest she stops doing this immediately. I agree its not going to help the OP to find the dog a good home herself but I have suggested she ask the Dogs Trust to help her.
You take the rough with the smooth on MN.
Thanks skyisblue, I appreciate your input on this thread...
I have had JRT's before and have lived in different places with them. In houses, in flats and even on a narrowboat for 3 years! I fully appreciate this isn't the best situation and are trying to rectify it. I still have to reiterate that he isn't shut up for hours on end. I have been thinking about the situation all day (like a good self reflecting mnetter who knows she isnt always right) since I first posted and have realised a few things.
I never really bonded with him as I did my last Jack -who died after eating poison, I found her in my jumper drawer when I came home from work, she had died. I was heartbroken as, yes, she was my baby. (pre ds's) It took me 3 years to even think about having another dog and then I made the decision to and I did. He was difficult to housetrain -the consultation with the behaviourist helped -then we had a miscarriage then we had ds 2. Stanley (the lovely dog) would come and lick our hands when we were dealing with ds'2, he would try to sit right in front of us when we were talking to ds and changing his nappy in that 'baby' type voice we talk to our children and pets. I didn't take enough time to fuss him as he needs us to. I feel like I have accidentally parented (Tracey Hogg style) my dog into a situation in that I have not given him enough fuss, therefore he craved it more. My fault, not his doing.
Well, tomorrow is another day and all that and due to this thinking I am going to make some time for him and me to play. He likes tennis balls so we'll start with that.
Stanley stays! Thank you for all your comments, you all made me think. I didnt appreciate the tone of some of the posts but then I do have a very thick skin but the sentiment was spot on.
muppet...good for you and I do wish you loads of good luck.xxxxxx
Hey nice one. Sounds like you both lost your way but now, with a fresh slate, you can start all over and make it right!
I got my dog (a yorkie) after his previous owner could no longer cope with him and her new born baby.
We took him on and had him for 14 years, he passed away 2 weeks ago
In our case, the lady's loss was our gain and we were given a lovely, friendly, cute companion for our children to grow up with.
I hope you can work out whats best for you and the dog. If it isn't working out for both of you, then maybe a new home that has the time and space for him would be better. But I am glad you are going to try and work it out so that he can stay in his home.
perhaps when you lock him away you could give him something to stimulate him? suggest hiding treats in the room you put him in or parhaps getting one of those toys with the treats inside?
my 8 year old boxer is fine with people but i understand that some may be overwhelmed for his enthusiaam so i put him in the kitchen with a dog gate which is next to my living room (house so small no hallways!)he usually sits and then when he has got over the excitment he is allowed in to join us. he is currently asleep on my leather sofa! he is spoilt!
Hi Betho, he has lots of toys when he's in the study. We've had the ones where you hide food in and he just chewed the bottom off the toy! There is NO DOG TOY that lasts him longer than a morning.... He loves balls and his bone. He gets a little neurotic about toys in that he will spend hours pulling off half the felty coating of the tennis ball but then leave the other side? The rope toys that have tightly tied rope lasts him and hour or less. He's a great chewer. I think he's be a great ratter/rabiter if we lived more in the wild. My last Jack was a great ratter/rabiter so much we used to cook her what she caught, not the rat though! (a bit like the good life but there you go )
Oh yes that is a challenge -anyone know of any toy that lasts?
Have you tried a Kong?
It's the only thing that our Staffy X hasn't chewed through!
All other toys are lucky to last out a morning as you said.
You can buy the tube of paste that you can squirt inside the Kong, but we never have and he'll still sit there for hours biting and licking it
...we've eaten a kong! Well, he has
I think I could hire him out to dog toy manufacturers as a test dog.
I used to charity shop cuddly toys for my last Jack as she loved the soft ones and they are £5 ish in the shops. I was lucky though as she just played with them and didn't chew but Stan is a chewer.
Would a couple of those rostie bones keep him going for a bit?
Not sure on the size of kong, probably the smaller of any. The roastie bones were every popular (if it's the one I'm thinking of, a bone with a gravey type covering?)
Our black lab took it upstairs to our living room and ate it on our cream carpet!!!
Good for outside though.
but then this is the black lab that ate through dh's very expensive leather shoes to get at the red cricket ball he'd managed to get inside. His white bedroom carpet never recovered!!! (That was when I first met dh and asked him what the dubious red stain on his bedroom carpet was!)
The bone doesn't have any covering or gravy. I got ours from pets at home. Pretty sure they're called mini rosties or something.
