Little Yasmin has shown herself to be absolutely perfect in the house, there has not been a single accident. She is a little couch potato in the house, happy and content to sleep on couches, fluffy carpets, dog beds, and obviously in a human's lap in between her walks. Oh the walks, she does love her walks! She gets very very excited whenever the humans are near the front door, whether it's walk time or not. So excited that she throws herself on her back, rolls around, and generally clowns around to make the humans understand that she's ready to go!
Unfortunately, the humans are total spoilsports! In order to keep some kind of order, we insist that the dogs sit nicely at the door and not scratch or jump around, and the door does not open until everyone's calmed down.
There is a lot of waiting at the door and everyone gets very bored, but it works. Yasmin has learned what we're expecting her to do (or not do) very quickly and once we remind her that she needs to sit, getting out the door is a calm orderly affair.
Outside, she is full of beans and very interested in her surroundings - so much so that we're having a hard time getting her attention. Humans are just so boring!
She can be quite stubborn when it comes to who decides which way to go. She'll put her little feet down (literally) and refuse to walk until we come up with a very good reason to do so - usually a tasty treat or something even more interesting to investigate. She doesn't seem to be used to regular walks, but once she's understood that walks happen all the time and the novelty of being out and about has worn off a little, she'll be more willing to take direction and it will be easier to get her attention. As far as her lead walking is concerned, well... there is room for improvement.
She can be quite strong for such a little dog, but again a nice walking routine will help. Once we're able to get her attention, we'll be able to focus her on us, and even though we'll never be as exciting as the next tree, she'll be more likely to stay closer.
A few words on her energy levels. I mentioned before that I am not used to Jack Russells and didn't know much about them. Wow, what a surprise I was in for! This little doggie can keep up with our crazy springer spaniel on any walk, and come back for more even when Jack's tongue is dragging on the ground.
I am utterly impressed with this breed and Yasmin in particular, she's a little doggie power house, and yet so relaxed and snoozy inside - a perfect mix.