dog park pros and cons

Dog Park Pros and Cons

I’m sure that if you are a new dog owner then you are interested in taking your dog to the dog park for a bit of socialisation. It can be a great place to take your dog, but remember that you are always banking on other dog owners being responsible too. And sadly, not all of them are. Here’s our list of dog park pros and cons, followed by some dog park tips for staying safe.

What is a Dog Park?

A dog park is an enclosed space in public parks that is designated for your dogs to go off lead and run around and mix with each other. Most big USA and UK cities have dog parks. If you are not sure where your local dog park is, there are apps you can use to find them. Some of the most popular dog park finder apps are:

  • Bark Happy – Featuring over 20,000 dog parks, bark happy is available as an app for iOS and Android.
  • Paw Parks – An iOS app that helps you to find dog parks and walking trails near you.
  • Dog Park Finder Plus – Over 6000 dog friendly parks, beaches and hikes on this iOS app powered by DogGoes.
  • Hundescove – Hundescove is the perfect app if you want to find a dog park in Denmark.
  • Dog Park Assistant – This doesn’t find dog parks but it’s an app that helps you to choose a healthy and safe dog park for your dog, with tips on dog park etiquette and safety.

Dog Park Pros and Cons

Pros

The main pros of the dog park are:

  • If you have a sociable dog he or she will be able to have fun with other dogs.
  • Dog will run together and get good exercise
  • It’s usually enclosed so you can let your dog off lead (provided you trust the other dogs and owners!)
  • It’s sociable for the adults too!

Cons

The main cons of dog parks are:

  • Dogs can sometimes result in over-excitement and dogs may end up fighting
  • If your dog gets attacked it may affect his behaviour towards other dogs in future
  • Some dogs find it too overwhelming or stressful
  • Some dog owners aren’t responsible e.g. don’t muzzle snappy dogs, don’t poop scoop, don’t intervene in fights

If your dog is constantly barking when at the dog park, you need to decide whether it’s a bark of excitement, or a bark out of stress. Not all dogs do well at the dark park and it may not be the best place for nervous dogs or dogs that have not been properly socialised as pups.

Our dog Blake prefers to meet dogs on a one to one basis, rather than the high energy and stressful environment of a dog park.

Tips for the Dog Park

  • Keep aggressive dogs away from the dog park
  • Always take poop scoop bags (plural – they poop a lot!)
  • Muzzle dogs that are learning how to socialise
  • Discipline your dog the second it displays any aggressive, dominating or inappropriate behaviour e.g. humping
  • Only let your dog off lead if he has 100% recall
  • Take a bottle of water and bowl or a special doggy water bottle – they get hot when playing
  • Put a harness on your dog for the dog park because it is easier to grab your dog in an emergency situation

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Black and Tan Jack Russell

Black and Tan Jack Russell

My second dog Suzy was a gorgeous Black and Tan Jack Russell. She had a black body but tan eyebrows and tan paws with sticking up ears. She was Jack Russell through and through but her markings made her more unique. She was a special dog!

The Black and Tan Jack Russell

The black and tan Jack Russell will look like the traditional Jack Russell but won’t have the white body with black and brown markings that they usually have. A black and tan Jack Russell may be all black with tan markings on the feet and eyebrows or all tan with black markings. Some people say that they are crossbreeds, but many recognise them as a Jack Russell or at least Jack Russell cross. They are generally rarer than the traditional Jack Russell.

What is the Personality of the Black and Tan Jack Russell?

The black and tan JRT has a very similar personality to the traditional Jack Russell. They are energetic and lively with a strong prey drive. Because of this they can be difficult to train in recall (being off lead and coming back when called).

Jack Russells are very loyal and loving towards their owner, some people even describe them as velcro dogs! This makes them great family pets. They love to please their owner and they are great little dogs for learning party tricks such as play dead, roll over and walk (on two legs!!!) They can quickly learn how to speak.

But they can also be a little bit barky and aggressive when there are intruders – this means that they make great little guard dogs!