My JRT has a Kong but I got her the largest one and I put loads of bits of dog biscuits in and trap them in with a hide chew so it drives her completely mental trying to get them all out. It keeps her happy for a good couple of hours. Kong's are supposed to be indestructable and bearing in mind my JRT would chew anything if she had the chance she's not YET managed to chew thru her Kong. She does the same with tennis balls. She'll rip off all the fluffy outside of the ball and leave the innards. She absolutely loves hide bones - the really big tough ones - one of those not only keeps her occupied but all the chewing wears her out and sends her off to sleep.
Whispy _ i was told the hide things aren't great as they are a little like pasta as they can swell in their stomache and cause blockages. What is your opinion of this?
btw Stan and I walked down to the shop last night and went through the park and had a good old play with a tennis ball which he then lost in the stream! I am going to dredge that stream in a few months and then start again!
it is worth getting balls that he cant actually get in his mouth, there are solid plastic ones that are apparatnly indestructable. hide treats a well, i used to do that and all you could hear was enthusiastic deep sniffles, of course with boxers ther was a trail of drool all over the sofas etc! bless, good times!
as long as your dog gets some quality time with you is all that matters.
and remember that the dog lives in the house and the neighbours kids dont so who should you really be putting first?
it gets me when i have kids over who jump around my dog, poke him then start screaming when he thinks they want to play!
Muppetgirl, the hide chews are also protein. Too much protein in your dogs diet is like too much wine in ours - it makes them lose control a little bit and become excitable.
I sympathise with you, I have a patterdale terrier that we got from a rescue a while ago and he is adorable but when he is outside, he is very aggressive toward other dogs and has bitten me and my DP lots of times. He also escaped from the garden and gets into trouble blah blah.....
The advise I have recvd from 2 dog trainers a behaviuoralist the RSPCA and DOGSTRUST is that he is a dangerous dog and should be destroyed. He is just very anxiuos when he is outside - definately not dangerous, when compared to a dog who attacked a baby and caused so much damage that stitches were needed. The thing is, he is causing trouble, people are wary of him when we are out, my dd is nervous and people become very cross when they are enjoying a peacful walk and my dog goes mental. With this in mind, do i destroy him? No, I do the responsible thing and try to find him that perfect forever home. Every dog has a home, its just finding it. Good luck, Im sorry i cant be more of a help to you, I just wanted you to know that I understand how difficult it is to make this decision.
Well....I've always given my dog hide chews. The larger the better cos then less likely to get eaten whole. They not only keep them busy but they're also good for their teeth and they do eventually tire them out! Having said that I can go and buy a lovely big bone for my JRT, she takes it outside and comes back indoors with an inch of dirt on the end of her nose and no bone. I then find it a week or so later half dug into the garden.
Yes I think my JRT does eat and swallow fairly big bits but its never caused her any problems down below, iykwim!
That's great that you managed to get out for a walk with Stan last night. Some good quality time - one to one with him - that's great. I went out with my JRT first thing this morning - we were out by 7am - lovely time of day - so quiet and no kids around. I much prefer to walk the dog without the kids because I find I enjoy it more - I don't have moaning and tired kids to drag along and I can concentrate on the dog more.
I'll see if I can upload a piccie of Millie on my profile.....
Hide bones are great, they swell a little bit (I found one in the garden that had been there weeks) but only a tiny bit. Hide bones really are great for stress,boredom etc etc and good for teeth too. All dogs need to chew.
I bought a king but my dog doesnt like it, no matter what things I fill it with. I bought one of them filled bone things a while ago and once he had eaten all the 'stuff', I noticed that he still loved a good old chew on it, so now I fill it with my own stuff. It has lasted about 4 months so far!!!! Bargain!
Fab photo! And even 'fabber' dog!
I'll try to get a piccie of Stan, I'm not sure how to reduce the quality of the photo though so may be a while...
muppet, i take it you have changed your mind about rehoming?? not sure, dont have time to read all the threads.
Firstly, i have to say, that actually, i think that the OP isn't being irresponsible for thinking of rehoming. It might be better for the dog. So long as the dogs needs are considered and he is found a suitable home, he might pine for a few weeks but after that he will be fine.
