11 Ways To Entertain Your Dog While You’re At Work

11 Ways To Entertain Your Dog While You’re At Work

Advertisement Working dog moms and dads hustle every day to provide for their pups. Unfortunately, that means leaving those adorable balls of fur home alone for most of the day. The guilt is real, and few bosses accept, “But my dog is sad!” as an excuse to take the day off. Some dogs handle the lonely work week better than others, but that doesn’t make leaving any easier. What does make it easier is knowing you’re doing everything you can to make your dog’s life better. Here are a few creative ideas to entertain…continue reading →
Introducing Your Dog To Guests: How To Keep Everyone Calm And Comfortable

Introducing Your Dog To Guests: How To Keep Everyone Calm And Comfortable

Advertisement Depending on your dog’s personality, the arrival of house guests could mean a few different things. First, for the nervous dog, strangers in the house could send your pup straight to his favorite hiding spot under the bed. For protective pups, there’s the risk of confusing friend for foe. And finally, our easily excitable tail waggers can’t help but cause chaos during already hectic visits. Regardless of the category your four-legged family member falls into, introducing your dog to guests doesn’t always go as planned. Your dog’s behavior can make inviting friends…continue reading →
Why Do Dogs Destroy Their Toys?

Why Do Dogs Destroy Their Toys?

Advertisement You know the drill—you scour every aisle and thoughtfully consider what toy your dog will like best. You pick out what you think is the perfect squeaky duck or oinky pig, but within minutes of presenting it to your dog, you’re picking it off the floor in pieces. There’s a pile of fluff over there, the squeaker somehow made it under the couch, and the culprit—your dog—seems completely satisfied with her crime. Some dogs carry around their toys like precious family heirlooms, but that’s not your dog. Your dog is a destroyer…continue reading →
How To Determine If A Dog Is Cat-Friendly

How To Determine If A Dog Is Cat-Friendly

Advertisement There are dog people and there are cat people. Then there are the animal lovers willing to open their homes to any creature in need. Sooner or later, these kindhearted folks find themselves intoducing canine and feline pack members – with varying degrees of success. Luckily, there are several factors that can help you determine if your dog is cat-friendly enough for a feline companion before you make the introduction. Breed While you absolutely cannot judge a dog based solely on its pedigree, members of certain breed groups are more likely to…continue reading →
How To Stop Your Puppy From Biting

How To Stop Your Puppy From Biting

Advertisement Puppy nibbles may seem cute at first, until your puppy gets overexcited and her needle-sharp teeth sink into your skin. Nipping is normal puppy behavior, but it’s important to teach your puppy not to bite. Otherwise, they’re likely to grow up thinking that biting is acceptable behavior. Here are a few tips on how to stop your puppy from biting. What’s the difference between teething, nipping, and biting? Just like humans, puppies start life with a set of baby teeth that eventually fall out and are replaced with adult teeth. As you…continue reading →
5 Reasons Your Dog Won’t Eat And How To Help

5 Reasons Your Dog Won’t Eat And How To Help

Advertisement When it comes to the canine appetite, most people are used to dogs gobbling everything in sight. They rush to eat their meals and taste test things you’d never dream of putting near your mouth. But on the opposite side of that spectrum, it’s not uncommon for dogs to be picky eaters or suddenly stop eating altogether. These are the dogs that barely nibble on their kibble and turn their wet noses up at everything in their dishes. Not eating is an obvious concern, and it’s important for you to figure out…continue reading →
Your Whining Dog Is Sending You A Message, Here’s How To Decode It

Your Whining Dog Is Sending You A Message, Here’s How To Decode It

Advertisement All those barks, howls, whimpers, and whines are like a language you can’t quite grasp. You and your dog may be the best of friends, but until you brush up on your interpreting skills, communicating with your canine will be tricky. You won’t find help in a dictionary or with Google Translate, but there are other ways of figuring out what your dog is saying when he whines. You’ll need to consider context, body language, and your dog’s unique personality. Here are a few of the most common messages a whining dog…continue reading →
10 Dog Park Rules Every Pup Parent Should Know

10 Dog Park Rules Every Pup Parent Should Know

Advertisement With dogs of all breeds and personalities running around and making new friends, dog parks are supposed to be places full of fun and socialization. There’s freedom to run unhindered by a leash, other dogs to race and wrestle, and opportunities for both mental and physical stimulation. These are the things you expect when you open the gate and unleash your dog, but unfortunately, that’s not always what you get. Even if there are no officially posted rules, always follow these basic dog park rules to ensure all people and pets have…continue reading →
How To Teach Your Dog To Play Nice With Other Dogs