Where can you get a Black and Tan JRT?

As they are a little rarer than traditional Jack Russells they may be harder to find. We got our from the Dogs Trust. If you have the time, energy and home environment to rescue a Jack Russell then you can also try places such as the RSPCA or Freshfields.

If you have a black and tan JRT then please comment on our blog – we’d love to hear from you!

Why do Jack Russells shake

Why do Jack Russells shake?

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Lot’s of dog owners have recently asked me ‘Why do Jack Russells shake?’.  It’s important to look at the context when your terrier is shaking; so let’s take a look at the main reasons here:

Excitement

Jack Russells are active, lively little dogs and there is nothing they like more than hunting.  When they are expecting an opportunity to hunt, it may be that they’ve seen a mouse twitch the grass or they know the cues you are showing that they are going to get a chance to hunt.

Other reasons that may cause them to shake with excitement is the sheer joy that you are about to take them for a walk.   Stud dogs will often shake with anticipation when they know they are about to meet a bitch. 

Jack Russells are one of the small breeds that have a fast metabolism and are often hyperactive.  The shaking or trembling you see is just part of their excitement response.  

They are wet!

Jack Russells and most dogs actually shake when they are wet to dry themselves off. So you will notice your dog shaking from side to side after he has been swimming or when he gets out of the bath. This is completely normal and natural dog behaviour.

Stress and Anxiety

Although Jack Russells are curious, bold, fun little dogs even they can suffer from stress.  Sometimes stress or stressful situations can cause your Jack Russell to shake.  Generally, they are less prone to stress and anxiety than a lot of other dogs, but they can become stressed, anxious and frustrated.

Shaking that is a result of stress or anxiety is likely to be due to situations like separation anxiety from being left at home alone, being crated when they have not been carefully introduced, a visit to the vet.  Frequently, this type of shaking will be accompanied by panting and drooling.

To help your Jack Russell overcome the stress or anxiety you will need to discover what is the cause.

Actual Fear

Shaking from fear is very closely aligned to shaking due to stress or anxiety.  The actual fear though is more likely to be things like thunder storms, other loud bangs or fear from something they perceive as a genuine threat.

They will show typical signs of extra adrenaline in their sympathetic nervous system, meaning that the shaking will be accompanied by other adrenaline symptoms such as wild looking eyes, pacing, panting, pinning back their ears and tucking their tails down.

Feeling Cold

Because they are small dogs with a fast metabolism they often feel the cold.  Your terrier may be shaking because he or she is cold. Short coated varieties are most likely to feel the cold.

Muscle Tremor

It is not unusual for a Jack Russell to display shaking of their rear legs, frequently one leg only is affected and you may notice it happen at times of excitement or for no apparent reason.  In any other breed, it’s something that you’d get checked out by a vet, but Jack Russell’s are prone to this little tremor and if it is not severe and they don’t seem concerned or in pain, just general monitoring until their next annual check up is all that is usually required. 

Many Jack Russells live long and active lives with this tremor.

Old Age or Health

It’s comparatively rare, but just like any other canine; terriers could develop neurological problems as they age or occasionally even when they are younger.  Any new, unexplained shaking or tremors should be checked by your vet. 

I hope that you enjoyed this article on ‘Why do Jack Russells shake?’ If you enjoyed reading it then you might also like to read about Jack Russell Behaviour.

Do Jack Russells like Water

Do Jack Russells like Water?

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I’ve had four Jack Russells during my lifetime and loved all of them. Once you have had a few you will realise that they all have their own little personality. I often get asked, ‘Do Jack Russells like water?’ Well the answer is that some do and some don’t! In my experience it really depends on the dog.

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Some Jack Russells love to swim!

Some Jack Russells love swimming and will swim in any water that they come across. Some of them will even want you to throw their ball in the water for them when they play fetch!

There are many Jack Russells on Instagram enjoying playing in their dog paddling pool during the hot weather! Those are great for having fun and also keeping them cool.

