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originally posted by: KansasGirl
Do your research (like you're doing here- good start!), because owning a dog is NOT ANYTHING like owning a cat.
Dogs need to be part of your fsmily. They should live inside with you. If youre thinkjng you're going to get a dog and have him live outside because you have land, don't. Seriously: DONT. Dogs need to be with their humans and it's cruel to have a dog and not have him live in the house with you, as part of the family. To the dog, he sees himself as part of your pack, and so if he stays outside, he wonders why he has been kicked out of the pack. That is a sh!++y life for a dog, so don't do it.
They need routine, and when you go out of town you can't just leave them with food and water for a few days like with a cat. They need training and consistency, so you have to be willing and ready to devote time to them EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Jack Russels are extremely high energy dogs and smart, so if you don't have the time to engage him and exercise and mentally stimulate him every single day, you will both be miserable. Jack Russels arent grest for first-time dog owners.
Again: research every breed tore thinking of. Westies also aren't great for first time dog owners because they are also smart and can be stubborn, so they aren't the easiest dogs to train if you haven't worked much with dogs.
Please, please do some honest reflection and make sure you have the time and will and discipline to make this committment. This dog that you get, he or she has no control on ending up with you. So don't get a dog and give him a sad life through no fault of his own. Be honest with yourself and realistic.
Sorry to sound bitchy about it. It's a big deal though.