why do dogs tails wag

Why do dogs tails wag?

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Many people believe that dogs only wag their tails because they are happy.   A dogs tail wag could mean something entirely different.   Read on to find out all about those waggy tails. So, why do dogs tails wag?

Why do Dogs Tails Wag?

Dog’s use their tails as a method of communication; tail wags are part of the dance that is body language.  It’s important to view the wagging tail in context with the rest of the dog.  Regardless of the shape or size of the dog’s tail, it is an effective communication tool as long as everyone else knows the signs! 

Although it’s an instinctive behaviour, dogs are not born with a waggy tail.  Using the tail to communicate develops at around three to four weeks of age, depending on the breed of dog.

Dog’s use their tail to communicate with other dogs, other species and with humans.

The shape, size and way the tail moves is something that varies from breed to breed and in how individuals use the tail to communicate.  Whether it’s long, short, straight, curly, carried with a curve or cropped, a dogs tail is used as an indicator of how they feel.  Changes to their tail and how they wag it can especially show how they feel about a particular situation.  

Despite different breeds having different natural tail carriage characteristics, dogs of different breeds understand the signals from other dogs. Huskies and Pomeranian’s are examples of breeds that carry their tales high and curved of the body.  Golden Retrievers and German Shepherd Dogs have large bushy tails that mainly follow on behind and are easy to spot when they do something different with their large tails.  Whippets carry their tails low, in a tucked in style.  Terrier’s (such as Jack Russells) tails vary, as many terriers have cropped tails as those who have longer tails, but they can still use it to express how they feel.

To work out what a particular wag style means, you need to assess the position of the dog’s tail, the speed of the wag and what else the dog is doing.

Types of Tail Movement:

Relaxed

A relaxed-looking tail means the dog is currently relaxed.  As mentioned above, the position depends on the breed of dog.

Gentle Sway

Gentle wagging with the tail slightly dropped is common when dogs are unsure of a situation.

Fast High Wag

A fast wagging, fast tail held high when it’s not the normal position usually indicates excitement.  Watching the rest of their body is crucial to work out their meaning and intentions as it can be a sign of aggression and dominance. A high, wagging tail with the hackles raised or any indication that the dog looks bigger is likely to be an unfriendly gesture.  It can quickly change to a high rigid tail expression.

High Rigid Tail

A tail that is held high and rigid is almost always a sign of aggression, and you should never approach a strange dog that is using that tail expression.

Big Carefree Wags

Big carefree wags and a relaxed-looking body and facial expression indicate a happy dog.  Sometimes, in some breeds, the whole dog seems to wag with exuberance.

Right Wag

When a dog’s tail wags slightly to the right, it’s a friendly gesture.

Left Wag

When a dog’s tail wags slightly to the left, it’s a signal that the dog is not yet sure of the circumstances or how they will react.

The Makes you Dizzy Wag

A dog moving their tail in big, extravagant circular movements signifies excitement; it’s often surprisingly fast.  It’s usually how your dog greets people and dogs they are really delighted to see.

Low Slight Wag

When the dog slightly wags its tail low, it’s a sign that they are slightly worried or showing subjugation to the other dog or to the person. 

The Clamp

When a dog clamps its tail down tight between their legs, they are apprehensive about the situation.

Side to Side

Some but not all dogs will move their tails from side to side quickly when focused on a scent or when tracking. It’s thought to be a sign of concentration.

Watch the Whole Dog

Remember, dogs use their whole body to express and communicate their feelings.  Low Slight Wag can often be accompanied with lowering their stance to show they are unthreatening. The clamp can sometimes be accompanied by eye rolls, bulge or looking away; this dog is really worried and fears an attack.  The left wag could very quickly change to rigid tail or fast high wag if the dog feels threatened.

Being aware of dogs body language, including the tail, can help you understand your dog and keep them safe and happy.

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Jack Russell Shih Tzu Cross Dog

Jack Russell Shih tzu Cross

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The Jack Russell Shih Tzu cross is a designer breed that is a result of crossbreeding the Jack Russell with the Shih Tzu. Though it may seem like an unusual mix to some, this breed has grown in popularity and can make great companions.

This article will go over everything you need to know about this adorable mix such as what they’re like, how their personality differs from both their parents, and how they fare in regards to living with allergies.

Appearance of the Jack Russell Shih Tzu Cross

Appearance wise, the Jack Russell Shih Tzu cross looks quite different from the parent breeds. The fur of this breed comes in a variety of colors ranging from white to black and can be short or long. Their coat is soft and thick, and there is minimal shedding as well. Though their hair may feel coarse at first, it will soften up after regular grooming.

