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Been training dog to mark holes and and pick out warrens... his fine doing that i know there where rabbits in this one.

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But my trouble is...

When his pegged in the ground he whines alot.

Typical jrt whine high pitch with a bark every so often.

Is there anything i can do to stop this.

His 2.5 years, only had him since january.

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Get a lurcher or a whippet 😂. Sorry that was unhelpful! I had a JRT when I was younger and he never stopped whining or yapping when he was tied up whilst ferreting and wouldn’t behave off the lead so I just stopped taking him. My advice would be don’t tie him up, if he has to be tied up all the time then he maybe he can’t be a ferreting dog. I can’t remember the last time I had to put any of mine on a lead whilst out ferreting, a friend of mine has trained his dog to just sit next to the marked hole and guard it so to speak to keep him occupied whilst he nets up maybe you could try that?

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I havent got room for a whippet or lurcher...

He is good at everything except being tied up, ill try him off the lead while netting up or peg him next to marked hole see if that helps. It seems to be when i get more then 20 foot away he starts if i stand next to him his ok.

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I know people who wouldn't have any other breed than a Russell for ferreting.The Russells I have,from denning line have no concept of ferreting and try to follow the ferrets,yap and make the trip a nightmare.I just use whippets now for ferreting and take the russells when mooching with the whippets in cover, which suits them.

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56 minutes ago, Furrosious ferreter said:

I havent got room for a whippet or lurcher...

He is good at everything except being tied up, ill try him off the lead while netting up or peg him next to marked hole see if that helps. It seems to be when i get more then 20 foot away he starts if i stand next to him his ok.

FF

 

57 minutes ago, Furrosious ferreter said:

I havent got room for a whippet or lurcher...

He is good at everything except being tied up, ill try him off the lead while netting up or peg him next to marked hole see if that helps. It seems to be when i get more then 20 foot away he starts if i stand next to him his ok.

FF

Cracking little dog that. If he is well behaved don’t tie him up and take it from there. Russell’s behaviour can vary from one to another, but that bloody whine that some do is enough to drive you mad. My last was a cracker, she used to catch more game than my whippet n lurchers.

Only fault mine had she would  occasionally pop below.

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Hi there! Can I throw like, a whole bunch of training stuff at you? It sounds like excitement / frustration whining, because he can't wait to work? This is entirely fixable with training, but will require you and everyone who cares for this dog to be absolutely stubborn (more stubborn than a jrt!) and entirely on the same team.

Does he whine at home too? Like whining while his food is being prepared, whining when he can't reach a dog on the other side of a fence, etc?

In general, in your day to day life at home, nobody is to give him any attention/play/food/anything if he is whining. Everyone /must/ wait for him to stop whining before giving him anything. At first a second of silence will do, then he'll have to have been quiet for 2 seconds, 3, 4, and so forth, before he'll get any attention of any form.

Note that attention = eye contact, touch, or speech. If you roll your eyes, you sigh, you snap "oh give it a rest!!" at him.. that is attention. For a dog that is super eager to work with you, that is a reward.

What we want him to learn is that whining stops all the fun. Whining makes the human who is preparing his food stop and walk away. Whining makes the human who was about to throw a toy stop and walk away. Whining is no longer to be rewarded in his life in general. You wait a moment and return to making his food/play/whatever, but then walk away the moment he whines again, repeat till you want to pull your hair out.

Whining means you do not have a dog at that moment. You don't hear any dog, what dog? This is vitally important, because if after half an hour of whining you do give him a morsel of attention- he's gonna learn oh hey, I just had to whine long enough and it pays off. That would be intermittent reinforcement at its finest, that's exactly what you'd do if you wanted to train a whining champion.

It would be much better for him to learn this in situations that are not as full-on as working/hunting with you. So if you know he whines when you're getting ready to go walkies, or having his dinner prepared, start there. Don't wait till he's in a situation where his brain is so wired that he can't even think straight, can't even take treats. You can't possibly expect him to stop whining when tied up between feretting, if he can't even be quiet at home.

