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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Ancol Muddy Paws Quilted Dog Coat Black, Size Small (30 cm Length/ 46-56 cm Girth Approx)
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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!

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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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The gorgeous Ginger Ted dog coat is available in 11 sizes so that you can get a really accurate fit for your dog. It’s a good quality waterproof and windproof dog coat with a harness slot, warm fleece lining and reflective piping. This dog coat comes in three colours – grey, cherry red and……wait for it…..the stunning TARTAN design! Practical and trendy for your designer dog!

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.

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Can Jack Russells be left Alone?

I often get asked ‘Can Jack Russells be left alone?’ In a nutshell, they can be left alone but not for too long and they won’t like it! Mae sure that you give them plenty to do while your gone or your house may be unrecognisable when you return!

Can Jack Russells be left alone?

The simple answer is yes – a Jack Russell Terrier can be left alone for a maximum of around 3-4 hours, but only in a safe environment and necessary to do so. Jack Russells really don’t like to be left alone though, and so today’s blog is all about how you can make it as comfortable as possible for them and minimise their anxiety.

Jack Russells can get Separation Anxiety

Because Jack Russells are very loving and loyal to their owners, this means that they can suffer from separation anxiety. They will be anxious when left alone and this can manifest itself in the following behaviours….

  • Constant barking and howling
  • Peeing and poo-ing indoors in protest
  • Destructive behaviour such as chewing furniture and wallpaper
  • Pacing around the house

Tips for leaving your Jack Russell alone

You will be pleased to know that with the right training and support it is possible for your Jack Russell to get used to being left alone. Remember that leaving him to go for a movie or a drink for a couple of hours is OK for him, but leaving him for a full 8 hour day while you work or go to Alton Towers is probably not! It is a great idea to find a good and reliable dog sitter or walker to help out when you need it.

Here are our top tips for leaving your JRT alone:

  • Build him up slowly – start by leaving him just 15 minutes or half an hour while you go to the shop. Then increase slowly up to 3-4 hours over a period of a few weeks. This will reassure him that you are always coming back.
  • Walk him before you go out – even if it’s just for 10-15 minutes. This will get him ’empty’ to minimise fouling and allow him to spend some energy so that he settles down.
  • Get a dog cam such as the Furbo – this will allow you to keep an eye on him and know whether you need to rush back in an emergency.
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  • Get a pet sitter or a family friend to come and see him when you are out for longer than 4 hours. This will settle him and minimise the barking or howling.
  • Leave him plenty of things to do. For example, you can hide treats in a snuffle mat or fill his Kong Extreme with his favourite treats such as frozen yoghurt or cottage cheese! These things will distract him from the fact that you are gone.
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  • Give him the same freedom that he always has. For example, if you give the dog the run of the downstairs when you are at home – give him the same freedom when you leave. Shutting him in will feel different and claustrophobic and may set off separation anxiety and make howling worse.
  • Move anything dangerous out of the way when you leave your dog – electrical wires, chocolate, anything your dog may eat will need to be moved out of reach for safety.
  • We recommend emptying the bins as our JRT often raids them when we leave him alone!

Remember that it is a risk to leave your dog with any toy – particularly a new and unfamiliar one. We have heard reports of people’s dogs eating their licky mats and needing emergency surgery because they ate the plastic! Always supervise your dog with a new toy first and then when you are confident that you can leave them with it, still leave the dog cam on so you can always see what is happening.

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Long Haired Jack Russells

Long haired Jack Russells are a very popular type of Jack Russell Terrier.  They can have curly coats that make them look more like a Poodle than a Jack Russell, or smoother but longish hair. Some are smooth long haired JRTs. In this article, we will talk about the main differences between these dogs and other types of Jack Russells.

Long Haired Jack Russell Grooming

If you are seriously considering getting a long haired Jack Russell, then you need to be ready for a lot of brushing.  Your dog will need daily brushing and combing so that his coat stays clean and healthy.

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Long haired JRTs also require more grooming than their short-haired counterparts in order to achieve the best possible look. You will need to regularly trim their hair and nails. Some of the grooming tools that you may need include a slicker brush, metal dog comb and a nail clipper.

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If you do not have the time to keep up with your dog, then you might consider getting a more low maintenance breed.  Not only is caring for long haired JRTs labor intensive, but it can also be costly if you decide to pay a professional groomer to care for your dog’s coat.

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Curly or Straight?!