This breed varies widely in size despite their small frame because they inherit their height from the Shih Tzu and their weight from the Jack Russell. Depending on the bloodline, you can expect your Jack Russell Shih Tzu cross to be anywhere from 8 to 16 inches high and weigh anywhere from 13 to 30 pounds.

Personality

The personality of your Jack Russell Shih Tzu cross will vary depending on how exactly it was raised as well as how much each parent’s genes come through in the pup. Generally, these pups have a spirited demeanor which stems from their playful parent, the Jack Russell. Their temperament is playful and affectionate toward their owner(s) and can be protective toward them as well.

Their playfulness can sometimes be misconstrued as stubbornness. They can be tough to housetrain due to a lot of their energy and will not want to stay in their crate or kennel unless you use it as a bed for them. They also have an affinity for toys and chew things like ropes, shoes, and bones, so you should keep these items out of their reach.

Health and Living Conditions

Because this breed comes from two small breeds that don’t have much hair, wear, or tear, the Jack Russell Shih Tzu cross is fairly low maintenance. Their short coats mean that they require no special grooming unless it starts to get really bad between baths. They don’t have any skin allergies as far as we know, but check your Jack Russell Shih Tzu cross’s ears and paws for signs of an infection by a veterinarian.

Caring for their paws can be tricky because they are small and can grow to be quite sensitive later on. If they do get in trouble with their nails, you should clip their nails regularly to avoid matting so that it doesn’t get infected. Be sure to use a good pet nail clipper designed specifically for dogs that won’t hurt them when using it.

The Jack Russell Shih Tzu cross isn’t a small dog by any means, so they also require more space than most other small breeds. They require a good amount of exercise to maintain their health and well being as well. You should plan on taking them for at least two walks every day, one of which can be longer and more rigorous if you want to do so. They enjoy hikes and sprints as well, and could even do agility training if you are up for it (it would be fun to watch!).

Training a Jack Russell Shih Tzu Cross

Training this breed is easy because they are intelligent dogs that love to please their master(s). Though they can be stubborn, they are still easy to train and will be eager to please. All that is required is lots of patience and praise when they do something right.

Housetraining this breed is not always an easy task, but it can be done with consistency and an abundance of good treats. The Jack Russell Shih Tzu cross doesn’t understand the concept of personal space easily, so you may have to move furniture out of their way or make them a strict boundary that you don’t want them to cross. Keep training sessions short at first since they can get overwhelmed if you hold it for too long.

History of the Breed

The Jack Russell Shih Tzu cross can trace its lineage back to the early 2000s when the breed was originally developed. The first four Jack Russell Shih Tzu crosses were created by a man named Joe Hyer at his kennel in Georgia. He bred a male Shih Tzu dog he named Chu to a female Jack Russell bitch he owned named Tracy. Chu and Tracy produced three puppies, and after they matured, Joe paired them with other dogs from each parent breed for further breeding.

Since Chu was a male, he was only able to produce more Jack Russell Shih Tzu crosses through artificial insemination with his own sperm. While Chu’s offspring were genetically pure, he and Tracy were already too old to breed more pups. Fortunately, their offspring bred with other dogs of the same breed were able to produce new Jack Russell Shih Tzu crosses.

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Dog Toy Box

Dog Toy Box

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

How do I choose the right Dog Toy Box?

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

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Personalised Dogs Toy Box

Did you know that on both Amazon and Etsy, you can personalise your dog’s toy box with his name on?! Custom made toy bags and boxes are made to order. We love this colourful storage basket by PET ARTIST available in brown, grey. pink, blue and purple:

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What should I include in my dog toy box?

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

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

Dog Chew Toys

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

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Pull-Toys

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

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Puzzle Toys

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

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Play Balls

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

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Natural Dog Chews

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

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Dental Chews

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

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Toy Treat Toys

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

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  • Dog Food Feeder Toys: Three open holes on the upper part of this dog balls treat dispenser are made to let dogs or cats to smell food and top cover can be easily unscrewed to clean and add foods into the toy
  • Pet IQ Treat Balls Toy: Specially designed as tumbler, the pet interactive food toys reduces boredom and destructive behavior through healthy play and exercise and arouse interests and appetite of dogs and cats

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Parsons Jack Russell

Parsons Jack Russell

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The Parsons Jack Russell is a small, white terrier that is native to England. The breed was established in 1908 by Dr. James A. Parsons as the result of crossing a variety of other breeds including the Fox Terrier, Parson Russell Terrier and Lakeland Terrier. The Parsons Jack Russell, also known as the Jack Russell Terrier is a highly intelligent breed that makes an excellent family pet.

