You still have work to do before the big day to provide a safe environment. You will need to puppy proof your home to preserve both your Jack Russell and your sanity. The box on pages 48–49 explains puppy-proofing.
Curious busy little teeth on terriers have been known to chew up dentures, hearing aids, and eyeglasses. It is better to be safe and not leave anything with your scent on it that can be reached and chewed by your puppy or adult dog. They are little athletes and can get up on things to reach items that interest them.
If you bring a puppy or adult dog home in the summer, make sure he cannot accidentally get into a swimming pool. Lots of JRT’s love water and swimming, but your dog should always do so under your supervision. When your dog is allowed to swim, install a safety ramp so he can get out of the pool without the danger of drowning.
Inspect your fence regularly. Make sure there are no gaps under, between, or through any part of the fence and that it is tall enough to contain a small dog who can jump several times his height. Because of their inquisitive nature, without attention to protection and good containment, JRTs can wander. Rather than risk your dog being picked up by animal control, and possibly not being reunited with you, keep him safely contained at home and safe on a leash when you’re out.

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