15 Dog Breeds That Love To Sleep

15 Dog Breeds That Love To Sleep

Advertisement Dog Breeds That Love To Sleep Looking for that special buddy that will sleep in with you each morning? Or maybe one that likes long afternoon naps? Here are 15 breeds that seem to enjoy sleeping more than any other breeds. #1 – Bulldog Not much to say here, we all know these guys are lazy and love their naps. They might be the best choice for a snuggle buddy, as long as you don’t mind the snoring. #2 – Shih Tzu This little dog has no problem sleeping the afternoon away, anywhere. #3…continue reading →
What To Do If You See A Dog With A Yellow Ribbon

What To Do If You See A Dog With A Yellow Ribbon

Advertisement Have you ever walked past a dog with a yellow ribbon tied around its collar and wondered what it meant? The Yellow Dog Project is a movement to identify dogs that may be nervous about being approached. It’s a way to signal to other people that they should keep their kids, hands, and dogs away from the marked dog unless they ask the dog’s owner for permission to approach. From their website: “Yellow Dogs are dogs who need space – they are not necessarily aggressive dogs but more often are dogs who have…continue reading →
6 Things Your Deceased Dog Would Want You To Know

6 Things Your Deceased Dog Would Want You To Know

Advertisement At iHeartDogs.com we often write about coping with the loss of a beloved pet. We do this because we understand that saying goodbye is one of the hardest things you will ever have to do, and we hope that somehow our words can provide a bit of comfort. Having experienced the love and compassion of dogs and cats all my life, I believe they would want us to keep these 6 important messages close to our hearts after they have gone. 1. They understand your sadness, but would rather see you happy…continue reading →
5 Things Our Dogs Would Tell Us If They Could

5 Things Our Dogs Would Tell Us If They Could

At one time or another, we’ve all wished our dogs could just open up and tell us what’s going on in their mysterious little minds. Advertisement Chances are most pups have a message or two they’d like to pass on to the humans in their lives, as well. (More walks, less baths!) But above all else, your dog wants you to know these 5 things. 1. “Prevention Is Key To Keeping Me Happy & Healthy” As a former veterinary technician, I cannot stress this one enough. So many dog owners “only take the…continue reading →
5 Ways To Tell If Your Dog Is Bonded To You

5 Ways To Tell If Your Dog Is Bonded To You

Advertisement If you recently adopted a dog, you might be wondering if they’re bonded to you. Some dogs may be so grateful to be adopted that they’ll bond to you almost immediately. Other dogs are shy or may have had a rough life prior to meeting you, so they may take a little longer to warm up. Even if your dog doesn’t seem bonded to you yet, don’t fret – humans and dogs have created strong, long-lasting bonds for centuries, and with work and patience you and your dog will too! Here are 5…continue reading →
Look Down On Your Dog from Above. If You See This Shape, They Could Die Years Too Young

Look Down On Your Dog from Above. If You See This Shape, They Could Die Years Too Young

Advertisement Obesity in dogs is a very serious problem, and it’s rates are increasing daily. It’s estimated that roughly half of all dogs in the United States alone are obese – that’s 35 million dogs! Obesity can cause many illnesses such as diabetes and even worsen joint and back problems. Obesity is also one of the most common reasons injuries occur in our dogs. Most importantly, obesity leads to an increase in many diseases, including cancer, and can rob years off your dog’s lifespan. 12 Vital Tips for Preventing Obesity in Your Dog…continue reading →
Why More Workplaces Should Be Dog-Friendly

Why More Workplaces Should Be Dog-Friendly

Advertisement Dog lovers already know the presence of a pet can reduce stress at home. Research has shown they reduce the stress hormone cortisol and help lower blood pressure. Virginia Commonwealth University performed a study to see if the same held true in the workplace. They found that employees with access to dogs maintained lower levels of cortisol than their dog-free coworkers. Dogs in the workplace may also increase productivity, improve morale and motivate employees. “It’s definitely good for the work atmosphere to have a dog in the office,” said Marie-José Enders, who studies…continue reading →
California Pet Stores Can Only Sell Shelter Animals Thanks To First-Of-Its-Kind State Law

California Pet Stores Can Only Sell Shelter Animals Thanks To First-Of-Its-Kind State Law

