Jack Russell Behaviour

Jack Russell Behaviour

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Jack Russells are a bundle of fun – energetic dogs that have a loyal attachment to their owner. This breed is not for everyone, but if you enjoy the outdoors and are training minded then they make excellent pets. Here’s the lowdown on Jack Russell behaviour – what can you expect from a Jack Russell and how to deal with it.

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There used to be a strong ‘Alpha’ training method that was very based on discipline and their place in the pack under you as the owner. However, these methods are now outdated training methods and positive reinforcement has been proven to be kinder to the dog and have better results. We avoid the used of physical punishment and shock collars – not only is it cruel but not actually necessary.

Velcro Dog – Separation Anxiety Behaviour

Jack Russells are highly loyal and affectionate towards their owners. They develop a strong bond that can sometimes be so strong that it becomes unhealthy as it causes stress for the Jack Russell to be left alone. This kind of Jack Russell behaviour makes it almost impossible for you to go out and holidays without your dog are off the cards! Separation anxiety behaviour can including constant barking or howling, destructive behaviour (such as chewing or destroying furniture) or weeing and pooing in the house in protest.

Your dog needs to socialise with other people and get used to you being away from him slowly (build it up). When you leave your dog alone do so for short periods of time at first so just 10-15 minutes to the corner shop initially. eave the house and re-enter as if it’s completely normal – don’t make a fuss of your dog when you leave or return. You can then build this up to 30 minutes, 1 hour and finally up to about 3-4 hours. When your dog is left for the slightly longer periods make sure he has a little walk to get ’empty’ before you leave him. You can also leave him with something to do such as a Dog Puzzle or KONG! The medium sized Kong Extreme is perfect for Jack Russells and you can stuff it with something tasty such as Yogurt (and freeze it!) or Mutt Butter.

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If you want to keep an eye on your dog while you are out then I highly suggest a good dog camera such as the Wansview or Furbo dog camera. You can keep an eye on him on your mobile phone and then come straight home if there are any urgent problems (e.g. risk of choking)

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Regarding overnight stays without your dog and even holidays, whoever is going to ‘dog sit’ for you while you are out or away should be welcomed into your home regularly and develop a bond with your dog by giving him fuss and treats.

Prey Drive Behaviour

A Jack Russell has a natural and inbuilt prey drive that is difficult to eradicate. This can also mean that Jack Russells find off lead recall a challenge once this prey drive kicks in. It can be distressing if you see your Jack Russell kill a small animal such as a rabbit, mouse or squirrel, but it is a natural instinct for him and so you cannot discipline him for this behaviour.

The best thing to do is keep your dog in an enclosed space and away from small fast moving furry things! Avoid letting your dog off lead in an area where there are lots of squirrels or rabbits (unless of course he is a working dog protecting a farm from rats!) So that your JRT still gets his exercise you can consider getting a long leash or even a climbing rope (very secure) so that he can run around freely without the worry of him darting across a main road because he’s seen a cat!

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Guarding or Aggressive Behaviour

If trained and socialised well, Jack Russells rarely show aggression to people or other dogs. When Jack Russells do show aggression it’s usually due to fear or guarding behaviour. For fear of strangers or protectiveness of owner, you can use clicker training. The dog first learns to associate a clicker sound with getting a treat (treat must be administered within 5 seconds). Once your dog understands that the click means a reward you can use it when he is displaying the desired behaviour e.g. not being aggressive. Get closer to the person or thing that he is protecting and continue to click treat. As soon as the undesired aggressive behaviour starts turn your back and the click treating immediately stops.

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If your dog is aggressive when you go near his toys or food, you can teach him the ‘trade’ game. When he gives up his toy he gets another toy in return (or a chew or a treat!) Slowly he begins to learn that it is OK to give something up and that there is no need to display aggression.

Digging

Digging is a natural Jack Russell Behaviour, but when it is in the wrong place such as a lawn or flower bed, this behaviour can become a problem. The best way to deal with digging behaviour is to divert the focus and allow him or her to dig somewhere else. For example, you could get your dog a sandpit and encourage digging there for treats and bones. He is then allowed to display this natural behaviour and knows where the digging can take place. If he digs in the wrong place, a simple ‘no!’ or ‘Ah-ah’ will do the trick. Then place him in his allocated digging area and encourage it there.

Leash Reactivity

Jack Russells can develop leash reactivity due to their prey drive and high energy levels. This could manifest itself as pulling, lunging and even growling and barking at things that go past which could include other dogs, scooters and bikes/motorcycles. This is a difficult Jack Russell behaviour to break them out of. Exercise will help – if your JRT is inadequately exercised then you can expect this behaviour to get worse.

Clicker training is an excellent way to correct this behaviour. It may take time and may not eradicate the behaviour 100%, but with every JRT I have done this with I have seen an improvement. They will quickly realise that when you see another dog/bike/whetever then if they don’t bark meat falls from the sky!

Scent Marking

As Jack Russells are very intelligent, they tend to toilet train within just a few days of being treated when they do it in the right place. However, some Jack Russells display ‘scent marking’ behaviour when they wee in the house a small amount to leave their scent. It’s like them saying ‘this is my gaff!’ This behaviour is particularly bad with male Jack Russells who just love cocking their leg! To stop this undesirable and very stinky behaviour you need to catch him in the act every time. This means that your JRT won’t be able to be left alone until he has been trained out of this behaviour. As soon as you see him go to cock his leg you need to firmly tell him ‘no!’ or ‘ah-ah’ and then immediately place him outside. When he does it outside it should result in lots of immediate praise and treats. He will soon get the message!

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Dog Toy Box

Dog Toy Box

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A toy box is an essential pet supply for any pet owner wanting to keep their play area organized and safe. That’s why we’ve put together this post all about how to get a dog toy box and what to include in it, complete with some great examples of what other pet owners have chosen as their favorites!

How do I choose the right Dog Toy Box?

There are many factors that come into play when deciding on which type of dog toy box is best for you and your pup. Some factors include: whether or not you want a metal or wooden construction, what kind of toys are your pup’s favorites, how big your living space is, and even aesthetic preferences. The chart below is a good reference to help you choose the best toy box for your particular situation.

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What should I include in my dog toy box?

There are several types of toys you can include in your dog toy box, and depending on your household, some toys may serve more purposes than others. For example, you can wrap up a towel or blanket and place it inside the toy box for a nice comfy cushioning area, or use it as an extra layer of insulation for the hot summer months. You can even use socks to make a plush bedding for your pups to get cozy! You can use old apparel that you no longer wear like jeans or t-shirts and fill them with treats for your dog. Alternatively, you can even consider using them in your son or daughter’s room for a decorating element.

Here are some examples of toys that are great options for dog toy boxes:

Dog Chew Toys

Dog chew toys help keep teeth and gums clean and cut down on plaque buildup. They are also great for helping to condition muscles and ligaments by preventing repetitive movements and chewing. Some of the best dog chew toys include Kongs, Nylabones, rawhide chews, and even bully sticks!