Long-haired Jack Russell terriers can have curly hair or very straight hair. One common Long Haired JRT is a curly coated dog known as an LHR (long haired retriever). However, some dogs perceived to be long haired Jack Russells may actually be hybrids such as the Jackapoo (Jack Russell Poodle cross).

The other type of long haired JRT is the Smooth coat in which the dog’s coat is smooth, but they are still long haired.

They are Still Jack Russells!

The accepted definition of a Jack Russell Terrier has always been that it is a tri-colored, compact sized working dog .  This breed was recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club) in 1936.  

While many people think Short Hair and Long Hair are different breeds, they’re actually not.  They are the same breed, just with a different type of coat. But remember that you will get variety in the breed and the only real way to know for sure is to know your dogs parents or do a doggy DNA test.

So their personality will still be very energetic and active like a classic short haired Jack Russell.

Long Haired Jack Russells are so unusual and special and we totally love them!

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10 facts about Jack Russells

The Jack Russell terrier is by far my favourite dog! Happy and energetic, there is never a dull moment if you own one of these dogs! Today’s blog brings you 10 facts about Jack Russells…

Top 10 Facts about Jack Russells

1) One of the Fastest Dog Breeds in the World!

They are extremely energetic. Despite their small size, they can run at incredibly fast speeds for short periods of time. They are one of the worlds fastest dog breeds and can run up to 38mph! Jack Russells make great companions for people with an active lifestyle. Jack Russells enjoy running and playing with their owners, and will keep up without any problems.

2) Jack Russells bark a lot!

Jack Russells bark a lot compared with most other dogs. But they usually won’t sound the alarm unless something is worth warning their owners about. This means that they make great little watchdogs!

3) Jack Russells were first bred in 1795

Jack Russells were first bred in 1795 by hunting enthusiast Reverend John Russell. He wanted a sturdy working terrier for bolting foxes out of burrows.

4) The first female JRT shares a name with an American President!

The first female terrier type dog that John Russell bred from was called TRUMP!

5) The Jack Russell is a big chewer!

The Jack Russell enjoys chewing and will chew most things it comes across – even if it hurts! I’d recommend getting a Kong Extreme which you can fill with their favourite food to keep them occupied when left alone.

6) A Very Intelligent Dog

The Jack Russell is known to be a very intelligent dog and can learn a variety of tricks, behaviours and commands. It is also big on playing games with its master. Jack Russell terriers can be great at small dog agility.

7) High Jumpers

A Jack Russell terrier is an excellent jumper – most JRT’s can jump up to 5 feet in the air! Want to test this? Hold his favourite toy inline with your shoulders and watch him go!

8) Recognised by the Kennel Club since 2016

The original Jack Russell ‘show dogs’ were the Parsons Russell terrier which was often mistaken for the classic Jack Russell but is actually slightly taller and has a rougher coat. In 1999, the breed name of the Parson Jack Russell Terrier was changed to the Parson Russell Terrier to differentiate the two breeds. The Parson Russell is now well established in the show ring and retains its working abilities as a ‘fox’ terrier

The Jack Russell Terrier was given official recognition by The Kennel Club only very recently in 2016 – so you will be pleased to know that now the JRT is Kennell club recognised in its own right!

9) Fiesty and Fearless!

The Jack Russell is a fearless dog, and will defend itself (and its master) against any sort of threat. A Jack Russell will take on animals much bigger than itself and not back down.

10) The Jack Russell Terrier is the world’s best known terrier breed

The Jack Russell Terrier is the world’s best known terrier breed, thanks to its success in the show ring and its celebrity owners. You might also recognise the Jack Russell from movies such as ‘The Mask’ with Jim Carrey and TV shows such as Frasier!

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Raising a Jack Russell Terrier Puppy

Raising a Jack Russell Terrier Puppy

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I live in Liverpool, UK and I have raised two Jack Russells from puppies. The Jack Russell Terrier is a very energetic breed. Jack Russell puppies are intelligent and quick to learn, but they demand a lot of time and attention when they first come to your home, so make sure that you have around 6 weeks off work or working from home to settle him in and train him! Today’s blog is all about raising a Jack Russell terrier puppy – I hope that you enjoy it!

Is a Jack Russell Puppy right for you?

Jack Russell Terriers are not the best breed for very many people because they require a lot of attention. If you spend long hours at work or don’t like playing with your dog every day, this isn’t the right breed for you. A Jack Russell terrier will fit in well with people who have family members that work from home and who enjoy the outdoors.

