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Working Jack Russell Terriers

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Of all the things that we do the most enjoyment comes from our hunts. Natural Instinct Jack Russell Terriers are called on again and again to come to a farmers place and rid them of that dreaded pest the raccoon. It never ceases to amaze us the ability that these dogs have to go in a hole on one side of haymow and pop up in another hole over fifty feet away. All this without the help of a roadmap or even a streetlight.

It has been said that in the Bruce Coons just shudder at the mention of Natural Instinct Jack Russell Terriers. We have worked barns where as many as fourteen raccoons have fallen to the capable paws of these fine specimens.

Another favorite place for the Natural Instinct Gang is along a river bank where we occasionally find more of these critters to flush.

We are looking forward to finding a nice quick fox this year , will let you know when this happens ( Stay Tuned to this page for some of our next expeditions)

There is a question that Folks ask that needs answering and this is one of the pages that would be appropriate for that Question:

I like your site and hunting stories, but I was wondering if you could add something that would explain how to get a jack russell to hunt. 

The Terrier needs to be bred to hunt, this is genetic, natural instinct is not something you teach, a dog born with a good amount of natural hunting instinct will not need to be taught "how to hunt",  this terrier will likely teach you how to hunt.  We simply take our novice terriers out with seasoned workers and let nature lead the way.


 

                     SO WHAT IS TERRIERWORK ?

 

 

 

 

It's an Essential form of Pest Control:

Terrier work is an essential form of pest control, one which is widely recognised as such and is practised throughout Europe and in many other parts of the world.

With regard to hunting with dogs, terrier work is one of the oldest, most diverse and widely practised forms of pest control and wildlife management.  It covers a wide variety of different activities, a broad cross section of practitioners and a range of different quarry species including rats, rabbits, mink and foxes.

Practitioners include farmers, landowners, gamekeepers, pest controllers and other land and wildlife managers. Those engaged in terrier work do so in order to protect livestock, domestic animals and other wildlife, and also to prevent damage and the spread of disease.

Terrier work is a necessary activity. The Agriculture Act (1947) holds landowners responsible for ensuring that pests which reside on their land are adequately controlled.  Terrier work is the only legal method of controlling mink and foxes while below ground (which is where they normally reside) and accounts for 26% of the total annual fox cull (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 2000 - in their submission to the Lord Burns Inquiry into Hunting with Dogs).

 

Modern day terrier work is carried out in accordance with properly researched and detailed codes of conduct. This combined with modern locating and tracking equipment, and responsible and experienced individuals, ensures it takes place with the minimum possible risk to either the terrier or its quarry, and is carried out as quickly, efficiently and humanely as is possible.

 

Terrier work is a control method in its own right, but also complements and improves the immediacy, efficiency, effectiveness and humaneness of other control methods. In doing so it reduces the risk of any unnecessary suffering from wounding, the spread of disease, poisoning of non-target species, or starvation due to lack of maternal care.

 

It's a “Natural Control Method”:

 

Terrier work is very much a “natural process”. It combines the terrier’s natural instincts and normal behaviour with a set of circumstances the quarry encounters throughout its natural life. The terrier’s natural instinct is to seek out and pursue vermin, both above and below ground. Its role is not to fight with its quarry. But instead to locate it below ground, bark at it continuously and either cause it to leave the earth or alternatively indicate where in the earth the quarry is located in order that it may be dug to and despatched.

 

Throughout its natural life in the wild, a fox for example, will continually be contesting with other animals in order to survive. Such activities are more displays of aggression rather than physical acts. They are not intended to be, nor are they, life or death struggles. Such a conflict may be with a badger disputing the occupancy, or part occupancy, of its sett; the mobbing by crows and magpies as the fox enters their territory; a dispute with another fox over territorial or mating rights, or a collie chasing it away from the farmyard. It is a ‘natural’ process, one which starts as a cub when it vies with its litter mates for food and one which continues throughout its entire life.

 

Terrier work compares favourably with the events and activities which the quarry would normally encounter as part of its daily life in the wild. It is no more than an attempt by another animal to get it to leave its den or to temporarily relinquish part of its territory, and as such is relatively stress free.  

 

It’s a localised activity which takes place over a confined area of normally less than a few hundred square metres, and is carried out with the landowner’s full permission. It’s environmentally friendly and poses no threat to non-target species, other wildlife, domestic livestock or humans. Disturbance to other wildlife is minimal, or non-existent. Neither is there any interference with, nor any inconvenience to non-participants.

 

It provides "Selective Control of Specific Predators":

 

We support the objectives of the National  Working Terrier Federation

 


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