Does Your Dog Eat Too Fast? Here Are 7 Ways To Slow Them Down

Does Your Dog Eat Too Fast? Here Are 7 Ways To Slow Them Down

Advertisement If your dog can finish an entire meal in less time than it takes you to say, “Bailey, slow down!” you have a chow hound on your hands. These are the dogs that inhale their food without bothering to chew or even check what they’re eating. Labs are notorious chow hounds, but they come in all sizes, breeds, and personalities. Gulping food in record time is an impressive skill in some circles, but eating too fast is a serious problem for dogs. It puts their health at risk, and in some cases,…continue reading →
Can Dogs Tell Time?

Can Dogs Tell Time?

Advertisement Every night at exactly the same time, your dog gives you “the look.” You don’t need to check the clock to know it’s time for dinner. For other dog owners, the same phenomenon happens when it’s time to leash up and go for a walk. No matter what you’re doing, the dog always knows when it’s time to go. And then there are dogs that know exactly when it’s time for their owners to come home. They pull off this trick without seeing a car or hearing its engine. All this evidence…continue reading →
Why It’s Important To Let Your Dog Sniff During Walks

Why It’s Important To Let Your Dog Sniff During Walks

Advertisement Getting your dog out the door for daily exercise will always be a step in the right direction when it comes to their health and happiness.  There is a way, however, for your dog to get even more enrichment from their regular walk around the block. While you’re busy looking at the scenery, your dog’s nose is working overtime. They walk a few feet before stopping to sniff, and then they take a few more steps to find something else worth smelling. It’s tempting to tug on the leash to keep them…continue reading →

10 Wonderful Ways To Bond With Your Dog

Advertisement Life is busy and technology is everywhere, but no matter how wrapped up we get in our day-to-day tasks, it’s incredibly important to spend a little time with our dogs every single day. We may have a lot going on with work, families, and countless other responsibilities, but in our dogs’ eyes, we are their entire world. Bonding with your dog is incredibly important, and the good news is, our pups are incredibly easy to please! Below are 10 ideas for spending quality time together, from a quick backyard game to a…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 The “Quiet” Command

How To Teach Your Dog The “Quiet” Command

Advertisement If you have a dog who barks incessantly for whatever reason – to be fed, at the mailman, because he’s bored, to get your attention – you’re probably wishing your dog had an “off” switch. Even if the barking doesn’t bother you, per se, you don’t want to be “that neighbor” with the obnoxious barking dog that everybody hates. So what can you do? Shouting at him to shut up rarely helps. Luckily, there is a way to get your dog to quit barking on cue. It may help to teach your dog…continue reading →

Hold for Modi – Why A Dog Bites, And What To Do After Your Dog Bites You

Advertisement Did you know that more than 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year? More than 800,000 people require treatment for those dog bites. Unfortunately, dog bites just aren’t as rare as you may think, and sometimes you can get surprised by a bite from your own dog. Why do so many dogs bite people every year? What should you do if your dog bites you? We have the answers you’re looking for. Why do dogs bite? Dogs always have a reason for biting, even if you can’t figure it out…continue reading →
Why A Dog Bites, And What To Do After Your Dog Bites You

Why A Dog Bites, And What To Do After Your Dog Bites You

Advertisement Did you know that more than 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year? More than 800,000 people require treatment for those dog bites. Unfortunately, dog bites just aren’t as rare as you may think, and sometimes you can get surprised by a bite from your own dog. Why do so many dogs bite people every year? What should you do if your dog bites you? We have the answers you’re looking for. Why do dogs bite? Dogs always have a reason for biting, even if you can’t figure it out…continue reading →
5 Tips For Helping A Dog That Doesn’t Like The Rain

