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Jack Russell Terrier Time To Shop (Part II)

Crate and Bed

You will need a crate, of course, with a pad and bedding inside. You might also want to get another small bed for use outside the crate. A bed that is his own will give your dog a feeling of well-being and security. If allowed to, JRTs will be happy to snuggle next to you in your bed or on the couch. Do make sure the dog always knows it is your bed, though, and that they must never be bossy while in your “lair.” Some JRT’s have a tendency to take over. Don’t indulge the dog in behavior that may become troublesome later.
A particularly appealing bed for JRTs is a cup type made of sturdy, plush, washable material. Have a few soft, washable pads available so you can rotate them for washing as needed. Keep your puppy’s crate and bed out of drafts and direct sunlight.

Leash and Collar

You will need a leash and a collar or collars that fit properly at all stages of growth. Rolled leather collars work very well and are comfortable. Be sure to adjust the collar so that it fits securely but not tightly, and check it regularly, particularly as your puppy grows. (The collar should be snug enough that it will not slip over the dog’s head, but loose enough to allow you to comfortably insert two or three fingers between the collar and the neck).
A nylon leash is often best for puppies, who find great joy in chewing leather leashes. A leash with a larger clip is much easier to get on a wiggling dog than one with a tiny clip. Make sure the clip is sturdy and will not release accidentally. A retractable leash is good for walks in open areas. It allows the dog freedom, but you do give up some control. With a length of up to sixteen feet, instead of the six feet of most leashes, your dog will be harder to control. The retractable leash is never a substitute for the better control of a six-foot leash in areas where there are other dogs, cats, and people. You always need to keep your Jack Russell under control for safety. It’s a challenge to assume control over a Jack Russell Terrier, with or without a leash!

Containment

You will not want to give a puppy free run of the house until he is housetrained. Even an older dog arriving into a new home may be excited and make mistakes. It is easier to keep the dog in a safe restricted area until the dog settles and relaxes. That means, in addition to the crate, you will need baby gates or some kind of portable pen so you can restrict your dog’s freedom in the house.

Toys

Jack Russells love toys, and appropriate ones are necessary for all stages of their lives. Hard rubber or nylon toys are best, but soft rubber squeaky toys are not at all suitable. They are easily torn apart, and the squeaker is small enough for the dog to choke on. The soft rubber usually ends up shredded and swallowed.
Hard rubber balls are always a favorite, and the ones with a channel cut through them are easy for little mouths to carry. Rope toys with hard rubber chew areas are very suitable and come in many shapes and sizes. Just be careful you do not leave your dog working on any toy he can chew into dangerously small pieces.
Chew hooves are a good source of hours of chewing for a Jack Russell. Rawhide chew strips are favored by some, but do not offer the ones with the twisted ends. A dog can get the end pieces loose and choke to death on them.
Never give your dog an old shoe or slipper to chew on. He will not know the difference between the old shoe and your good shoes. In fact, never allow your puppy or dog to chew on anything that is not meant for that activity, and always be ready to provide him with a good toy as a substitute for whatever forbidden item might be in his mouth. In distracting the puppy from such negative behavior, be sure to praise him for accepting the substitution.

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