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Pull-Toys

Pull-toys are also great for relieving boredom and anxiety in your dog. Some of the best options include tug-aways, rope toys and even squeaky toys. Don’t be surprised if your dog tries to drag you into his or her toy box!

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Puzzle Toys

Puzzle toys are great ways to keep your dog’s mind sharp, especially older dogs. Some of the best options include Kongs, Nylabones and even puzzles made for cats!

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Play Balls

Play balls are great for keeping your dogs active. Dogs can use their toys as fetch balls or play with them indoors, among other things. Some of the best play balls include tennis balls, squeaky balls and even ones that make a crinkle sound.

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Natural Dog Chews

Natural Chews are great for helping to condition your dog’s gums. Some of the best chew bones include rawhide, antlers, pig ears and hooves. Remember to remove these after a month or two to prevent them from getting moldy or discolored.

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Dental Chews

Dental chews can be a great way to manage your dog’s teeth, gums and jaw muscles. Blake loves Pedigree Dentasticks and Whimzees crocodiles.

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Toy Treat Toys

Treat toy options include toys that can contain different kinds of kibble treats, peanut butter and even cheese. Some of the best treats are ones packed with vitamins and minerals for extra health benefits. We use the IQ treat dispenser ball with IAMS for Blake. Another good option for a treat dispense toy is the Kibble Nibble.

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Help! I have a Hyper Jack Russell!

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The purpose of this post is to introduce you all to the world of Jack Russell terriers, and specifically one particular breed which takes things a little further. Yes, you guessed it – I’m talking about the Hyper Jack Russell!

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Introducing the Jack Russell Terrier

Everything about these dogs is special. From their build, to their character, to their incredible ‘hyperness’ that explodes on the dog when it feels it’s going to get its way, and most importantly it’s boundless energy! Even though it’s not a recognised breed (or should I say ‘breed’ as there is debate about whether this is actually a recognised dog, though in my opinion they are) there are many people who have fallen in love with them and genuinely believe they make great pets.

Jack Russell Barking

Firstly, let’s start with their appearance. These dogs are quite a small breed, and although this is mainly because of their muscular build, it’s important to note that although these dogs are not big dogs in size, they’re very strong and energetic. Rather than being clumsy and heavy they’re energetic and agile, making them very suited for all sports!

They have a strong build for both protection and hunting, meaning that they can be used to catch the biggest of animals. They have “mixed” genes which give them a lot of the characteristics of both breeds. Their light weight allows them to work at high speeds but still be able to carry and fight large threats if required.

Most importantly, they have the intelligence and skills required to follow orders, meaning that they’re very easy to train. Anyone who wants a dog for a guard or hunting role should consider them!

How can I calm my Hyper Jack Russell?

There are lots of things that you can do to help your Jack Russell to spend his energy. Here are some top tips for dealing with a hyper Jack Russell:

Plenty of Exercise

Your Jack Russell will need at least two thirty minute walks a day and will enjoy extended walks (1 hour plus!) on weekends. If you don’t exercise your JRT sufficiently, then that energy may be diverted to destruction or aggression! Read this article about Jack Russell exercise as a guide.

If your Jack Russell can’t go off lead consider getting a long rope lead so that he can run without you worrying about losing control of him. We use a strong climbing rope with Blake, which attaches to his harness with a Carabiner.

Play fun Games

It’s fun to play games with your Jack Russell terrier. This will help him to spend his energy and strengthen your bond with your dog. Many Jack Russells enjoy playing fetch. They will also enjoy scent games and interactive dog toys such as the Nina Ottosson dog tornado. These kind of toys allow your dog to use his paws, mouth and brain!

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You might like to read this article about Jack Russell Games.

Training and Obedience

As Jack Russells are very intelligent dogs, it is important to exercise them mentally as well as physically. Make sure that you do basic obedience training with your dog including sit, down, stand and come. Once you have mastered the basics and developed a strong bond with your dog, you can then move on to tricks such as spin round and roll over. Jack Russells that are food motivated and willing to please will learn very quickly and enjoy doing their tricks and training. You can read more about training a Jack Russell here.

Jack Russell harness

Jack Russell Harness

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This article is about finding a good Jack Russell harness. What is a dog harness? How does it work? Why would you have your dog wear one, and other things about it.

The Jack Russel Harness is a protective garment for dogs that helps to keep them from pulling on lead while walking or traveling in cars. That is because the clip will attach to the back of the dog rather than their collar. It could dangerously yank their neck in an accident if they were attached to the car seat by the collar.

A harness offers you more control over your dog without punishing them if they pull on the lead, and can help prevent back injuries in dogs caused by their constant pulling to move faster on walks. It’s also helpful if you need to restrain your dog for any reason (eg: visiting the vet) as it will encourage calm behaviour and not aggression or escape attempts.

The adjustable nature of this type of dog harness means you can increase or decrease the size as your pet grows or if their weight fluctuates and you can adjust it so that it sits comfortably around their neck without being too tight.

What is the best Jack Russell Harness?

Some of the best Jack Russell Harnesses include the perfect fit harness and the Julius K9 harness. There are other good makes of Jack Russell harness that you can get on Amazon such as Rabitgoo.

Perfect Fit Harness

We use the Perfect fit harness for our Jack Russell Cross Blake. The fantastic things about the perfect fit harness is that you can mix and match the parts of the harness until you find the ‘perfect fit!’ Blake has a small top piece, a medium belly section (girth) and a small front piece. We ordered a few different sized sections and then tried them on him to get the best combination, then sent the other pieces back that didn’t fit and they refunded. It can all be ordered online here.

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Julius K9 Harness

The Julius K9 Harness is a very popular option for Jack Russells. You can actually individualise your K9 Harness with your dogs name, or maybe a special message such as ‘friendly’. The recommended size K9 harness for a Jack Russell terrier is Mini-mini. Read about it here.

kong bone

Kong Bone

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Kong Bones are available in different sizes and chew strength. Today, we are going to take a look at the Kong Goodie Bone and the Kong Corestrength Chew Bone.

Because it’s good for dogs to chew, giving them specific chew toys is a good step towards preventing undesirable or destructive chewing.

KONG - Goodie Bone - Durable Rubber Chew Bone, Treat Dispensing Dog Toy - For Medium Dogs
KONG - CoreStrength Bone - Long Lasting Dog Dental and Chew Toy - For Small/Medium Dogs
KONG - Goodie Bone - Durable Rubber Chew Bone, Treat Dispensing Dog Toy - For Medium Dogs
KONG - CoreStrength Bone - Long Lasting Dog Dental and Chew Toy - For Small/Medium Dogs
£9.22
£7.77
KONG - Goodie Bone - Durable Rubber Chew Bone, Treat Dispensing Dog Toy - For Medium Dogs
KONG - Goodie Bone - Durable Rubber Chew Bone, Treat Dispensing Dog Toy - For Medium Dogs
£9.22
KONG - CoreStrength Bone - Long Lasting Dog Dental and Chew Toy - For Small/Medium Dogs
KONG - CoreStrength Bone - Long Lasting Dog Dental and Chew Toy - For Small/Medium Dogs
£7.77

Why Kong Bones

The Kong company works hard to develop toys for dogs that dogs will love.  They work to create products that engage and exercise our dogs that are made from materials designed to last as long as possible.