Advertisement In October of 2017, California Governor, Jerry Brown signed bill A.B. 485 into law, making it illegal for pet stores to sell dogs, cats, and rabbits from any source other than a shelter or rescue group. In order to allow business owners time to plan for the landmark change, the law was set to go into effect in 2019. That deadline arrived with this week, making California the first U.S. state to effectively ban the sale of “puppy mill” dogs and “kitten factory” cats in pet stores. The law allows private breeders to continue…continue reading →
New Illinois Law Makes Pet Owners Responsible For Their Dogs’ Actions

New Illinois Law Makes Pet Owners Responsible For Their Dogs’ Actions

Advertisement In 2017, a 10-year-old Yorkie named Buddy was attacked by an off-leash dog in Hanover Park in Illinois. Buddy’s injuries were so severe, he didn’t survive. His owners were devastated. Their grief was intensified when they learned the dog that attacked their small senior pup was one with a known history of aggression. They couldn’t understand how the dog’s owners could let the dog run loose when they knew the risks. It wasn’t the dog’s fault, it was the failure of the dog’s owner to take proper precautions. After Buddy’s death, state…continue reading →
5 Unexpected Reasons Why Dogs Don’t Like Certain People

5 Unexpected Reasons Why Dogs Don’t Like Certain People

Advertisement Getting on a dog’s good side might seem as easy as having a pocket full of treats and knowing the trick to a good belly rub, but our four-legged friends aren’t always easy to please. They’re quick to judge a person’s character, and there are some people they simply don’t like. It could be a specific person in the dog’s family, a friend of their owner’s, or a random person they meet on the street—but dogs know a foe when they see one. They might growl if the person comes close or…continue reading →
Research Shows Women Sleep Better With Dogs By Their Sides Instead Of Humans

Research Shows Women Sleep Better With Dogs By Their Sides Instead Of Humans

Advertisement A girl needs her beauty sleep – and according to a recent study, she’s more likely to get it with a dog lying next to her than a human. Animal behaviorists from Canisius College set out to explore the impacts pets have on human sleep quality. They collected data from 962 women living in the United States. 55% shared their bed with at least one dog, and 31% with at least one cat. In addition, 57% of participants also shared their bed with a human partner. “Compared with human bed partners, dogs who slept…continue reading →
Dog Given Up For Bad Behavior Finds Exactly What He Needs In Prison Training Program

Dog Given Up For Bad Behavior Finds Exactly What He Needs In Prison Training Program

Advertisement A year ago, Titan was a big dog with even bigger behavioral problems. His owner didn’t want him, and his size combined with his lack of training left him with few options for his future. A good Samaritan was desperately trying to find the 90-pound Great Pyrenees/shepherd mix a good home, but the task was far from easy. She tried local rescues, posted to social media, and sent emails to everyone she could think of. The responsibility of taking in a large, untrained dog seemed to be too much, but then Titan…continue reading →
Why You Should Never Let Your Dogs Eat Grapes

Why You Should Never Let Your Dogs Eat Grapes

Advertisement As a responsible pet parent, you probably already know to never let your dogs eat grapes. But do you know why? Grape toxicity is one of the most mysterious and difficult illnesses dogs can face. Grapes may seem like a harmless fruit, but they have the potential to cause sudden, life-threatening kidney failure in some dogs. [embedded content] Causes of Grape Toxicity Dogs of any age, size, breed or sex can suffer a toxic reaction to grapes or raisins. Scientists are yet to definitively identify the poisonous substance, but they believe it is…continue reading →
Dedicated Dog Found Guarding Family’s Home After It Was Destroyed By The Camp Fire

Dedicated Dog Found Guarding Family’s Home After It Was Destroyed By The Camp Fire

Advertisement When the Camp Fire approached the Bill and Andrea Gaylord’s 80-acre ranch they had only minutes to evacuate. They attempted to bring their two Anatolian Shepherd dogs, Miguel and Madison, to safety but both dogs ran off to protect the property, and they were forced to leave without them. The Camp Fire burned over 153,000 acres, destroying buildings and tearing apart families. Many people, like the Gaylords, were forced to leave their pets and were uncertain about their fate. However, organizations in the area had volunteers who were willing to check on…continue reading →
Four Years Later, This Sweet Dog Is Still Looking For The Perfect Home

