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Jack Russell Terrier - Car Travelling & Transport Tips

Published on 4 July 2021 at 11:44


Travelling with your dog breed Jack Russel Terrier needs preparation when you want to have a succesful trip on the road. This blog will give you information about the Jack Russel Terrier dog breed and information about how to transport them. 


When you are planning to go on a road trip with a Jack Russel Terrier dog, you need to be good prepared with this breed. Whether you're going on a visit to the vet, vacation or a walk in the woods, your Jack Russel will be transported by car. A journey often involves many, long transport hours, so to make it as easy as possible for you, we have gathered our best tips for you!


A Jack Russel Terrier dog is strong, active, agile and nimble. It is a powerful but small terrier. He is longer than high, but with straight, normally shaped legs. The chest can be clasped with two hands. The fast movement is straight and firm. Makes the impression of a working terrier.



  • Character: A cheerful, sociable pet dog. Loyal and gets along well with children. Very active, so needs more than just a walk around the block. Must be able to use his energy, otherwise he will do that indoors. Needs a good, consistent education! Because of his tireless nature very suitable for dog sports such as agility and flyball;
  • Care: A dog's coat consists of a covering hair and an undercoat and needs regular grooming. This is easiest with smooth and spiky varieties, where brushing is sufficient. Four-legged friends with this type of coat shed more than their rough-haired counterparts. The more often you use the comb, the less hair you will find in your home. In addition to the weekly combing of your wirehaired Jack Russell Terrier, regular trimming - best done by a professional who will give you instructions - should be on the programme. This involves removing old and loose topcoat hairs so that the coat can be renewed. Eyes, ears and nails should be checked daily so that any changes, for example due to mites, can be treated immediately;
  • Exercise: The Jack Russell Terrier needs plenty of exercise and a home with a large fenced yard is best. The Jack Russell has an urge to explore and hunt and does not always stay close to you; many have been trapped in sewers and burrows for days. If kept indoors, daily brisk walks are a must!

    The Jack Russell also enjoys going on hikes and playing fetch for long periods of time. This breed is not for you if you prefer a dog that sits quietly on the sofa all day;

  • Health: The breed associations; Vereniging Jack Russell Terrier are concerned with the health of the Jack Russell Terrier. This is part of the breeding regulations of each breed association. For the association breeding regulations and more information, please contact the breed associations. Herein they make the following examinations obligatory for the parent animals:
    • ECVO-eye examination

    • Patella Luxation.

    • The Jack Russell Friends also requires DNA testing for Primary Lens Luxation;

  • Puppy training: classes are highly recommended as well and allow the owner to learn how to curb any undesirable behaviors;
  • Nurturing: The upbringing must be absolutely loving and consistent and take into account the great hunting instinct of the lively Jack Russell Terrier. "No" should always mean "no" - the clever dog likes to take advantage of inconsistent upbringing to take control. It is best to get the dog used to other small animals when it is still a puppy - when the passionate hunters are grown up, it is very difficult to keep them together with cats. Like adult dogs, puppies also need a quick response in order to learn what is desired behaviour and what is undesired behaviour. Consistency is important for this: agree with all family members what the desired behaviour is: if the dog is allowed to go to bed with you as a small puppy, he will always demand it; if you give the young dog a lot of attention after it barks, there is a danger that you are raising a big barker.


Before thinking about transport safety, it is essential to remember a few basic concepts for the well-being of your dog:

  • Picking the right bed for your Jack Russel Terrier friend is vital to keep them comfortable. Providing your pup with a supportive dog car bed will help them get a better sleep when travelling;
  • Get your Jack Russel Terrier dog used to getting into your car regularly from an early age;. A few short trips around your neighborhood are good practise for your pet;
  • Make sure you know all the requirements of travelling with a dog in the car. So that he doesn’t get too stressed, take the time to gradually get him used to the car. You can make several short trips, reward him with a treat so that he associates transport with positive things;
  • Don't feed your dog a couple of hours before travelling, not even small treats;
  • Never leave your Jack Russel; alone in the car, even with the window open, in the shade or even in winter (risk of excessive heat, injuries…)
  • When travelling by car with your Jack Russel Terrier, stop every 2 hours for his needs and give him something to drink;
  • Ensure that the driver is safe;
  • Make sure that your Jack Russell is safe. Read here more about safety in the car for dogs;
  • If your Jack Russell is suffering from anxiety of car sickness, comfort your dog with kind words and cuddles along the way, even pulling over sometimes could help a lot. Have patience and respect your dog's anxiety. Blowing a stream of air directly into their faces will help as well. Eventually your dog will enjoy a car ride;



It makes good sense to say that the driver should not be distracted, molested, embarrassed or upset while driving! In addition, the road code specifies that the driver must have full control of his vehicle, that his “possibilities of movement and field of vision must not be reduced by the number or position of passengers, by objects…”. It is therefore important to ensure that your Jack Russell does not disturb you while driving your vehicle. To do this, you have the options to use a dog car seat



Only one essential rule to follow: Do not leave your Jack Russell Terrier free in the car. Indeed, he could be hurt, fall or suffer an impact if he brakes hard. You will see below the different modes of transport and their accessories that you will adapt to your Jack Russell in particular to guarantee its safety.



When using a car seat for your Jack Russell problems such as anxiety, car sickness and stress will be eliminated. The travel bed will keep your dog close to you and that will keep him calm so that he can sleep in the car. This car seat comes with two safety leashes to keep your dog and the bed in place. The car seat is multifunctional by simply unzipping the front to create a lounger bed for at home. In that way you can easily bring the comforts of home into the car! 


We hope that these tips can help any new Jack Russell Terrier owners out there as well as any puppy owners who have similar challenges. Thanks for reading and if you have any more tips feel free to let us know and we will add the tips. 


  • The tip that works for many Jack Russells is to put a familiar piece of clothing from one of the owners with the dog. Eg a t-shirt, this helps if your dog experiences stress. Furthermore, of course, your basket. And the dog must be able to see you well. So that the dog can see what you are doing. It reassures very much. Start with small short walks of a few minutes. And reward positive behavior. Add a favorite cuddly toy. On long trips, be sure to stop every 1.5 hours to pee and relax. (Thanks for the tip: @jackrussellbo_tje)
  • We have taught our Dunya from puppyhood to travel in a car seat for dogs, recently after 5 years we ordered a nice luxury version from you. So yes as a tip definitely put your dog in a basket or harness with seatbelt attachment.
    Furthermore a dog blanket in the car for the dog hairs. If you have a dog that suffers from car sickness then my advice is to hang a strip under the car, these are available at car parts stores and gas stations. Provide earth with the ground so that dog is less sick. Also a tip can be to the dog in advance not too much to let and drink. Take for the journey itself always her own toys so that the dog is not sick. Bring toys and basket before splitting destination so that she recognizes her own smell. (Thanks for the tip: @dunyajackrussel/)

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