First, let’s take a look at the Goodie Bone

The Goodie is available in three sizes and two grades for adult dogs, plus a puppy version.  So there is a size to suit all dogs.  The black Extreme Goodie Bone is suitable for strong chewers, and the red Classic Goodie Bone is suitable for most dogs and is the version we are concentrating on here.  They are made from the same Kong natural rubber that is used for the original Kong.  The rubber is strong and flexible; the central piece is more flexible than the ends, and the raised pattern of the name add texture to help clean the dog’s teeth.

The Goodie Bone has holes in each knuckle end to add kibble, treats, Kong Easy Treat or a combination to enhance your dog’s enjoyment.  These are especially useful for redirecting the natural instinct to chew or for dogs who are reluctant to chew to enjoy the physical and psychological advantages that chewing brings them.  

Another way the Kong Goodie Bone can help your dog is to slow down their eating in the same way that the original Kong and other treat dispenser toys do.

Of course, those dog’s who already enjoy chew toys will be happy to play with and chew the bone without the addition of treats.

KONG - Goodie Bone - Durable Rubber Chew Bone, Treat Dispensing Dog Toy - For Medium Dogs
  • Durability: The natural KONG Classic red rubber formula is created to be durable and satisfy your dog's natural instinct to chew.
  • Great For Stuffing: The KONG Goodie Bone is even more enticing when stuffed with KONG Easy Treat or Snacks. The patented Goodie Gripper holes are ideal for stuffing challenges.
  • Mentally Stimulating: The Goodie Grippers extends the mind-occupying treat challenge, and becomes a fun treat dispensing toy for your pet.

Now the Kong Corestrength

This version is made with multi layered core strands for strength during longer chew sessions.  The bone features textured ends and letters with little paw prints on the main bone that create a teeth and gum cleansing surface.

The Corestrength is available in S/M and M/L sizes.  The S/M is ideal for terrier size breeds and the M/L for medium and larger breeds.

These work well for catch and retrieve as well as independent play and chewing sessions.  When used for interactive play, the bone bounces erratically, adding to the challenge and enjoyment for your dog. 

KONG - CoreStrength Bone - Long Lasting Dog Dental and Chew Toy - For Small/Medium Dogs
  • KONG-crafted multilayer core for long-lasting chew sessions
  • Textured body great for cleaning teeth
  • Designed to extend play sessions for on-going fun

Other Bone and Chewing Options

If you are considering feeding your dog real bones.  why not take a look at our Raw Bones for Dogs blog that includes warnings about bones and those you can and should not feed.  https://patterdaleterriers.co.uk/raw-bones-for-dogs/ 

Our Verdict

Kong does other bone versions and lots of different toy options too.  As we get around to using them, we’ll review them in the blog.

The above two versions of chew bones work well to satisfy dogs natural need and instinct to chew.  They are both available in terrier size options which, of course, we find especially appealing.  They are useful toys for hours of fun.

You can read about more dog essentials here.

Why do Dogs Roll in Fox Poo

Why do Dogs Roll in Fox Poo?

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As distusting as it is, the question still has to be asked: Why do Dogs Roll in Fox Poo? Well first, let me tell you a story…

My last Jack Russell Milo had a lovely white coat – he’s not long been to the groomers and still had a fresh scent of strawberry dog shampoo in his coat. We were out for a walk in the countryside and he managed to get a bit of off-lead time (which was rare as he was easily distracted by other dogs). I saw him quite a few metres ahead of me launching down into the grass repeatedly. I ran over to see what was going on, by which time it was too late – he was already on his back wiggling from side to side all over….FOX POO! And guess what? It stunk! But, it’s actually not an uncommon thing for dogs to do…

Animology Fox Poo Unique Dog Shampoo to Remove Poo 250ml
Mud Daddy Portable Washing Device, 12 Litre, Purple
Animology Fox Poo Unique Dog Shampoo to Remove Poo 250ml
Mud Daddy Portable Washing Device, 12 Litre, Purple
£8.49
£74.94
Animology Fox Poo Unique Dog Shampoo to Remove Poo 250ml
Animology Fox Poo Unique Dog Shampoo to Remove Poo 250ml
£8.49
Mud Daddy Portable Washing Device, 12 Litre, Purple
Mud Daddy Portable Washing Device, 12 Litre, Purple
£74.94

Why do Dogs Roll in Fox Poo?

Well in the wild, dogs would roll in fox poo because it is so strong smelling and it helps to mask their scent, resulting in them having a more successful hunt. their prey would not be able to sense them coming – disguised by the fox poo scent. Of course, domesticated dogs don’t need to do this as they are fed by their owners, but it is a very natural inbuilt behaviour that is difficult to stop.

Another theory is not that they want to pick up the fox poo scent, but that they want to leave their own scent behind. This could be for many reasons, looking for a mate being one of them. Yet even when they are neutered, dogs still seem to want to do this because it is such a strong instinct!

In fact, many dogs, especially Jack Russells love rolling in fox poo and are almost unstoppable!

What can I do if my Dog Rolls in Fox Poo?

If your dog rolls in fox poo, he will almost certainly need a bath! The scent can linger and last for ages, and it really is disgusting.

The great news is that you can buy the amazing FOX POO SHAMPOO especially formulated for poo-loving dogs by Animology! This unique dog shampoo removes the ‘fox poo scent’ and leaves your dog smelling clean and refreshed after his antics!

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Animology Fox Poo Unique Dog Shampoo to Remove Poo 250ml
  • Remove dirt and Odour without stripping oils
  • Easy Rinse Technology keeps washing time to a minimum
  • Pro-Vitamin B5 to improve health, strength and condition of coat

If your dog stinks too much to even bring into the house, you can consider getting a Mud Daddy. It’s an outdoor dog washing facility that can fit easily in the boot of your car. Use it for washing your dog off before he gets in the car, or even in the garden before he goes into your house.

Mud Daddy Portable Washing Device, 12 Litre, Purple
  • ✔ MUD REMOVER: Perfect solution for removing fresh mud or dirt from surfaces; pressure washer suitable for cleaning paws, hooves, boots, bikes, wellies, tyres and more
  • ✔ MULTI PURPOSE: Wash dogs paws before they get in the car; scrub football boots when the children come back from the field; clean bicycle tyres before wheeling into the house; whatever the mud you wish to remove Mud Daddy is the only tool you need
  • ✔ ECO - FRIENDLY: Uses 90% less water than a hose pipe; uses 80% less water than a jet wash, environmentally friendly option

What about your pooch? Has he ever embellished himself with fox poo on a sunny afternoon?!?!

