Puppy Forum and Dog Forums banner

Dogs raising puppies as their own??

696 Views 2 Replies 2 Participants Last post by  Knute
Hi guys,

New owner here for a year. I have a female Jack Russell Mix and my parents and I haven’t been raising her to be fully responsible earlier on and it’s had some effects.

I know Jack Russell’s can definitely be stubborn and hard-headed and we are currently in transition of not allowing her to act like she is one of us (i.e. - no more food begging (she gets sprayed with water), low and stern voice when she does something bad, no more getting on furniture, putting our bones in a bowl for her (raw or cooked), she sniffs for our food so we spray her for that, etc.). She’s 3 years old and spayed and honestly needs a lot of exercise and attention that we can’t always give to her (until now with this quarantine thing); anyway, my mom wants to get another dog later in the year but I was wondering what if we got a puppy (their age would be a couple of months that’s close to a year)? Is there anyway you can teach a female dog to pick up responsibility for caring for that puppy as their own kid?? Or would it be something instinctual over time? Even if my dog is spayed? Or would my dog be completely jealous or even aloof because that puppy had a bond to their mother...?

Last Question: What if we were to find a puppy that had no bond to their mother in the pound/rescue center? Would that give even more of a chance for those my dog and our new puppy to bond as family (mother and pup; or even “sister” and pup) more than “friends”?

I hope this makes sense! Thank you so much and God Bless ❤
See less See more
1 - 3 of 3 Posts
First, quit spraying the dog with water. This is a poor training technique.

When she begs, just simply ignore her. No need to spray water. If she becomes more insistent, then a firm "No" should suffice.

A dog will always sniff.....it is within their instinct. No need to spray water.

Getting on furniture is the same. Just block her access with a firm "No". Or if she is already on the furniture, just a firm nudge to remove her with the "Off" command.

Do not forget to reward when she gives any sign of compliance. Reward can be treat, pet, play.

Raw bones are acceptable. Just be aware of the size and type. No weight supporting bones or joints. These are too hard and could break teeth or splinter.

Jack Russel Terriers are high energy breeds. They need the activity and exercise. They are the 460V breed of the terrier group.

Frankly, your thoughts about the current dog rearing the pup is fantasy. Your current dog will only see the new dog as a trespasser on her territory. Remember, dogs do not harbor emotions like jealousy. This is a human condition. Although, they may learn to be "pack" mates. Get familiar with techniques to introduce a new dog into the household.

I would also suggest to learn proper, kind training techniques. Dogs are smart, terriers are generally some of the more intelligent breeds. Most terriers do not respond well to punishment based training. Actually, very few dogs respond well to punishment based training.
See less See more
  • Like
Reactions: 2
Sorry, double post. Forum had a glitch.......
  • Like
Reactions: 1
1 - 3 of 3 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.