Activities For Jack Russell Terriers

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Introduction

A small dog with a big attitude – this is the perfect definition for a Jack Russell Terrier. This dog breed is known for having a spunky personality, high levels of energy and a loving nature. The breed was originally meant to be used for fox hunting because of their size and agility. Nowadays, however, the Jack Russell has become one of the top choices for a pet and companion. The breed’s popularity also increased due to their exposure in pop culture, appearing in famous shows and films such as Wishbone, Frasier and The Mask, among others. The Jack Russell has definitely won the hearts of dog lovers everywhere. If you are a proud owner of the breed, check out this list of activity ideas for you and your pooch. 

Dock Diving

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Floating toy
Flotation vest (optional)
Activity description

Jack Russell Terriers are lively, fearless and intelligent. This personality combination makes them a shoo-in for dock diving. Dock diving, or sometimes called dock jumping, is a canine sport which involves dogs jumping from docks into a body of water to retrieve an item that was thrown, usually a floating toy. Dock diving is actually a competitive canine sport in which Jack Russell Terriers excel. The sport is in some ways an elevated game of fetch but obviously with more challenge and excitement for your pooch. This is an overall fun activity for owners and dogs and could even become a serious sport in case you decide to have your dog compete on a serious level. 

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Find a spot
The first step to train your dog on dock diving is to find the perfect spot, preferably one where you can easily go to on a regular basis. Most rivers or lakes have a dock where dogs can jump from. If you are uncomfortable about your dog swimming in a big body of water right away, you may start slow and opt for a swimming pool instead.
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Train your dog
While most dogs are natural lovers of water, not all of them are born with the ability to swim. Neither do they have the instinct to just jump in the water to fetch an item. This skill has to be taught repeatedly before your dog gets the hang of it. Start off with the usual game of fetch until your dog becomes adept at retrieving items. Then, try throwing the item into the water and see if your dog will jump in without hesitation. Before doing so, however, make sure your dog already knows how to swim. Otherwise, use a flotation vest during training.
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Watch your pooch soar!
When you feel confident that your dog is able to do the real thing, go to your spot and try the game out. Throw your floating toy into your water and watch as your dog runs after the item by graciously jumping into the water. If you find yourself wanting to make your dog into a competitive dock diver, you can research on official dock diving clubs near you.
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Camping

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Normal
24 - 48 hrs
Items needed
First aid kit
Camping gear
Tent
Food
Water
Leash or harness
Sleeping bag
Activity description

Camping is an outdoor activity that both humans and their four-legged buddies can enjoy. Jack Russells in particular will find it to be an exciting activity, given their sense of adventure and active lifestyle. What makes camping with dogs so great is that there are plenty of ways to get a dog physically and mentally stimulated during this trip. Camping grounds and sites often have hiking trails, lakes and other potential playgrounds for your dog. But the best part about going on a camping trip with your pooch is that you get to spend some quality bonding time with your best furry buddy. Moreover, you get to watch out for each other in the great outdoors. 

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Pack the essentials
Camping is a fun activity but it also poses a lot of risks and dangers, especially if you are unprepared. When it comes to outdoor activities, you should always expect the unexpected. Before you go on a camping trip, make sure that you packed all the necessities that you might need on your trip. This includes lots of food, water and medication that you and your dog might need. Also, bring a sturdy harness or leash to keep your pooch in place while sleeping. A first aid kit will also come in handy. Of course, you should also bring a bed and blanket or sleeping bag for yourself and your dog.
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Choose a campsite
If you are an avid camper, you probably already have a camping ground or site in mind that you would like to go to with your pooch. Otherwise, you may simply do a quick search on the Internet for camping forums or other similar resources. Remember that you have to consider how dog-friendly a campsite is and find out the rules about bringing of canines.
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Enjoy your camping trip!
When everything is set and good to go, all you have to do is head to your choice of campsite for your trip. On arrival, pay all the necessary fees and set up your camp. Make sure that all your things are organized and that your tent is set up well. After you are finished getting your things organized, you are now free to enjoy the campsite’s facilities and to play with your pooch.
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Game of Chase

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Treats
Toy
Activity description

The Jack Russell Terrier is a little ball of energy that loves to run and be on the move. Why not put all this excess energy to good use by playing with your dog? The best option for hyperactive Jack Russells is a game of chase. This game is an oldie but a goodie; all you have to do is get your dog to chase after you. If you love running, you will find this to be a fun and thrilling game to play with your pooch. It also serves as a form of exercise for both you and your puppy. What’s good about this game is that it only requires short bursts of energy which will not completely tire out your pooch. Plus, it helps you build a better bond and understanding with your dog. The best part? This game can is absolutely free and can be done both outdoors and inside. 

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Get your dog's attention
To begin with the game of chase, you first have to gain your dog’s complete attention. Do this by making a sound (either by clapping or making a “smooching” sound) or by calling out your dog’s name. You may even entice your dog by using a treat or a toy.
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Run to start the game
When your dog moves towards your direction and is within a couple of feet away, run until you are some distance away. If your dog does not go after you, regain their attention using a toy or treat. Do this until your dog starts running after you consistently. The game ends when your dog “catches” you. As a reward, give the treat or toy to your dog. Then, you may start the game all over again.
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Road trip

In general, Jack Russells can be quite comfortable during car rides. Take advantage of this by going on a road trip. Whether it is a short or a long trip, don’t forget to take your dog’s needs into consideration by taking enough bathroom breaks and making stops along the way so your dog can do some exploring. 

Hiking

Because of their adventurous nature, Jack Russell Terriers are the perfect choice for a hiking buddy. Whether it is in a state park or a trail, your dog will surely relish in the new sights and surroundings. Just don’t forget to bring food and water and to clean up after your dog. 

Conclusion

Jack Russell Terriers are some of the smartest and most active dog breeds in existence today. Consider yourself lucky if you own one; not only do they make for a great overall companion, they also have love and loyalty like no other. The above activity ideas are good ways to keep your Jack Russell entertained and stimulated on a regular basis.