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i have 3 jacks, all fixed. My eldest jack Daulton, has always slept in the main bedroom with us, but all of a sudden he is sleeping in my daughters room, who is moving out shortly. This is odd, but then i come home after a day at work, and my  cat who has been with daulton since he was a pup, had no hair left on his one side. Our dogs always get along with the cats. And i know it was Daulton as he puked up black hair balls. Now the cat was a bit under the weather, as he had an upset tummy that morning. My cat had no blood or scratched or anything, just literally half of his body has no hair...other than that hes himself....any thoughts?

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Hi Melanie,

I have no doubt Daulton knows your daughter is moving out... they are incredible at sensing these things...!!  
As far as the cat goes.... Daulton probably LICKED the fur off the cat as there are no injuries or any harm to the cat.  They call this type of behavior "displacement activity" and it is a way that dogs find to soothe their stress!!  Daulton is a major part of your family and absolutely knows something is about to change.  Spend some extra time and attention with him, reassure him that YOU are there and that he is safe and very loved.  I think I would separate the cat for the time being until things settle down.  

Amazing creatures!!  

Good luck!!  

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Questions on "Jack" Russell Terriers pertaining to their health, well being, general questions on breed, types, size, shape, health, personalities, behavior problems, genetics, so called standard, what to look for when purchasing, and if you would be a good match with this wonderful and unique dog. Too many times, people buy jack puppies because they are absolutely adorable, and then a few months down the road they own this dog that they know nothing about and haven't prepared or trained for. I love the breed and everything about them and hope to provide some help, education and advice to current and prospective owners. I am a veterinary technician, dog trainer and breeder of Jack Russells.

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I own four Jack Russells and I have been working with dogs for 30 years. My personal interest is in helping educate people about the very special qualities of this breed. I advocate education and research of the breed before you buy one, they are wonderful pets if suited with the right person/family. Do your homework first! I can help you determine if you are a good match with this breed. I want people to know also that there are two types of Jack Russells, the Parson hunter with long legs and the Shortie or Russell Terrier and their very distinct differences. I also hope to allay fears about their CRAZY reputations - which is not always the case. ~*~*~*IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ*~*~*~ PLEASE NOTE: I DO NOT ENDORSE THE SALE OF ANY JACK RUSSELLS OR JACK RUSSELL PUPPIES THAT MAY BE ADVERTISED ON THIS PAGE. BEWARE OF PUPPY MILLS OR OTHER PLACES THAT SELL MANY DIFFERENT DOGS OVER THE INTERNET. ALSO I DO NOT ENDORSE ANY VIDEOS OR TRAINING TAPES THAT ARE ADVERTISED ON THIS PAGE. I WILL BE HAPPY TO HELP YOU PICK OUT A REPUTABLE TRAINER/VIDEO SERIES OR EVEN PUPPIES IF PRIVATELY ASKED. I DO NOT ENDORSE ANY SALES ADVERTISEMENTS ON THIS PAGE.

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