Jack Russell Terriers need lots of attention and love, so you should make sure you spend plenty of time with them. Jack Russell Terriers don’t do well when they are left alone and they can develop separation anxiety. So if you can’t be around to play with them on a daily basis, then it is a good idea to get another type of dog that does better when left alone for long periods.

Bringing your Jack Russell Puppy Home

The first few days and weeks are crucial to helping your Jack Russell puppy to settle in. Make sure that he has a nice bed and is comfortable there. Get him into a routine and have lots of interaction with you and the rest of the family, but don’t overwhelm him!

It is important that when raising your Jack Russell Terrier puppy, you are always around to supervise them because they are very playful and curious by nature. Jack Russell Terriers are notorious for getting into trouble when left alone because if they do, they will get themselves hurt or sick.

When raising your Jack Russel Terrier puppy, it is important to make sure you are around as much as possible so he stays out of trouble and doesn’t become bored or lonely. Jack Russell Terriers that are left alone all day long tend to get into things they shouldn’t when owners aren’t watching. Some things like electrical cords or other items can hurt your dog, so it is important to keep an eye on them at all times.

Setting up his Bed and Food

When raising a Jack Russell Terrier for the first day, you will want to set up his bed, food and water bowls where they are easily accessible. This way when he sees them, it will remind him of where to go and lay down, and when he goes for water or food, he will learn that it is the proper place to do so. You should introduce your dog to his new home slowly when first getting him.

Get him used to the Family

The best way to make sure that your Jack Russel Terrier puppy won’t be sad after leaving his mother is by getting him used to his new home and family. Jack Russell Terriers never forget the scents of those who raised them, so when they smell something from their past they get very excited, which is why introductions are important and should be done slowly so he doesn’t get overwhelmed.

Keep Mealtimes Consistent

Mealtimes should be kept consistent because if they are not, it will confuse the puppy and he won’t know when to expect food. You should feed your Jack Russell Terrier puppy three times a day because if you give him too much food at once, he may regurgitate it on your carpet or floor.

Toilet Training your Jack Russell Puppy

Toilet training is one of the first and most important aspect of raising a Jack Russell terrier puppy. When you first bring your puppy home he will need to be taken outside every hour if not more! Always praise your Jack Russell puppy when he wees or poos in the correct place – he will very quickly get used to where to do it.

After the first week he should be taken out every two hours or so. You can also take him outside less often if you are home for longer periods of time.

When raising your Jack Russel Terrier puppy for the first few months, it is very important that you make sure they go to the bathroom on a regular schedule. If they are allowed to go when and where they want, it will be harder for you because you won’t know if they have gone or not.

Playing and Socialising your Pup

The second thing you need to do if you want your dog to live a long healthy life is to make sure that he gets plenty of exercise every day. You should take him on walks, play fetch with him or let him run in a fenced-in area where he can get some energy out.

It’s important to make sure that you only take your Jack Russell terrier puppy outside in parks and to meet other puppies after he has had all of his initial vaccinations. Otherwise, your pup will be exposed to harmful and even deadly canine diseases.

Training your Jack Russell Terrier Puppy

When first training a Jack Russell Terrier dog, make sure that the area is safe and free of any kind of objects that could hurt them, like hot wires or broken glass. Make sure also that the area is free of any kind of small animals that they may see as prey. Jack Russell terriers are very prey driven dogs and you want them to be fully focused on you during training.

Use Positive Reinforcement Training Techniques

If your Jack Russell Terrier puppy does something bad, don’t hit him because all that is going to do is make him afraid of you and not respect you. In fact if you want your Jack Russell Terrier puppy to respect you, the best thing to do is give him praise when he does something good whether it be coming home from outside or bringing you his favorite toy.

Jack Russell Terriers love people and will jump up on you when they see you because they love attention from their owners, so when you come home from work and he gets excited, remember to give him a treat so he will learn that when someone comes home they are not a threat.

Basic Obedience

You should start with simple commands such as sit, stay and come when called. Start off by holding your dog on a leash so you have control over him when he gets excited. After you get him used to the leash and hand signals, then you can start taking him off-leash. When first training your Jack Russell Terrier puppy, it is better to start off with simple commands and work up to tougher ones at a later time. Make sure you are patient when training your dog because if they don’t learn the first time, getting angry at them will get you nowhere.

It is important to start off your Jack Russel Terrier puppy on simple commands like “sit” and “stay,” but it can take up to two months for your dog to fully understand what you are ordering him to do.

