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I need to rehome my 2 yr old Jack Russell can anyone help?

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whispywhisp Mon 21-Jul-08 16:13:54

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.

flowerybeanbag Mon 21-Jul-08 14:41:37

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.

mum2oandh Mon 21-Jul-08 14:35:58

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.

Lovesdogsandcats Mon 21-Jul-08 14:25:39

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!

piratecat Mon 21-Jul-08 14:23:33

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 Mon 21-Jul-08 14:15:16

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.

OhNooo Mon 21-Jul-08 14:11:39

Hi muppetgirl, I'm interrested but need to speak to my husband first. I would also like to know where you live.

Thisismynewname Mon 21-Jul-08 14:09:25

Might I also suggest a stair gate for when you have to leave the front door open instead of locking him away?

Thisismynewname Mon 21-Jul-08 14:08:37

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.

Lovesdogsandcats Mon 21-Jul-08 13:57:59

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.

muppetgirl Mon 21-Jul-08 07:56:33

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

He is;

A 2 yr old Tri-coloured, rough coat, Jack Russell (Stanley)
Male -been castrated
Micro chipped
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...

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