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Hi!....We just bought two little and so cute 10 weeks Jack Russells. They have been with us for 4 days and are eating, drinking, playing and sleeping very well. In 10 days they will have the second round of injections. The weather is quite cold over here right now, -10C to -1C. We have been taking the dogs to the back garden for 10 min for them to get use to pee and poo outside several times a day. Jack, the male, started to develop a dry cough last night, no constant but it sounds like if he had something stuck in his throat, no to frequent, no other symptoms . is it still Ok to take them out in the cold? can I start taking them out for longer ish walks?
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Hello Jelen,

There is nothing wrong with taking them out to pee/poop in the cold but they JUST learned how to control their body temperatures, so don't stay out too long. 10 minutes MAX.   Plus their little paws are unprotected and they get cold/burn very quickly. Put coats on them too. That is VERY cold.
Make sure to PRAISE PRAISE PRAISE when they actually DO pee/poop outside. Give an extra special treat (cheese) etc.  Don't punish when they make a mistake in the house, unless you catch them in the act of pee/poop in the house, then take them right outside.  Negative reinforcement (punishment) never works. Positive reinforcement is much better.

The coughing is unlikely caused by the cold. Are they in doggie day care or anything like that?
It could be kennel cough -
It could be heartworm

When you go to the vet, they will do a blood test for heartworm and give you a nasal vaccine
for kennel cough which will clear things up if this is the problem.  

Be careful not to pull on the leash/collar too hard at this young age which can also cause that
cough.  

Best of luck with your new babes!!

Lastly, I apologize for the lateness of this response, my own dad has been in the hospital and
I have not opened my email for about 10 days.

Take care

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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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