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Top 10 Activities To Do With Your Jack Russell

You’ve got a loving and friendly Jack Russell Terrier that can’t wait to do everything with you, from going to pick up the mail to going on a vacation.

If you are wondering what kinds of things you should do with your dog in mind, there are all sorts of them!

He will greatly benefit from doing everything you, even if it’s just strolling alongside while you take a walk around the block. Doing things with your dog builds up a relationship with them and creates a great bond between man and dog. Here are some great things to do together!

1. Food Puzzles

If your dog always has the munchies, or your vet makes the recommendation to get some more fat on him, food puzzles are a lot of fun and your dog loves them because he gets food and treats! You can hide the food in places around the house, or in a fancy dog treat dispensing toy if you want to get sophisticated and help your pet try to figure out where the food is.

You’ll both have a blast as he searches around the house or yard, and it’s inexpensive to do!

2. Fetch

An old classic, Fetch is a great game to play for dogs who love playing with their owners, like Jack Russell’s. They get to run and jump and charge back to you with the toy or stick. It’s great for training and building up a solid relationship with your dog. Great for outdoor playing at the park or just little jumps in the house, it’s a great way to get your dog moving.

I mostly use Chuckit! balls and launchers.

3. Tug of War

This is a great game to explore with your dog. You can still maintain control and enjoy the game, too. It’s good for his teeth and may even help you work out, too! If you have kids, playing tug of war is a great way to get your dog to get used to and bond with your children. Everyone will have fun and your dog will get all sorts of exercise and entertainment out of it.

4. Chase

Chase is a game that is three parts fun and 1 part terrifying. You can chase each other (in a fun way, not aggressively) around the house and get your exercise that way. It’s fun to chase, but if one of you sneaks up on the other, it can be a little scary too! Make sure that game doesn’t get too intense.

5. Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek can sometimes be hard to play with a dog because they don’t like being away from their human. Try to train him to Stay while you go and hide and then softly call to him until he finds you. If he seems okay – not anxious or scared – this could be a good game for the two of you to play together on the rainy days.

If hiding yourself is not an option, hide treats or toys around the house and let your dog find them. Of course, start with easier spots to ensure success and when you see a progress, make it more difficult.

6. Swimming

A lot of dogs love to swim during the hot summer season. It is a great way to exercise because your joints and his are both going to get some comfort while you move around and enjoy the cool water. He can play Fetch or Chase in the water, too, so there are all sorts of options! Just make sure he doesn’t mind playing in the water in the first place.

7. Camping

Camping with your dog is great because he is a warm body to keep next to you in a cold tent at night. He also makes a great companion for setting up the tent and enjoying your dinner and going hiking or swimming or anything else that you’d do camping. They make great companions to explore with and love being with you.

8. Travelling

While taking a dog in an airplane isn’t the best option and should be avoided unless you have no other options. Road trips involving cars are always a great idea because your dog will get to be with you the whole time, giving both of you lots of time to bond and have a great time together on the road. Read more about how to travel with your Jack Russell here.

9. Hiking

Even if you don’t have time for multiple day road trips, weekends spent hiking with your dog in the near by locations can be great choice. Walking through the woods, by the lake or any other nature spot can be really great for resting your mind from the work and a great option for your Jack to explore.

Mind that Jack Russell’s are primarily hunting breed, so new smells of the nature and wild animals could be really challenging, so keep him on leash unless you are absolutely sure he will respond to your call no matter what.

10. Agility, Fly-ball or other dog sports

Jack Russell’s are masters of agility, they are fast (and furious :D), really agile, perfect for dog sports. If he’s ball mad, maybe Fly-ball is the right choice for you. Dog sports are great choice for both of you, dogs love them and they make you move around which is a great exercise.

When planning your vacation or a time out at the beach, try your best to make sure that your dog is included. Whether it’s just playing Tug of War or Fetch, your dog loves to be included on family outings, so do your best to make sure everyone has a great time!

What is your favorite activity to do with your Jack Russell? What makes that special smile on his face? Tell us in he comments below


  1. Thanks for the good ideas! I never thought about hiding treats! What fun! You should add playing with a balloon to the list. Whenever I blow up a balloon my Jack goes NUTS! He jumps and hits it with his nose and keeps it in the air 90% of the time on his own! With all the jumping and racing around, he’s wore out like we went for a swim! ;) Happy playing!

    • Hi Abbey, playing with a balloon is a great suggestion, thank you. I forgot to add it as my Kala is afraid of balloons. I don’t know why, she just doesn’t like them. But we do lots of searching treats. We start each session with some easy places and make them harder as she gets into it (below pillows, behind plants…). She is so focused on searching that she can’t stop even when she finds all of them :) Try it out, it’s great fun. You can even stretch that and play it outside. Cheers, Ana

  2. Thanks for your advice I love my dog he is a Jack Russell Terrier

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