Would our Jack Russell Terrier challenge raccoons?
May 27, 2014 12:40 PM Subscribe
Will our Jack Russell terrier challenge raccoons which might try to enter house through doggy door when we are gone on vacation?
posted by ragtimepiano to Pets & Animals (14 answers total)
We have a three year old, male, Jack Russell terrier-Queensland heeler mix. He is super-smart, very protective, and very brave. Tully weighs about 21 lbs. and is the height of a JRTerrier, so he's a fairly small dog. In June we'll be away from home for about a week, leaving him in the care of a friend who will come by to feed and pet him daily.
Lately he has been barking fiercely in the middle of the night for no clear reason, but I think he's barking at urban raccoons who may be trying to enter the house via his doggy door. We have had raccoons enter this way before, when we had an elderly Queensland heeler who chose to completely ignore them. (Discretion is the better part of valor.) So far, there has been no evidence that raccoons have come into the house, but I do strongly suspect that they are hanging around the doggy door.
I know that raccoons are known for their fearlessness, and that they can get vicious in a fight.
I'm concerned about his safety. If we put him into a kennel, he will be tremendously unhappy and may lapse into nervous chewing and other bad behaviors.
Please help me decide what to do. Thanks, everyone.