What happens if you take him away from his dinner bowl halfway through and tie him up a short distance away? if he can't be quiet then, you can't expect him to be quiet when working. So find a "diluted" version of the situation where he whines, and use that to teach him, being quiet and relaxed works. Being quiet and relaxed gets you more attention, more food, more play. He can learn to be quiet just as stubbornly as he can learn to whine.

If he's a smart and stubborn little jrt, he's now gonna come up with creative new ways to get your attention. Do not, for the love of all that is holy, reward any of them or you will create a monster.

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Simultaneously, he's gonna need some arousal (no, not that kind) lowering exercises. Sniffing for food on the ground (in grass or on a snuffle mat) is good for that. Put that on cue and use it to reward him for quiet behaviour in future. By put on cue I mean say "sniff the treats" or whatever, and then drop a bunch of small, broken up treats/kibbles that he has to sniff around for. Later, when he's quiet, you can say your word/phrase, and deliver the reward. If he's too excited to eat, then he's too excited to be working.

Also: Build yourself a relaxation command. Dogs can learn to relax themselves, just like they can learn to sit or down. I've heard of dogs going from digging to relaxing just from the owner going "eeeasyy.." in a low tone.

You can build this with association. When he's relaxed (like he's chilling on the sofa next to you / at your feet / whatever) say your future relaxation signal. Something that can be said in a low, stretched out tone, and repeated.  Or, your signal could be visual/tactile, too. Like a blanket, or petting his back in slow, calming motions. Later, you can use that when he's a little too excited/frustrated. It wont make him fall asleep, but it'll take him down a notch. It takes a while for this association to build up though, an you have to always recharge it, and you have to work your way up to using it in situations where he's super excited.

I'll admit, I don't have experience with working hunting dogs. But that's the general learning theory answer to your question, to the best of my knowledge. The whining was likely reinforced by him eventually getting what he wanted (jrts are darn smart, so even if you waited for a moment of quiet before unpegging him, he might still have learned the behaviour chain of intermittent whining), so it's likely a learned behaviour, plus excitement/frustration at having to take a pause from working. Impulse control exercises might also be helpful but I feel like I already just drowned yall in my yapping.

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29 minutes ago, Furrosious ferreter said:

This is him right now...

Eeeaaassssyyyyy!!!

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Ill try some tactics you mentioned...

Great advice.

FF

good human, good human :) I wish you much luck, please let me know how it works out! I know dog agility folks who want their dogs be quiet when they trial- and if the dog barks while running or breaks their start line stay or so, they stone cold walk out of there and don't even finish the course, even though they paid good money for it and could have placed / won something. Because if you don't pull this through 100% consistent, all you'll achieve is him learning that he has to be really really persistent.

If you're wanting more specifics, maybe consider taking Sarah Stremming's "worked up" course on fenzidogsportsacademy next time it opens up. No affiliation here, just a trainer I admire. It focuses more on agility, flyball and the like, but really it's the same deal with any sport: We often put so much emphasis on the dog having a lot of drive and enthusiasm and focus for their task, that the other side of the coin (the dog being too excited to even think straight, not being able to pause while other dogs work, etc) gets neglected, and flyball tournaments are just filled with dogs barking and whining for their turn, and people tolerate it because they think it's just a by-product of the dogs being so excited to work, but it really doesn't need to be that way.

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could turn into a diamond have it lose and just discourage from messing up nets and going into the hole. Let it make mistakes and it should learn from them. By best ever ferreting dog was a JR.
A rabbit sat by the hole once and he dived at it and I spend half an hour digger the bugger out and he never did that again. He would freeze solid until the rabbit came right out.

Never forget his eyes swivel to me and back to the rabbit with out budging a millimeter 

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Love JR's not aloud another still working on that. Mine used to drive me mad as soon as I drove on to a green lane, the first bump and they knew they were near working and would start whining.

Let them run keep them near and steady them mate.

Cheers Arry

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