5 Tips For Helping A Dog That Doesn’t Like The Rain

Advertisement When a rain-filled weather report interrupts your dog’s regular exercise and bathroom break routine, simple things become immensely more complicated. You prepare for pee stains on the carpet, stinky surprises in the hallway, and a rambunctious pet with too much energy for indoor activities. Refusing to go outside in the rain is common in dogs. Think about it, you don’t like getting soaked by the rain, and your dog is no different. They’re used to the good life of memory-foam dog beds and a bin full of toys, and being forced into…continue reading →
How To Teach Your Dog The “Leave It” & “Drop It” Commands

How To Teach Your Dog The “Leave It” & “Drop It” Commands

Advertisement We have all heard the horror stories of dogs choking on small items, getting into dangerous medications, or being poisoned by spiteful neighbors. Empower yourself and protect your pooch from these types of dangers by teaching the “Leave it” and “Drop it” commands that could one day save his life. Note: Professional dog trainer, Jess Rollins, recommends spending just 15 minutes a day in 5 minute sessions working on these skills to prevent your dog from becoming bored or frustrated. Teaching the “Leave It” Command This is your first line of defense when trying…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 →
10 Signs Your Dog Is Truly Happy

10 Signs Your Dog Is Truly Happy

Advertisement Our dogs bring so much joy into our lives, and we do everything we can to return the favor. They brighten up our darkest days, give us constant unconditional love, and give us more smiles and laughs than we ever could’ve imagined before they came into our lives. It’s only natural that we want to make sure we’re giving them the best life possible right back! Chances are, you know your dog so well that you can read your dog’s emotions like a book. But just in case you had any doubts,…continue reading →

10 Things To Know About Adopting A Fearful Rescue Dog

Advertisement Walk through any animal shelter in the country, and there will always be excited dogs begging for your attention. They hop and bark and paw at the gate hoping to catch the eye of the exact right person. But among all that excitement, there’s also a different type of rescue dog. They’re the dogs that would rather curl up and borrow in their beds than face well-intentioned strangers. For one reason or another, they’re afraid of the world. Fearful rescue dogs don’t seek out attention like their more exuberant kennel-mates, and that…continue reading →

Why Do Dogs Kick When You Scratch Them?

Advertisement No dog lover can resist doling out a good belly rub when their pup flops onto the floor and shows their stomach. It’s always your goal to find that magic spot that gets their leg moving like Thumper in “Bambi.” When you find it, and your dog’s leg starts going crazy, you assume you’re giving them exactly what they asked for. The secret most dog owners don’t know, however, is that kicking their leg during a belly rub doesn’t always mean the dog is having a good time. There’s a biological reason…continue reading →

Does Your Dog Hate Car Rides? Try These Tips

For many dogs, the jingling of car keys signifies excitement and adventure. But for others, the same sound inspires pure dread. Travel anxiety and car sickness often go hand-in-hand, making even the shortest trip a potential nightmare. Luckily, there are several ways you can help your pup relax and enjoy the ride! Motion sickness is most likely to affect puppies and younger dogs because the structures within the ear that control balance do not fully develop until adulthood. If your dog’s first few car rides left him feeling dizzy and nauseated, a negative association…continue reading →
7 Things In Your Backyard That Could Be Deadly For Dogs

7 Things In Your Backyard That Could Be Deadly For Dogs

Advertisement Your backyard is where your dog is free to run around and soak up the sun, but it’s your job to make sure that happy place doesn’t end up being a dangerous place. You’ll need to look at your yard with a critical eye to spot the things that might get a curious sniffer or mischievous mind into trouble. Most of the things on this list are everyday items you probably have in your yard right now. They’re safe when stored properly, but they also pose specific risks to dogs. To keep…continue reading →

Scientists Study YouTube Videos To Discover The Lesser Known Triggers For Dog Bite

Advertisement Common reasons dogs snap at humans include fear, pain and resource guarding. Recently, a team of researchers from the University of Liverpool set out to discover the lesser understood triggers for dog bites by analyzing 143 YouTube videos showing 362 real bites. Dog bites are a global health problem causing physical, mental, and financial strain to individuals, health care systems, and businesses. They also affect canine welfare, as many dogs are relinquished to shelters or euthanized for biting, even when the incident was prompted by human behavior. Exploring the reasons why dogs bite is…continue reading →

