8 Amazing Things Dogs Can Sense About Humans

Advertisement Is your pooch ecstatic every time you come home, and act like your shadow whenever you’re in the house? That’s because you’re the center of his world, and he always wants to know where you are and what you’re doing. As it turns out, our dogs are such good observers that they can pick up on our emotions or even detect things about us that we don’t even know ourselves. Ever hear stories of pups who have alerted their people to cancer, pregnancy, or a dangerous stranger nearby? That’s because they’re so intuitive…continue reading →

8 Changes To Expect As Your Dog Becomes A Senior

Advertisement Our dogs are our family, which means we love them from puppyhood through their senior years. Or, maybe you’re one of those big-hearted rescuers who adopted a mutt who’s already on the mature side. In either case, there are a few things that pet parents should keep in mind in order to keep our dogs as healthy and happy as possible, even as they age. Below, check out 8 changes you can expect as your dog becomes a senior. The more you know, the more you can help make your furry friend’s…continue reading →

8 Subtle Signs Your Dog Is In Pain

Advertisement Chances are, you know your dog’s mannerisms and behaviors pretty darn well, and you can tell when they’re excited, hungry, scared, and the like. But signs of pain can be less obvious, especially if it’s a new symptom and they’re exhibiting a behavior that you’re not used to seeing. If your pup is showing one or more of the signs below, it’s best to call your vet for a check-up. Whether the issue is minor or major, your loyal companion doesn’t deserve to live in pain any longer than he or she…continue reading →

How To Teach Your Dog To Fetch & Retrieve

Advertisement Like begging for food and rolling on their bellies, dog love playing fetch because it’s in their nature, right? Well, not necessarily. While some dogs, particularly retrievers (who were bred to, you know, retrieve things!) catch on to the game instantly, you may get frustrated when your pooch doesn’t participate. If she stares blankly at the soaring ball or refuses to return with it, don’t worry; there’s nothing wrong with her. But believe it or not, you can actually teach your furry friend to fetch, creating a fun and active game that you…continue reading →
Scientists Decode The Meanings Behind 19 Common Dog Gestures

Scientists Decode The Meanings Behind 19 Common Dog Gestures

Advertisement Before they learn to speak, young children often point at an object they want. Any parent can tell you, it is their way of saying, “May I have that, please?” This type of communication is called “referential signaling” and it is relatively rare among non-primates. Since dogs have such a unique relationship with humans, the authors of a new study sought to discover if some of their many gestures qualify as referential signaling. They asked 37 dog owners to record their pups attempting to communicate. 242 videos were shot, capturing a total of…continue reading →
Temperatures Are Beginning To Soar: Here’s How To Protect Your Dog From Head To Paw

Temperatures Are Beginning To Soar: Here’s How To Protect Your Dog From Head To Paw

Advertisement With temperatures surpassing 100 degrees in some parts of the country, animal experts are reminding pet owners of some simple ways to keep their dogs safe and healthy. It’s of utmost importance to be aware of how stifling heat affects our pets, often more than us humans. A little precaution can go a long way, preventing injury, vet bills — and most importantly, it can save a life. Head for the water In a story by abc 30, pet parents are reminded to be aware of how much water their pooch is…continue reading →

13 Healthiest “People Foods” For Dogs

Advertisement If the way to your dog’s heart is through her stomach, you undoubtedly love sharing snacks with your most loyal companion. While we love making our pups happy by showering them with treats, it’s even more important to keep them healthy and safe. The good news is, there are some foods that you and your four-legged friend can enjoy together, and even benefit from. Although this list is by no means extensive, check out 13 of the healthiest “people foods” you can enjoy with your dog! 1. Peanut Butter Peanut butter and…continue reading →

6 Reasons Your Dog May Be Whining

Advertisement Our canines are masters of communication, and when they find something that “works,” they stick with it! Many dogs discover that whining is an effective way to get their point across, whether they’re telling us they’re excited, stressed, hungry, or in pain. If your typically quiet companion starts whimpering out of nowhere or it suddenly becomes incessant, a trip to the vet should be in order. But don’t worry, this behavior isn’t always a sign of something bad! There are many other reasons your dog may be whining, depending on the situation.…continue reading →
A Room-By-Room Guide To Dog-Proofing Your House

A Room-By-Room Guide To Dog-Proofing Your House

Advertisement Many pup parents learn through experience that having a dog is a lot like having small children. They’re cute and fun to play with, but they also manage to get themselves into messy and potentially dangerous situations. Puppies are especially known for their mischievous ways, but dogs of all ages can have a talent for getting into trouble. Sometimes it’s your favorite pair of shoes that’s at stake, but your dog’s curious nature can also put their health at risk. Dog-proofing your house is an important part of being a responsible pet…continue reading →

