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February 2nd, 2007, 02:58 AM
The other day i came home to discover that my dog had torn through my bedsheets and "dug" a hole in my mattress. While this completly enraged me i had to let it slide because I wasnt there when he did it so not much i could do to correct the behavior so i flipped the mattress to the still good side and replaced my sheet. Today i was fixing a sandwich i heard an all to familiar sound of things tearing so i followed the sound and came to discover my dog now chewing through the good side of my mattress. now hes only a puppy and there is no way i would ever do anything to hurt him or give him away but im at my wits end. is there any way i can stop my beagle/jack russel terrorist from being such a sketchcase??

February 2nd, 2007, 03:09 AM
Hmm well first off your title should read, bad owner, not bad dog. Anytime your dog destroys something or does something you did not want him to do it is the owners fault period. In your case a crate during the day when your not around to supervise would be a good first step so you can ensure he dosen't get into anything potentially dangerous. Next is to address the cause of these problems, are they out of lack of mental stimulation, lack of excersie or maybe a combo of the two.

Both Parson russel terriers and beagles were originally bred to dig down into small burrows to flush out prey so what he is exhibiting is a perfectly normal behaviour for his breeds. What you need to do is find ways to teach him other acceptable behaviours that will be just as rewarding. Around the house when your home and he's out of his crate invest in things like food cubes and kongs. These types of toys are very mentally stimulating as they requrire the dog to focus his mind and energy levels on working at getting out the treat. In addition being a terrier, though small require ALOT of physical excersie as well to keep them out of trouble. I'm unsure of what your schedual is like now but I'd try and give him at least a good two hours of excersie a day. This dosen't have to be just a boring walk you can go to an acceptable offlesh area and play fetch, or go on a jog/run.

You can also even look into dog sports such as agility or flyball, terriers are usually great for these sports due to their high level of energy and high level of intelligance and under the right owner very easy to train.

In addition try and keep him out of your room where he is exhibbiting this behaviour to help elimante any possibility of this.

If all else their are alot of excellent dog behaviourlists out their you can contact to help curb the behaviour if nothing suggested on here works for you.

One last thing I'm unsure of whether or not you've taken him to obidence school but this will help greatly as well as learning things is alot of fun and mentaly stimulating.

Obviously I'm not their to witness the bahviour for myself of see on a daily basis the things you do with him to keep him busy, but I'd say for now focus on.

1) Get a crate for when your away during the day and cannot supervise

2) Invest in more mentaly stimulating toys like food cubes and kongs for when you are home

3) Up his daily excersie to meet his physical needs and consider looking into a dog sport like agility or flyball.

4) Enroll in a basic obidence class if you haven't done so already



February 2nd, 2007, 03:23 AM
Colubridz thanks for the reply; although, it was a little abrasive the feedback was well taken. The second attack of the guy happened just after coming back from a walk. The dog does usually get at least 2 hours of excersize per day. Also my house is full of kongs, squeaker, nylabones, bullies etc. I had been keeping him in the bathroom but lately upgraded him to the bedrom and for the last two months the most he had done was pulled my duvet off the bed. needless to say hes back to being in the bathroom while im out. It just seems no matter what i do his behavior just seems to be getting worse. I can't really afford much for training or behavior specialists. I'm crazy about my puppy and hes my best friend and it stresses me out because no matter what i try it seems were always taking two steps foreward then three steps back.

February 2nd, 2007, 03:44 AM
Well thats great to hear about the large variety of stimulating toys your pup has, didn't mean to suggest you weren't providing them I just thought I should cover the basics that could be causing the problem just to make sure all of his basic needs are being met:).

I know that puppyhood can be a little overwheleming at times, I myself am still going through it with my first dog a 6 mo rotti/gsd/collie pup and during the 3-4 month old mark it was very very fusterating and overwheleming as Duke would non stop bite anything that moves, I still have teeth marks from those little razor blade puppy teeth on my calf. Luckily though with alot of patience, ( which I'm sure right now is beginng to wear thin) alot of work they do grow out of it and calm down a bit.

Good idea to put him back in the bathroom when your gone during the day as puppies can just get into way to much stuff when your not around and it's alot safer for him that way.

My best advice would still be to keep working on his basic obidence, practicing the commands will improve your relationship and give him a sense of purpose as he will be working for your affection and treats. Also try and remember as fusterating as it can be he is still just a puppy so try and set away alot of time for fun games as well especially when he's behaving well.

I wish I could say it will magically get better over the next few months but without alot of effort and work your pup will grow up into an equally destructive adult dog.