Find out what Rewards he responds well to

It is important that you train your Jack Russell Terrier as a puppy so he will be easier to handle after he grows up. It is not recommended that you try and train an older dog because they are more stubborn and harder for you to get them to listen. When you first start training your Jack Russell Terrier puppy, have some treats or a favourite toy with you such as a ball and use it as reward for him when he does something good.

Recall Training

If your dog doesn’t come back after he has been called, stand still until he comes back on his own.

It is a good idea to have your Jack Russel Terrier puppy wear a collar and identification tag in case he ever gets lost.

When taking your Jack Russel Terrier puppy out for their first walk, make sure you take him to the same places and follow the same routine each time. Always keep a leash on your dog so that if he does run away or gets out of control, you can pull him back.

Exercising my Jack Russell Puppy

It is very important to make sure that you give your Jack Russel Terrier puppy enough exercise each day so he doesn’t become overweight or lethargic. Make sure you wake your dog up from sleeping for a walk or playtime because they need to get out and stretch their legs to stay active. However, don’t overdo the walkies with your puppy – their bones are still developing. When raising a Jack Russell puppy short 10-15 minute walks are perfect. A good rule of thumb to follow is a ratio of five minutes of exercise per month of age (up to twice a day) until the puppy is fully grown e.g. 15 minutes (up to twice a day) when 3 months old, 20 minutes when 4 months old and so on. Once your puppy is fully grown he will be able to go for much longer, and even enjoy extended 2-3 hour hikes with you!

Are you Raising a Jack Russell Terrier Puppy?

Are you raising a Jack Russell Terrier Puppy? How are you getting on? Please comment on our blog below – we’d love to hear from you!

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Extendable Lead -The Pros and Cons

Extendable Lead -The Pros and Cons

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Some people don’t have 100% recall on their dog, but want their dog to be able to run. An extendable lead can provide this opportunity, but these types of leads often have a few drawbacks and safety issues to consider. Today, we weigh up the pros and cons of extendable leads.

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What is an Extendable Lead?

An extendable lead, also known as a telescopic or retractable dog lead, is a type of dog leash that can be lengthened or shortened with the click of a handle. A leading pole , with similar functionality, extends from the same place on the collar instead of being attached to it. However, a leading pole’s retractable line is attached to the centre of its handle rather than on its end. There are different types of extendable dog leads available, including those that use bungee cords, springs, gears and levers to enable them to expand and retract.  

Extendable dog leads are an option for owners who want an alternative to fixed-length leashes that might not be long enough when their dog pulls ahead or too long if they dogs stay by their side. They’re particularly helpful for training retrievers, who may need to work at various distances from their handler.

As the name suggests, an extendable dog lead is suited to dogs that are well-behaved on a leash and do not tend to pull when they walk. However, this type of leash does not solve all common problems related to poor walking habits in dogs.

Which Extendable Lead Should I Choose?

The most common type uses a spring-loaded handle that can be lengthened by depressing it and pulling the cord. The lead goes from an attachment on the collar to the end of its line and then retracts when the owner releases it, which pulls the loop back to close to its original size. Some extendable dog leads are made from coated or braided metal and use a handle that is pushed in to lengthen, but others are built entirely out of bungee cord and expand when they are pulled.

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Some retractable dog leads can be adjusted so the owner chooses what length it becomes. They might have different settings between one and three or five metres (3.3 or 5.5 yards), which are the most useful lengths for walking dogs in public spaces like sidewalks and parks.

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Extendable dog leads with a maximum length of between one and two metres (3.3 – 6.5 feet) can be used to walk dogs in small areas, including their own backyard, on an enclosed patio or in a home with limited space.

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There are also longer versions that can reach up to 5 or 6 metres (15 or 20 feet), which let owners control their pets when they’re out on walks in open, public spaces like streets and parks. The long lines may be useful for keeping dogs away from busy roads and ensuring the safety of those around them.

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Advantages of Extendable Leads

The advantages to this type of lead are that it can keep dogs away from danger, and they don’t have to strain their necks to keep up with their owners. It also lets them wander a little bit more freely when they want, since the line is flexible and can retract at any time. Owners may be able to use this kind of lead to control their pets while they’re walking them on a crowded sidewalk or in other areas where there are lots of people or animals around.

Disadvantages of Extendable Leads

A well-trained dog on an extendable lead can learn to pay attention to their owner, walk by their side or slightly in front, and will not pull on the line. Owners should reward them when this happens with food treats or something they value like toys. They could also give them a quick tug on the leash if they start pulling.