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Safety advice for Swimming Dogs

Most Jack Russells can swim, but actually not all of them can and so it is a good idea to test this out with a specialist at a proper dog pool or hydrotherapist. Once you know that your dog can swim safely, he can enjoy swimming on a regular basis, just make sure that you are safety aware.

Some Jack Russells love to swim and just straight into pools, streams and even the sea. This is all well and good, but make sure that they don’t go too far out! You need to be able to get to them if they get into any trouble.

Also be aware of your dog drinking from ponds and pools. Some of them contain blue-green algae which is toxic for dogs. Dogs can develop poisoning when they drink from, or even simply swim in, contaminated water sources. If blue-green algae is ingested, it can cause severe neurologic or liver damage.

If you would like your dog to get some support while swimming, you can actually buy a doggy life jacket on Amazon.

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Many Jack Russells love Running water!

In my experience many Jack Russells LOVE running water!

My last Jack Russell Milo used to love drinking water directly from the outside tap. He also used to go crazy for the hose pipe when I was watering the garden. We had a spray gun on the end of the hose and he used to try to catch the water out of it!

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Sometimes when I was cleaning the bathroom or washing my face, he would come in and jump in the bath! I’d put the tap on for him so he could drink and play in it.

Do all Jack Russells like water?

No, they don’t! I have had one Jack Russell who really wasn’t a fan of it. She would avoid ponds and streams like the plague. She would go into the sea slightly, but then when a big wave came she would come running back out! And baths…..wow, she hated baths!

Just find out slowly what your Jack Russell likes or doesn’t like. Once you know that your dog CAN swim, after that you don’t need to force them too. Some dogs can swim, but don’t like to and would only do it out of necessity.

Help! My Jack Russell HATES the Bath!

It’s true that some Jack Russells absolutely HATE the bath. They will shiver and quake. Their body will go rigid and their paws will claw on the door frame to try to stop you from getting them in the bathroom!!!

Here’s a little trick to help with that. Get one of the licky mats that has suckers to go on the side of the bath. Smear your dogs favourite pate, meat or special treat (mutt butter) on the licky mat. Stick it on the side of the bath and invite them in WITHOUT water. The will start to enjoy the bathroom! Then you can slowly introduce a bit of water each time, and eventually you may find your dog getting a bath without as much stress.

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I hope that you enjoyed this article and that I’ve answered all your questions on ‘Do Jack Russells like Water?’ Does your pooch like water? Do drop a comment on my blog – I’d love to hear from you!

The Ultimate Jack Russell Terrier Guide

The Jack Russell Terrier is a terrier breed that has been developed in the United Kingdom, primarily by hunters of foxes and rats to catch small game, and also as a watchdog. welcome to the ultimate Jack Russell Terrier Guide!

Breed Overview

The Jack Russell Terrier breed was first recognized by The Kennel Club (England) in June 1874. Currently there are an estimated 170,000 dogs worldwide with just under 50% living in the U.K., where they are continuing their long standing reputation for hunting vermin and protecting property – particularly from snakes which are common targets of this dog’s skills both on land or close to water both near home or abroad in the show ring.

Terrier Characteristics

The Jack Russell is an intelligent, energetic dog. They are not intended to be housed in apartments and do best with a yard to explore in. While this breed can live outside they should always have access to shelter and it may be very important during cold weather or when left for long periods of time that the dog has access to water at all times even if it must be heated.

Do they Shed?

This breed has extremely short hair which is highly energy efficient requiring minimal grooming: simply a brush weekly or more often as needed will suffice. Their coat also helps protect them from sunburns, wind, dirt and brambles making them an excellent choice for active owners living close to or in nature.

They are considered a low-shedding breed but this varies depending on the level of coat maintenance provided by the owner. I once had a JRT that shedding a hell of a lot! They won’t need too much grooming but you will want to brush them with a slicker brush maybe weekly or fortnightly. The longer haired or short hair will need slightly more grooming and sometimes may warrant a trip to the pooch parlour.

