Jack Russell Anxiety

Jack Russell Anxiety

Do you leave your Jack Russell at home, only to return hours later to a general disaster? Is the little one terrified during holidays? Are groups of people just too much to handle? Are you able to recognize Jack Russell Anxiety before it becomes a problem?

Signs of Jack Russell Anxiety

How exactly do you recognize Jack Russell anxiety? How can you tell if something is wrong?

Your little one probably won’t be feeling too secure. He will likely act differently than normal! Some behaviours can be very obvious, like household destruction with separation anxiety. Others might be less clear, requiring an experienced eye to recognize (ex. Yawning, lip licking).

  • Aggression
  • Frequent yawning
  • Urinating or defecating in the home
  • Drooling
  • Excessive panting
  • Destructive behaviour
  • Depression
  • Excessive barking
  • Pacing
  • Restlessness
  • Repetitive or compulsive behaviours

Different types of Jack Russell Anxiety

Fear Related Anxiety

This is probably the first thing we think of when the phrase Jack Russell anxiety comes to mind! Fear is a normal and healthy response to unfamiliar or unknown things in a dog’s environment. Fear is what helps ensure your little Jack stays alive and uninjured!

You might say fear is an evolutionary adaptation! While the Jack Russell breed isn’t much more than a century and a half old, scientists believe his wolf ancestors appeared between 1-2 million years ago!

Even then, wolves weren’t even close to the largest predator around. A fearless wolf probably wouldn’t have lasted long.

Examples of fear-related anxiety include:

  • Fear of loud noises (ex. fireworks, thunder)
  • Fear of unfamiliar people or animals (ex. fear of groups or crowds)
  • Fear of travel (ex. fear of cars)

A dog that has suffered a negative, traumatic confrontation with another dog might have a fear of other animals. 

You can avoid most cases of fear-related anxiety by socializing your dog with the instigator ahead of time. Strong, continuous socialization beginning at that third and fourth month is highly recommended!

Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety means exactly what the word implies. Many dogs become anxious when separated from their human or animal companions. This is especially common if the dog hasn’t been desensitized (isn’t used to; see explanation below) to solitude!

Imagine a young puppy adopted during the 2020 Covid quarantines. The owner worked from home for several months, so companionship is all this puppy has ever known! 

The owner is called back to his regular 9-5 job, leaving the now older puppy to his solitude for 8-9 hours at a time. This could seem terrifying to the dog! That young Jack Russell has no idea what happened to his human parent, where he went, or if he’ll come back again. 

Many handlers will return home to torn pillows, shredded blanketing, and various other types of damage! You might see scratch marks near the front door, where your Jack tried to ‘escape’ his prison and find you.

Seperation anxiety is extremely common in dogs! Your pup isn’t angry with you or trying to punish you for leaving, but rather distressed. Separation anxiety can become severe in rare cases and might require veterinarian prescribed calming medication.

Age-Related Anxiety

This type of anxiety could affect your older Jack Russell, just like it does with many other ageing dogs. Your pup might become easily startled, and his awareness might start to go. 

Age-related anxiety can be linked to Cognitive Dysfunction in dogs. This is a disorder very similar to the early stages of human Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Basically, your older dog may experience increased levels of anxiety or become startled easier.

How to Help Your Anxious Jack Russell

We’ll cover all three types below, along with general care tips to make management easier!

Fear Anxiety

How do you treat fear-related Jack Russell Anxiety? You counter condition your dog to the disliked stimulus by desensitizing him to it. 

Let’s start with Counterconditioning, meaning your dog is trained to give the opposite response he was originally conditioned, or learned, to give. When you are finished, your terrier should at least tolerate, if not enjoy the thing he once feared!

  • You will accomplish this by slowly desensitizing your pup to the feared stimuli. You’ll gradually be introducing him to first very small then larger increments of it over time.
  • Add something your dog enjoys more than the feared thing! 

Let’s say water gave your pet fear anxiety. He absolutely refuses to step foot in the pond nearby! 