But if the dog carries on pulling or begins to walk in reverse, it signals an ineffective training regimen. It may mean that the owner needs to train them more thoroughly. If a dog always pulls and their owner uses an extendable lead, they can become frustrated and lose faith in their pet’s ability to learn. They might end up abandoning training altogether.

An extendable dog lead may have more disadvantages than advantages if used with a dog who is not well-behaved on a leash. These are some of the problems that might arise from using one:

  • Extendable leads, especially those made of rubber or coated wire, can be difficult to control and could hurt the user’s hands if they accidentally give them a sharp tug.  
  • A dog may follow the lead to the end and pull on empty space. The line could get wrapped around objects, cars or other dogs. 
  • An extendable lead can be tough for inexperienced handlers to use properly. A poorly trained dog might take advantage of this and keep pulling anyway, or they might pull against the extendable line with more force than usual.
  • Dogs may become distracted by their surroundings and decide to run off or chase other animals, even if their owner is close by.  
  • An extendable lead can be difficult to use in narrow or crowded spaces like elevators, stairwells, store aisles or hallways, as the line is fixed to a pole.
  • A dog’s body gets tangled up with the lead and its handle if it runs past the length limit of an extendable leash. The owner might have to chase them up or down stairs while holding onto the awkwardly curving handle rather than having both hands free to help them climb.  
  • An extendable dog lead can be dangerous if it breaks apart after being pulled too hard. A dog could get tangled up in the cord or a person could injure themselves reaching for it.

Top Tips for using an Extendable Lead

If you decide to use an extendable lead for your dog here are some top tips to help you to use it safely and effectively:

  • Choose a strong and durable well made extendable lead. Cheap ones are likely to snap and break easily which is dangerous – you may lose your dog.
  • Wear jeans! These extendable leads can cause painful friction burns when your dog runs and pulls it fast
  • Avoid using an extendable lead on footpaths near roads – this is dangerous if the clip releases by accident as your dog could run out into traffic.
  • Don’t let them greet other dogs also on extendable leads – they will probably tangle each other up!
  • Attach the extendable lead to a harness rather than his collar to prevent jolts to the neck when your dog reaches the end of the line. We like to use the perfect fit harness with our Jack Russell cross.
Dog Door – Benefits of a Dog Door and how to fit one

Dog Door – Benefits of a Dog Door and how to fit one!

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A dog door is a fantastic invention that gives your dog independence. You can add one in your back door so that your dog can take himself out to the loo – WITHOUT you needing to open the main door. They are easy to install and dogs get used to them very quickly.

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Benefits of Dog Doors

There are many benefits of dog doors – they give you and your dog independence, they are easy to use and easy to fit! They are particularly useful for people with active dogs such as the Jack Russell.

Gives your Dog Independence

Dog doors are a great way for dogs to get a bit more independence and take themselves out to the loo when they need it. It means that dogs can go in and out on their own without needing to ask their human. A dog flap is beneficial to dog owners because it allows them to work from home without being disturbed. It is also beneficial for dog owners because they can leave their dog inside with the dog door closed while they go out (provided it is safe to do so). The dog will be able to get in and out as much as he needs to without needing human assistance every time.

You don’t need to leave main doors open for your Dog

This is great if it gets hot or cold outside so that dogs can stay comfortable in their homes instead of having to deal with extreme temperatures. It also limits drafts in your house because a doggy door will automatically close – much better than leaving the back door open which will cause a big draft.

Easy for Dogs to use

Dog doors are easy for your dog to use – you won’t need to worry about teaching your dog to use it – he/she will pick it up very quickly. If your dog finds it a challenge the first time he or she uses it then you can coax your dog through with treats.

Easy to Fit

Dog doors are easy to install because there are kits available for purchase that come with everything needed to get the job done – these kits include things like a dog door, fitting parts and installation instructions. Dog owners have the option of professionally installing their dog’s door or doing it themselves with a kit if they wish, but many people think that hiring experts is best when dealing with critical things such as security since professionals will be able to pick which type of access point is best depending on where the window used is located in relation to other obstacles inside and outside.

Best Dog Doors to Buy on Amazon

You can buy a decent dog flap on Amazon for anywhere between £12-200 depending on the quality and size. They are excellent value.

Petsafe Staywell 2 way dog door

The Petsafe 2 way dog door comes in three sizes – small, medium and large. A small is perfect for pugs and Jack Russells. It’s easy to fit and the adaptable locking system gives complete control to the dog owner. It is universal fitting and can easily be installed in wood, metal and brick.