You might also like to read why do Jack Russells growl?

Jack Russell Collar

Jack Russell Collar

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A Jack Russell collar is one of the most important dog essentials that you will buy as it is a legal requirement in UK. A collar will identify your dog, be used to attach the lead for training and also be used for grabbing your dog if he escapes! There are many different styles and materials that you can get a collar in. Some people even like to have more than one collar and they also serve as fashion accessories as well as for practical use! We have been looking for the best collars for Jack Russells on the internet and here’s what we’ve found.

Halti Collar (8" - 12"), Red, X-Small
Kismaple Adjustable Pet Soft Comfy 3M Reflective Dog Collar Breathable Mesh Dog Collar Training Walking Outside for Samll/Medium/Large Dogs Collars (XS (30-35cm), Orange)
Olahibi Soft and Comfortable Neoprene Padded Nylon Basic Dog Collar Solid Color pattern for Walking Training Dogs (S, Purple Collar)
PetTec Comfortable Dog Collar, Permanent & Robust; Made with Strong, Tear Resistant Trioflex, Perfect Size for Big or Small Dogs, Great Fit with Padding Weatherproof and Waterproof (Brown)- 30 - 40 cm
Vivi Bear Padded Soft Breathable Mesh Dog Collar With 3M Night Reflective Stripes Comfy And Soft Adjustable Collar For Small/Medium/Large Dogs, Easy Buckle Design, Orange 8 Sizes (#2 XS (Neck 30-35cm))
Rosewood Luxury Leather Dog Collar, 10 - 14-inch, Brown
Halti Collar (8" - 12"), Red, X-Small
Kismaple Adjustable Pet Soft Comfy 3M Reflective Dog Collar Breathable Mesh Dog Collar Training Walking Outside for Samll/Medium/Large Dogs Collars (XS (30-35cm), Orange)
Olahibi Soft and Comfortable Neoprene Padded Nylon Basic Dog Collar Solid Color pattern for Walking Training Dogs (S, Purple Collar)
PetTec Comfortable Dog Collar, Permanent & Robust; Made with Strong, Tear Resistant Trioflex, Perfect Size for Big or Small Dogs, Great Fit with Padding Weatherproof and Waterproof (Brown)- 30 - 40 cm
Vivi Bear Padded Soft Breathable Mesh Dog Collar With 3M Night Reflective Stripes Comfy And Soft Adjustable Collar For Small/Medium/Large Dogs, Easy Buckle Design, Orange 8 Sizes (#2 XS (Neck 30-35cm))
Rosewood Luxury Leather Dog Collar, 10 - 14-inch, Brown
£5.99
£9.99
£8.49
£8.95
£7.99
£5.99
Halti Collar (8" - 12"), Red, X-Small
Halti Collar (8" - 12"), Red, X-Small
£5.99
Kismaple Adjustable Pet Soft Comfy 3M Reflective Dog Collar Breathable Mesh Dog Collar Training Walking Outside for Samll/Medium/Large Dogs Collars (XS (30-35cm), Orange)
Kismaple Adjustable Pet Soft Comfy 3M Reflective Dog Collar Breathable Mesh Dog Collar Training Walking Outside for Samll/Medium/Large Dogs Collars (XS (30-35cm), Orange)
£9.99
Olahibi Soft and Comfortable Neoprene Padded Nylon Basic Dog Collar Solid Color pattern for Walking Training Dogs (S, Purple Collar)
Olahibi Soft and Comfortable Neoprene Padded Nylon Basic Dog Collar Solid Color pattern for Walking Training Dogs (S, Purple Collar)
£8.49
PetTec Comfortable Dog Collar, Permanent & Robust; Made with Strong, Tear Resistant Trioflex, Perfect Size for Big or Small Dogs, Great Fit with Padding Weatherproof and Waterproof (Brown)- 30 - 40 cm
PetTec Comfortable Dog Collar, Permanent & Robust; Made with Strong, Tear Resistant Trioflex, Perfect Size for Big or Small Dogs, Great Fit with Padding Weatherproof and Waterproof (Brown)- 30 - 40 cm
£8.95
Vivi Bear Padded Soft Breathable Mesh Dog Collar With 3M Night Reflective Stripes Comfy And Soft Adjustable Collar For Small/Medium/Large Dogs, Easy Buckle Design, Orange 8 Sizes (#2 XS (Neck 30-35cm))
Vivi Bear Padded Soft Breathable Mesh Dog Collar With 3M Night Reflective Stripes Comfy And Soft Adjustable Collar For Small/Medium/Large Dogs, Easy Buckle Design, Orange 8 Sizes (#2 XS (Neck 30-35cm))
£7.99
Rosewood Luxury Leather Dog Collar, 10 - 14-inch, Brown
Rosewood Luxury Leather Dog Collar, 10 - 14-inch, Brown
£5.99

It’s important to measure your dogs neck with a tape measure when choosing a collar. As a general rule, a collar needs to fit snugly on your dog. It should be tight enough to not slip over the dogs head, but loose enough get two fingers down in between it.

A medium leather or nylon collar around 1 inch in thickness will be perfect for a Jack Russell. Avoid chain collars and collars for special breeds such as Greyhound and Staffy collars which would be too thick. It’s important to choose a Jack Russell Collar with a metal attachment loop which is much more sturdy than plastic ones which may break.

Leather Jack Russell Collar

The next thing to consider is what material to choose. We usually go for a leather collar for our Jack Russells. We find them hard wearing and breathable. A sturdy and well made dog collar is unlikely to suffer as much wear and tear as a fabric one and can last a Jack Russell his whole life.

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Rosewood Luxury Leather Dog Collar, 10 - 14-inch, Brown
  • Age range description: All Life Stages

Nylon Jack Russell Collars

Halti Collar

Material collars are comfortable and secure. They have the added advantage of being available in different colours. We love this Halti collar. It’s available in red, purple, black and blue and it has a reflective strip for added visibility on dark nights.

Halti Collar (10" - 14"), Red, Small
  • The HALTI Collar incorporates a colorful two-tone design with a strong webbing outer and a soft yet durable easy-clean neoprene lining, ensuring comfort for the dog
  • Reflective 3M Scotchlite strip for walking visibility in all conditions
  • High grade nylon webbing for strength and durability with a hard-wearing metal 'D' ring for essential name and microchip tags

Kismaple Adjustable Pet Soft Comfy 3M Reflective Dog Collar

This Kismaple Adjustable Pet Soft Comfy 3M Reflective Dog Collar is made from breathable and reflective mesh. It has a zinc-alloy O ring to attach the lead to.