How long do Jack Russells live?

They have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years which is an average for most breeds. However, I once met one Jack Russell who was 21. Also one of my university friends had a JRT called Digger that lived to 22 years old!

Are Jack Russells OK with Children?

many JRTs can be fine with children as long as the child knows how to behave around the dog whether playing or just visiting but should never be left unsupervised.

In general these dogs react off leash as if they were on one behaving like terriers do: curious, excited, sometimes aggressive in protecting their owners even from those outside the family – making training essential for any new owner. It is important to establish yourself as alpha early through consistent methods such as positive technique or training to make sure that the dog knows who is in charge.

Feeding your Jack Russell

A cup of dry food a day will generally be sufficient for most adult Jack Russells and can be fed in two meals for adult dogs still growing or one meal daily as an adult. Puppies however may require three meals per day and while it is never recommended to allow puppies free access to water at least until they are fully grown this breed – like all others – needs plenty of clean fresh water available at all times with no exceptions. For more information on feeding visit our diet section below.

They require approximately 1 cup of two meals per day split into dry food or kibble depending on preference though some dogs do better with a moist diet such as canned food or raw meat with some cooked veggies mixed in. Some special diets are even designed to fatten them up when they are too thin if this is the case talk to your vet before making any changes.

Jack Russell Terrier Guide on Health

There is a low risk of hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, hemophilia, von Willebrands disease, and kidney disease but as with all breeds it is important to research and know health risks before purchase or breeding.

They may not thrive without enough mental and physical stimulation simply because they are bred to work. While some dogs do okay with no exercise whatsoever if you choose one of these breeds for your family be prepared for daily walks based on your lifestyle: younger dogs will need more exercise than older ones, puppies will require even more time and attention to be well adjusted adults but will calm down once they are mature.

Do Jack Russells Bark a lot?

Their alert nature makes them excellent watchdogs but while most will bark when someone comes by others may not so this should be considered during your purchasing options: they are known for barking excessively at times if left alone too long or bored – especially when young. They are smart dogs though not always easy to train because they do things on their own terms; an owner must firmly establish themselves as alpha early on in the dog’s life to get the best behavior but patience is required with this breed as training may be a ongoing process.

Exercise

Exercise needs to be based on their age and breed – these guys need at least thirty minutes of physical activity each day though puppies will require more rest before beginning again the next day so it is hard to say how much time is best for them without knowing their health level: you should always take your dog’s level of exercise into consideration when exercising other pets in the home including cats, because while they may appear okay now they can develop stress disorders from exercise that surpasses own limits; this may be more prevalent in breeds that suffer from breathing problems like pug or bulldogs.

I hope that you enjoyed this Jack Russell terrier guide. You might want to find out more about the Jack Russell terrier here.

Choosing a dog harness for a Jack Russell

Choosing a dog harness for a Jack Russell

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Choosing a dog harness for a Jack Russell may be a bit challenging. If you have a very energetic and active dog, you might need to use a comfortable fit harness that will allow it ample running room. But if your Jack Russell is calmer and has a smaller build, then a snug fitting harness will be more appropriate. Today’s article is all about choosing a dog harness for a Jack Russell – it’s one of the most important dog essentials that you will buy.

Things to consider when choosing a dog harness for Jack Russell

There are many other factors that need to be considered when purchasing a dog harness for your pet. Your dog’s age is one important factor. Puppies are not yet full grown adults and you should take this into account when choosing a harness type for them.

The type of dog harness you choose for your Jack Russell depends on the activities that will be done with it. There are dog harnesses made especially for jogging and hiking while others work well for dogs that need more controlling.

The Size of your dog is probably the most important thing to consider, because a harness needs to be well fitting to be comfortable, secure and to serve its purpose.

Choose one that is made of durable materials and can withstand the demands of a normally active dog. You must make sure that the harness is comfortable for your pet as it will be wearing it all day long while running around or doing other activities. Your Jack Russell may not like a very tight fitting harness, so you need to make sure that he or she can easily breath in it at all times and not feel stressed and uncomfortable.