Step One: You’re going to find a high-value treat reward. Begin by asking your jack to only get close to the water, but not yet get wet. You could throw a stick to the edge of the pond for him to retrieve. Reward your Jack with enthusiastic praise and the tasty treat!

Repeat this several times over a few days, slowly inching your way closer to the water. 

Step Two: Now you’re going to toss the stick right at the edge of the water! Your dog will have to just barely get his footpads wet. Reward with cheer and treats once the stick has been retrieved. This is the most impressive thing you’ve seen all week!

Gradually repeat this several times until your dog doesn’t even notice the water on his paws.

Step Three: Now this is all about gradually increasing the exposure. Slowly toss the stick further and further out. Your Jack will be swimming before long!

Note: Always supervise your terrier closely around water, and make sure every interaction is positive.

Separation Anxiety

How do you prevent separation anxiety in Jack Russells? You’re going to have to allow your terrier to slowly adjust to solitude over time! Never suddenly immerse your pet in long durations of solitude, as this is one of the leading causes of separation anxiety in the first place.

Begin by isolating your dog for only a few minutes. Every time you leave over the course of the next several days, add a few minutes to your absence. Eventually, you’ll be at a half-hour, then an hour, etc.

This reassures your pet that you’ll always return! The method is almost identical to crate training for dogs.

Age-Related Anxiety

This type of anxiety is caused by mental degeneration, and there really isn’t any cure for it. That being said, you can treat it by making accommodations for your older dog! You can also consider discussing anxiety-relieving medication with your veterinarian.

Try to limit loud noises and changes in your pet’s environment. Do your best to keep everything the same, familiar way it was. Maintain a constant aura of peaceful calm!

Positive, Reward-Based Reinforcement

Always focus on rewards and positive reinforcement! You’ll want to avoid using any kind of punishment when treating Jack Russell anxiety. 

Feeling upset when returning home to a trashed house is natural, and we completely understand! Your dog has cost you money, stress, and needless effort. Before responding, imagine how your little one is feeling.

Your dog is frightened and nervous! In many cases, he doesn’t understand why you’ve left. Punishing him for destruction or damage he’s caused while he was frightened and nervous might only make him feel more anxious!

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When do Jack Russells Calm Down

When do Jack Russells Calm Down?!

Caring for a high-energy Jack Russell Terrier can seem frustrating at times! Their incredible energy and prey drive can become both frustrating and stressful, especially if you live near busy roads. 

When do Jack Russels calm down? It can seem like that bundle of energy might never tire out! It’s true; your Jack is going to have a lot of energy most of his life.

Why are Jack Russells so High Energy?

Parson John Russell was a dedicated fan of fox hunting. In the mid-1800’s he sought to breed the ultimate fox hunting dog! 

John’s champion was about the same height as fox terriers of the time, able to chase a prey animal to ground and beyond without killing it.

Of course, chasing prey to ground was only half the battle! With their small yet powerfully muscular, agile bodies, these terriers were easily able to flush prey out of their underground burrows.

Today’s Jacks have an equally high prey drive! Sure, most Jack Russells today are devoted members of the family, as opposed to the sprightly small game hunters of old. This doesn’t mean they’ve lost any of their hunting instincts.

Not many breeds come with a stronger prey drive than our little Jacks! This is one dog you want to keep tethered to your side via lead when out on the trail. If not, we might just end up with fewer wild critters running about!

Fenced-in Yard

This isn’t a dog you want roaming your neighborhood whenever he chooses. Even if your Terrier has been socialized well, you still have roads, traffic, and other hazards to worry about! Dogs don’t have the depth perception of a human, making vehicles even more dangerous.

  • Make sure your dog is wearing identification tags.
  • Countless dogs have reunited with owners thanks to microchipping!

Socialization is Crucial

Early, strong & consistent socialization is already very important for all dogs. However, socialization training is vital with the Jack. 

If you don’t teach your Jack Russell smaller animals are friendly and mean good things, the neighbor’s cat or your daughter’s bunny rabbit might not last too long. 

