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Have you ever felt like your “little” fur baby just doesn’t seem to understand that he needs a bath? Or maybe you’ve caught him rolling in the mud yet again and it’s time to get him groomed, but you’re not sure what steps to take. Fear not! This article is here to help make your decision on how to groom your pet as easy as possible. Some of these tips will be especially useful if you’re a first time “pet parent” and haven’t groomed your pup before, while others are just general guidance to help you along the way. Yes, today’s blog is all about Jack Russell Grooming.
What kind of Coat does your Jack Russell have?
To start, you’ll want to decide what type of coat your Jack Russell has. Most dogs come in three primary types: short hair, medium hair and long hair. Not all breeds fall into these categories; Shih Tzus, for example, have long hair even though they aren’t very large dogs. Moreover, some dogs fall into more than one category as their coat may change as they grow older. The best way to determine what kind of coat your dog has is to feel along their back and neck. If the hair feels smooth and lies flat near their skin, then your dog probably has a short hair coat. If the hair is thicker, but still lies flat, then your dog may have a medium hair coat. Lastly, if the hair feels coarse and sticks out from the dog’s skin even when they’re not touching it, your dog probably has a long hair coat.
Jack Russell Grooming – How often?
If you have a short haired Jack Russell you may find that brushing him just once a fortnight is plenty. My current brown smooth haired Jack Russell cross rarely needs brushing and we probably only do him once a month! My previous tri-coloured Jack Russell moulted a lot more and we used to take him to the pooch parlour at the start of the summer to get his hair stripped and trimmed when his coat was changing. This kept him nice and cool in the summer months.
You might also like to read: Do Jack Russells shed?
Do Jack Russells need a Grooming salon?
If you’ve got a short haired Jack Russell, you may never need to take him to the grooming salon if you are on top of quarterly baths and fortnightly brushing. If you live in a hot country you may like to get his fur stripped for the summer and if you have a long haired Jack Russell you will probably find that you do need to visit the salon (although only maybe a few times a year).
Grooming your Jack Russell at Home
You can also do this grooming in the comfort of your own home with a few tools. This is cheaper for you and less stressful for your dog. Bath your dog in a nice smelling dog shampoo. We love Bugalugs (below) but if your pet has sensitive or itchy skin go for Johnsons skin calm dog shampoo.
- 500ml bottle - 20:1 dilution rate makes this super economical doggy shampoo a little goes a long way
- Features the popular baby powder scent is professional dog grooming shampoo
- PH Balanced shampoo, Suitable for all breeds and puppies over 8 weeks. Sensitive shampoo for dogs
A stripping knife can be used to de-shed your dog. What this does is it runs through the fur and brings out lose hair resulting in less shedding and your dog being cooler. These are available in right handed and left handed tools:
- ►Comfortable and Durable：The Stripping Knife is ideal for plucking and removing excess undercoat and useful for finish work to help create that "show dog" look.
- ►Lightweight; stainless steel blades for extra durability & rust resistance,25 teeth wide cutter head,suitable for underlying and hair flat teeth head,don't hurt the skin; revited wooden handles for easier handling,according with ergonomico design,don't feel tired after long time use. especially when wet.
- ►For Fast, Detail work on large areas and overall clean-up on short coasts (most Hounds).
You can then get a small pair of dog grooming scissors and use these to trim the fur around his bum and his face (especially if you have a long haired Jack Russell. It is also handy to trim the excess hair between their paw pads, but only if necessary. Some JRTs hate having their feet messed with! Curved dog grooming scissors with a safety end are the best and safest to use.
- FINEST MATERIAL - Cold treatment Finest quality and durable Japanese 440C stainless steel blades are tempered with Hand-sharpened cutting edges and Precise, Convex edge, Hollow-ground, extremely sharp cutting blades, which can evenly trim dog hair. Your pets deserve the best Right-handed dog shear and it will be your best assistant to cut thickest fur and the toughest tangles, making your lovely more beautiful and natural after trimming.
- ERGONOMIC & SAFE DESIGN - Curved shears with symmetric Handle and 2 finger rests can be gripped it in right and left hand. Detachable finger rings create soft handfeel. Blunt tips can protect protect skin well. High resilience muffler can reduce the friction between handles to avoid making a loud noise, make your pet enjoy a happier grooming process.
- MULTIFUNCTIONAL - 7 inch scissor with 3.2 inch cutting blade, the pet scissors are ideal for pet hospital, pet salon, and family to use on dogs, cats and so on. The curved blades are convenient to grooming the sensitive areas such as face, ears, paws, nose, limbs and so on. You can become a professional beautician at home and do pet grooming, saving time and money. The curved scissor for dog grooming is definitely the perfect gift for relatives and friends, especially for dog or cat lovers.
What is the Ideal Brush for Jack Russells?
The ‘slicker brush’ is an essential item for any Jack Russell owner. This wire brush will remove loose excess hair from your dogs coat resulting in less shedding (read do Jack Russells shed?)
- Slicker Brush (Large) with ergonomic hand grip
- Removes matts tangles and loose hair
- Reduces moulting with regular use.
Don’t Forget to De-Flea!
As well as regular Jack Russell grooming you need to make sure that you keep on top of preventative flea treatments for your dog. We use Frontline every 6-8 weeks (especially in the summer) and it protects from fleas as well as ticks. Its a pipette that you apply to the skin on the back of the dogs neck.
- KILLS FLEAS - Fleas jumping onto your treated dog are killed within 24 hours, preventing infestations from building up
- KILLS TICKS - Ticks latching onto your treated dog are killed within 48 hours, helping to reduce the risk of disease transmission
- TRIED AND TRUSTED - FRONTLINE's original vet-strength formula has an exemplary safety profile and can be used on puppies weighing more than 2 kg, from 8 weeks of age
Brushing your Dogs Teeth
Don’t neglect those canine toothy pegs! You can brush your dogs teeth and also encourage them to keep their teeth clean with dentasticks and similar healthy chews.
- For fresh breath
For brushing your dogs teeth, meat flavoured dog toothpaste is recommended. These products are more gentle on your dog’s teeth and gums, and they won’t cause any harm if they do swallow the toothpaste. Toothbrushes that have small soft bristles are typically best for dogs because they will be better at cleaning teeth in between their teeth.
Dogs typically don’t like toothbrushes because of the bristles and will avoid them. If you do use a toothbrush on your dog, get him used to the toothbrush in his mouth before brushing. Then try to make sure that you reach all of their teeth when you do start to brush.