You will need a leash and a collar or collars that fit properly at all stages of growth. Rolled leather collars work very well and are comfortable. Be sure to adjust the collar so that it fits securely but not tightly, and check it regularly, particularly as your puppy grows. (The collar should be snug enough that it will not slip over the dog's head, but loose enough to allow you to comfortably insert two or three fingers between the collar and the neck.)
A nylon leash is often best for puppies, who find great joy in chewing leather leashes. A leash with a larger clip is much easier to get on a wiggling dog than one with a tiny clip. Make sure the clip is sturdy and will not release accidentally.
A retractable leash is good for walks in open areas. It allows the dog freedom, but you do give up some control. With a length of up to sixteen feet, instead of the six feet of most leashes, your dog will be harder to control. The retractable leash is never a substitute for the better control of a six-foot leash in areas where there are other dogs, cats, and people. You always need to keep your Jack Russell under control for safety. It's a challenge to assume control over a Jack Russell Terrier, with or without a leash!
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