What’s The Real Reason Your Dog Hates The Mail Carrier?

What’s The Real Reason Your Dog Hates The Mail Carrier?

Advertisement Dog versus mail carrier is a battle for the ages. It’s characterized by barks and snarls ending in ripped pants and even hospital visits. Cartoons joke about it and people laugh about it, but it’s a serious problem plaguing neighborhoods and postal workers. According to the United States Postal Service, there were over 6,200 dog attacks involving U.S. postal workers in 2017. That number is on its way down from 2016, but all of those attacks could have been prevented. The first step in protecting postal workers is understanding exactly why your…continue reading →
How To Manage An Overprotective Dog

How To Manage An Overprotective Dog

Advertisement You know the difference between someone trying to give you a hug versus a chokehold, but your overprotective dog isn’t willing to take the risk. When your friends come to visit, they can’t get close without your dog growling and barking. Your dog might even decide to bite. Being overprotective isn’t a behavioral trait to take lightly, and it’s time to do something about it. How Dogs Become Overprotective For most dogs, the road to becoming overprotective is long and subtle. Their owners don’t realize it’s happening until the behavior progresses to…continue reading →
Why Do Some Dogs Watch TV?

Why Do Some Dogs Watch TV?

Advertisement Have you ever seen a dog watch television? Whether or not dogs show interest in the TV comes down to their individual personalities and breed mixes. According to Nicholas Dodman, a veterinary behaviorist at Tufts University, dogs can definitely perceive images and sounds coming from the television. How they react to them is another matter! When dogs watch TV, what do they see? A 2013 study published in the journal Animal Cognition found that dogs could visually identify images of other dogs among pictures of humans and other animals. They are also able to recognize…continue reading →
How To Introduce A Dog To A Cat

How To Introduce A Dog To A Cat

Advertisement There are people proud to call themselves Team Dog and others firmly on the feline side of things, but the world doesn’t have to be split into dog people and cat people. In fact, if you’re an animal lover, you probably appreciate the jolly innocence of dogs just as much as a cat’s independent charm. You love them both, and you want both your dog and your cat to live peacefully by your side. But before you all live happily ever after, you have to get past the first introductions. How you…continue reading →

Why Do Some Dogs Shake?

Advertisement Sometimes dogs shake with excitement upon seeing a favorite loved one. Other times their trembling is an involuntary response to environmental factors. While these causes are harmless, shaking can also be a symptom of certain genetic conditions or a sign of a serious illness. In order to determine if your dog’s shaking is a cause for concern, you must understand the many reasons that may account for it. Certain breeds are more prone to shaking. Ask any Chihuahua parent and they will tell you these dogs shake. They shake when they are…continue reading →
How To Help Keep Your Dog Calm In Public

How To Help Keep Your Dog Calm In Public

Advertisement Dog trainers hear it all the time: “My dog is great at home, but as soon as we get around other people/pets, his manners go out the window!” Keeping a dog calm and attentive in public goes against their natural instincts to explore and interact with their surroundings. Disruptive dogs can become well-mannered members of polite society, but it takes lots of practice and plenty of patience on the part of the owner. Why do some dogs act unruly in public? – Sensory Overload A trip to a busy pet store with…continue reading →
Why Does My Dog Lick Me?

Why Does My Dog Lick Me?

Advertisement You know it’s coming every time you walk through the door, sit on the couch, and lean in for a belly rub. You brace yourself as best you can for an enthusiastic slobbery smooth from your furry best friend. Dogs lick their favorite people whether their advances are welcome or not, and some do it more than others. These “extreme lickers” are the dogs that can’t help but stick out their tongues whenever a person comes close. They’ll lick you forever if you let them, and they never pass up an opportunity…continue reading →
iHeartDogs Partners With Audible To Help Feed Hungry Shelter Dogs

iHeartDogs Partners With Audible To Help Feed Hungry Shelter Dogs

We love our dogs, and in a perfect world, we’d spend every waking moment with them. But knowing that our dogs are comfy and cozy while we are away grants us peace of mind. The perfect little bed, a bowl full of their favorite chow, a basket overflowing of toys…but what else can we do to make things just right in our absence? Think about it: what is the most soothing sound to your dog’s ears? A human’s voice! This is why Audible has gone to the dogs–giving your dog an opportunity to…continue reading →

10 Simple Tricks To Tire Out Your Active Dog

Advertisement Does an hour-long walk give your dog more energy instead of tiring him out? Some dogs seem to have endless amounts of energy. If you don’t want them bouncing around your house or becoming destructive, you need to find a way to tire them out. Walking around your neighborhood can get boring for both of you after a while. What can you do? Here are 10 simples tricks to tire out your active dog. #1 – Use a flirt pole You’ve probably seen this type of toy used for cats. It’s a plush…continue reading →
9 Myths About Dog Aggression

9 Myths About Dog Aggression

Advertisement Advertisement There’s no denying the fact an aggressive dog is potentially dangerous. It’s a problem that requires attention from a professional dog behaviorist, but there’s a lot more to canine aggression than most people realize. Aggression is one of the most common behavioral issues seen in dogs, and it’s one of the top reasons why dogs are euthanized and surrendered to shelters. Coincidentally, it’s also one of the most misunderstood topics in the dog world. We’re here to clear the air and dispel these common myths about dog aggression. 1. A “good”…continue reading →
5 Serious Illnesses Caused by Canine Dental Disease

