Quality Jack Russell Terriers (JRTs) in Texas.
Contact (817) 441-6581 or
info@bearcreekrussells.com
for information on our Jack Russell puppies.
 
Our foundation for good temperament:

1.  genetics- selection of breeding dogs
2.  environment- early socialization / training
3.  testing-  matching a puppy with its new owners needs
Genetics set the foundation for temperament.  Our
terriers are uniformly well mannered, dependable, calm,
and sweet natured.  If a dog does not meet our high
standards, it is not included in our breeding program.  
We select dogs that demonstrate strong human bonding
instincts and a calm affectionate nature.  While terriers
as a group are more active than some breeds, not all
Jack Russells are hyperactive or difficult to control.  
Through selective breeding, you can produce a better
companion.
Environment further influences a dog's temperament.  Proper early handling has been shown
to play an important role in shaping a puppy's adult disposition.  Daily handling of our puppies
begins on the first day and includes gently holding and touching the puppy each day so it is
used to being handled by people.  Nails are cut regularly and all parts of the body are gone over
to prevent your puppy from being fearful of human touch.  In addition, we practice the
Biosensor
Method to stimulate young puppies.  This early neurological stimulation was developed to help
dogs improve their natural abilities and has been shown to have life long lasting effects.    

The Biosensor Method is part of a larger "Super Dog" program developed by the US Military to
help dogs reach their full potential.  Early socialization and training are critical steps in shaping
adult temperament.  We expose our puppies to new things as recommended by the Super Dog
Program to reinforce human bonding and to make our puppies well adjusted, people oriented
pets.  Some common things our puppies are exposed to are- kids, household noises, the
outdoors, other dogs and pets, visitors, handling by different people, car rides, crate training,
and basic training such as coming when called and early house training.  Your puppy's
temperament will continue to develop as he grows.  For this reason, it is highly recommended
that you continue to train and socialize your puppy at an age appropriate level.  Detailed
instructions on how to do this can be found in our
owner's site.  
Temperament testing is performed on our puppies around seven weeks of age.   As we have
already discussed, genetics and environment play an important part in determining a puppy’s
temperament.    A temperament test tells us about a puppy's tendencies.  The test  is not done
to determine which puppies are “good” and which ones are “bad.” Instead, it gives us
information about each puppy’s character that can be useful in selecting the right home. Some
puppies can be more suited for beginners while others may need an experienced owner that is
familiar with training. A prospective owner searching for a “show prospect” will want a puppy with
boldness and assurance. An owner looking for a dog for obedience may choose a more  eager
to please puppy.

Bear Creek uses the Puppy Aptitude Test developed by Jack and Wendy Volhard  (see
www.
volhard.com).  The Puppy Aptitude Test is an evaluation of obedience and aptitude and
provides a general picture of a pup’s intelligence, spirit, and willingness to work with people.
Below, you will see a key for interpreting the test score.   
Interpreting the Puppy Aptitude Test Score

Scores of mostly 1       
A puppy that consistently scores a “1” in the temperament section of the test is an extremely
dominant, aggressive puppy that will naturally attempt to resist human leadership and requires
only the most experienced handlers.  This puppy is a poor choice for most individuals.

Scores of mostly 2      
This pup is dominant and self-assured.  He can be pushed into aggression; however will accept
human leadership that is firm, consistent, and knowledgeable.  This is not a dog for a tentative,
indecisive individual.  In the right hands, he has the potential to become a fine dog and will fit
into an adult household, provided the owners know what they are doing.  

Scores of mostly 3      
This pup is outgoing and friendly and will adjust well in situations in which he
receives regular guidance.  He has a flexible temperament that adapts well to
different types of environment, provided he is handled correctly.  This dog accepts
human leaders easily. Is best prospect for the average owner, adapts well to new
situations and generally good with children and elderly, although it may be inclined to
be active. Makes a good obedience prospect and usually has a common sense
approach to life.  

Scores of mostly 4       
A pup that scores a majority of 4’s is an easily controlled, adaptable puppy whose
submissive nature will make him continually look to his master for leadership.  This
pup is easy to train, reliable with kids, and, though he lacks a little self-confidence, he
makes a high quality family pet.  He is usually less outgoing than a pup scoring 3’s,
but his demeanor is gentle and affectionate.

Scores of mostly 5       
This pup is very submissive and lacking self-confidence.  He bonds very closely with his owner
and requires companionship and encouragement to bring him out of his shell.  If handled
incorrectly, this pup will grow up shy and fearful.  For this reason, he will do best in a
predictable, structured lifestyle with owners who are patient and not overly demanding, such as
an elderly couple.

Scores of mostly 6       
A puppy that scores 6 constantly is independent and uninterested in people.  He will mature into
a dog who is not very affectionate and will have a low need for human companionship.  In
general, it rare to see properly socialized pups test this way.
For most owners, a good companion dog will score in the 3 to 4 range.  Puppies scoring a
combination of 1’s and 2’s as well as 5's and 6's require experienced handlers who will be able
to draw the best aspects of their potential from them.  O
ur Jack Russell Terrier puppies
routinely fall within the 3-4 categories
.  Because of this, we are confident that if you continue
the training and socialization routine that we have started, you will be pleased with your Bear
Creek Terrier's temperament.