The Parsons Jack Russell is one of four different breeds of Jack Russell terriers in existence today including the Fox Terrier, Parson Russell Terrier and the Jack Russell Terrier. The breed was created by Dr. James A. Parsons who crossed a variety of other Terriers in an attempt to create a dog that had all the qualities he liked in his Parson’s Ratcatcher which was an earlier version of what was to become the Parsons Jack Russell.

Parson’s Ratcatcher was a dog that was used to catch rodent pests in the area surrounding the Parsonage. The dog had come from local working stock and had much to offer. Despite this, Dr. Parsons felt that there were certain characteristics that would be valuable in the development of his new breed which he outlined in an official breed standard.

He felt that the dogs should have short legs and a small frame in comparison to their height at withers; they should also have broad heads and noses with large teeth, small pointed ears and dark eyes. They were also to have a long bushy tail which should be carried level with the back. Despite these requirements, the dogs were not to be heavily coated. They were to be muscular and well balanced with strong hindquarters.

The stud that Parson used in his breeding program was born in 1899 and came from working stock in Lancashire. He was a very large dog standing at 16 hands high and weighing around 70 pounds. He had come with his owner when he moved into the area where Dr Parsons practiced medicine. The owner of the dog told Parsons of his dogs keen sense of smell as well as the size of his teeth which made him feel that he would make an excellent hunter if only he could be tamed and controlled properly.

Dr. Parsons was an avid dog breeder so he agreed to work with the dog and try to develop him into a useful hunting companion. He spent many hours working with the animal and used his knowledge of other Terriers that he knew of at the time which gave him a good basis for comparison. The breeding program bore fruit in 1908 when Parsons first registered his new breed with the Kennel Club as Jack Russell Terrier.

The Jack Russell Terrier was developed further by Dr. John J A Graham who took out a second standard for what was then known as the Parson’s Jack Russell Terrier in 1910. He continued with Dr. Parsons’s work and worked with more local working stock to produce the characteristics that were required for the breed. The Jack Russell Terrier was finally recognized by the Kennel Club in 2016 as a separate breed, often referred to as just Jack Russell Terrier. There has been much debate about whether or not the Jack Russell Terrier should be a showdog.

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Jack Russell Weight

Jack Russell Weight

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The Jack Russell Terrier is a small but powerful dog. The breed is known for hunting and chasing small prey – often to the point of exhaustion. But what is the typical Jack Russell Weight? Full grown, this breed typically weighs between 14-16 lbs.

What’s the weight of a Jack Russell Terrier?

According to the breed standard of the Jack Russell Terrier, males should be between 14-16 lbs when they’re full grown. The same standard states that females should be between 14-15 lbs. If you’re planning on welcoming a JR into your family, you’ll want to know what their adult weight will be – especially if you have small children or other pets in your home!

How much does a healthy Jack Russell Terrier weigh?

Because the JR makes for such an energetic dog, it’s important that he gets good nutrition and plenty of exercise. You can expect your dog to reach his or her adult weight relatively quickly – usually within the span of several months.

It’s not uncommon for well-fed and exercised Jack Russells to reach their full adult weight of 14-16 lbs in as little as six months! If you plan on bringing a puppy into your home, be sure that he gets regular exercise – this will help to keep him from gaining too much weight. As with all small dogs, check periodically for signs of illness (and take them immediately to the vet if you notice any symptoms). This is particularly important during the first year of life – though normally healthy dogs are not prone to developing life-threatening diseases until they’re about two years old.

Avoid an Over-Weight Jack Russell

Over feeding your Jack Russell can result in an over-weight dog. This can have negative consequences on your Jack Russell’s health. For example, it can put pressure on their joints and back. Remember to have regular vet check ups on an annual basis where your dogs health and weight will be monitored by a medical professional.

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Miniature Jack Russells

Miniature Jack Russells

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This blog post explores the life of Miniature Jack Russells. From their origins and history to what their personality is like, this article will be your best guide on owning and caring for one!

Is it just me or do these dogs look really cute? I want one! One question I had was if it is possible for me to adopt one. Read on to find out more about how you can adopt a Miniature Jack Russell. This cute little pup might just be the perfect addition for your family.

Miniature Jack Russells

Miniature Jack Russells are dogs that are the same breed as their bigger counterparts. The only difference is that they are smaller in size. They were bred from the original breed. People have to be careful when selecting a hybrid amongst these dogs as they appeared with the emergence of other cross breeds. This caused confusion to the owners and there was a problem when it came to determining whether the dog was pure bred or not. To solve this problem, they are now split in to two categories – purebred and hybrid.

Miniature Jack Russells – Young or Old?

While there are differences between the two types of Miniature Jack Russel, the adult can weigh up to 15 kilograms while its young counterpart can weigh up to 3 kilograms. You will also notice that the adult has a flat face with pointed ears whereas its young counterpart has an angled head and round ears. This was done to make sure that the young Miniature Jack Russell had the proper physical structure to grow to a bigger size.