You sound like you are very commited to your pup which is excellent so my best advice would just continue to reinforce all good behaviours ( like playing with his toys instead of chewing on your stuff) as well as trying to discourage bad behaviours by saying ah ah or no and then removing him from the situation and give him something appropriate to do. For example if you catch him chewing on your couch, you could approach and in a firm voice say no chewing, then promptly take a chew toy and give it to him instead, the second he chews on it get very excited and say what a good boy and give him a treat.

Puppies aren't born with a set of directions of how to behave in our world and it takes a kind, consistant and patient owner to teach their new best friend what is expected of them in our world and what is unaccaptable.

Again remember it will take time but everyone on this forum is always willing to help you and your pup along the way.


February 2nd, 2007, 07:38 AM
My sons JRT puppy was an absolute destructo pup,there was nothing in my sons condo that was untouched by her:yell:
If anyone needed to be in a crate,it was her:dog:
I don't know much about dog-training,just wanted to say good luck and keep the bed-room door closed:)

February 2nd, 2007, 09:08 AM
if you can't supervise your puppy... put him in his crate. it protects your stuff and it protects him against himself :) it's simple and it works. this is what happened when i let my puppy-girl out of her crate during the night while we slept:

One of my prized and very old plants, too :mad: Needless to say, I didn't give her a chance to do that a second time. She's all fine and grown up now, hardly ever crated anymore but if she messes up the house again... back in the crate she will go until she matures more. Good luck! :goodvibes:

February 2nd, 2007, 09:27 AM
Oooh that sounds familiar.

The exact same thing happened to me with Trigs. He was just a little bit of a pup. I put up baby gates and kept him in the kitchen. Word to the wise, hide your favorite shoes.

February 2nd, 2007, 10:30 AM
The jack russell is definitely the prominent breed here!

Jacks are sort of a breed all their own. Jack Russell Terrorists, we call them here. I adore them, but (unless you luck out) they take a lot of work, patience, exercise, and mental stimulation. I once saw a (purebred) rescue, dig a hole through the wall from the bedroom into the living room, in under 30 minutes. This was a result from seperation anxiety (much different than your bed digging dog).

There are several reasons why he might be digging a hole in your bed (boredom, stress, anxiety, etc), but until you figure out why, the only real way to stop it (or slow it down) is by teaching him that it's not allowed (first teach the leave it command), and by showing him other fun things he can be doing.

Jacks are also diggers in general. If your dog is already getting lots of exercise (running around the house, yard, etc), stop him after an hour or so and work on some mental exercises. Teach him a new trick, or give him a puzzle toy to work his brain. You can also designate a digging area to him in your backyard (if you have one) to help curb the urge, if it's that strong.

Be consistant and he'll calm down faster than you think. I won't add more... there's good advice above! :thumbs up

February 3rd, 2007, 12:26 AM
when we had jag given to us.i noticed a nail missing on his back right foot.they didn't crate or baby gate him and they came home to blood everywhere and a tower speaker on the floor destroyed and toe nail missing.we crate when were not home.for his safety and the house.

doggy lover
February 3rd, 2007, 05:08 PM
Mmmmmm I remember the puppy days......... I think there is an old thread somewhere about all the things our puppies have gotten into. My bc has in the past eaten my matress and many other things, bad owner I don't know it is just some dogs are terrible for distruction. My bc is now almost 3 and I won't leave him out when I leave for a period of time, but my last dog a would never have done anything after 6 months. But I would try and keep an eye on him at all times and if not put him in his kennel, when you find him getting into something give him one of his toys or a chewie to relpace what he is getting into.

February 3rd, 2007, 07:46 PM
I noticed you mentioned puppy and 2 hours exercise a day, might be enough for a senior jack russel/parson terrier cross but not enough for a puppy.

I have a chinese crested pup they are are not super active like the terriers, he spends about 4 hours playwrestling with Nikki my eskie and a half hour a day racing around the yard with one of my greyhounds and he still has some energy to spare into getting into mischief if I am not supervising or blocking off rooms.

Since you don't have the help of extra dogs you might find a lurepole helpful at providing some hard exercise

February 4th, 2007, 01:00 AM
I don't even know if 2 hours is enough for an older Jack.. My dad's jack gets at least 3-4 hours of exercise and stimulation a day and he's a calm one.:o

Running and walking sometimes aren't enough to calm a dog down. Sometimes they need exercise coupled with mental stimulation. Playing with a dog is a lot more tiring than walking or even running.

If you don't have money for a trainer, then I suggest you get cracking on the home training and on upping the activities you do with your doggy. There's a reason why so many Jacks end up in rescue. They require a ton of exercise and stimulation.

A doggy can't rip apart a mattress if they're asleep.;)