Why Do Jack Russells Pull on the Lead Like They Are Trying to Go 100mph?

Even when you pull them back hundreds of times, they never learn.

Because they are excitable little dogs who want to be everywhere like NOW! Walk them against a wall and when they try to go in front, stamp in front of them, or make a ssssst noice. Then when they walk next to you, click a clicker or say good and give a treat. My Jack Russell has walked at heel since she was a few months old but it takes LOTS of training. Shes a nut case and would, if i let her, pull all the time. I love proving people wrong about Jacks… theyre so cool… dont give up!

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  • LKI

    most dogs are like that. The 3 out of 3 dogs I have had are like that and all my sisters dogs do it too.
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  • $arah !

    they are a high energy working terrier breed. you need to find a "job" for your dog, they were bred to work and you need to channel that energy to a useful job

    might sound weird but my Pit Bulls are into weight pulling, and at competitions i always see JRT's pulling they really excel in sports like this, you could also hunt with the dog, it comes natural for JRTs and helps release built up energy. i would also recommend buying your dog a backpack, and when you take it on walks make the dog carry a couple of bottles of water for himself, that gives him a job and a little extra weight will help tire him out.

    heres a vid of a JRT pulling .
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_7iPYQPZHM
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  • Nascar Huntin Dogs Livin Large

    My neighbor has 2 of them, and they do the same thing, she cant control them on a lead…she finally took them to training classes, now she can walk them fine….

    they have such a high level of energy, they have to be trained, and early on, or they just keep going like the energizer bunny….
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  • Tayna

    the dog is not trained.. make him listen to you .. feed him treats when you are doing this
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  • aussie mom

    because they have not been properly leash trained
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  • miss_lady.marmalade

    huh…it’s not just Jack Russels! Many dogs pull like that, especially small breeds! I would really recommend a harness, that is said to help with pulling ;)
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  • ?

    Because they are excitable little dogs who want to be everywhere like NOW! Walk them against a wall and when they try to go in front, stamp in front of them, or make a ssssst noice. Then when they walk next to you, click a clicker or say good and give a treat. My Jack Russell has walked at heel since she was a few months old but it takes LOTS of training. Shes a nut case and would, if i let her, pull all the time. I love proving people wrong about Jacks… theyre so cool… dont give up!
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  • viverio – ?? ???q

    It’s always the small ones isn’t it…they’re yappy, energetic, noisy little things, for such tiny dogs..gah…

    I AM a dog lover though scooby…
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  • laurajane56

    My JRT doesn’t ,he walks by my side but my lab pulls so much my arms are 6 feet long lol :)
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  • Froggie

    Same reason as my chihuahua/pomeranian cross she can smell all the good things ahead, we cant smell them, but then they stop all the time weeing on every smell, thought that was a male thing, but shes a desexed female 4.80 kgs dripping wet, I reckon its just excitement to be going out lol! You can buy a harness type thing that stops them from pulling on the lead, but I couldn’t do that to her, sometimes I’m running up the street cause she’s smelt something that excites her, yes, usually cat poo, (at least she doesn’t roll in it or eat it ughh), oh well, at least it keeps us fit, who needs a gym when you got a dog lol! :)
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    Then when you do have a treat she gets half, so have stopped that too, can’t have anything to myself anymore lol! :)

  • sam-li

    Well most Jr’s(jack Russel’s) like to sent out stuff and search which is normal dog nature for a dog to tug the leash because he wants to sniff and mark their territory.Though you can train dogs not to run so fast using a choke collar which is how i trained my dog not to run unless told.
    Hope I helped.
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  • silent_kayos

    Because they are trying to go 100mph.
    My neighbor has this 5 yr old daughter.
    and they got her a jrt puppy
    She’ll be walking down the street and I swear to god, this dog just runs in circles around her all teh way home. It’s crazy. Tongue out, just “go go go go!”

    My jrt learned eventually. I took treats on the walk any time he pulled, I stuck it in his face to get his attentiona nd then allowed him to have it once he walked in line with me.
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  • Robyn K

    i have 3 jacks the trick is to try and wear them out
    ie if u run with them
    also you just have to keep trying to pull them closer to you it helps is you bring treats with you
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  • ?

    great wee dogs mine was nearly 18 yrs and still strong?they are so hyper?
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  • ash.g

    there full of energy and like to walk there owners rather than than be walked ha ha

    try using a harness ito stop them choking themselves
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    ive 3 :)

  • redlady

    Put him on a harness.
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  • http://jacks isobel aspinall

    i agree there so high energy brred dogs. I have two jacks who both pull on the lead.Buster a grumpy old man and nip a two year old out of control little horror.he atacks the door climbs on the table and eats the food jumps up barks twenty four seven goes for my feet eats the bottom of the chair mates with anydog he see’ has 12 pups. is there anyone out there who can help me pritty plz

  • http://jacks abigale maloy

    if you put viniger on your door the taste will not agree with the dog this should help you.