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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Behavior/Training | Socialization | Medical | Physical | JRTCA | Miscellaneous

Behavior and Training Tips
Aggression Tips for solving aggression problems.
Dealing with Aggression Discussion of dealing with an aggressive dog.
Nipping/Biting Discussion of nipping and biting by a Jack Russell puppy.
Separation Anxiety Three simple steps to help your dog overcome separation anxiety
Boredom or Anxiety? What separates a bored dog from one who suffers from separation anxiety?
Submissive Urination Submissive urination is not a house-training problem.
Picky Eater Having problems getting your dog to eat?
House Breaking Housebreaking is finding a means of preventing the puppy from doing his duties in the house and giving him only an opportunity to do it outside.
Destructive Chewing Prevent Your Puppy's Destructive Chewing [external site]
Crate Training In dozens of different ways, the addition of a crate means better care for your dog.
Chasing Flashlights If you need to exercise your dog, try to find a way to do it without using a flashlight.
Grass Eating Some dogs will ingest grass to induce vomiting.
Stool Eating Terriers fed diets they can't properly digest will eat their stool because they consider it semidigested food rather than waste.

Socialization Tips
Cats and Jack Russells Jack Russells are commonly known to harass, injure or kill other small pets, such as cats, birds, rabbits, mice, rats, gerbils, etc...simply due to their strong natural hunting instincts.
Children and Jack Russells Jack Russell Terriers are not good with small children, and are not recommended for families with children under the age of eight.
Other Breeds and Jack Russells Be aware that Jack Russell's will not get along with all breeds. Good common sense will help you make the right decision.
Getting a 2nd Jack Russell Same-sex aggression and aggression towards other breeds of dogs is well documented with this terrier.

Medical Information
General Medical General Links to Medical articles.
Spay/Neuter It is strongly recommended that you spay/neuter your JRT unless you are planning to start a breeding program.
Scooting/Anal Sacs Expressing the glands can prevent infection, impaction, or possible abscess.
Vomiting If your terrier is vomiting early morning, try giving a treat late at night before bed or feeding first thing in the morning.
Skunk Treatment How to treat your dog if it's been skunked underground.
Hearing Problems BAER tests record brain responses to click sounds delivered to an ear. It does not require a behavioral response from the animal, hence no chance of misinterpretation of a dog's response.
BAER Test Sites Sites are listed alphabetically by name of tester, separated into sites in United States, Canada, and sites outside of North America. [external site]
Vision Problems CERF provides a variety of reports to help educate owner/breeder on heritable eye disease questions, healthy breeding stock, and breed-specific eye problems.
Certified Opthomologists The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists is an organization that has established certifying criteria for ophthalmologists. [external site]

Physical Characteristics
Prick Ears There is really nothing that can be done to get the ears to fall to their normal position
Shedding Jack Russell Terriers do shed. Typically, the shorter the hair in this breed, the more it will shed.
Spots/Ticking Ticking refers to small spots -- usually just a few hairs -- of color in the white coat.
Brindle Markings "Brindle" is a pattern of colors that is seen in the black, tan or brown colored area on a coat
Tail Docking Jack Russell tails should be docked between 3-5 days of age, and unless you are an experienced breeder it is best if performed by a licensed veterinarian.
Grooming Very few animals are exhibited exactly as nature has designed them, and the Jack Russell Terrier is one that can certainly benefit from some judicious grooming.
Irish/Miniature Whether they have long or short legs, all Jack Russell's have the same traits and legs have nothing to do with temperament or personality.

Terrier Registration Each application for registration in the JRTCA is judged on the individual terrier's own merits.
AKC Please direct questions/concerns about the AKC, JRTCA club policy and rule changes to the JRTCA Club office.
Finding a Breeder The JRTCA cannot recommend specific breeders; however, please start with the Online Breeders Directory or request an information packet.

Miscellaneous Tips and Ideas
Toy Suggestions We recommend that you never leave your dog unattended with any toy due to the risks.
Recommended Books Our favorite books together in one list.
Feeding We recommend feeding a premium food that uses human grade ingredients, is not loaded with grains and contains no chemical preservatives.
Containment/Fencing The pros and cons of Electronic Pet Containment Systems.
Air Travel Each airline has different rules/regulations regarding air travel for pets.
Breeding Breeding is risky business, whether you do it for love or money.
Glossary Glossary of Terms.

Question and Answer Archives
The following list allows you to browse through questions and answers posted between Jan 2001 and May 2003.