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Thyroid problems can cause excessive shedding so you will want to see your vet to rule this out.
JRT's are known for their shedding problems. You can always see the groomer on a regular basis and have him shaved down for the summer.
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Nope. Most dogs enjoy being groomed and love the feeling they get after they have been shaved. Many people who have dogs who are heavy shedders will choose to shave their dogs year round.