I had to have my pet dog Fred put down a year ago and it took a great deal to get over it. In fact whenever I met a Jack Russell in the street I became emotional. Family said I should get a new one.
So to do the right thing went to the RSPCA shelter having targeted a good looking Jack Russell online.
He had been found wandering with no history and after spending an hour with him he seemed to be a bright dog and he also pleased with my wife and I. We have called him Max, he is approximately five years old and desexed.
Max has been with us for just over a fortniight but he is tepid. Very well behaved and never toileted inside and now responds to his name. Never makes a sound at night and that is some of the problem. As a watch dog he is useless. He is confident enough with my wife but shies away from me on direct approach and a lot of the time really cowers with tail down. He likes to be held as a baby in arms and if fact does not move no matter how much you jerk around.
I think Max had been the pet of young girls but the master of the house may well have dealt with him in servere manners. Just my take.
Max is the perfect dog in every way, on the lead and socialising with other dogs spot on and can stand his ground aggressively if need be.
My previous dog let us know of all unusual events, would not do it often, just when it counted but Max is in far away land as a watch dog.
Can a dog be trained at this age to be alert or is it perhaps too early for him at his new home.
Anyone have some ideas, hate to impose but know that you Julia are very good with animals.