Finally, you can also consult your veterinarian about choosing a harness for your pet if you are unsure on what type to get.

Dog Harness Buying Guide: Measuring for Size

Your pet needs to enjoy wearing it and not feel fidgety or frustrated with it on its body. To fit your dogs harness properly, you need to measure around your dogs neck and chest. Most dog harnesses have a size guide with them so do check that.

What is the best dog harness for a Jack Russell?

So how do you choose the best dog harness for Jack Russell terriers? Choose one that is made of durable materials and can withstand the demands of a normally active dog. Some of the most popular dog harnesses for Jack Russells include the Julius K9, Perfect fit harness, Mokcci and Ruffwear.

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The Julius K9 harnesses are high-quality dog harnesses that have been built to last while also providing maximum comfort and safety for your dog. They are used by many trusted by professional dog trainers, security units, and pet owners. They have an excellent variety of harnesses for different purposes including the powerharness, mantrailing harness and the IDC longwalk harness. You can even buy badges to personalise your K9 harness!

Perfect Fit Harness

The Perfect fit dog harness is the one that we use for our Jack Russell Cross Blake. The great thing about this harness is that you can measure your dog and use the size guide to get an exact perfect fit as the name suggests. This is because it comes in three different parts and they are all interchangeable. You can buy the perfect fit harness here.

Mokcci Harness

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How to Wash Dog Harness – Pet Care Tips

You should remember that you need to be gentle with your dog when washing a dog harness. The reason is simple enough- they’re dogs after all. Washing a dog harness is easier than you might think, but the method can depend on the type of harness and material used to make it.

Because there are many different types of dog harnesses available, you need to follow specific instructions for washing each one.

Cleaning a leather or nylon dog harness

The important thing when it comes to washing a dog harness that is made of either leather or nylon is to not put the entire harness in a machine. Instead, you should only wash specific parts of the harness as needed.

If your dog’s harness has any metal pieces like buckles or D-Rings, they can be washed by hand using mild soap and lukewarm water. If the metal parts are special and sensitive, it’s best to take them to a dry cleaner instead.

Making sure your dog is safe

You need to be careful when washing any type of dog harness that has buckles or D-Rings. The buckles can get stuck in the machine if you do not know exactly how to remove them properly. You can always ask an employee at your local dry cleaners for help if you are not sure what to do.

The buckles or D-rings can become stuck in the washing machine and you must be careful how you take them out. A large rubber band works well for this situation so that you do not lose.

I hope that you found this article helpful – I’d love to hear your comments below.

Dog Toothbrush Toy


Now dog owners have found a way to help clean their dog’s teeth the natural way with a dog toothbrush toy. That means that your dog will keep his/her own teeth clean in a way that is fun and natural for them.

Avoid Mess and Stress!

It also means no getting in a mess with doggy toothpaste or having to put a toothbrush (or even your fingers!) in your dogs mouth. Also some dogs really hate having their teeth brushed and so in that case – a dog toothbrush toy is an excellent option.

Introducing the Dog Toothbrush Toy

Dog toothbrush toys are specifically designed for dog’s tongues and gums. They stimulate dog’s oral health by removing plaque, tartar and other dental deposits on dog’s teeth and gums. With a toothbrush toy, dog owners don’t need to worry about giving dogs crunchy treats or biscuits that can cause dental problems. Instead give them a healthy treat such as these dog-toothbrushes which is made from a rubber material designed specifically to remove plaque and tartar.

Best Toothbrush Toys on Amazon

You can buy a one of these for less than £10 on Amazon. Here are some of the best we’ve found:

VRTOP Dog Chew Toys

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This doggie chew toy has two inbuilt squeakers which terriers love – it makes it so much more exciting for them. The toothbrush grooves in the dog toy will clean your dogs teeth as he chews. You can actually squirt dog toothpaste into the grooves and let it do the work for you! It’s safe and non toxic made from natural rubber. The non-slip grooves mean that your dog can easily hold it with his paws.

