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Hi All,

I am based in Pas de Calais (62) about half an hour from Calais. We have a two / three year old Jack russel terrier that needs to be rehomed. She is a spayed, microchipped, with pet passport and up to date rabies vaccination, her yearly vacinations for parvo, hep etc are unfortunately out of date we missed the last vacc when we moved to france.

She is a black and white Parsons Jack Russell (the long legged type) she is smooth coat and does not have a thick rough coat, she is not a dog to live outdoors we are looking for a loving family / couple home not an outdoor working home please.

We have had her since a pup and she has always been brilliant with the children she was brought up with my oldest son who is now also two and a half as she was only 3 months old when he was born, I also now have a eight month old too. They both play with her and she has always been great with them even when they have been heavy handed, HOWEVER she has started to growl at the children if she has food (she never does this with adults) and today snapped at my son when he ran into the kitchen when she was eating.

With a two year old that opens doors and an eight month old crawling I simply can't take the risk that they may get bitten. I am also concerned that in a busy house with small children this might progress to her feeling threatened and guarding beds, toys etc

She is lively and active being a young dog still, is great with older kids loves to play footy and have cuddles etc she loves to play fetch and good walks. She walks on a halti and pulls without it, but this is due to lack of heelwork training. She is good off the lead, has a good recall, knows sit , down, wait (for dinner) roll over, paw, hi five, bed. Though with a lack of time recently these are all a bit rusty and could do with some polishing up!

She loves to be with people she wouldn't be happy being left home alone everyday. By evening she is happy to lay in her bed and snooze, in the day she likes to potter around with you. She goes out in the garden in the daytime and can be left out there if you are busy or go out. If you leave her in the house and go out for any length she gets stressed and will bark and sometimes has an accident. At night she will either sleep on a blanket in the bedroom (if you wanted her too) or in a dog crate in the hall or in a bed in a smallish room like utility or bathroom etc. She is lively (bouncy) when meeting new people.

I have tried to be uber-honest but she is a great companion and a lovely little character and she is much loved and really bonds with her owner/s. I really would like a home where she can be with someone most of the time, that will play with her and will have plenty of snuggles in the evening ... and maybe even a spot on the sofa for her? Her idea of doggy heaven. As such someone interested would need to be prepared to visit at least a couple of times, you won't be able to turn up and take her!

I have loads more photos if you want them, just contact me.
 

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Why not alter your own behaviour so that she alters hers?

It will be the work of just a few weeks to re-teach her her place in the pack, you won't see your pet go out of your lives, and -most importantly - you won't end up teaching your kids that animals are disposable the moment you need to work on them.

Dogs brains are all about hierarchy, it is up to the owner and all others in teh household to impose themselves on the dog as pack leaders.

Do not allow the dog to get any higher than ground level, if in fact you do now.

Do not allow the dog to eat unguarded.

Put the bowl in front of the dog and make it wait for a good few minutes before allowing it to start to eat.

Whilst the dog is waiting in front of its bowl, pick the bowl up and pretend to eat from it; whilst halfway through 'your meal', growl back at the dog and she will get the idea that you have the right to interrupt its meal.

When you re-enter the house at any time, do not fuss the dog - it should learn to accept that it is NOT the centre of the packs existence.

If in doubt, search the net for books/CDs by Cesar Millan. He's a Mexican living in LA with a pack of around 40 rescues, a lot of which are ex-fighting Pits and Rotts. He can turn a dog around in minutes, literally, and there are no secrets; just common sense. He is God in my book, and I only have 7 dogs to control.
 
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