21 Dog Breeds That Love To Chew

Any dog might decide to chew up your favorite shoes if he gets bored, but some breeds are notorious chewers. If you already have one of the breeds on this list, you might be familiar with their tendencies to chew. If you’re deciding what breed would best suit your family, keep in mind that the dogs on this list may need a little bit more attention, exercise, or training to avoid chewing things they shouldn’t. With that in mind, here are 21 dog breeds that love to chew. #1 – Australian Shepherd Australian…continue reading →
9 Reasons Why Male & Female Dogs Hump, Even If They’ve Been “Fixed”

9 Reasons Why Male & Female Dogs Hump, Even If They’ve Been “Fixed”

Advertisement For us humans, it’s not exactly socially acceptable to go up to an acquaintance — or even an old friend, for that matter — and start humping them. Nor is it appropriate to go to town on a toy or pillow with onlookers nearby. However, our canine companions don’t have these kinds of social inhibitions, but for us humans, our pups’ frisky behavior can be pretty embarrassing! Sometimes, a mount can even lead to an altercation between two dogs. So why do they do it? As it turns out, there are multiple…continue reading →
9 Of The Most Mischievous Dog Breeds

9 Of The Most Mischievous Dog Breeds

Advertisement There’s a pup out there for every personality, from companion couch potatoes, to social butterflies, to playful buddies that are perfect for active families. And there are some dogs whose genetics combine high intelligence with high energy, so if they’re not properly occupied, they may get themselves into some trouble! To be clear, these aren’t the “problem children” of the canine world, they’re the dogs who love to work, hike, play, run, excel at agility, and more! But left to their own devices, pup parents shouldn’t be surprised if their under-stimulated dogs…continue reading →

9 Of The Most Mischievous Dog Breeds

Advertisement There’s a pup out there for every personality, from companion couch potatoes, to social butterflies, to playful buddies that are perfect for active families. And there are some dogs whose genetics combine high intelligence with high energy, so if they’re not properly occupied, they may get themselves into some trouble! To be clear, these aren’t the “problem children” of the canine world, they’re the dogs who love to work, hike, play, run, excel at agility, and more! But left to their own devices, pup parents shouldn’t be surprised if their under-stimulated dogs…continue reading →
5 Reasons To Talk To Your Dog On A Daily Basis

5 Reasons To Talk To Your Dog On A Daily Basis

Advertisement Conversations with your dog are one-sided, but you don’t need a verbal response to know talking to your furry best friend is a good idea. No matter how silly you think you sound, striking up a conversation while you’re out on a walk, cuddling on the couch, or preparing dinner has benefits you probably don’t know about. Yes, your neighbor might think you’re crazy, but if they have a dog of their own, they should be doing it too. In fact, while not every dog owner will admit it, most people with…continue reading →
Uncovering The Mystery Of How Some Lost Dogs Find Their Way Home

Uncovering The Mystery Of How Some Lost Dogs Find Their Way Home

Advertisement Sassy, Champ, and Shadow from the movie “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” are famous for their cross-country adventure to find their family, but they’re not the only four-legged family members to demonstrate an incredible ability to find their way home—no map or GPS involved. Not every dog has this seemingly supernatural gift, but every now and then, a story surfaces about a dog that travels miles through dangerous wilderness, rough countryside, or confusing city streets to be reunited with the ones they love. There’s even a story of a dog crossing the English…continue reading →
New Study Shows That Dogs May Be Better At Rationalizing Than Humans

New Study Shows That Dogs May Be Better At Rationalizing Than Humans

Humans learn through imitation. From early lessons in walking and talking to more advanced tasks like operating a car; we tend to watch our peers, then mimic their actions. While dogs have evolved to parrot some of our facial expressions, one scientist suggests they may be the more free-thinking species. Laurie Santos, a cognitive psychologist at Yale University, demonstrated this theory at the 2018 Liberty Science Centre Genius Gala. Santos presented the audience with a box featuring a cylindrical handle on the side. Before opening the lid, she jiggled the handle a few…continue reading →
Can Dogs “Fake” Illnesses & Injuries For Attention?