Kismaple Adjustable Pet Soft Comfy 3M Reflective Dog Collar Breathable Mesh Dog Collar Training Walking Outside for Samll/Medium/Large Dogs Collars (XS (30-35cm), Orange)
  • Our dog collar included a soft finest nylon to protect the neck of your dog, maximising comfort whilst reducing irritation.
  • The dog collars Made from high quality and durable Nylon and Neoprene materials can use long time
  • Padded Soft Breathable Mesh Dog Collar with Adjustable Durable & Convenient Buckle

Personalised Dog Collar

You can get collars with engraved nameplates so that you can personalise them. This avoids the need for a tag. We love this Personalized Reflective Dog Collars with Engraved Bronze Nameplate from Didog.

Didog Personalized Reflective Dog Collars with Engraved Bronze Nameplate - Soft Neoprene Padded Dog Collar with Heavy Duty D-Ring & Metal Buckle - Adjustable Collars for Small Medium Large Dogs,S
  • LEGIBLE & WIDE REFLECTIVE STRAP - Made with safety and quick identification in mind, our durable and long-lasting dog ID collar features a whole reflective strap that is highly visible in dim or dark conditions and will keep you and your dog safer. The eye-catching collars have everything you need - safety, durability and customization.
  • PERSONALIZED PREMIUM DOG COLLARS - Enough room is up to 4 lines for personalised Pet’s name/Address/Contact Number/Essential Medical Data/Loving Messages,etc within 60 effect characters for EASY & CLEAR READING. The engraving is Rust-Resistance & No-Blurred and will be stitched into pet collar permanently for strength and long-lasting durability.
  • CLASSIC DESIGN & LIFGTWEIGHT - Custom ID collars made of soft microfiber outer with smooth touch and tapered edges looks like leather but easier to clean than leather dog collars. Soft padded neoprene inner gives dogs a breathable and comfortable wearing. Classic and stitching design can be widely used as a service dog collar,dog wedding collar and basic dog collars.

You might also like to order a name tag for your dogs collar. In the UK, legally a dog has to have a collar, ID tag (with owners address or contact details) and has to be microchipped. Blake has a bone shaped ID tag which looks lovely on his brown leather collar. You can buy a personalised dog tag on Amazon for less than £5

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Personalised Engraved Dog Tag ID Name Tags for Cat Puppy Pet Collar Tag Hand Finished in UK
  • Choose from 4 striking Colours: Black, Silver, Gold, and Champagne Gold!
  • Uk stocked and usually Dispatched within 1 working day !
  • Use the Gift Message option during checkout to send us your engraving information

If you enjoyed this article on Jack Russell collars you might also like to read our article on finding the best Jack Russell bed or Jack Russell Harness.

do Jack Russells shed

Do Jack Russells Shed?

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I’ve always been a Jack Russell parent, and our short-haired boy Milo so badly that in some summer months I was hoovering almost every day! He was the ‘tri-colour’ typical Jack Russell with short white hair with the classic black patch on his side and tri-colour on his face. Just like Milo on ‘The Mask!’ So the answer to the question ‘Do Jack Russells shed?’ is unfortunately a resounding yes!

ACE2ACE Pet Hair Remover Roller, Reusable Animal Hair Removal Brush for Dogs and Cats, Easy to Self Clean the Pet Fur from Carpet, Furniture, Rugs, Laundry, Clothes and bedding, Sofa - Blue
Rosewood Soft Protection Salon Grooming Slicker Brush, Small - grey/orange
Elfirly Dog Grooming Scissors Set with Safety Round Tip (2 Pack - Curved Scissors Thinning Shears for Grooming) Pet Grooming Shears with Grooming Comb for Dogs and Cats
ACE2ACE Pet Hair Remover Roller, Reusable Animal Hair Removal Brush for Dogs and Cats, Easy to Self Clean the Pet Fur from Carpet, Furniture, Rugs, Laundry, Clothes and bedding, Sofa - Blue
Rosewood Soft Protection Salon Grooming Slicker Brush, Small - grey/orange
Elfirly Dog Grooming Scissors Set with Safety Round Tip (2 Pack - Curved Scissors Thinning Shears for Grooming) Pet Grooming Shears with Grooming Comb for Dogs and Cats
£13.99
£4.99
£15.99
ACE2ACE Pet Hair Remover Roller, Reusable Animal Hair Removal Brush for Dogs and Cats, Easy to Self Clean the Pet Fur from Carpet, Furniture, Rugs, Laundry, Clothes and bedding, Sofa - Blue
ACE2ACE Pet Hair Remover Roller, Reusable Animal Hair Removal Brush for Dogs and Cats, Easy to Self Clean the Pet Fur from Carpet, Furniture, Rugs, Laundry, Clothes and bedding, Sofa - Blue
£13.99
Rosewood Soft Protection Salon Grooming Slicker Brush, Small - grey/orange
Rosewood Soft Protection Salon Grooming Slicker Brush, Small - grey/orange
£4.99
Elfirly Dog Grooming Scissors Set with Safety Round Tip (2 Pack - Curved Scissors Thinning Shears for Grooming) Pet Grooming Shears with Grooming Comb for Dogs and Cats
Elfirly Dog Grooming Scissors Set with Safety Round Tip (2 Pack - Curved Scissors Thinning Shears for Grooming) Pet Grooming Shears with Grooming Comb for Dogs and Cats
£15.99

Do some Jack Russells shed more than others?

The reality is that some Jack Russells shed more than others. For example, my black and tan Jack Russell Suzy and my brown Patterjack (Patterdale Cross) shed much less hair than my classic tri-colour Jack Russell. The main problem with the classic Jack Russell is that with the bulk of their coat being white, it REALLY shows up on everything! I was rarely able to leave the house without feeling like I was wearing half of my dog!!!! You might find that a roller comes in handy in removing dog hair from your clothes and furniture.

ACE2ACE Pet Hair Remover Roller, Reusable Animal Hair Removal Brush for Dogs and Cats, Easy to Self Clean the Pet Fur from Carpet, Furniture, Rugs, Laundry, Clothes and bedding, Sofa - Blue
  • ❤️️ 【Perfect Pet Hair Remover Roller】: The pet hair remover roller has a very effective fleece force and made of a semi roller coated with a static charge material. Just a couple of passes, you can collect more hairs from everywhere than the carpet cleaner can do. You can use it back and forth but it is better if you use it towards the back.
  • ❤️️ 【Can be Used on Any Material】: It picks up every single pet hair from those highly sticky hairs, eg Velvet/ Cloth Sofas, Rugs, Carpets, Beds, Cushions, Curtains, Pillows, Kennel, Car Seats and Clothes !!!❤️️Please Notes❤️️: It didn’t work too well on that as the material is too smooth. It is normal.
  • ❤️️ 【Self-Cleaning System, No need Wash】: Just pinch one of the two silicone leather mats on the brush and swing it several times. The brush can reach self-cleaning, collects the hair and fur into the top compartment. The collection tray worked such well, easy to open and use.

A Jack Russell may not be for you!

If you have allergies or want to avoid a shedding breed because you are house proud, then unfortunately a Jack Russell may not be the dog for you. Although they are not really heavy shedders, it is enough to mess up the house and trigger allergic reactions.