How To Teach Your Dog To Play Nice With Other Dogs

Advertisement The idyllic picture of dogs playing together at the park is something every pup parent wants. You can see the joy on your dog’s face as he makes new friends and stimulates his body and mind. That vision is shattered, however, at the first sign of rough play. Your dog growls, bites, tackles, and chases in a way other dogs don’t appreciate. Instead of making new friends, your dog tries to dominate his playmates. If his rough play hasn’t led to a fight yet, it probably will soon. You don’t want to…continue reading →
8 Weird Things Dogs Do When They Poop

8 Weird Things Dogs Do When They Poop

Advertisement Watching our pups poop is a big part of every dog parent’s life. The frequency, color, and consistency of their “offerings” tell us a great deal about their health, so we dutifully pay attention whenever our pooches assume the position. You may have noticed when dogs poop they often perform a number of behaviors that may seem weird to us. But rest assured, they actually serve an important purpose. 1. Holding Out for the Perfect Spot Does your dog search out the perfect poop spot the way a bloodhound tracks a missing…continue reading →
Why Does My Dog Lick So Much?

Why Does My Dog Lick So Much?

Advertisement When your dog is the king (or queen) of kisses, you get used to wiping away slobber. He licks your face and arms, and some dogs pick up a habit of licking random objects like carpets, walls, and furniture. There’s also the chance you watch him lick his own fur for minutes on end. Either way, there comes a point when your dog’s licking goes from cute to concerning. If the pup in your life can’t seem to control his licker, it might be due to one of these reasons. #1 –…continue reading →
How To Manage Food Aggression In Dogs

How To Manage Food Aggression In Dogs

Advertisement Food aggression in dogs is a form of resource guarding in which the animal is abnormally protective of edible items. Some dogs even go so far as to “guard” their humans’ food. The issue of food guarding can be particularly difficult to deal with because it is considered a normal canine survival instinct. Understanding the problem is key to managing it within your home and beyond. What causes food aggression in dogs? There are several reasons a dog may develop food aggression. Competition for limited nourishment among puppies is often thought to spark…continue reading →
Head Pressing In Dogs: Why You Should Be Concerned

Head Pressing In Dogs: Why You Should Be Concerned

Advertisement Head pressing in dogs is a worrying symptom that may indicate your pup is suffering from a serious medical condition. Dogs that head press typically stand or sit with their head hung low facing a wall, corner, or piece of furniture. In most cases they forcefully push the top of their head against the hard surface, but some may just stand very close. If your dog appears to be head pressing, see your veterinarian right away! In the following video, Dr. Karen Becker of Mercola Healthy Pets explains the possible causes of head…continue reading →
Improve Your Dog’s Health And Get To Know Him Better Than Ever With Animo!

Improve Your Dog’s Health And Get To Know Him Better Than Ever With Animo!

The fitness tech game is continually changing the way many of us exercise, eat, and live. Being able to track our activity gives us an edge when it comes to our health and wellness, granting us the ability to tackle health goals and take better care of ourselves. With that being said, it’s about time there was a way for us to offer this powerful insight into the lives of our four-legged best friends! Tech trackers have the ability to grant us health and wellness like never before, our dogs should be able…continue reading →
Ready To Introduce A Dog To Baby? These 8 Tips Will Help

Ready To Introduce A Dog To Baby? These 8 Tips Will Help

Advertisement Your fur baby is used to being the center of attention, but that’s all going to change once he meets the family’s newest bundle of joy. His unique personality will play a big role in how he reacts to having a human sibling, and now’s the time to start thinking about their introduction. Some dogs are nervous and afraid of tiny humans, and others are overly excited about meeting a new friend. Either way, how you introduce a dog to baby matters. You can help ease your pup’s transition from only child…continue reading →
Here’s Why Your Dog Pees The Bed…It’s Not What You Think

Here’s Why Your Dog Pees The Bed…It’s Not What You Think

Advertisement Cleaning up messes is an unavoidable part of pup parenting, but peeing the bed is something more often related to human children than fur babies. You can’t send your dog to bed with a pair of pull-ups, and waiting for them to grow out of it won’t work either. Whether your dog is still a puppy or fully mature, you can’t compare a urine-soaked dog bed to a toddler’s wet sheets. When a dog pees the bed, potty training is rarely the issue. Here are the more likely reasons why your dog…continue reading →
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 →