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Hey there ! i'm a new member of this dog forum. this website is awesome ! but i do have some questions.
i have a jack russel/shih tzu mix.
My first pet :D
He's around 4 months and 2 weeks.
is there anything i should worry about ?
anything i should be doing from young ?
Any really important tricks / commands?
i give him blue buffalo.
and ONE REALLY BAD PROBLEM IS HIM BARKING AT ANY ONE NEW. but when they come and pet him he shuts up . what do i do :(
and i have more questions but i cant seem to think of them at the moment :/
thank you ! <3
 

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Regarding health problems: It's best to research the typical problems on both breeds side, so you'll want to look up the typical health problems for a jack russel and shih tzu and make the assumption that your dog is susceptible to either.

Things you should be doing young - socialise the dog like crazy. People, other gentle dogs, puppies, cats, socialise like crazy.

Important tricks - The basics, sit, stay, lay down... but you'll also want a recall word so that if your dog ever takes off, you can say something like "touch" and they will come back and touch your hand for a high value treat (hot dogs pieces work great for this).
 

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Something you should know is that JTR's are very driven, high energy dogs. The Shih`Tzu part of that may balance him out, but be prepared.

He needs good socialization right now, with people and dogs and all the other things in the world, but make sure he's completely done with his shots first. If he's not, avoid dog heavy areas and try to set up play dates with dogs that you know are vaccinated.

Important commands would be sit/down, stay, come. Teaching your dog to stay and to come when called is a great thing to have in place. Work on those before you start doing tricks. They're the most important. Look up Kikopup on YouTube. She has great, informative videos on teaching your dog different things.

The barking at people could be from excitement, or it could be from nervousness. I would teach him the command 'quiet' and have him quiet around new people. Reward him for being quiet. Don't allow people to approach him until he's quiet.
Does he shy away, tuck or stiffen his tail or lick his lips when he's barking at people? Those are usually signs of a dog that's afraid and uncomfortable.
 
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