Jack Russell Games

Consider a Jack Russell Cross

If you have your heart set on a Jack Russell but can’t deal with the hair, why not consider a Jack Russell cross that is bred with a hypoallergenic breed, such as a Jackapoo – a Jack Russell Poodle cross?

Jack Russell Grooming

The most important thing you can do for your dog is to provide them with plenty of regular grooming. When you are Jack Russell grooming, use a slicker brush on their coat which will break up dead hair and redistribute oils. This will help you avoid tangles in those long fur strands too. A short haired Jack Russell only really needs grooming once a week for just a couple of minutes. The loose hair will then end up on your brush rather than on your carpet or clothes! Brush him/her more frequently if you wish and in high shedding seasons such as spring.

Rosewood Soft Protection Salon Grooming Slicker Brush, Small - grey/orange
  • Included components: Soft Protection Slicker Brush Small

If you have a rough coated Jack Russell, you may want to trim your dogs hair – especially around his face and bottom! You can take him to the grooming parlour, but it can be expensive and if you have the equipment at home there will be no need. It’s possible to pick up a cheap pair of dog grooming scissors on Amazon for less than £20.00.

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Elfirly Dog Grooming Scissors Set with Safety Round Tip (2 Pack - Curved Scissors Thinning Shears for Grooming) Pet Grooming Shears with Grooming Comb for Dogs and Cats
  • Two Grooming Scissors Kit - Professional dog scissors for grooming with 1 x curved scissors, 1 x thinning shears, 1 x grooming comb, can trim body fur with smooth blades.
  • Safe Design - All the pet grooming scissors for dogs have Rounded End Tips, can provide security protection when trimming sensitive areas like dogs face, ears, eyes, nose, paws or body without hurting.
  • Sharp and Durable - Made of stainless steel material, every blade is razor sharp and hard without rusting, reducing the friction to shear pet hair breezily.

You might also like to read how long do Jack Russells live?

Jack Russell Games

Jack Russell Games

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A Jack Russell is an all-around active and intelligent breed of terrier, so it’s not unusual for them to enjoy playing games with their people. This post will outline the best games for JRTs, with lots of pictures and video clips of the dogs having a blast! These games are perfect for both families with small children as well as single pet owners.

ubest Dog Snuff Tobacco Sniffing Toy Dog Search Game Corn 24 x 9 x 7.5 cm
beetoy Pet Snuffle Mat for Dogs, Pet Snuffle Feeding Mat Interactive Game for Boredom, Dog Puzzle Toys for Stress Release Encourages Natural Foraging Skills
Chuckit Kick Fetch Dog Toy, 14 cm, Small
Dog Football Toys, IOMOY Dog Fetch Training Toy Durable Interactive Football Toy for Tug Games & Bonding Exercises Suitable as a Puppy Toy
Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Dog Twister Interactive Treat Puzzle Dog Toy, Advanced
ubest Dog Snuff Tobacco Sniffing Toy Dog Search Game Corn 24 x 9 x 7.5 cm
beetoy Pet Snuffle Mat for Dogs, Pet Snuffle Feeding Mat Interactive Game for Boredom, Dog Puzzle Toys for Stress Release Encourages Natural Foraging Skills
Chuckit Kick Fetch Dog Toy, 14 cm, Small
Dog Football Toys, IOMOY Dog Fetch Training Toy Durable Interactive Football Toy for Tug Games & Bonding Exercises Suitable as a Puppy Toy
Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Dog Twister Interactive Treat Puzzle Dog Toy, Advanced
£12.61
£14.99
£15.37
£13.69
£17.99
ubest Dog Snuff Tobacco Sniffing Toy Dog Search Game Corn 24 x 9 x 7.5 cm
ubest Dog Snuff Tobacco Sniffing Toy Dog Search Game Corn 24 x 9 x 7.5 cm
£12.61
beetoy Pet Snuffle Mat for Dogs, Pet Snuffle Feeding Mat Interactive Game for Boredom, Dog Puzzle Toys for Stress Release Encourages Natural Foraging Skills
beetoy Pet Snuffle Mat for Dogs, Pet Snuffle Feeding Mat Interactive Game for Boredom, Dog Puzzle Toys for Stress Release Encourages Natural Foraging Skills
£14.99
Chuckit Kick Fetch Dog Toy, 14 cm, Small
Chuckit Kick Fetch Dog Toy, 14 cm, Small
£15.37
Dog Football Toys, IOMOY Dog Fetch Training Toy Durable Interactive Football Toy for Tug Games & Bonding Exercises Suitable as a Puppy Toy
Dog Football Toys, IOMOY Dog Fetch Training Toy Durable Interactive Football Toy for Tug Games & Bonding Exercises Suitable as a Puppy Toy
£13.69
Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Dog Twister Interactive Treat Puzzle Dog Toy, Advanced
Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Dog Twister Interactive Treat Puzzle Dog Toy, Advanced
£17.99

Some JRTs like to use their minds while others like to focus more on their physical coordination skills. Regardless of which type your pup is, finding the right game can help you bond in a fun way that also keeps your dog healthy and happy. The following games will help you to activate your dog’s brain while also keeping your dog happy and distracted.

My Favourite Jack Russell Games

Sniffing Games

My Jack Russells have all love to play ‘find it’ where you show the dog a treat (let him/her sniff it) then shut the dog out of the room and hide a treat somewhere. When the treat is hidden, and he has had a sniff so knows what he is looking for he will use his nose and start searching. My Jack Russells usually find the treat between 15 seconds and 3 minutes depending on how well hidden the treat is and how smelly the treat is! This is one of my favourite Jack Russell games as it’s fun for all the family to watch.

ubest Dog Snuff Tobacco Sniffing Toy Dog Search Game Corn 24 x 9 x 7.5 cm
  • The main fabric is soft, durable and safe polar fleece, filled with PP cotton.
  • Hide dry food in it for dogs who eat too quickly, so you can reduce the quick entwined without chewing.
  • Safe TRP toy in corn, dogs can bite it or grind their teeth.

If you want to take this a step further you can actually buy snuffle mats for dogs, which are rag mats that have lots of places to hide treats in – these work wonders when you go out and want to leave your dog something to do.

beetoy Pet Snuffle Mat for Dogs, Pet Snuffle Feeding Mat Interactive Game for Boredom, Dog Puzzle Toys for Stress Release Encourages Natural Foraging Skills
  • 🐾【Develop Good Habits of Dog】beetoy feeding mat as a skills training mat mimics the natural environment. Sprinkle food on the snuffle mat and let the dogs find the food through snuffling, thereby improving their forging skills. It can not only make feeding slowly and have good digestion ability, but also can stimulate the dog's mind and nose work by conducting foraging training at the same time.
  • 🐾【Ultra-durability to A Strong Bite】As you know, dog bites are very violent and powerfully destructive. After careful consideration, our pet dog feeding mat adopts thick felt cloth which is high anti-tearing and makes into the shape of grass sewn on the mat with thick cotton thread, which can withstand strong bites and is not easy to break off. You can rest assure while your puppy is snuffling.
  • 🐾【Dual-use and Portable】beetoy dog snuffle mat has a creative design. It has two forms, one is to completely lay the puppy snuffing mat as a blanket; the other is to grab the PP belt drawstring on the edge of the circular pet dog mat, tighten the blanket, and make it into a bowl shape, making the footprint of the dog mat smaller and can be placed into the backpack, easy to carry and travel.