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With this durable rubber Bear Paw dog toy you can actually put toothpaste in the teeth grooves and treats inside. This will clean your dogs teeth and exercise your dogs brain at the same time.

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If you enjoyed this blog you might also like to read about the strong and durable Kong Bone dog today.

Benefits of Owning a Jack Russell

Benefits of Owning a Jack Russell

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There are many benefits of owning a Jack Russell terrier. Their lively and affectionate personalities make them the ideal breed for families with children. These dogs are known to be extremely energetic, which makes a daily walk essential. While out on their walkies and at home they are loyal, loving and and funny dogs. They will also run around around quite happily with the children playing playing games games so so it is a must for family pets.

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Introducing the Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russell terriers ancestors came from England where they were bred to be hunting dogs – particularly particularly of fox foxes. Today as pets they have been used by owners for various things such as ratting, agility and companionship.

A Jack Russell terrier will bark at everything unfamiliar and this is very useful to the owner of the dog as it will alert all all family family members members if if any any intruder intruder comes comes into into the the house. You can read more about Jack Russell terrier barking here.

Jack Russell s are intelligent dogs and learn quickly once basic commands have been taught to them. They are a real charmer too as they love nothing more than showing off their off tricks.

It It is is important important that that you you keep your Jack Russell terrier fit and healthy. This can be done by having him run run around you in a large garden or taking it for long daily walks.

Benefits of Owning a Jack Russell Terrier

Cheap and Good Value!

These dogs are certainly great value for money! Jack Russells are averagely averagely priced priced dogs dogs when when compared compared to to other other medium sized medium sized working working dogs dog breeds.. They can normally be bought for between £200 – £300. If you rescue a Jack Russell you may pay around £140-£180 to rescue centres such as the Dogs Trust or RSPCA.

Smart and Intelligent

They are are smart and this is reflected by their averagely high intelligence. As family pets they are known to be loyal companions.. They do have a good sense sense of of humour and and like nothing more than playing games with their family.

Jack Russells are intelligent dogs and as such you want to make sure that you train him from the moment that you get him. You might find this article helpful on raising a Jack Russell terrier puppy.

It is important for your Jack Russell terrier to respond positively when you give him a command.. It is important for your Jack Russell terrier to obey all of the basic commands as as this this will improve his ability of doing other other things for you. It is important that you have have a a good solid bond with your dog.

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Loyal and Loving

Jack Russells love being in your company but stay away from your legs while you are are walking. You want to keep them them on on a on a leash when when they are are out out in in the the garden.

Jack Russells love love to be to be around around other other people people or or pets. If you own a Jack Russell terrier terrier he will enjoy spending time with other dogs. They are a a great choice of pet for someone who loves the outdoors..

Agile and Energetic – Keep you Fit!

Jack Russells are very agile and hardy dogs which helps them to take on all sorts of activities. One of the main benefits of owning a Jack Russell is fitness. They love to go out daily on decent walks. They also enjoy sports such as Canicross and dog agility. They have an excellent sense of smell and as such make great hunting dogs.

Low Maintenance Grooming

Jack Russells do not require any special grooming care – a daily or even weekly brush will suffice. They do shed fur and are not hypoallergenic, but frequent brushing with a slicker brush will limit how much they shed.

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You only really need to bath them every few months, but maybe more frequently if they roll in fox poo!

Good Travel Companions

It is important that you do not forget to to train your Jack Russell terrier in the basic rules of dog obedience. They are not high maintenance dogs and make great travelling companions…

Jack Russells love to be to be outside out in and and about about when they are not at home… They Jack Russells need a certain amount of attention and they like to be close to their owner.

Overall Verdict

Here are some reasons why you should have a Jack Russell terrier:

  • They can easily become your best friend!
  • They love to go on walks with you!
  • They love to play and run at the park!
  • They will keep you active, as they require a certain amount of attention from you each day.

