'Not only is punishment risky, but it also fails to teach the dog an acceptable alternate behaviour. The dog does not learn what to do the next time he is in the same situation. He only learns to fear the situation.' Emma Parsons, Click to Calm p73

Monday, 25 July 2011

Bob Clough - 'Down to Earth Jack Russells.'

Chapter One - Serious Time

'As a terrierman's dog disappears from sight into the darkness of an earth, it's 'serious time'. It's great to laugh and joke, enjoying our Russells in many different ways, but to work any terrier to ground is not to be taken with a pinch of salt. This dog is putting its life at risk whenever it does this.' (p1)

'A terrier that can be called out will be of enormous benefit to the hunt terrierman because the fright that the baying dog will give the fox is enough for it to bolt from the earth even when the dog is out of the ground. [...] The terriermen of Sweden try their best to teach their dogs to leave when working if called.' (p2-3)

'Not only do [terriermen] love our terriers beyond all imagination, but any terrierman worth his salt will risk his very life to help his dog in a dangerous situation. The pet owner of any breed hasn't a clue as to the dedication the terrierman has to his dogs. [...] [A working] dog is his/her life; a dog above all others; a friend, a loyal companion who will give his very best, giving endless days of hunting thrills; a pride and joy to own - a real dog.' (p6)

Chapter Two - Fighting

'Jack Russells are not nice little pets. [...] Fighting is a common problem that most working terrier owners face at some points; but with a little time and understanding it can be prevented. [...] Unlike the majority of pet breeds the Jack Russell has been developed to work an aggressive quarry. This must play a big part in their mentality and shows itself in the general character that most have.' (p7)

'Left to its own devices, a Jack Russell can be unpredictable and catch you on the hop but nine times out of ten, you should be aware of what mood your dog is in at any given time . . . just watch your dog's body language for the mood shifts and the ownership of a Jack Russell may become somewhat easier.' (p8)

'Like smoking, Jack Russells are addictive.' (p13)

'Once [a fight] happens, the Jack Russells will never forget. Once hatred has been established, especially between bitches, they may wish to fight the instant they see each other.' (p15)

'My best working dogs have been quite laid back, unassiming Russells who, to the lay person, seem far removed from being able to deal with a fox. It is, however, the growling maniac that gives false information toward its ability to work.' (p15-16)

Chapter Seven - Judging

'Even though personal taste will guide the judge in his placing of the Jack Russells on display under him other points are being considered whilst handling each terrier. [...] The most important of all is that the dog's temperament is sound. Terriers who try to bite whilst handled are hard to judge and a liability to the owner. Regardless of the cosmetic appearance of the animal, it must be mentally stable and safe for the judge to approach.' (p37)

Chapter Eight - Show Condition

'Correct coat preparation before a show is essential if you are serious about making the best of your Russell.' (p53)

'The most important consideration in my mind, regardless of the quality of the terrier, is its condition. Instantly it is apparent whether or not the dog is fit and well presented. I should be able to take any Russell from that show and find that it is fit enough for a day's work.' (p53)

'The Jack Russell terrier isn't stupid. It knows how to get what it wants from its owner.' (p54)

Chapter Nine - Groundhog Day

'I have always felt that anything but underground work is not really seriously working a dog because this is where the terrier is tested to its full potential and the reason for its existence in the first place.' (p58)

Chapter Ten - The Norfolk Fox

'Never think you know your dog one hundred percent, as these clever little dogs will often astound you.' (p67)

Chapter Eleven - Judging and Working in Other Countries

'For me, to be able to handle another Russell enthusiast's terrier is a real high.' (p75)

Chapter Thirteen - Breeding for Quality

'Each mating should be looked at as a way of correcting a certain fault that your bitch has.' (p91)

Chapter Fourteen - Too Young to Work... or Not?

'Terriermen will know that 'little spark' in the eye of the young dog that tells them this dog has promise. Some are full of it at a very young age while others appear hard pushed to kill a mouse at a year old. To be mentally mature to start work is the most important part of getting it right with the Russell as they all develop differently.' (p111)

Chapter Fifteen - Breeding for Coat

'Understanding your dog's pedigree is so important if you really want to breed consistently good Jack Russells.' (p117)

Chapter Seventeen - One Swallow Doesn't Make a Summer

'...just because the dog has scars from its encounters underground, doesn't mean that it is a guaranteed worker. A hard terrier may take more punishment from working one fox than a more sensible type does in a full season's work, so picking the winner on scars alone does not always result in the best worker winning the class.' (p126)

'The dog, when working above ground, doesn't need the true grit courage and determination that is called for in a working terrier. This is what sets our terriers above all other types of dog . . . the bravest of the brave, working without the human assistance that the above ground working dogs have.' (p127)


Pet Lover said...

Quite a detailed study, Good share will go through it.

An English Shepherd said...

Good Terrier post, a bit related to our latest...