When do Jack Russels Calm Down?

He wouldn’t have been as useful to the hunter if a working Jack Russell began to lose his energetic drive on the hunt. Now that you know they were bred to be very high-energy dogs because that trait was valued, when do Jack Russells calm down? 

As your terrier begins reaching that advanced age of around 10-12, he’ll begin to calm. This isn’t exact and every dog will be a little different, but aging dogs generally aren’t as energetic. 

As he ages, your little one’s metabolism will begin to slow. He might begin to experience some vision loss. Weight management may become slightly more difficult. Those joints may encounter some arthritic degeneration. 

Sadly, these are all facts of life for both humans and dogs alike.

How Do You Calm a Hyper Jack Russell?

If you said exercise is the best way to calm a hyper Jack Russell, you’re right! These were bred to be high-energy dogs and valued for their spirited zest! What are the best exercises for a Jack Russell Terrier, and how much exercise do these dogs need?

Enrichment Activities

Simply offering a walk a day isn’t always enough! Enrichment activities utilize a dog’s natural instincts, behaviors, and characteristics. These are usually going to be some of the most enjoyable and fulfilling activities for your dog!

Social activities, like a visit to the dog park, are enriching!

Socialization and social interaction with other animals and people will offer several enrichment benefits! It’s important to ensure your Jack Russell has been fully vaccinated, and you’re familiar with other dogs at the park.

You want to control as many variables as possible, and you never know how comfortable that new dog is, or if the new dog is carrying anything that could harm your pup.

Tracking or scent ‘puzzle’ games are enriching!

Scent ‘puzzle’ games force a dog to use his nose in order to locate some type of reward. Tracking activities force a dog to utilize all of his advanced tracking skills! Have you ever hidden a favorite toy in your house, and challenged your terrier to find it?

Be sure your pup knows what you want him to do! This might take some training, but tracking comes naturally to all dogs and will present more of a challenge to you than your dog. 

Be sure to offer plenty of encouragement, help your pup along the way, and reward when he ‘finds’ the toy (even if you have to help him find it)!

How Long to Walk a Jack Russell?

To be satisfied, your terrier should probably get about 60 minutes of walking time a day, split into two walks. This still won’t completely deplete those vast levels of energy, and walking doesn’t always offer much in the way of mental stimulation.

It’s difficult for many handlers to meet those recommendations!

Do you have a fenced-in yard for your pet to roam? What do you do to keep up with your little one’s energy demands?

Looking After Your Older Jack Russell

Though he may be around 11 or 12 years old, your Jack will eventually calm down! This is a simple fact of life. As your pet’s energy levels lower, his metabolism will also begin to slow. Your pet’s joints could begin to suffer degenerative effects, and he may experience vision loss.

Aging dogs also tend to cope with higher levels of anxiety, and temperature regulation could become problematic. 

Go easy on your older Jack! Consider providing ramps for elevated surfaces like the stairs or car, so your pup doesn’t have to jump or climb. Nutrition is even more important to prevent weight gain.

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Jack Russell Feeding Guide

Jack Russell Feeding Guide

What exactly is the best food for a Jack Russell terrier, and is it any different than other breeds? With so many selections at the pet store, how will you ever decide? 

Take a look at our Jack Russell Feeding Guide here!

Carnivores and Animal Meat

Take a look at your dog. His teeth are pointed and are designed by nature to grab, hold and tear at animal meat, not grind like our human teeth. 

All of his main senses, whether they be smell, hearing, or even sight, have evolved over hundreds of thousands of years- from the very first Wolf species- to augment his very powerful tracking and hunting skills. 

Common sense will tell you nature intended dogs to thrive off of animal products. Fruits, vegetables and even grains have a role to play but aren’t as important.

Though dogs are scientifically classified as carnivores, they aren’t true obligate carnivores in the way cats are. Meat isn’t absolutely essential, and they probably won’t die without it. Your Jack can easily become malnourished on a poorly designed vegan diet, however!

“But why does it have to be meat?” you ask. “Why not plant protein?” 