Fetch

Most Jack Russells love to play fetch and tennis balls are the most popular choice. First you need to assess whether your JRT is interested in balls – some are, some aren’t, but you will see instantly when you get the ball moving if he loves it! Sometimes you can have a Jack Russell who loves to fetch the ball but won’t give it back!

Chuckit Kick Fetch Dog Toy, 14 cm, Small
  • The big play and fetchball for dogs
  • Floats extremely high on the water, making it highly visible for your dog
  • Easily take the dog with its mouth

With Milo, we used to have two balls on the go on rotation, because he would bring and release the first ball when he saw the second one ready to throw! It helps them to spend their energy and is great fun for both the dogs and their owners. Depending on the size of your house (and whether you have breakables!)

you can also check out this article on Jack Russell toys to play games with.

Jack Russell Exercise

Football

Yes it’s true, I’ve had two Jack Russells in my lifetime that were absolutely brilliant at football – Patch and Milo. Make sure that it is a sturdy football and that they are supervised with it. Then you can take them into the garden or to a safe enclosed field and have a kick around. They will get a lot of energy out when they chase it.

Dog Football Toys, IOMOY Dog Fetch Training Toy Durable Interactive Football Toy for Tug Games & Bonding Exercises Suitable as a Puppy Toy
  • ⚽Ideal Dogs Toy: Dogs football Can be used Anytime, Anywhere indoors and outdoors. Suitable for use in water. Play at home, in parks, beaches and swimming pools.
  • ⚽Safety Quality: Dogs football Made from eco-friendly, non toxic, recyclable material. No choke hazards, artificial fragrance or detachable parts.Not recommended for aggressive chewers.
  • ⚽Interactive Dog Toy: Dog football with nylon grab tabs create an erratic bounce, which dog love to chase and play. Printed dog paws could attract dogs' attention and keep your dog entertained. Also there is strap for people to hold, you can interact with your dog and play together. Great interactive dog toy to train your dogs.

Interactive Dog Puzzles

We love to use Nina Ottosson dog puzzles for our Jack Russells. Your dog has to learn how to twist and turn them to get to the treats. It stimulates them mentally and physically. These puzzles have different levels from 1 (easiest) to 3 (hard) and so you can start with the easy and when they have mastered that one increase the difficulty by progressing to the next level.

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Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Dog Twister Interactive Treat Puzzle Dog Toy, Advanced
  • ADVANCED LEVEL FUN: The Nina Ottosson level 3 Dog Twister puzzle dog toy is designed for advanced levels of problem-solving play that challenge your dog with learning sequential steps. A fun way for your smart pups to train their brain while redirecting destructive or negative behavior in an exciting way
  • SLIDE, PULL, and LOCK TO HIDE TREATS: Place the treats underneath the triangular block compartments and push in the white plastic tabs to lock the blocks in place. Your dog will have to lift the tabs sequentially to unlock the blocks and move them to reveal the treats
  • NO REMOVABLE PARTS and EASY TO CLEAN: Built in play pieces that don't come out when your dog plays to prevent choking. Durable construction also helps to keep this dog toy intact, making it your new go-to treat puzzle dog toy

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Jack Russell Toys

Jack Russell Toys

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Jack Russells are terriers that were bred for hunting and are great ratters. Therefore, the best Jack Russell toys are the ones that satisfy this inbuilt ‘prey drive’. Flirt poles, plush dog toys and raggas for tug-o-war are excellent options. You may also want to go for sturdy dog toys such as Kong, because Jack Russells an be aggressive chewers.

Ueetek Interactive Dog Toy Extendable Flirt Pole Fun Chew Toy for Pets Size L (Blue)
XL Dog Rope Toys for Strong Large Dogs,Dog Chew Toy 4 Knots Rope Tug for Aggressive Chewers, Interactive Rope Chew Toys to Large Dog Breeds (26inch 4Knot Rope)
Sedioso Plush Dog Toy,Interactive Stuffed Fox Dog Toys for Boredom,Cute Squeaky Dog Chew Toys for Puppy,Small,Medium,Large Breed
KONG - Wild Knots Bear - Internal Knotted Ropes and Minimal Stuffing for Less Mess (Assorted Colours) - For X-Large Dogs
The Dog's Balls, Dog Tennis Balls, 6-Pack Yellow Dog Toy, Premium Strong Dog & Puppy Tennis Ball
ChuckIt! Sport Dog Ball Launcher, Hands Free Pick Up and Throw Play, Tennis Ball and Launcher Toy, Assorted Colours, Small Ball, 36cm Long
Ueetek Interactive Dog Toy Extendable Flirt Pole Fun Chew Toy for Pets Size L (Blue)
XL Dog Rope Toys for Strong Large Dogs,Dog Chew Toy 4 Knots Rope Tug for Aggressive Chewers, Interactive Rope Chew Toys to Large Dog Breeds (26inch 4Knot Rope)
Sedioso Plush Dog Toy,Interactive Stuffed Fox Dog Toys for Boredom,Cute Squeaky Dog Chew Toys for Puppy,Small,Medium,Large Breed
KONG - Wild Knots Bear - Internal Knotted Ropes and Minimal Stuffing for Less Mess (Assorted Colours) - For X-Large Dogs
The Dog's Balls, Dog Tennis Balls, 6-Pack Yellow Dog Toy, Premium Strong Dog & Puppy Tennis Ball
ChuckIt! Sport Dog Ball Launcher, Hands Free Pick Up and Throw Play, Tennis Ball and Launcher Toy, Assorted Colours, Small Ball, 36cm Long
£17.59
£9.99
£11.89
£12.44
£10.99
£10.60
Ueetek Interactive Dog Toy Extendable Flirt Pole Fun Chew Toy for Pets Size L (Blue)
Ueetek Interactive Dog Toy Extendable Flirt Pole Fun Chew Toy for Pets Size L (Blue)
£17.59
XL Dog Rope Toys for Strong Large Dogs,Dog Chew Toy 4 Knots Rope Tug for Aggressive Chewers, Interactive Rope Chew Toys to Large Dog Breeds (26inch 4Knot Rope)
XL Dog Rope Toys for Strong Large Dogs,Dog Chew Toy 4 Knots Rope Tug for Aggressive Chewers, Interactive Rope Chew Toys to Large Dog Breeds (26inch 4Knot Rope)
£9.99
Sedioso Plush Dog Toy,Interactive Stuffed Fox Dog Toys for Boredom,Cute Squeaky Dog Chew Toys for Puppy,Small,Medium,Large Breed
Sedioso Plush Dog Toy,Interactive Stuffed Fox Dog Toys for Boredom,Cute Squeaky Dog Chew Toys for Puppy,Small,Medium,Large Breed
£11.89
KONG - Wild Knots Bear - Internal Knotted Ropes and Minimal Stuffing for Less Mess (Assorted Colours) - For X-Large Dogs
KONG - Wild Knots Bear - Internal Knotted Ropes and Minimal Stuffing for Less Mess (Assorted Colours) - For X-Large Dogs
£12.44
The Dog's Balls, Dog Tennis Balls, 6-Pack Yellow Dog Toy, Premium Strong Dog & Puppy Tennis Ball
The Dog's Balls, Dog Tennis Balls, 6-Pack Yellow Dog Toy, Premium Strong Dog & Puppy Tennis Ball
£10.99
ChuckIt! Sport Dog Ball Launcher, Hands Free Pick Up and Throw Play, Tennis Ball and Launcher Toy, Assorted Colours, Small Ball, 36cm Long
ChuckIt! Sport Dog Ball Launcher, Hands Free Pick Up and Throw Play, Tennis Ball and Launcher Toy, Assorted Colours, Small Ball, 36cm Long
£10.60

