Is It Normal That a Jack Russell Puppy Cry When It´S Alone?

My puppy has to be at my apartment alone all day until my husband and I arrive, a vet told us he would never stop crying while it´s alone because it´s a dog that needs to be with someone. Is it true?

Yes, it is true.

Sometimes getting a second dog will solve the problem, but not always.

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  • Behaviorist

    Yes, it is true.

    Sometimes getting a second dog will solve the problem, but not always.
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  • sophylakes

    not true….
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  • aattura

    Jack Rusells are VERY active dogs, more so than many other breeds.

    Have you taken him for obedience training? He needs to know you are the Alphas of his pack, and obedience training is also a great way to bond with your dog and pave the way for better behavior when the dog grows up.
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  • Chelsey H

    Partially, but you can try to train it to be quiet while you're gone. If you take an empty bottle and put some pennies in it, then one day when your not working, pretend like your leaving. If the puppy starts to cry, shake the bottle really loudly. When the puppy doesn't cry when you leave, reward it!

    I did this with my puppy, and it worked like a charm, took awhile, but it worked.
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  • Emily S

    Your vet sounds like a tool.

    Leave the radio on a soothing station or CD for the pup. Put a ticking alarm clock near the crate. Give the pup lots of plush things to cuddle with in his crate. Take the pup for a walk before work to tucker him/her out. Give the pup things to chew on that are very yummy.

    I have a JRT. She and I lived in an apartment for 4 years of her little pup-pup life. She cried at first but once she was crate-trained (which your pup needs to be), she was fine and totally quiet in her crate. I even taped her to see!

    Just leave soothing things for him/her while you're not there and remember a pup can't be left alone for more than 4-6 hours, depending on the age. If you have to, get a dog walker for a month or so for a mid-day potty break. It's only fair to the pup, and you don't want the vet bill when you have to get UTI medicine!

    I LOVE little JRTs…they have to be, hands down, the CUTEST puppies of them all!! :')
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  • Aria

    Yes, its very true.. many dogs have something called Separation Anxiety.. It can be as minimal as crying like yours does, but it can also be extensive such as destroying the house… It would be a good idea to get a second dog or even a kitten so your little guy can have some company while you're gone. You may also look into taking your pup to a doggy daycare, that way he can play all day with other dogs and have some down time with out being alone. Make sure you look into any place you may choose, just make sure its the kind of place that you would have no second thoughts leaving him. I used to work for a groom and board place that did doggy daycare, it was a wonderful place to work because you could see how happy the dogs were when they were there, and just like kids, most didn't want to leave when their owners came for them. Good luck
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  • The Vet Tech

    he's just lonely. he will get used to being on his own some after awhile he'll realize noone is coming. give him plenty of toys and things to chew on to help while away the hours till mommy and daddy come home.
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  • meqt172005

    Unfortunatley yes. Usually an older dog does better when they are alone. Doesn't hurt to hear your puppy cry? You should check out a doggy day care.
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  • Jenn P

    He may cry for the first few days, but he will learn the routine quickly. Hopefully you are able to come let him out periodically throughout the day, or have a neighbor do it. A puppy regardless of breed should not be cooped up for 8 hours. They should be out every 3hour max to do their business and have some play time.
    It may help to leave an article of clothing with your scent on it in the crate with him, some safe toys he can play with buy himself ( a plastic teething bone, or a ball)
    We have a 11wk chocolate lab, she cries for about 5 mins when we put her in her crate but settles down quickly and has gotten used to our schedual.
    Good luck! JRT's are a handful but they're great dogs!
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  • deeterskeeter18

    to a point that is true, he will not cry the entire time that you are gone, but most likely will cry when you are leaving or when you are about to arrive home, all puppys will do this and its just a seperation issue, they will adjust more and more but still always want to be with someone. jack russels should be ok alone,, just make sure to spend a good amount of time with him and take him out for a lot of walks and just let him enjoy himself when he does get to spend time with you.
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  • Meg

    Make sure he is getting as much exercise as possible.

    My jack russell is about is about 13 months and I always take her for real long walks and play with her before I leave the house (if I'm going to be gone for 4 or so hours). After the exercise and play, she will actually lay down in her bed or mine and sleep. I let her stay whereever she wants in the house and I don't have to worry about her getting into trouble b/c I know she it tired enough to sleep. She is extremely attached to me but she knows when I am leaving and doesnt cry or try to follow me. The more attention and exercise you give them the better off you will
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  • jaggle123

    We have a Jack Russell/Rat Terrier mix. They are VERY social little guys. They really want to please their owner and are super smart. If your little guy isn't around other dogs, he's likely to become anti-social to other dogs, as well as, just plain lonesome.

    Do you have a friend that has other dogs or a yard where he can play during the day? That seems like a do-able solution.

    Good luck.
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  • joanne a

    Jack russels are bounding with energy and they are very much people dogs, I have to say if you have to be out all day you shouldn't really have a dog and to leave him alone all day is dreadful, his needs are the same as a baby's at the moment and he needs constant stimulation, he must be incredibly bored and frustrated,think of the dogs needs and not your own.
    jo
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