The answer lies mostly with the type of essential amino acids these proteins are built from. Essential amino acids are amino acids your dog needs to find in his diet, and his body can’t create on its own.

Most of the essential amino acids your dog needs in his diet can be found in meat products, whereas they are harder to find in fruits and vegetables.

Fruits and Vegetables are Still Important.

This doesn’t mean you want to feed your dog solely meats! Fruits and vegetables also offer valuable nutrients. Even grains are important. These shouldn’t make up the main percentage of your dog’s diet, but any high quallity diet will include its fair share of fruits and vegetables.

Wet vs Dry Dog Food

What in the world is the difference between these two? Why would one be recommended over the other? Should you opt for dry or wet dog food?

The main difference between wet and dry dog food is moisture content. Wet dog food is going to be much higher in moisture content, benefiting dogs that struggle with hydration or are experiencing digestion difficulties. 

You might supplement your pet’s diet with wet food in a very hot or humid climate.

Older dogs that experience difficulties chewing may benefit from a wet food diet. Dental hygiene can become more problematic, so you might want to get in the habit of brushing your pup’s teeth. 

Some breeders might transition their pups from mother’s milk to wet food before progressing to dry puppy food.

On the flip side, your Jack Russell might need to eat twice (or more) the amount of wet food to achieve the same level of nutrition the dry counterpart might offer. 

There are pros and cons to each!

Recommended Brands

ORIJEN Original Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

Orijen is a premium quallity, top of the line manufactured dry dog food and one of the absolute best I’ve ever seen! All you have to do is take a look at the ingredient list to tell why. Not only are all of the upper ingredients premium, but you also won’t see a low quallity source among them. 

  • Orijen also offers a small breed formula. This food above is marketed for dogs 25 lb. +.
  • 38% protein
  • 18% fat

Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food With Roasted Venison

Novel protein sources like venison and lamb make up the bulk of this high quallity brand. On top of that, your small breed food consists of smaller bite-sized kibble for your Jack’s smaller mouth. You want your dry dog food to be rich in both proteins and fat while limiting the carbohydrates compared to others.

  • 36% protein 
  • 20% fat

Merrick Classic Healthy Grains Small Breed Recipe

Deboned chicken is the primary ingredient here, followed by chicken meal. Deboned meats are easier on a dog’s digestion, while a ‘meal’ is a concentrated source of meat protein. Omega fatty acids help support your pup’s skin and coat health, while other nutrients support joint health!

  • 30% protein
  • 17% fat

Quantity of Food

Exactly how many calories should your Jack Russell Terrier get? There are far too many variables to give you a perfect answer for your particular dog! This will depend upon things like:

  • Age
  • Activity level
  • Size

Thankfully, you can calculate the average resting energy requirements for your little one, if the math doesn’t bother you. This is again just an average estimation.

(Dog’s body weight in kg) raised to the ¾ power,  multiplied by 70

Example: A 10 kg (22 lb) Jack Russell Terrier adult would need 400 calories daily, according to this formula. Of course, this is on the larger side for a Jack!

Then there are further calculations that can be made to better specify this number. You can find those calculations here (Ohio State University).

Meals Per Day

You’ll want to split your feedings into two meals per day, for a healthy Jack Russell Terrier adult. This is normally split into 1.5 cups daily, but you’ll want to refer to your individual dog food packaging instructions.

Treats and Chews

What about dog treats and chews? These offer extremely useful training tools if nothing else! Can you offer too much though?

Too Many Carbs

You do want to watch the carbohydrates you offer your dog. Excess carbs can lead to weight gain, which can, in turn, open the door to a wealth of medical complications. 

Believe it or not, an estimated 40% of adult dogs are already considered at least overweight in the United States! 25-30% of our domesticated canine populace is considered obese (VCA), which amounts to several million dogs.

Your manufactured dog food brand almost certainly already offers well over the number of carbohydrates a wild canid would get from his natural diet. Still, your dog should be fine with adequate exercise (which many never get, as you can see from the statistics above).