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Namsan Pet Screen Door Magnetic Lockable Dog Flap

This Namsan Pet screen has a magnetic lockable flap which lets your pets in and out freely. The dog door is made of durable, safe and non-toxic material. This door comes in one size – Flap: 31 cm (W) x 36 cm (H) – so make sure that this size is suitable for your dog.

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PetSafe Extreme Weather Energy Efficient Pet Door

Another excellent option from Petsafe – this dog door is suitable for large dogs up to 40lb and is suitable for extreme weather. Its unique three flap system provides 3.5 times more energy efficiency than single flap doors to help keep out weather and drafts.

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The Drawbacks and Things to Consider

Dog escape Artists

Of course it’s not always ideal to have a dog door. You need to consider safety of your dog. For example, if you have a dog that digs, he could dig under the fence and become an escape artist! It’s therefore not ideal for every dog to be out in the garden without being monitored. Some dogs are persistent barkers and may annoy the neighbours if outside unmonitored.

Dog Theft Risk

With dog thefts on the rise, you. may decide that you don’t want to leave the dog flap open while you are out. Thieves could easily jump into your garden and steal your dog. This has become an increasing problem throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Home Security

Leaving the dog flap open while you are out of the house can be seen as a security risk. Burglars view dog flaps and doggy doors as extra ways into your home and so it is important to consider security when choosing a dog door and deciding when to use it.

Choosing the Best Door for your Dog

Most dog doors are plastic and come in several sizes. The most important thing to consider when purchasing your dog door

Measure your dog for size

A dog owner should fit his dog with a door that is his size – this is probably one of the most important things to get right. It’s no good having a door that your dog can’t fit through! People who buy dog doors made for house dogs should make sure their dog’s shoulder line comes up to the dog door’s top; it is best to get one with the dog owner in mind since he will be able to fit through it without needing modification. People who have small dogs should get smaller dog doors, but people who have larger dogs can also find dog doors on Amazon or pet supply stores if they are not interested in buying an actual dog door kit.

Plan where it will go

Dog owners should measure where they plan on putting the door before purchasing any of the parts needed for installation; once you know how much room you need between walls and such, you can figure out what size door will work best if there are dog door kits available to purchase.

Dog Door Types

Amazon dog doors are available in two main types: dog doors that require installation and doors that can be attached using a spring loaded latch like a cat flap. To use a spring loaded dog door from Amazon, dog owners only need to attach it into place with adhesive tape and then cut out a hole in their chosen place for the dog flap; since this type of dog door is not mounted onto anything, dog owners can move it anywhere they wish inside or outside their homes as long as there are no other obstacles around the area where they want to put the dog flap. Once an Amazon dog flap is set up, you just open and close it from your garage and your pet will be able to get in and out as they please.

Installing your Dog Door

Dog doors that are installed need dog door installation kits, which usually include dog dog door frame, dog dog door flap, dog dog door trim pieces, mounting screws or bolts, a drill bit of the right size for pilot holes (especially important considering most DIY dog doors come with only self-tapping screws) and some sort of sealant. Dog owners should make sure to read through all directions before installing their dog’s door because different types of Amazon dog flaps require different installation methods.

Most people install an inside mounted pet flap near the floor on the interior side of any solid wall so that dogs can go inward into their homes. Most dog flaps are installed with special dog door installation kits. You can seal dog doors using flexible silicone caulk if the wall where you want to put your dog flap is painted. If the wall where you want to install a dog door is brick or stone and requires stucco repair instead of painting repairs before installing your dog’s pet opening, then use mortar instead of silicone.

Dog owners who do not know how to use these tools should try to find someone who does this kind of work regularly if they are unsure about doing it themselves. Even though most self-tapping screws are easy enough for anyone to use, there are less straightforward installations that require more time and skill in other dog flap installation kits.

What about you – do you use a doggy door for your pooch? Where did you fit it? Does your dog like to use it? We’d love to hear your comments below!

Raising a Jack Russell Terrier Puppy

Best Brush for Jack Russell Terrier

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Some people think that Jack Russells are short haired dogs and so they don’t really need grooming. However, Jack Russell grooming can prevent a whole host of issues. If you are home most of the day and can find time to brush your dog every morning or at least once per week, then it’s worth investing in a high quality brush that will get through their coat efficiently. It will keep your Jack Russells coat healthy and if he is moulting, brushing will result in less fur on the furniture or carpets!

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So what is considered a good brush? It should be able to get through your dog’s coat and remove the dead hair, but not hurt them or cause any discomfort. There are many dog brushes on the market and it’s difficult to know which one is best for your dog. This article will review some of the top rated brushes for small dogs and hopefully help you find the best brush for Jack Russell Terrier dogs.