Stanley is a fine name for a JRT i think I have a JRT called Bob - because that was all DD could say at the time. He is a livewire and i do shut him away when nervous children come round because he is over friendly and will jump up and lick. Although to be fair this happens once in a blue moon. He is laying at my feet just now - he is like a clingon - he even follows me to the toilet. However, he is left for long periods when he needs to be, he doesn't like it, but he is a dog and has to fit in with my life. On the whole, i think he is pretty happy with his lot.
With regards to the separation anxiety - might it be because you put him away in a bit of a tizz when the other kids are around? Could he somehow be taught that he has to leave visitors alone, my dog seems to be learning that himself, after an initial wash he leaves people be unless invited. He was excellent with my neice the other week i was surprised. You could try distraction with kong toys stuffed with difficult to get at food but i find they tend to get bored with them. You could try a DAP plug in, basically this is a plug in that works like an air freshener, except it gives off doggie pheremones. They are quite expensive and you have to keep them going for a few months before things settle down but they DO work. We had one for our mad rottie, it really seemed to settle him.
I do think you have had a bit of a rough ride to be honest muppet. But i do understand the other posters points of view, but i do think that it is perfectly possible to be practical and say that as your situation has changed, you don't have the best environment for the dog and rehome him. If it is the dog however that has become the problem, that is solvable, not overnight, but by training. Have you had him castrated at all? Mine is starting to look like he might need to lose his crown jewels sometime soon. Also, take heart, he is about the age of a teenager in real life, he will settle down soon. I had this with both of my rotties, they were both quite boisterous dogs, one was a rescue and had ishoos, but once they hit about 3yo they seemed to settle themselves. I am noticing this with my mums dog too. A terrier is always going to be a handful, but just easier to control maybe.
Your call, but don;t beat yourself up if you feel you need to rehome, I would avoid giving him to a rescue centre tbh, as he will have to go through being in kennels and this could be damaging if long term. Try breed rescue - your local vets should have a directory.
Took him out again with a ball today and he loved it, still had to put him away with friends children though I did try to mix them but ds's fiend just wouldn't leave him alone. Am getting a gate on the front of the house -we have railings but a gap where a gate should be- so I can have the front door open when we're out the front. I am going to try to bath him tomorrow (wish me the hugest amount of luck as he hates bath time) and then a brush. I let him to roam free in the house when I went out this afternoon with our black lab and nothing was destroyed or weed on!!! (That I haven't found yet )
I have put a picture of Stanley on my profile
Are you astill looking for a home, where are you????
No sorry, did a bit of a u-turn but promised to put a piccie on my profile. Can't change the thread title now though so I'm a bit shite
Good luck with Stanley, muppet.
I'm stunned at the hard time you got at the beginning of the thread and utterly utterly utterly stunned that mum2oandh has a dog in her house that gave her baby a bite needing 16 stitches. That's just bizarre, imo.
muppet...think you've hit the nail on the head, iykwim...'but ds's friend wouldn't leave him alone'.....kids have got to learn to leave dogs alone. I have to be really firm with my kids mates when they come to play cos not all dogs want to be bothered by kids and if they don't leave Millie alone I will shut the kids in one part of the house and let Millie have the run of the kitchen, for example. It's not her fault the kids won't let her be.
It's great you've decided to keep Stan. Well done you for not only making that decision but for trying everything and working hard to make life easier for all of you. xxxx
I was just going to post to say I have a friend who is looking for a Jack Russell or similar (she has fallen in love with my mum's ) as we are in the south, same as you I think?
Anyway, I see you've now changed your mind which I'm sure is right as you obviously love Stanley very much.
We got our Jack Russell two weeks before I found out I was expecting, in hindsight having a dog then a baby was is not something I would repeat, however for all his odd little ways, I love the little furry freak! Although I worried at first, he is great with ds (14mo) and part of the family. Yes it is difficult giving everyone the same attention but you just have to do your best. We have stairgates at the bottom of the stairs in the lounge as well as into the kitchen so can easily separate him as he too gets over-enthusiastic with guests!
I also found having to walk him every day really helps, especially when ds was a baby, it made me get out of the house and get some fresh air! Muppetgirl, have you tried dog classes? Ours goes to agility every two weeks and loves it. There are some cheaper kennel club classes around as well, may be nice to have some time on your own with him? Good luck - Stanley is worth it!!
Hi my mums looking for a jack russell were are you if you still have the dog
This thread is from 2008
I saw that this was ten years ago. I wonder how things worked out in the end.
Damn, read the whole thread without realising it was a ghost 😒
Hi you still got jack Russell for rehome if so am interesting to have him pls reply bk Cathy
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