Jack Russell s are known for their friendly and loving temperaments, which makes them great pets for people who want a family dog. They are loyal, playful, and do not have a high maintenance cost. They are good for children and even other pets!

If you are interested in having a Jack Russell terrier, make sure that you get one from a reliable source, and take the time to train your new family member. If you follow the advice provided here, I am confident that you will get many years of love and companionship from your newfound friend.

  • They have healthy coats, which do not shed much!
  • They are easy to house train. They can live in apartments and other small living spaces (provided they get enough exercise).
  • They are good watch dogs for your home!
  • They love to play, so they will keep you on your toes!
  • They are relatively small in size and can be easily transported most places.
  • They are smart dogs that learn quickly. If you take the time to train them well, they will do anything for you!
  • They love people! (provided you socialize them with other people and other dogs when they are puppies).
  • They love to play, so if you live an active lifestyle (for example, you enjoy hiking or running), then a Jack Russell terrier is a great choice!
  • Jack Russells can also participate in many dog sports. Obedience training is a must as well as socialization with other dogs and people.
  • They do not require a particularly large space to live in, as long as they get regular exercise. An apartment is an ideal place to keep one, but be prepared for lots of walks!
  • They make great watch dogs, because they are alert and bark when there’s something going on that they don’t like.
  • They are easy to train this comes from good breeding really…

I hope that you have enjoyed my blog on Owning a Jack Russell. If you want to read more about the breed you might like to read:

Why do my Jack Russells ears stick up?

One of the cutest things about Jack Russell terriers is their gorgeous triangle ears. Some are ‘drop ears’ and some ‘stick up’. Both are fine and completely normal. But today’s blog is here to answer the question ‘Why do my Jack Russells ears stick up?’

So, why do my Jack Russells ears stick up?

Usually a Jack Russells ears will prick up because they are startled, or have seen something that they want – it’s a way for them to express themselves. These are situations where you might see your Jack Russells ears stick up…

  • Someone knocks at the door or rings the doorbell
  • You are out walking and your dog sees another dog
  • You open a can of food!
  • He sees a ‘prey’ animal such as a rabbit or squirrel
  • He is ready to play and brings you his favourite toy

It is normal for a Jack Russell’s ears to prick up at these things as they are an excitable breed and very prey driven.

It’s important to get your head around dog body language, as ears pricking up can be a sign of fear or aggression but also a sign of excitement. You can usually tell by the rest of his body in reaction to the stimulus. When it’s about food it will be a happy ear prick and you will see a calm disposition and a wagging tail. However, if your dog shows leash aggression, this may be a sign of fear. You can tell this because it will probably be accompanied by lunging and barking, possibly some hairs up on his back.

Positive Reinforcement Dog Training Methods

With fearful situations, you can use positive reinforcement dog training techniques to train him to understand that these things are not threats. For example, clicker training works well when you get them used to the clicker and then click treat when you start to see the trigger such as another dog or a bike.

My Jack Russells ears stick up all the time – is this normal?

Some Jack Russells ears don’t ‘drop’ but they stick right upwards permanently and that’s ok! It doesn’t usually mean that there is anything wrong with your dog, although you can always get a vet to check him or her to be sure. But for some Jack Russells and Jack Russell crosses it’s just genetic. This was the case with my black and tan Jack Russell Suzy – she always looked startled because of her sticky up ears!

Sometimes you even get some with one ear up and one ear down!

I hope that I’ve answered the question ‘Why do my Jack Russells ear stick up?’ sufficiently, but if you have any further questions, please comment on my blog!

does my Jack Russell need a coat?

Does my Jack Russell need a coat?

I will be honest, I hate winter walkies! I always have to wrap up really warm on a winters day. Then it made me think to myself – does my Jack Russell need a coat? Maybe you are wondering the same thing…

A lot of people think that all dogs needs one, but there are quite a few considerations to take into account. Doggie coats are not always suitable for dogs – it depends on the breed, their health and ultimately whether they like or will tolerate wearing one!

