How To Groom Your Jack Russell

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It is always a good idea to groom your dog as they live in a home environment. Your dog is a member of your family, and therefore should be subjected to the same kind of care you would give yourself or someone close to you.

People understand that about other household members, but grooming tends to be something that is overlooked when it comes to pets. Sometimes it may seem like a daunting or long process, but trust me, it will greatly benefit your Jack Russell if you take the time out every week to help them keep looking great.

Bathing your Jack Russell

Bathing a Jack Russell should be done on a regular basis, just as you would with any other dog. Dogs can get sticky, greasy, and dirty around the ears and under their neckline.

When it comes to bathing your Jack Russell, make sure you have a small but deep sink to perform the task on your own. Because Jack Russells are so small, many owners would prefer to take the dog to a groomer or vet when it comes to bathing them.

But if you can get your hands on a small, blue rubber tub, which is made for pets, then you’ll be able to perform the task in your own bathroom or kitchen.


It is recommended that you use a shampoo that is specifically made for dogs. For sensitive skin or allergies, you may want to look for a shampoo that doesn’t contain parabens. If you are unsure, then it is best to call the manufacturer.

Baby shampoo is safe to use on Jack Russells, however, you should only use it as a backup solution and you should not use baby shampoo frequently to wash your Jack Russell.

We recommend Buddy Wash Original Lavender & Mint Dog Shampoo & Conditioner.
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Specially designed dog brush

This can be found at your local pet store. You will want to make sure it is designed for your breed of dog, specifically Jack Russells. They also sell ones with rubber nubs to help remove the undercoat.

We recommend the KONG Dog ZoomGroom Multi-Use Brush.

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You’ll need a towel that is big enough for your Jack Russell to lay on so that they are able to dry off properly. They can get cold very quickly, especially with their thin coats.  It is best not to blow dry them as you may end up burning them and also the sound may frighten them.

We recommend the Dog Gone Smart Dirty Dog Shammy Towel.

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Bathtub or sink

You will need a bathtub or sink to fill with water and bathe your dog in. Do not try to bathe your pet on the kitchen floor, as this could lead to accidents around the house.

We recommend the Booster Bath Elevated Dog Bathing and Grooming Center.


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Lotion or oil (optional)

Some people are concerned about using oils on dogs because of allergies or other skin conditions. If you would prefer to use a moisturizing conditioner, then it will be an effective way to help prevent dryness.

Caring for your Jack Russell’s Coat

A Jack Russell Terrier’s coat can be broken up into four different types and each is unique in its own right. The different coat types are

– smooth
– broken
– rough
– wire

Jack Russells with smooth coats

This is probably the easiest coat type to get on with because it requires little upkeep. The smooth is also generally the lightest coat of all.  It does not have a lot of undercoat and comes in all different shades, but most commonly pale tan, cream, or white.

This can be taken care of by brushing a couple of times weekly or as needed (very important). The hair will shed at this time, so do not be concerned about excessive shedding that can cause you to step in dog hair when you are hugging your pup.

Jack Russells with broken, rough, or wire coats

If your Jack Russell Terrier has a broken, rough, or wire coat, you have to make sure to check for loose hair and other harmful things.

Use a stripping comb while grooming your Jack Russell because this will help remove any particles of dirt, dander, or other unwanted materials. A stripping comb is great for working on the thick and wiry coat that a Jack Russell is known for.

Stripping them twice a year is recommended.

Regular brushing

Brushing your dog with a deshedding tool on a regular basis is the best way to keep its coat clean and healthy. Doing this regularly will also help remove dirt and shed hair from their coats, leaving them shiny and well-groomed.

Brushing your dog will also reduce the amount of loose hair around the home. In addition, it helps them with circulation to the skin by stimulating blood flow to the body parts that need it most.

Cleaning your Jack Russell’s Teeth

When it comes to cleaning your Jack Russell’s teeth, you will want to do this at least once a week or once every two weeks. Dogs can have the same health problems as humans when it comes to their teeth, and this includes bad breath.

To ensure that your Jack Russell is healthy and happy, you’ll want to make sure that they get regular dental check-ups and cleanings.

If your dog is an adult between the ages of two and five years old, then you will want to brush their teeth at least two times a week; one time using toothpaste and the other time using water.


You will want to make sure that you use a toothbrush made for dogs. It’s a good idea to purchase brushes in bulk so you’ll always have one on hand for last-minute cleanings. You can find these at most pet stores or online.

Most commonly available dog brushes and toothpaste will make your dog’s breath smell nice and be healthier than before. If you have any concerns about your dog’s dental health, then it is best to check with the vet.

We recommended the Virbac C.E.T. Pet Toothbrush.

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You will want to make sure that you don’t go overboard with the amount of toothpaste you are using. You will want to use a small amount at a time and clean their teeth thoroughly. Again, it is best to check with the vet before starting this cleaning routine if you have any concerns.

Make sure that you use a small amount of toothpaste on the brush and scrub their teeth. Make sure you do not put any toothpaste on the gums. Once you have done that, it is time to rinse out their mouth.

We recommend Virbac C.E.T. Enzymatic Dog Toothpaste.


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If you do not have any dog toothpaste, or if your dog is particularly picky, then you can brush their teeth with water. Make sure that you use warm water so it will be easier to clean their teeth. Make sure that the water is fresh as well.

Cleaning your Jack Russell’s Ears

Your Jack Russell’s ears should be checked weekly or every couple of weeks to ensure they are clean and healthy.

Ear cleaner

There are several different types of ear cleaner that you can purchase to clean your pet’s ears. The type that you want to use will depend on the type of dog that you have.

If your dog has a small ear flap, then you will want to use a spray in-ear cleaner. If they have regular-sized ears, then you will want to either use a cloth dampened with water or a cotton swab.

Ear wax removal pads

You can also buy these at most pet stores and online. If you do not have any ear cleaner, then these work well for dampening the ears.


Although it is not necessary to clean inside your dog’s ear with a cotton swab, it is important to pull out any ear mites or other material that may be stuck within their ears.

You can purchase tweezers online or at a pet store. Use these during your weekly cleaning sessions if you want to ensure it is done properly.

Cotton swabs

If you insist on using cotton swabs, then make sure that they are clean and unused.  If they were used once before, then it is best to throw them out and get new ones.

Cleaning with a cotton swab can be dangerous for your dog because if it is not done properly the cotton can become stuck in the ear canal.

Clipping your Jack Russell’s Nails

When it comes to clipping your Jack Russell’s nails, it is very important that you keep them short and clean.

If the nails are left unchecked for too long, then they can get too long and possibly break off. This could cause your dog a lot of pain and discomfort.

A nail clipper designed for dogs

You should invest in a nail clipper that is specifically designed for dogs. This will make it easier to clip your dog’s nails and will ensure that you are able to perform the task properly. You can purchase these at most pet stores or online.

Just make sure you choose one that is made for your breed of dog; they come in all shapes and sizes. You may want to have several on hand, just in case one breaks or gets lost.

You will want to trim the topmost part of their nail, but ensure that you do not cut into the toes or pads.  If you do this, then your dog will bleed and may yelp loudly in pain.

We recommend the Safari Professional Nail Trimmer for Dogs.

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When it comes to grooming your Jack Russell, you will want to make sure that you do it on a regular basis.  They will get very hot and uncomfortable after a while without having their coats checked.  If you want to have your dog look their best, then you will need to keep them clean and groomed regularly.


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