The FURminator dog brush (best dog brush)

The FURminator is a great dog brush for a Jack Russell Terrier or other small dogs. It has been designed with anti-static and self cleaning features that help it reduce the amount of hair that catches on the rake as you are brushing your pet. This results in less hair being shed, therefore taking out more of the undercoat.

If you do decide to get a FURminator, be prepared to devote 5-10 minutes per session and brush all over your pet’s body so that you get even coverage. Once most of the undercoat is removed, it should not take as long each time you brush your dog.

They come in three different sizes – small, medium and large. The Furminator for small dogs should be perfect for a Jack Russell terrier.

Here is a link to get the best price on FURminator dog brush:

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Slicker brush for Jack Russell

If you have a Jack Russell Terrier or small dog that does not like the sensation of the FURminator, then you may want to try out a slicker brush instead. These brushes are typically made from an aluminium material and will remove more hair than a normal bristle brush. The downside is that they can hurt your dog if you use too much force, but it is easy to learn how to brush and only a few strokes will be needed.

Slicker brushes are great for removing loose hair and dander from your pet’s coat. They can also help get rid of dead undercoat hair. They are a good alternative if you are planning to brush your dog regularly.

You may prefer to get a slicker brush that has small pin heads on the end, so that it does not dig into your dogs skin too much.

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Dog Grooming Comb

If you would prefer not to use either of the brushes above, then a fine tooth metal comb or large wooden polisher comb can be used instead. These are often used for grooming the hair on top of your dog’s head, but they can also be used all over the body if you are careful and do not apply too much pressure.

These combs will help remove loose hair and flaky skin, which may seem gross to some people, but it helps get rid of a lot of loose hair if used regularly. These combs are great to use after you bathe your dog, but it may not be necessary to brush them every day – once per month or so should still help them look great.

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  • Lightweight and small: the pet steel comb measures approx. 19 x 3 cm/ 7.48 x 1.18 inches in size, lightweight design and small size allow you to easily put it in your bag while won't take up much space
  • Safe and effective: designed with smooth and durable surface, the round teeth dog comb won't scratch the pet's skin and will offer comfortable grooming experience without hurting your pet, also can effectively prevent static electricity

Top Jack Russell Grooming tips

1) Brush your pet all over starting from their head to their tail. It’s better to take 15 minutes and do a thorough job than to rush and not brush them well.

2) Brush your dog’s tummy as well as the top of their tail. You should be able to get a lot of loose fur from this area.

3) Check for parasites such as fleas and ticks when you are grooming your dog.

4) Avoid sensitive areas such as inside the ears and the armpits – especially if you have a short haired Jack Russell this won’t be necessary.

5) Finally, brush your pet’s tail. This is an area that often has a lot of loose fur and you will need to take time brushing it thoroughly.

Are Jack Russells Affectionate

Are Jack Russells Affectionate?

So many people ask me ‘are Jack Russells affectionate?’ This affectionate dog breed gets along well with their owners and often children, but they are typically not friendly toward other dogs.  Jack Russell terriers have a high prey drive and make good hunters, so owners will possible want to keep them on leashes when in public to avoid injury or escape.

Introducing the Jack Russell Terrier

As a hunting dog bred specifically for chasing foxes other animals, Jack Russell terriers require a high amount of daily activity. While they are excellent pets for people who can provide this level of stimulation, they may not be suited to owners with low exercise tolerance or an apartment lifestyle.

Are Jack Russells Affectionate to their Owners?

It is true that Jack Russell terriers are very affectionate to their owners. They bond quickly with their owners when adopted as adults dogs. Most Jack Russell owners say that they are velcro dogs – sitting by your side and following you everywhere that you go! Once you have a positive bond with your Jack Russell you will be likely to be able to stroke and cuddle it and your dog will be affectionate towards you.

These dogs aim to please their owners and this is why they are great dogs for doing tricks. Properly trained Jack Russells can also be excellent watchdogs for home safety.

Are Jack Russells affectionate towards children?

Jack Russells can be affectionate towards children if they have been well socialised with kids from a puppy and as long as the children are respectful of the dog. Get your puppy used to the children in your family giving them treats and doing training with them. Discourage your children from running fast and screaming near the dog as this can cause a Jack Russell to be snappy. Teach your children to stroke the dog gently and teach them what not to do e.g. pulling tail or ears. Remember never to leave a dog or child alone together as if a dog snaps or becomes aggressive this can be dangerous.

