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Hi, I have a 3 yr. old female "Houdini" Jack Russell that knows how to slip out of her harness even when I keep it snug. She is so smart it's scary! She'll suddenly back up and free herself if she's snagged her leash and can't walk freely . Luckily she doesn't want to run away, just get untangled. Are there any special harnesses for Jacks or make a regular harness more escape-proof? I don't feel safe walking her and she has a lot of energy as you know!

Hi Maureen,

You should definitely try a different harness, go smaller so she can't escape out of it.
Or you could try a MARTINGALE collar that is excellent for Jack Russells and all dogs alike.
It's soft against the neck and doesn't hurt when pulling and I don't think she will be trying escape from it because it doesn't cover the whole body like a harness. These collars come very highly recommended. Best of luck and sorry for the delay, it was ALLEXPERTS website delay.  

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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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