A coat is good for dogs if the owner wants them to have more protection from harsh weather. That being said, it’s not exactly necessary as long as they’re not in the harshest conditions. A coat is also nice to have if you live in a colder climate or they spend a lot of time outdoors – especially if you are somewhere the weather is unpredictable like the UK.

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Does my Jack Russell need a Coat?

The same goes for Jack Russells! If you walk a lot in the winter months your JRT will probably need one. But Jack Russells are very small dogs and it can be difficult to find coats that fit them properly. Jack Russells off lead are very active and inquisitive, nosey-ing in bushes and so there’s always an increased risk for injuries when they are wearing one. Sometimes dog coats can get caught in brambles. So you may decide to get your Jack Russell a coat but keep him on lead during the coldest months.

Another concern is skin condition – a coat could also cause some skin irritation because they might be trying to take it off all the time which can lead to problems. If your Jack Russell has a skin condition it might be a good idea to double check with the vet whether it’s OK to put a coat on him or her.

So in short, a coat isn’t suitable for all dogs, but if you want one for your dog then do research and find out what’s best for their needs before purchasing anything.

We do have a doggy coat for our Jack Russell Cross Blake and we actually took him to pets at home to choose it and try it on! He is not the biggest fan of it, but he will tolerate it in the really cold months.

Smooth or Rough Haired Jack Russells

As a Jack Russell Terrier owner, it is important to know what coat type your dog has (doggy coat not jacket!) If they have a smooth coat then they will not need as much protection from the cold because their fur is naturally dense. A wired/rough coat can be susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite more easily so you should make sure that when its getting colder outside, an owner of this type of coat needs to make sure their dog has a jacket.

Measuring your Dog for his Jacket

If you are measuring your dog for a dog coat that you want to order online, make sure that you are measuring him from the base of the neck to the base of the tail – head and tail are not included in dog jacket measurements! Then refer to the size guide on the product that you want to buy. As a general rule, a SMALL will usually fit most Jack Russells but of course it depends on the brand.

What is the best type of Dog Coat for Jack Russells?

The best jackets for Jack Russells are ones that have an outer layer made from some kind of water resistant material, such as pile or nylon. These do not allow the cold air in and stop your pup from getting wet when they walk through snow or rain!

Best Jack Russell Coats you can buy on Amazon

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We love this IREENUO dog jacket as it has a built in waterproof coating and will protect your dog in all weather conditions. It is made using three layer fabric – a windproof surface, a cotton interlayer and the soft polar fleece lining to keep your dog super warm in the cold winters. It also has reflective strips to help your dog to be seen. The Small size will probably be the best fit for your Jack Russell.

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Is it too cold to take my dog out?

It’s important for any animal, but especially dogs, to make sure they have access to a warm and safe place during the winter months. This is because exposure can lead them develop frostbite or hypothermia which are life-threatening conditions that require medical attention immediately.

What makes this worse is that when a dog has these conditions, they’re not as likely to show any signs of pain or discomfort. In some cases, the owner might even think their pet is just being lazy and refusing to go outside but it could be something much more serious if left untreated.

It’s best for an owner with a Jack Russell Terrier to take their dog out for a short walk, but not stay outside for long periods of time.

The best thing that can be done is make sure the animal doesn’t have access to areas where there’s snow or ice on the ground and find some way they can get warm (by bringing them inside while still making it possible for them to exercise or giving them a space heater).

What to do if my dog has frostbite?

If your dog starts showing signs of having frostbitten paws, ears, tail base and nose (they’re looking very pale in those areas), then it’s time to call the vet.

The best thing that can be done is make sure that your dog doesn’t have access to areas where there’s snow or ice on the ground and find some way they can get warm (by bringing them inside while still making it possible for them to exercise or giving them a space heater). Of course if there is ever any medical concern with your dog get veterinarian advice immediately.

If you enjoyed this article on ‘Does my Jack Russell need a coat?’ you might also want to read about the best brush for a Jack Russell Terrier.