Our Jacks are not nearly the high energy of the others we know. Maybe because we are a low key household. We don't take them on walks, but they do have our backyard to run in and the male plays ball constantly and will play by himself if no one will through it. He bats it between his front paws like a soccer player dribbling or whatever it is they do and runs while he bats it back and forth.
Shed? OMG! I could have made 16 more dogs with all the damn hair I have vacuumed, swept and lint rollered in the past 8 years! All of us have learned NOT to wear black anymore or you leave the house looking like you rolled in white dog hair. That is the ONLY thing I really hate about them.
But we had a schnauzer/standard poodle mix before and she had to be groomed and that got old and expensive after a while, so we said the next dog will not have to be groomed. Oh boy, if we had only known!
We got Rosie when my daughter was 5 as the schnauzer mix was 10 and wouldn't play with our daughter, so we thought that the Jack and a 5 year old would be good together and they were. They really had a good time and Rosie was dressed in finery and jewels and pushed in baby carriages and they romped and played in the backyard. I do have to say having 2 jacks is better than one because they play really well together and that gets some of the energy out and we don't have to take them on walks or help expend the energy. We have an open floor plan and they play grabass chase all though the house a couple times a day and they run and snort and play growl around and around and then hide behind furniture waiting for the other to come by and them jump out and start chasing. It really is fun to watch. They have been a joy to have.
I think I will try the pill crusher. We were told to also give them kaopectake and the vet gave us a huge syringe. The first time I did it, I wound up with pink dog and she was spitting it back out as fast as I was putting it in and it went everywhere.
Bogie will eat ANYTHING and I mean ANYTHING even raw asparagus, but he's not too fond of mushrooms or grapes, but anything else is fair game, even lettuce. We think he starved in a previous life. You can just hand him a pill and he eats it. Rosie is like an old maid aunt that turned her nose up at everything.
Oh, our female was housebroken within 2 weeks. The male a little longer. They are incredibly smart dogs and learn things very quickly. I think that's why you see so many of them on tv and in the movies. They are very quick learners.
Our male has a pee problem. He has an excitable bladder according to the vet. Rosies bladder is the size of the good year blimp, but she peed in the house for the first time in years the other day and I know it was in spite for something I had done.
Other than the shedding, they have been great, fun, loveable dogs. I've spent the good part of the last 2 years with major health problems and Bogie has been by my side through all of it. He will lay in bed with me, right up against me as long as I lay in bed. He's very loyal and is never far from my side. He is laying next to me on the floor as I type this. He follows me from room to room. Rosie? She is her cat like self, on a cushion in the sun, curled up sleeping in another room. Aloof.