Your Jack Russell is as lively as you would expect. They jump up and down as soon as you even look at their leash. When dinner time arrives they can be found tearing around your feet barking at the top of their lungs. You love seeing them this excited, it’s just a shame they don’t look forward to obedience training that much! Because your little terrier is just a puppy, you know the training they get while young will shape their temperament and obedience for life.
Therefore, training your Jack Russell to sit is important. It is the first step in a training regime that will probably span over a number of years. This type of training is fantastic for establishing yourself as pack leader and asserting your control. Not to mention, it’s a great way to spend some quality time with your little buddy.
Fortunately, training a Jack Russell Terrier to sit is pretty easy. This is because they are naturally pretty intelligent and respond well to training. The biggest obstacle comes at the beginning when you show them what you want them to do. However, once they understand that, you just need to reinforce training with consistent practice and an effective motivator.
If your Jack Russell Terrier is a puppy then they should be at their most receptive. This means you could see results in just a couple of days. But if they’re older and never been good at following instructions, then you may need up to 10 days. If you are consistent and training proves successful, you will have laid the foundation to teach a range of other, more advanced commands. As an added bonus, you’ll now be able to instruct your dog to sit before crossing a road or until you give them permission to eat from their bowl.
Before you get to work, you will need to check you have the essentials. The most important component is tasty treats or some of their favorite food broken into small pieces. A toy and a clicker will also be required for one of the methods below.
You will also need to set aside 10 minutes each day for training. Practice in a quiet room where you both won’t be distracted.
Apart from that, you just need enthusiasm and patience, then work can begin!