Q. My JRT/toyfox terrier barks up a racket when we let him outside along with the other dogs. He also cries and screams if we touch him or pick him up
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. Barking, whining and crying can all be signs of high energy and excitement. If the behavior is new, it is always a good idea to schedule a vet checkup to make sure there isn't an underlying condition causing pain, however it is also a good idea to speak with a trainer or animal behaviorist in your area. It seems as if your JRT may benefit from a basic obedience class to help him get used to being around other dogs and being handled by you safely in a structured environment where a trainer can guide you on ways to keep him calm in these encounters. JRTs are also VERY high energy dogs, so your dog may benefit from an increase in exercise, IE multiple walks per day, more trips to the dog park, or just more sessions of fetch in the yard. JRTs are very intelligent dogs that like to have jobs, so getting out that extra energy is always a plus.