Best Jack Russell Toys

Flirt Poles

Flirt poles are a brilliant and safe way to satisfy your Jack Russells prey drive. This is because the pole extension means that the toy is kept away from your body which minimises the chances of mistaken nips or bits to the owner. If trained to use them properly, they are also a good way for teenagers and older children to play with their Jack Russell.

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Ueetek Interactive Dog Toy Extendable Flirt Pole Fun Chew Toy for Pets Size L (Blue)
  • Keep your dog happy and healthy.
  • Extendible collapsible pole, easy to transport and store.
  • Works great as a training device and provides the mental movement that dogs need.

Ragga or Rope Dog Toy

Jack Russells love to have a good game of tug-o-war and a ‘ragga’ will certainly be brilliant for this. It’s basically a lump of fabric tied at both ends and the know will give you and the dog something to hold on to. Note that Jack Russells can get a little over excited when playing tug-o-war, and so it’s probably not an ideal game for children to play with them, and kids certainly shouldn’t be playing with them unsupervised.

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XL Dog Rope Toys for Strong Large Dogs,Dog Chew Toy 4 Knots Rope Tug for Aggressive Chewers, Interactive Rope Chew Toys to Large Dog Breeds (26inch 4Knot Rope)
  • 【XL-Size】Dog tug of war toys designed for large breeds & medium breeds!Sturdy and durable.Extra large rope toys 26 Inch 4 Knots rope tug for aggressive chewers!This rope toy is best for tug or training chewing!
  • 【Safe And Non-Toxic】100% washable natural cotton fibers,safe for dental chew.excellent for chewing and clean the teeth massage the gums,preventing the gum disease!
  • 【Interaction & Entertainment】Interesting toys to help your dog solve the boredom, reduce stress and reduce the occurrence of destructive behavior, accompany your pet dog, the interactive toys will enhance you and your dogs relationship!
Jack Russell Personality

Plush Dog Toys

Jack Russells absolutely love plush dog toys, especially ones that have an inbuilt squeaker. Jack Russell toys that mimic their prey are great fun for them – rats, rabbits, and foxes!

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Sedioso Plush Dog Toy,Interactive Stuffed Fox Dog Toys for Boredom,Cute Squeaky Dog Chew Toys for Puppy,Small,Medium,Large Breed
  • 【Safe Natural Cotton Material】: Sedioso plush toys for dog are made of natural cotton,which is safe to your dogs,cotton woven toy legs make the toy more durable and bite resistant,it also has a waterproof layer inside,which can prevent dog's saliva from entering the stuffed cotton
  • 【Squeaky & IQ Treat Training】:This dog squeaky toys has a built-in vocal bladder which emits sound when pets bite,you can also play tug of war using the durable rope leg with you dog,it a best toy for IQ and interactive training, you can not only strengthen the relationship but also have more fun with your dogs
  • 【Daily Entertainment & Relieve Anxiety】: Adding Daily Entertainment to your pets, Relieve the depression,boredom and anxiety when they are alone, it can also reduce the chance of your pet to bite sofa,shoes,etc which can keep your home clean and tidy

One of the main problems I have found with plush dog toys for Jack Russells is that if they are not sturdy, they will destroy them! The good news is that there are durable plush dog toys made by companies like KONG. One of the most popular and durable dog plush toys out there is the ‘Wild Knots Bear’. It has an internal knotted rope skeleton for extra durability.

KONG - Wild Knots Bear - Internal Knotted Ropes and Minimal Stuffing for Less Mess (Assorted Colours) - For X-Large Dogs
  • Internal knotted rope skeleton satisfies dogs’ natural instincts
  • Minimal stuffing for less mess
  • Soft yet durable

Blake our Patterdale Jack Russell cross totally loves his Panda! it’s got a great squeaker and also comes with detachable clothes. Bizarrely, Blake loves to undress him!!!!

Chiwava Medium Stuffed Squeaky Plush Dog Toy Panda with Detachable Clothes Soft Animal Puppy Toy Interactive Play
  • ❤ 7 x 3.7 x 6.7 inch,Suitable for Small and Medium Size Dogs – 9~66lb (4~30kg)
  • ❤ Detachable Clothes
  • ❤ Sounder Inside

Balls

Jack Russells totally love to play fetch. Our last Jack Russell Milo always used to have 3 tennis balls on the go at once and we would rotate them – he’d bring one back as we’d throw the other one! You can get proper durable tennis balls made for dogs such as ‘The Dogs Balls’!

The Dog's Balls, Dog Tennis Balls, 6-Pack Yellow Dog Toy, Premium Strong Dog & Puppy Tennis Ball
  • Medium 6-pack yellow. Premium quality bouncy dog tennis balls for retrieval games produced specifically for dogs in using non-toxic materials
  • High visibility balls in bright colours that are easier to find when playing in the park & other green areas
  • Tested & certified to be non-toxic & safe to be carried in a dog’s mouth. Both the ball sphere and the glue are made of natural rubber; felt dyes and ink stamps are non-toxic

One of the most popular fetch toys for dogs and their humans is the ‘Chuckit’ ball launcher. The extendable arm allows you to pick up your dogs ball without bending your back and without your hand getting covered in drool!

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ChuckIt! Sport Dog Ball Launcher, Hands Free Pick Up and Throw Play, Tennis Ball and Launcher Toy, Assorted Colours, Small Ball, 36cm Long
  • THROW FURTHER, FASTER: Never bend down to pick up a slimy ball again with the Chuckit! Sport Launcher
  • COMFORTABLE: Features an ergonomic rubber handle for more comfort on extended fetch sessions
  • DURABLE: Made from flexible plastic to be longer lasting

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