Four Years Later, This Sweet Dog Is Still Looking For The Perfect Home

Advertisement It’s been four long years since sweet Ginger was first introduced to Responsible Pet Care of Oxford Hills. The no-kill animal shelter in Paris, Maine was built from the ground up by a small group of people dedicated to improving the lives of lost, abandoned, and stray animals in their community. They see several heartbreaking cases a year, but they never turn down an animal in need. In 2014, Ginger came to them as a stray. She needed a good meal and a safe place to sleep, and now all she wants…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 →
Atlanta Considers Bill To Ban Sale Of Pets From Puppy & Kitten Mills

Atlanta Considers Bill To Ban Sale Of Pets From Puppy & Kitten Mills

Advertisement This week, three Atlanta City Councilmembers introduced a bill to ban stores from selling animals from “puppy and kitten mills.” The legislation will move to the Public Safety Committee for consideration at the meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Councilmember Amir Farokhi spearheaded the proposal, and it was co-sponsored by Councilmembers Carla Smith and Natalyn Archibong. Farokhi told First Coast News the ordinance is close to his heart. “Atlanta is a humane city and our policies toward animals should reflect that,” he said. “My wife and I own a rescued dog and two rescued cats. Our…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 →
6-Year-Old Boy Sells Pumpkins To Raise Money For A Diabetic Alert Dog

6-Year-Old Boy Sells Pumpkins To Raise Money For A Diabetic Alert Dog

Advertisement 6-year-old Ian Unger has Type I Diabetes and relies on an insulin pump and a 24-hour glucose monitor. More than anything, he wants to ride the schoolbus with his fellow kindergarteners. Recently his condition prompted the school district to insist he have a personal aide with him if he is to ride the bus. However, when the family requested an aide be provided, their plea was denied. “Their plan was to put him on an empty bus by himself and take him to school after school starts,” Ian’s mother, Katrina Christensen told First…continue reading →
4 Things NOT To Do If Your Dog Gets Bitten By A Snake

4 Things NOT To Do If Your Dog Gets Bitten By A Snake

Advertisement There are venomous snakes out there and your dog is a nosy character. Let’s face it, he might just borrow some trouble and bug a snake. If you suspect that your dog has been bitten by a snake, here are some important things NOT to do.  #1. Never risk yourself. It is important to try to identify the snake, but not if it puts you in harm’s way. After all, who will take care of your dog if you are bitten too?  #2. Never place a tourniquet. In the old days, we…continue reading →

Grieving Family Warns The Public After Dog Dies From Eating Chewing Gum

Advertisement Canon was a gorgeous 3-year-old Husky that loved to eat, chase cats, and snuggle. His owner, Christy Figlio of Nashville, Tennessee, says he was perfectly healthy until Saturday night when he stopped eating and began drinking excessively. By Sunday afternoon, Canon was vomiting and unable to walk. Figlio rushed him to the local vet. “He started vomiting the water, and so, that kind of was the red flag that made us decide to take him to the hospital,” the dog mom told WMBF News. “They gave us some IV fluids, sent us…continue reading →
Shirtless Firefighters Pose With Pups For 2019 Australian Firefighters Calendar

Shirtless Firefighters Pose With Pups For 2019 Australian Firefighters Calendar

Advertisement What could be hotter than shirtless firefighters with dogs? Shirtless firefighters raising money for charity with dogs! The 2019 Australian Firefighters Dog Calendar is ready to grace your wall with 11 beefy firemen and their adorable, fuzzy, canine companions! Not only will you get 12 months of super cute canines and foxy firemen, but you’ll also be helping multiple charities that support cancer research and animals! Photo: Australian Firefighters Calendar 2019 marks the calendar’s 26th year in print, and it hasn’t lost it’s sizzle! Photo: Australian Firefighters Calendar And it’s not just…continue reading →