Can Dogs “Fake” Illnesses & Injuries For Attention?

Advertisement First off: if your dog seems hurt or ill, he probably is. Canine instinct is to avoid showing signs of weakness, so take it seriously if something seems off. With that said, there are some crafty canines who seem to put on a cough or limp in order to score extra love and attention from their humans. The idea of dogs “faking” illnesses or injuries to gain attention is not only supported by countless pawrents, many veterinarians also back the concept. Dr. Richard Pitcairn author of Natural Health for Dogs and Cats, says…continue reading →
6 Possible Reasons Why Your Dog Hates Their Harness

6 Possible Reasons Why Your Dog Hates Their Harness

You expect your dog to jump for joy when they see you pull out their harness and leash. It means you’re about to take them on an awesome adventure, and all dogs love going on walks, right? But what happens when instead of eagerly waiting for you to hook them up, your dog runs and hides? Or maybe they cower and tuck their tail between their legs. They might even get aggressive and try to nip the hand holding the harness. Whatever their behavior, your dog is making it clear they hate their…continue reading →
Is Your Dog Reverse Potty Trained?

Is Your Dog Reverse Potty Trained?

Advertisement Pee puddles in the kitchen, mysterious smelling stains in the hallway, “packages” soiling your favorite living room rug— a dog that hasn’t yet grasped the concept of house training is an unpleasant situation. It’s normal to see gradual improvements in a dog’s bathroom habits within a few weeks of training, but for some dogs, the path isn’t that easy. Reverse potty training is something that can happen to puppies, newly adopted rescues, and even resident dogs that have lived in a home for years. It’s frustrating, worrying, and, most of all, messy. Some…continue reading →
3 Strategies For Safely Catching A Loose Dog

3 Strategies For Safely Catching A Loose Dog

Advertisement Whether it’s your dog that slipped their leash or a stray running through traffic, catching a loose dog is never as easy as it sounds. Your first instinct is to give chase, but that rush of energy is rarely the right move. Dogs that are afraid, skittish, or simply overly excited will do everything they can to elude your grasp—even when that means putting themselves in danger. If you want to bring your flighty pup back home safely, you’ll have to resist the urge to run after them and try these safer…continue reading →
What To Do In The Event Of A Dog Attack

What To Do In The Event Of A Dog Attack

Advertisement We all love dogs and know that their hearts are pure, but sadly, attacks still happen. At the end of the day, our loyal companions are still animals with instincts that need to be respected. If they feel scared, threatened, or defensive, any dog is capable of biting. What’s more, some pups are simply more likely to go for the “fight” instead of the “flight,” whether it’s from past experience or it’s just in their nature. In light of a recent event where a dog attacked a passenger on a New York…continue reading →
How To Correct A Dog That Doesn’t Come When Called

How To Correct A Dog That Doesn’t Come When Called

Advertisement We’ve all been there; you’re the crazy person in the neighborhood with the dog that refuses to come when called.  Whether it was a training session gone awry or an accident that let them slip out the door, you’re now left with a dog to catch and a neighborly reputation to redeem. You know your four-legged fugitive hears you calling their name while they trespass into the neighbor’s garage and sniff-walk their way down the street, but they’re ignoring you. Coming when called is one of the most important lessons to teach…continue reading →

10 Dog Breeds That Bark The Least

Advertisement There are close to 200 dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). Each is assigned to one of seven groups based on the traits they were bred for. While there is no such thing as a bark-free dog, the following 10 breeds are among the quietest, thanks to their inherent characteristics. 1. Pug Pugs were originally bred more than 2,000 years ago to serve as companions to Chinese emperors and their families. To this day, these loyal cuties prefer a life of leisure full of good food and lots of…continue reading →
What’s Going On When Your Dog Chatters Their Teeth?