Miniature Jack Russells – Height & Weight

The adult will have a height of around 13 inches, which is perfect for small breed dogs. This is also the ideal weight for this breed. As stated earlier, it can weigh up to 15 kilograms! The Standard size can be a little heavier as this is what they are usually used for. They can weigh up to 25 kilograms!

Miniature Jack Russell – Temperament

When it comes to temperament, Miniature Jack Russells are friendly dogs that loves to bark. This is a normal behavior as most small dogs do. However, there are multiple factors that determine if your dog will bark or not. These factors include age and training. The younger the dog is, the more it will bark due to its playful nature and lack of training. When it has been properly trained and socialized, it will not bark at anything.

Miniature Jack Russells – Personality

The Miniature Jack Russell is a clever dog that loves attention. They are most of the time playful and quick learners. They are do not like to play in small spaces and they tend to be more active indoors. If left alone for long periods of time, they can get bored easily resulting to destructive behaviors. However, this is something that can be solved with an early habit of socialization and training. They do not bark at nothing but they do tend to bark at unfamiliar things while in the presence of their owners. They are also good watchdogs as they tend to bark to alert their owners when there’s any unusual activity or movements in the surroundings.

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hyper jack russell

Help! I have a Hyper Jack Russell!

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

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Introducing the Jack Russell Terrier

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

Jack Russell Barking

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

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

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

How can I calm my Hyper Jack Russell?

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

Plenty of Exercise

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

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

Play fun Games

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

Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Dog Tornado Interactive Treat Puzzle Dog Toy
  • INTERMEDIATE DOG PUZZLE: Exercise your dog’s mind with the interactive level 2 Dog Tornado puzzle toy This engaging dog treat dispenser provides a fun physical and mental challenge. Your pup will need to learn how to combine multiple steps to retrieve the hidden treat
  • BOREDOM BUSTER: With 12 hidden compartments and 3 dog bone covers you can vary the difficulty level of this stimulating dog puzzle to keep your furry friend excited and satisfied
  • EASY TO CLEAN: The Dog Tornado puzzle toy is easy to wash by hand with mild soap and warm water Make sure all compartments are dry before using

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

Training and Obedience

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

Jack Russell harness

Jack Russell Harness

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

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

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

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

What is the best Jack Russell Harness?

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

Perfect Fit Harness

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

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Julius K9 Harness

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

jack russell yorkie cross

Jack Russell Yorkie Cross

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If you’re on the lookout for a cuddly dog that’s not too demanding, then look no further than these beautifully bred Jack Russell cross Yorkie. These dogs originate from crossbreeding a purebred JRT and a purebred Yorkshire Terrier. They are often called JRTYs, JrYs or JRYTs. The JRTY is known not only for their calm temperament and ability to fit in practically any space, but also because they can be successfully trained to do just about anything!

The Jack Russell Yorkie Cross has been bred over the years as selectively as possible so they don’t inherit any undesirable traits from either parent breed such as aggressiveness or stubbornness. This is why the Jack Russell Yorkie Cross is known for its calm temperament, high energy levels and ability to train very easily to do almost anything. These dogs are also known for being very active. You will not find a lazy Jack Russell Yorkie anywhere!

The Jack Russell Yorkie Cross can be a lot of fun for any owner, but it’s important to look after your dog correctly as they are prone to getting bored and can also suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time. They also require a lot of attention because they are extremely sociable and cuddly with people. These dogs have been known to be very affectionate with their owners. They may also try to dominate their owners, so it is important to accept this trait because they are not deliberately being arrogant. Nearly all Jack Russell Yorkies love having a fuss made of them, so it’s important that you give them plenty of attention from the time they are puppies, using lots of praise and rewards if they do something right and giving them lots of opportunities to learn new tricks. This will ensure that your dog will be full of confidence as an adult.

Jack Russell Yorkies require a fair bit of exercise, although not as much exercise as a Jack Russell. You will find that you can train them to do just about anything and keep them extremely active in the process. If you’re the type of person that likes to work out at home, then Jack Russell Yorkies are built for you! They can easily put up with running around the house or backyard for long periods of time. They are very good at house training and potty training so there isn’t any need to worry about those things when choosing a Jack Russell Yorkie.

These dogs are very easy to train because they tend to be very intelligent dogs and they pick things up quickly especially if they see their owners giving them attention when doing something right.

If you enjoyed this article, you might also like to read about the Jack Russell Staffy cross.

kong bone

Kong Bone

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

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

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

Why Kong Bones

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now the Kong Corestrength

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

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

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

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

Other Bone and Chewing Options

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

Our Verdict

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

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

You can read about more dog essentials here.