13 Things Humans Do That Dogs Dislike

Advertisement We love our pups so much that it hurts to think we could be doing something that our dogs dislike. Or that makes them uncomfortable, sad, or scared. They love us so much in return that sometimes, they don’t make it obvious when we’re doing something they hate. Since they can’t tell us, we’ve compiled a list of 13 things that humans do that dogs don’t actually like. But lucky for us, our favorite fuzzballs always find a way to forgive us–because that’s just who they are. 1. No Hugging (If They Feel Restrained) This is not to say…continue reading →
9 Myths About Dog Aggression

9 Myths About Dog Aggression

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” dog…continue reading →
5 Serious Illnesses Caused by Canine Dental Disease

5 Serious Illnesses Caused by Canine Dental Disease

Advertisement 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…continue reading →

Science Says Your Dog Isn’t Exceptionally Smart – Internet Disagrees

Advertisement You’ve probably seen these questionable headlines flying around lately saying that our dogs aren’t as smart as we think they are. These lame, lame headlines. Screenshot: nytimes.com To be fair, the articles aren’t calling our dogs dumb, they’re just saying that our dogs aren’t exceptional. But even saying that much seems like an insult to our dogs, doesn’t it? Because we know our dogs are incredibly smart. Like this dog that can spell her name. Or all the service dogs that are trained to help their owners function in the world. Professor…continue reading →

Shelter Receives Heartbreaking Letter From Senior Dog’s Owner

Advertisement Taking in a senior pooch like Shell is not uncommon for the folks at Stray Rescue of St. Louis, but nothing could have prepared them for the heartwrenching note that came with her. “Dear Stray Rescue,” it begins. “I am writing you cause I need you to take my dog, Shell…I’ve been fighting cancer for a few months and if you’re reading this I lost my battle.” The letter goes on to explain that Shell was adopted from Stray Rescue in 2009 or 2010 by the unidentified author’s mother. When she passed…continue reading →
SC Groomer Offers Free Services To Dogs Displaced By Hurricane Florence

SC Groomer Offers Free Services To Dogs Displaced By Hurricane Florence

Advertisement Jennifer Ward is the owner and operator of RiverPaws Pet Spa in historic downtown Conway, SC. The beautiful, riverside city is one of many in the Carolinas devastated by Hurricane Florence. In order to lighten the load on local pet parents, Ward and her team are offering free grooming services for dogs displaced from their homes. The kindhearted business owner created a Facebook Fundraiser to help defray costs. At the time of this publishing, the fundraiser has collected $200 of a $1,000 goal. The post reads, in part: “As we get back…continue reading →
Tom Hardy Hangs With K9 At L.A. Premiere For Venom

Tom Hardy Hangs With K9 At L.A. Premiere For Venom

Advertisement The red carpet seems like a pretty busy place. With so many people crowding in, asking you for photos, autographs and interviews, it must be impossible to make time for everyone. But this weekend while at the Los Angeles premiere for his new Marvel movie, Venom, actor Tom Hardy made time for one very special pooch! Bomb-sniffing K9 Stark was on-duty at the premiere, and the actor couldn’t resist walking over and saying hello! Though it’s usually considered rude to interact with an on-duty working dog, Stark’s handler said that Hardy asked first.…continue reading →
New Dating App Helps Dog People Find Puppy Love

New Dating App Helps Dog People Find Puppy Love

Advertisement If “must love dogs” is a rule you apply to your romantic life, you may want to check out Dig, the dating app designed for dog people. According to sisters and co-founders, Leigh and Casey Isaacson, 55% of single adults in the U.S. are pet owners. Dig provides a safe, innovative way for those singles to meet and get to know one another. “Dig is a dating app for people who love dogs and have dogs,” Leigh said in an interview with Detroit’s Fox 2. “It’s a niche dating app but it’s a…continue reading →
California Law Will Give Pets More Status In Divorce Cases

California Law Will Give Pets More Status In Divorce Cases

Advertisement California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday that will give pets more status in divorce cases starting next year. The law previously required judges to consider pets property, which had to be distributed equally between divorcing couples who couldn’t come to an agreement. This meant that multiple pets might be split between two homes, never to see each other again. Or that two people with history might be forced to meet periodically to pass a single pet between them. The bill seeks to give pets more consideration – elevating their status…continue reading →
Houston Astros Pitcher Pays For Stray Dog’s Surgery And Gives Her A Home