5 Serious Illnesses Caused by Canine Dental Disease

Dental health is one of the most neglected issues in dogs. Yet, neglected teeth can quickly lead to canine dental disease other serious–and often fatal–diseases. Dr. Kathryn Primm, owner of Apple Brook Animal Hospital, and Dr. Denise Petryk, Director of Veterinary Services at Trupanion, shared with us some of the illnesses that can result from poor dental hygiene. #1 – Heart Valve Infections Dr. Primm: “Mouth bacteria can travel and settle on the heart valves. Bacterial endocarditis (infection of the interior of the heart) is a problem of its own and can also permanently…continue reading →
Study Finds Small Dogs “Lie About Their Size” By Aiming Higher When They Pee

Study Finds Small Dogs “Lie About Their Size” By Aiming Higher When They Pee

Advertisement Dogs use urine to mark their turf and send messages to other pups in the area. In order to achieve this scent-based communication, male dogs often lift their legs to mark vertical objects like trees, poles and mailboxes. These urinary “messages” can tell other dogs a lot about those who left them behind, including gender, sexual status, health, and social status. However, not everything dogs learn from these scent marks is necessarily accurate. New research from Cornell University found that smaller dogs lift their legs at a higher angle than larger dogs – most…continue reading →

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 →

Do You Really Understand Your Dog? 15 Things Your Dog Wants You To Know

Advertisement Whether you’re a first-time dog owner or you’ve had dogs your entire life, there may be things about your dog that you don’t truly understand. How many of these things do you already know, and how many are new to you? Here are 15 things your dog wants to make sure you know. #1 – I’m incapable of experiencing guilt. Even though I look guilty when you scold me for doing something wrong, I’m just responding to the tone of your voice and your behavior. I understand that you’re upset, and I don’t…continue reading →
iHeartDogs Partners With Amazon Audible To Help Feed Hungry Shelter Dogs

iHeartDogs Partners With Amazon Audible To Help Feed Hungry Shelter Dogs

We love our dogs, and in a perfect world, we’d spend every waking moment with them. But knowing that our dogs are comfy and cozy while we are away grants us peace of mind. The perfect little bed, a bowl full of their favorite chow, a basket overflowing of toys…but what else can we do to make things just right in our absence? Think about it: what is the most soothing sound to your dog’s ears? A human’s voice! This is why Audible by Amazon has gone to the dogs–giving your dog an…continue reading →
What Causes Separation Anxiety In Dogs?

What Causes Separation Anxiety In Dogs?

Advertisement If you know anything about separation anxiety, you know how upsetting it can be for the dog and how frustrating it can be for the owner. But what causes it? Does knowing what may have caused your dog’s separation anxiety help you treat it? Are there certain dog breeds that are more likely to develop separation anxiety? There are a wide variety of factors that can lead to a dog developing separation anxiety. Scientists may not understand all the factors that can cause separation anxiety, but here’s what they do know. What…continue reading →
What You Need To Know About Making Eye Contact With Your Dog

What You Need To Know About Making Eye Contact With Your Dog

Advertisement Human or canine, eye contact is a big part of communication. Eyes convey emotion, indicate intent, and they reflect individual personality in ways many people don’t realize. There’s a lot that’s the same when it comes to human and canine eyes—you and your pup can even share the same eye color—but the way dogs understand eye contact will always be slightly different than what seems normal for humans. Understanding how your dog feels about eye contact is important for your relationship, and it’ll help you better communicate with every dog you meet.…continue reading →
5 Dangerous Dog Habits & How To Fix Them

5 Dangerous Dog Habits & How To Fix Them

Advertisement The other day, my neighbor’s dog darted out the front door and chased a young boy on a bike. She ended up biting the child’s foot, fracturing two of his toes. The dog now faces a mandatory 10-day Rabies quarantine and possible euthanasia. Sadly, the whole situation could have been avoided if her owners had provided the intervention, correction, and training to break her dangerous habits. As much as we love our dogs, there is no such thing as a “perfect” pooch. Dogs make mistakes and it is our job as their guardians…continue reading →
Recent Study Suggests That Your Dog Does This For You When You’re Upset

Recent Study Suggests That Your Dog Does This For You When You’re Upset

Advertisement There’s something about a dog’s soft fur and kind eyes that works like medicine when you’re feeling down in the dumps. Making you feel better seems effortless for them, but a new study suggests their mood-boosting powers aren’t as incidental as we used to think. The question of whether or not dogs feel empathy is still yet to be answered, but researchers recently published a study that suggests dogs are receptive to human emotional states and can choose to actively help when they sense a human in distress. To start the experiment,…continue reading →
Do Female Dogs Urine Mark Like Males Do?

Do Female Dogs Urine Mark Like Males Do?

Advertisement Male dogs are notorious for start-and-stop walks that consist of them spreading their manly scent across the neighborhood, but they’re not the only dogs that mark their territory with urine. Female dogs also urine mark, and they usually have a good reason for it—at least if you’re a dog. You’ll know your girl likes to mark when you find yourself stopping frequently on walks to let her squat and let out a small amount of urine. In worst case scenarios, she might even mark things inside your house by leaving behind surprise…continue reading →
The Reason Why Your Dog Shakes Off

The Reason Why Your Dog Shakes Off

Advertisement When your dog is wet, you know you better move fast out of the splash zone before they start shaking themselves dry. It’s impressive how thoroughly they can shake their entire body (and how far they can fling those cast-off water droplets), and science has found dogs can shake 70% of the water from their fur in only four seconds. It’s a good skill to have when you don’t want to walk around soaking wet, but if dog owners pay attention, they’ll notice their dogs shake even when they’re not wet. Like…continue reading →
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 →