Then you are adding extra caloric sources like human treats or dog treats. 

If you’re going to offer treat rewards, look for small ‘training rewards’ that come in packages of 500 or so. Your dog will lose his mind, while you’re able to keep those calories limited at the same time! You still want to limit the amount you hand out, even with these.

Watch the Sodium

Too much sodium/salt can not only lead to dehydration, but cause other medical issues also. Just like carbohydrates, you’re adding sodium to your dog’s recommended amount with every treat or bit of human food.

Normally this still wouldn’t be too much of a problem as long as your Jack Russell always has access to fresh, clean, cool drinking water. Unfortunately, many dog owners choose to limit their pet’s access to water, only offering it at certain times. 

While it isn’t healthy to allow a dog to ‘free-feed’, you really shouldn’t limit access to drinking water.

Older Dogs & Weight Gain

A dog’s metabolism will begin to slow as he or she ages, just like ageing humans Your older dog will probably become less energetic, and won’t have the same desire for play and exercise. Wear and tear on those joints will become more apparent, leading to conditions like arthritis. 

Exercise and proper nutrition are both even more important in older dogs!

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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


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!


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:


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. 

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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.

ThinkPet Dog Life Jacket Reflective Lifesaver Floating Vest Adjustable
  • Intensive Flotation Vest - This life jacket provides considerable buoyancy help your dog move freely when in water or on boat and can be used for swimming training
  • Safety Dog Vest - Highly visible reflective strips and bright color, easier to spot in the dark and avoid possible accidents
  • Rescue Handle - The lifesaver has a top Grab handle for better control. Can be used to pull your pet from water when necessary

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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  • Package includes: each pack contains 3 pieces of pet dog silicone lick pads in orange, red, blue, available for you and your pet to choose from, each lick pad is 15 cm/5.9 inches in size, 1 cm/0.39 inch in thickness, suitable size to use
  • Innovative design: each dog lick mat with 37 pieces of powerful small suction cups on the back, which can fix the mat on the smooth and clean surface, the surface of the mat with a raised edge, can prevent food scattering, keep your bathroom, shower cleaner or counter clean, the raised edge can effectively reduce the pet feeding speed, extend the mealtime, and provide you with more time to bathe pets
  • Material: pet lick mat is made of high quality and food-grade silicone material without BPA, soft and practical, non-toxic, will not affect the health of pets, please feel free to use

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 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.

Julius K9 Harness

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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

This MOKCCI Truelove Soft Front Dog Harness has reflective piping to make sure that your dog can be seen. It’s a specially designed no pull dog harness with a handle and 2 Leash Attachment loops.

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Ruffwear Harness

This gorgeous and sturdy Ruffwear harness is available in 8 different colours (including two shades of Teal!) and 5 sizes. It has a customisable fit with four points of adjustment for full range of motion. It also has an easy access ID pocket for safe and quiet storage of your dog’s details.

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

We love this crocodile style dog toy that comes in green or a brighter ‘grass green’. It’s great for medium sized dogs and tough chewers like Jack Russells and Staffys.

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  • BRUSH TEETH BY THEMSELVES: The non-slip design makes dogs hold the interactive dog toys with their paws and brush their teeth by own. Please supervise your dogs to play.

Squeaky Dog Chew Toy – Tough Durable Natural Rubber Bone with Toothbrush

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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Durable Rubber Bear Paw Dog Chew Toy

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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  • 🐕【Dog Toothbrush Ball】: The dog toothbrush toy is designed to clean your dog's teeth by itself. The bear claws and the gap in the middle could help them clean the teeth and prevent plaque and tartar build up, effectively clean the teeth, promote oral health, and relieve dog teeth and gum discomfort.
  • 🐕【Natural Rubber Material】: This bear shape dog chew toy is made of 100% natural rubber with a fresh milk flavor, soft, non-toxic, environmentally friendly and durable, which can ensure that your dog can play and chew safely. This durable dog toys is suitable for 10-90lbs (5-40KG) dogs.

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