Are Jack Russells affectionate to other dogs or pets?

Because Jack Russell terriers have such a high prey drive, it is important to socialize them properly from a young age and train them using positive reinforcement methods so that they do not take their aggression out on other dogs or other animals in the home. If you have a reactive Jack Russell it may not be a good idea to introduce cats or other small furry creatures (rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters) into the home. Remember that Jack Russells were bred to hunt and kill and this is an instinct making it very difficult to train out of them.

Additional Training that your Jack Russell might need

They also require ongoing obedience training because some of the breed’s natural instincts include digging holes and chewing objects like shoes and furniture.  As working dogs bred for hunting, these tendencies should be modified as much as possible with appropriate training. In addition to their physical needs, Jack Russells require owners who are consistent and patient. The breed has a high energy level that makes them active throughout the day, so people who do not have the time to provide daily exercise should consider another dog instead.

The Overall Verdict

Jack Russell terriers make excellent family pets for owners who can successfully modify their natural instincts, of but they may not be the right breed for everyone.

If you are considering adopting a Jack Russell, please research the associated costs of ownership before adopting one into your home. Do not adopt from an untrustworthy breeder or pet store – always adopt from a shelter or rescue organization whenever possible .  This will ensure your pup comes with proper shots and spay/neuter information, as lieu well as increased likelihood of being socialized properly by a professional.

If you enjoyed this article you might also like to read about Raising a Jack Russell Terrier Puppy

Working Jack Russell

Working Jack Russell

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The Jack Russell terrier, or ‘Jack’ as they are commonly known, is one of the most popular breeds in Britain. Originally from the rural areas of England, this breed was bred from a mix of fox hounds and old terriers, who had to work hard on small farms. The Jack Russell was named after an English huntsman called John “Jack” Russell. They were originally bred in England as the working Jack Russell.

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Introducing the Working Jack Russell

This enthusiastic little dog has become a household favourite over the years thanks to its friendly and loyal nature. It’s extremely intelligent as well as being very loving, making it one of the best dogs to have around the home. The Jack Russell is a dog that loves to play with people and is always happy to be by your side – especially if you’re taking part in a game of fetch! But he will also love to work on a farm.

The working Jack Russell is a small dog, with a lean build. The Jack Russell coat comes in different shades of tan or gold depending on what part of England it was bred from. The long topcoat has fox-like markings on it. These markings can vary from black, red and grey through to white, brindle and mottled. This coat has dense undercoat which makes doggy hair more water resistant.

What are Working Jack Russells used for?

The Jack Russell has a short, muscular and slightly longer than tall body. It has very small ears that sit at the top of its head and are covered in fur. It’s a strong dog with a high energy level – bred with a high prey drive. That makes these dogs perfect for bushing (flushing vermin out of bushes) and ratting (clearing farms of rats). They enjoy this kind of work because it satisfies their natural prey drive. It’s fun for them and a natural way for them to get exercise.

Originally, the working Jack Russell was bred for fox hunting both above and below ground. However, fox hunting is now banned in England as it is seen as a cruel sport. But a Jack Russell has the prey drive for anything small and fast moving such as squirrels, rabbits or rats!

Does a Jack Russell make a good Family Pet?

The Jack Russell is incredibly friendly and confident with people so is great for beginner dog owners.

The temperament of the Jack Russell is cheerful and loyal to its owner. It’s a true companion and will happily sit by your feet for hours, but it does need to be exercised regularly so it doesn’t become too lazy!

This active, energetic breed is only recommended as a family pet for experienced dog owners and those who have an active outdoor lifestyle with a training focussed mindset. A Jack Russell is ideal for someone who wants an intelligent and confident dog that can be trained on its own. You can still satisfy his/her prey drive by playing with a flirt pole with your dog.

ASOCEA Dog Extendable Teaser Wand Pet Flirt Stick Pole Puppy Chasing Tail Interactive Toy for Small Medium Dogs Training Playing Exercise
  • This is a great interactive outside toy, which can help to promote mutual communication during playing.
  • Funny toy for small medium dogs, can be regarded as a training tool and provides the physical exercise dogs need.
  • Available in two substitutable tail toy, two rope toys that can be used as normal rope toys. You can play with you dog everywhere,especially for the aggressive chewers.

The Jack Russell needs regular exercise and isn’t suited to life at home with people (adults or children) who may push the dog around too much. This breed has many traits of the terrier family, which means there are many different training methods for this breed of dog. We always like to recommend positive reinforcement dog training which is reward based.

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