6 Incredible Things Dogs Can Sense Before They Happen

Advertisement Our dogs can be so intuitive that it’s almost like they have a sixth sense. But while you may wonder whether they have the supernatural gift of prediction, it’s more likely that their keen five senses give them their remarkable abilities. A dog’s ears can hear four times (or more!) better than a human’s, while their noses are up to tens of thousands of times better than ours. In addition, they’re incredibly in-tune with their environments and their favorite people, so it’s really no wonder that they can detect certain shifts and changes before we humans can.…continue reading →
Dogs Have These 5 Major Personality Types

Dogs Have These 5 Major Personality Types

Advertisement Just like people, dogs have different personalities that can fall into different personality types. A dog may display more than one personality type, but usually one will be more dominant than the others. Understanding your dog’s personality type can make a big difference in how you train your dog and react to their behaviors. Just like trying to push a shy introvert to become the life of the party is bound to be a difficult task, trying to force your dog to do something that goes against his personality will be an…continue reading →
Do Dogs Dream Like We Do?

Do Dogs Dream Like We Do?

Advertisement Anyone who’s watched a pup wag her tail, bark, or even move her paws as if running in her sleep probably doesn’t need convincing that dogs can dream. But are our companion’s nocturnal experiences similar to ours…  and what exactly do they dream about? How do we know that dogs dream? A 2001 study by MIT determined that rats dream by measuring their brainwaves while completing a maze while they were awake. After measuring similar patterns while they slept, it was deducted that the rats were dreaming about the task they’d done…continue reading →
6 Reasons Dogs Bury Their Food, Treats & Toys

6 Reasons Dogs Bury Their Food, Treats & Toys

Advertisement Have you ever presented your pup with a fancy new chew bone only to watch him head for the garden to bury it? Don’t be offended, it’s not that your dog hates your gift. In fact, this behavior usually means quite the opposite. Dogs often bury their most prized possessions in order to keep them safely stashed for later. 1. Instinct Burying valuable items is an instinctual throwback to the survival skills of our dogs’ wild canid ancestors. Wolves, coyotes and foxes never know when their next meal will come, so if they…continue reading →

8 Dog Body Language Signals That Are Often Misinterpreted

Advertisement When you’re closely bonded with a dog, it almost feels like you can read each others’ minds. You know your companion’s tones, mannerisms, and expressions, and can often interpret what they’re trying to communicate with just one look. But when it comes to people interacting with others’ dogs, they may not be able to interpret their signals quite as clearly. That’s why it’s so important to learn common cues, for the comfort and safety of everyone. Our dogs’ body language is complex, and can mean different things depending on the situation. Below are…continue reading →
New Study Shows Why Your Dog Always Seems To Know How You’re Feeling

New Study Shows Why Your Dog Always Seems To Know How You’re Feeling

Advertisement Our dogs make our worlds complete, but to them, we’re their whole world. We give them love, treats, and play, not to mention necessities like food, water, security, and shelter. They depend on us to fulfill all their physical and emotional needs, so it’s really no surprise that they’ve learned to observe us intently in our daily lives. But have you ever wondered how your dog always seems so in tune with how you’re feeling, for better or worse? As it turns out, those keen observation skills help our companions decode human…continue reading →

5 Signs Of Dementia In Dogs & How You Can Help

Advertisement You’ve heard that dementia can affect elderly people as they age, but you may not know that dogs can get it, too. As with humans, the condition — which impairs memory, communication, focus, and more — can also develop in our canine companions as they get older. The tricky thing is, the signs can be gradual and very subtle. With dogs, there’s the added challenge that they’re not able to tell us that something isn’t right. The best thing for a pup parent to do, especially as their pooch enters their golden…continue reading →
Does My Dog Need Antidepressants?

Does My Dog Need Antidepressants?

Advertisement Those who rescue dogs have huge hearts, and anyone who’s active in the rescue world realizes that pups with a past may also be dealing with their fair share of trauma. This can lead to anxiety or depression. With all that said, pups who live in loving families may also have been traumatized by something seemingly minor, like a loud noise that scared them once, or an altercation at the dog park. According to Paws Abilities: “Too often, we get caught up in the stories we tell ourselves about our dogs’ pasts, and forget…continue reading →
Why Do Some Dogs Gravitate Toward People Who Don’t Like Pets?

Why Do Some Dogs Gravitate Toward People Who Don’t Like Pets?

Advertisement The thought of people being less than dog crazy is practically unfathomable to us, but believe it or not, it does happen (gasp!). Those who aren’t smitten with the canine kind may claim that pooches seem particularly attracted to their indifferent demeanor. Or, maybe you’ve witnessed your own dog making a beeline for someone who’s less than enthused to meet them. They say that opposites attract, and this scenario certainly seems to prove the old saying true. Have you ever wondered why that is? Vet Street explains a few possibilities, the first…continue reading →