Houston Astros Pitcher Pays For Stray Dog’s Surgery And Gives Her A Home

Advertisement Abby was running late for work the day she spotted a black lab laying near the road. She stopped to check on the dog, and immediately realized that the pup couldn’t walk, and had likely been hit by a car. She was panting, crying, and clearly in an extreme amount of pain. Abby dropped everything to take the dog, now named Holly (for the bush near where she was found,) to the vet. They discovered that the dog was about two years old, and had a broken leg, punctured lung, and a…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 →
Georgia Firefighter Remembers Late Dog Who Changed His Life, “She Was Everything To Me”

Georgia Firefighter Remembers Late Dog Who Changed His Life, “She Was Everything To Me”

Advertisement One dog can make a thousand happy memories. Dogs fill a few years with kisses, cuddles, happy greetings and wagging tails. People who have seen pets cross the rainbow bridge will often tell us that saying goodbye was worth the time they got to spend with their dog. Nothing will ever replace it. iHeartDogs recently came across a story shared by a Georgia firefighter, Aaron Salkill, about his late dog, Ember. Ember spent her few years here bringing joy to everyone she met, and Aaron was got to share her life with…continue reading →
Ice Skating Rescue Dog Hopes To Go Pro With NHL Team

Ice Skating Rescue Dog Hopes To Go Pro With NHL Team

Advertisement Cheryl Del Sangro is a retired ice skater and coach. When she adopted a bright, talented rescue dog named Benny, teaching him to skate was inevitable. The 6-year-old Yellow Labrador has become the world’s first ice skating dog and mastered more than 50 tricks during his time with Del Sangro. But life was not always so good. “He had spent six months in a kill shelter in Utah and eventually was put on the euthanasia list,” Del Sangro told PEOPLE. Photo c/o Rick Vierkandt of Bark Gallery Luckily, fate brought Benny to Las Vegas,…continue reading →
Can Dogs Forget The People They Love?

Can Dogs Forget The People They Love?

Advertisement When you have to leave home and your dog, or if your dog is lost for an extended period of time, you may be worried that he isn’t going to remember you when you’re together again. After missing your dog like crazy and counting the days until you can see him, it’d be a huge downer if he didn’t even recognize you. Gizmodo recently asked several experts in animal behavior and cognition: Do Dogs Forget Their People? Each expert took different factors into account to answer the question, but they all seem…continue reading →
Blind Rescue Dog Has His Very Own Seeing Eye Dog

Blind Rescue Dog Has His Very Own Seeing Eye Dog

Advertisement When a Cocker Spaniel named Kimchi was found abandoned and afraid on a lonely street in the Philippines, he was already mostly blind. It was 2012, and no one knew what the ailing dog’s life had been like before rescuers took him in. What they did know, however, was that Kimchi deserved better. Compassion and Responsibility for Animals (CARA) was determined to change his life. All they needed was the perfect family to take him home. At a school event recently. Posted by Ginger and Kimchi on Friday, August 17, 2018 With his…continue reading →

Pit Bull Saved From Dog Fighting Is Training To Become A Police K9

Advertisement 3-year-old Dallas is one of 31 Pit Bull-type dogs rescued from a Canadian dog fighting ring. According to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, they were discovered chained to metal stakes with evidence of fighting – including schedules, muzzles, break sticks, steroids and suture kits – found on the property. But after a lengthy legal battle, Dallas has left that life far behind. He will graduate from a six week training program next month and begin serving the town of Honaker, Virginia as their first and only narcotics…continue reading →
Shelter Operator Who Opened Her Doors To Displaced Pets During Hurricane Florence Is Facing Charges For Her Good Deed

Shelter Operator Who Opened Her Doors To Displaced Pets During Hurricane Florence Is Facing Charges For Her Good Deed

Advertisement They say no good deed goes unpunished, and it looks like one of the heroes who stepped forward during Hurricane Florence is now seeing repercussions for her actions. As Hurricane Florence barreled towards North Carolina, those with pets scrambled to find shelter for them. Shelters and rescues offered boarding for those displaced by the storm. On September 12th, Tammie Hedges, owner of Crazy’s Claws and Paws, posted a Facebook message offering to board pets for those whose pets might otherwise be left behind. The Wayne County Animal Shelter also offered boarding for pets…continue reading →