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Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (October 9, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764552686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764552687
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Find out about your Jack Russell Terrier's special needs

Get the lowdown on keeping your Jack Russell Terrier happy and healthy Sharing your life with a Jack Russell Terrier can be a challenge. This fun and friendly book gives you expert advice on the Jack Russell temperament, whether this energetic breed fits your lifestyle, how to train your dog to be a well-mannered companion, and much more.

Discover how to: Choose the right Jack Russell for you Maintain your dog's good health Feed your JRT properly Exercise and entertain your Jack Russell Handle behavior problems

The Dummies Way Explanations in plain English "Get in, get out" information Icons and other navigational aids Tear-out cheat sheet Top ten lists A dash of humor and fun

Get smart! www.dummies.com Attention pet owners! Get free Dummies Daily e-mail newsletters Sign up today for tips on dogs, cats, or birds Keep your pet healthy and content — the Dummies Way

About the Author

Deborah Britt-Hay has been breeding and training Jack Russell Terriers for nine years. She finds that her dogs make great companions for her family and her horses.

Customer Reviews

Well written book, easy to read & very useful.
D. Ravishanker
For anyone who has or is considering a JRT please get this book. =)
Yaniry Ortiz
Just adopted a JR and i need all the help i can get!
A J Bright

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A. Johnson on March 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
Wonderfully written in the typical "Dummies" format, this book covers all of the basics and more in an easy-to-read casual style. It is an excellent introduction into the world of the breed fondly known in my home as the Jack Rascal Terrorist!
One of the most refreshing and important aspects of this book is its truthful tribute to the JRT as a breed with very special requirements and a unique personality. Unlike some books which say "this breed may not be right for everyone," Deborah Britt-Hay explains the adorable quirks that draw some people to the breed and turn others away. She masterfully explains the typical concerns of owning and raising a JRT with fun examples and lots of helpful tips.
Really good things about the book:
· Addresses the TRUE nature and temperament of the breed
· Realistically projects the special needs of these dogs
· Presents tips on choosing a good breeder and the right puppy
· Advocates crate training
· Has wonderful sections on exercise ideas, canine sports, and dog trialing with your Jack!
Although this book has more good points than bad, I gave it four stars for a few reasons:
- First of all, the author explicitly encourages what I call "the double-trouble factor" in that she actually suggests getting two terriers! An inexperienced terrier-person should not acquire more than one dog to start with, and only consider another Jack when the first puppy is trained.
- This book also addresses buying a puppy from a pet shop, and although the author mentions that this is not the "best way" she allows for it as a consideration... in my experience, this is not an option!
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
Jack Russell Terrier breeder and trainer Deborah Britt-Hay draws upon her many years of experience in Jack Russell Terriers For Dummies to write a fun and "reader friendly" owner's manual. Every aspect is covered from choosing the right Jack Russell, to maintaining the dog's health and well-being, to feeding the animal properly, to exercising and entertaining the dog, to handling behavior problems. Authoritative, practical, easy-to-understand, Jack Russell Terriers For Dummies is a "must" for anyone seeking to own or who has obtained a Jack Russell Terrier as their animal companion.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 2003
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My husband and I got our Jack Russell sort of by accident, and thus didn't really know what we were getting ourselves into. While we don't regret getting our dog for one second, we DID have quite a learning curve as neither of us had ever owned such a quirky, smart (but stubborn!) dog before. We have purchased several books on the topic, but the Dummies guide is by far the best resource we've found for answering questions about feeding, training, behavior, et al. The format really helps -- the information is easy to find and doesn't require super-sleuthing methods in order to unbury it as we found other books did. I highly recommend it.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dog Mom on November 26, 2001
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This book really gets to the core of the Jack Russell Terrier. It was great to read that the quirky habits mine have are totally normal! (Well, for Jacks!) A well put together book that is a huge help for any JRT owner or anyone wanting to know more about the amazing and fun breed.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "riden2win" on December 28, 2000
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This is a great book for first time Jack Russell owners or anyone like me who's "trying" to train one! It is full of great stories and examples, helpful hints, and solid training advice. I was tired of stumbling my way through training this beast, and now I have a solid road map to follow. Thanks so much for this desperately needed book!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Holyoak on January 13, 2008
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We have two Jack Russell Terrorizors, and this book helped with the basics. I read it cover to cover a few times, and it had some good hints. It would be best to get this book before you ever get a dog, but I am sure that if you buy this book it is because you are already getting a Jack, not because you went out and bought every book of every type of dog. That is the only downside to this book. It spends way too much time talking about the decision to get a Jack. I guess this is because a lot of people got Jack's thinking they were apartment dogs and realized they had bought a Rambo when they should have bought a Fifi. This book should have said that Jack's are way more resilient than any other dog you can probably get (read: way more stubborn, so you can't always be the Dog Whisperer, you sometimes have to be the Dog Shouter). You will have to be very consistent and strict (I am a softie, so some of the hints were not good for me, because it should say "Get ready to be a Drill Sargent"). Jacks are very smart, tough, territorial (especially if female and with puppies, or male and there is a female in heat nearby, or just in general), (they can be aggressive, my 14 lb jack attached a 150 lb Rottweiler and had kicked his butt before we could get them apart) and you have to be prepared to keep them busy. Also be prepared for them to take forever to be potty trained (up to a year). Mine are now happy, so loving, and I am glad I had this book. We live in a Townhouse, and our dogs are loving it. They do get walked every morning, get busy games to play with and have a two hour play group every day so they get lots of diversion, which they absolutely require.
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