What’s Going On When Your Dog Chatters Their Teeth?

Advertisement A dog owner’s first instinct when they see their pup chattering their teeth is usually to grab a blanket. Humans clack their teeth together when the’re cold, and it’s true dogs occasionally do it too. It’s the body’s attempt at generating more heat, but what if it’s the middle of summer and your pup is out on a long walk? Or maybe you’re inside your cozy home about to play with a new toy? There are some situations where temperature-related teeth chattering doesn’t make sense. In these cases, there are other likely…continue reading →

The 4 Kinds Of Dog “Smiles” & What They Mean

Advertisement There are 4 basic canine facial expressions humans have come to interpret as “smiles”. While dogs share many of our complex emotions, they do not necessarily display them in the same ways. An open mouth and upturned lips can definitely be a sign of happiness and relaxation, but it can also indicate stress, fear or submission. In order to interpret canine smiles, we must take into account the language of the entire body. Robin Bennett, CPDT-KA, co-author of Off Leash Dog Play and Knowing Dogs Staff Training, is an expert at canine body language.…continue reading →
Why Are Some Pups Drawn To People Who Don’t Like Dogs?

Why Are Some Pups Drawn To People Who Don’t Like Dogs?

Advertisement I have been a card-carrying dog person for as long as I can remember, and if you are a follower of iHeartDogs, I’m sure you are, too! With millions of us out there just waiting to shower them with love and affection, why is it that some dogs gravitate to people who do not care for canines? For some dogs, the desire to seek out a paticular person may be related to their level of socialization. If they are raised with limited exposure to different types of humans, their level of comfort…continue reading →
How To Help Your Newly Adopted Rescue Dog Settle In

How To Help Your Newly Adopted Rescue Dog Settle In

Advertisement The day a rescue dog gets adopted is the day they say “goodbye” to life in the shelter. They say “hello” to people who love them and want to share their comfortable home, and many would assume that it’s the best day of the dog’s life. It’s a day that will change their life forever, but for some pups, the feeling of being overwhelmed may cloud everything else. Whether you know your new dog’s history or not, there’s no doubt their life has so far been extremely stressful. You wish signing the…continue reading →

What’s The Real Reason Why Dogs Tilt Their Heads?

Advertisement One tilt of a dog’s chin and prick of their ears is enough to send a human heartbeat racing with affection. The head tilt is the quintessential “cute dog behavior,” and some dog owners do everything they can, including baby talk and fake cat meows, to bring it out of their pups. Canine behaviorists, scientists, and dog owners delve deeper into the canine psyche to learn more about how dogs think, but the secret behind the head tilt has yet to be officially discovered. Until the day dogs can speak their minds…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 →
6 Tips For Successfully Introducing Dogs To Each Other

6 Tips For Successfully Introducing Dogs To Each Other

Advertisement Introducing two unfamiliar dogs can be a stressful event for all involved. Luckily, with a solid plan in place you can help things go smoothly and facilitate a lifelong friendship. The more you know about each dog’s personality, the better equipped you will be to anticipate their reactions to one another and prevent an unfortunate encounter. If both dogs are easygoing and social with other dogs, introducing them should be smooth and uneventful. However, if either pup is not highly socialized or has a history of trauma, the meeting will require more…continue reading →
Pup Parent Warns Others Of The Toxic Seeds That Nearly Killed Her Dog

Pup Parent Warns Others Of The Toxic Seeds That Nearly Killed Her Dog

Advertisement Easter almost turned tragic for dog mom Sharon Newton when her Chihuahua started nibbling on a toxic seed. During an Easter egg hunt, the pooch, named Max, ate a seed from a sago palm that was in the family’s yard. Three hours after ingesting it, the pup started throwing up and was rushed to the emergency vet. Image Source: Screen Shot via KTRK In a story by KTRK, Dr. Diane Wilkie explains that the walnut-sized seeds (or beans) are the most toxic part of the plant, and eating just one could cause…continue reading →