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I don't think ticks will jump like fleas

No, but they will crawl like spiders, but slower. If you're nearby, ticks can get on you, too. Make sure the dog doesn't have any.

They're not hard to deal with, and you can get 'tick nippers' at livestock supply shops and, sometimes, pet supply shops. These are pretty useful: they are basically tweezers, but as though someone cut the bowl of a spoon in half and set it into blunt scissors. You position them to either side of the tick, bring them together, which captures the tick in the bowl, and give a quick yank. The nippers have a built in magnifying glass so you can see the ticks.

Just be aware that Lyme disease is carried by ticks, and don't - repeat, don't - handle them with your bare hands.

Beej
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