5 Epic Ideas to Throw The Perfect Birthday Party For Your Pup

5 Epic Ideas to Throw The Perfect Birthday Party For Your Pup

What’s the best way to show your dog how much you care? Of course, you can take them for long walks and give good scratches behind the ears, but one to way to celebrate your four-legged friend is to have a party in their honor. Whether it’s your dog’s birthday or the anniversary of her adoption, you can shower your pup with affection and treats on this day. Host the event like you would any other party: invite guests, offer food and drinks, decorate your home and give away goodies. Here are five…continue reading →
5 Reasons Your Dog Needs a Friend

5 Reasons Your Dog Needs a Friend

Should you get another dog? People who have one pup may come up with a plethora of excuses for why they could never add a second. Either it’s too expensive. Two dogs would be way too much to handle. Maybe they worry that the dogs wouldn’t get along. However, studies have shown that it is actually better to have two dogs as opposed to just one. The cost difference is not significant. As long as you find another dog that gets along with your current furry friend, you can end up making both…continue reading →
5 Reasons Science Says Your Dog Should Sleep in Your Bed

5 Reasons Science Says Your Dog Should Sleep in Your Bed

It’s eleven o’clock at night. Do you know where your dog is? If you are anything like the group surveyed by the American Kennel Club, your dog is most likely snuggled into your bed. A survey conducted by the AKC  found that 45% of people with dogs allow their pup to sleep in their bed. If more than 60 million US households have a dog at home, that’s a lot of fur on the covers! There’s no need to be embarrassed by this sleeping arrangement. Not only is it common, but there are…continue reading →
Do Dogs Have A Concept Of Time?

Do Dogs Have A Concept Of Time?

“You’re good doggies. I’ll be back soon.” Ever said that? Those were my last words to my dogs this morning when I took my kids to school. Though I’d only be gone 20 minutes, I knew I’d return to whimpers and wagging tails as if I’d been gone for days. That made me wonder. Do dogs have a concept of time? We’ve all heard that one human year is like 7 dog years. Now, I’m no mathematician, but without breaking out my calculator that would mean my 20 minutes would feel like days…continue reading →
5 Signs Your Dog Is Really A Human In Disguise

5 Signs Your Dog Is Really A Human In Disguise

Advertisement Dogs certainly have a way of bringing out the best in us. They read our emotions and provide quiet comfort or a good belly laugh when we need it most. Despite our shortcomings, they love us unconditionally, and would happily lay down their lives for us. With so many complex and admirable traits, it makes you wonder if your dog is really a human in disguise. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say they are the humans we aspire to be. As Andy Rooney said, “The average dog is a nicer person…continue reading →
7 Simple Ways to Make Your Dog Smarter

7 Simple Ways to Make Your Dog Smarter

Advertisement Have you met “The Smartest Dog in the World”? In 2014, 60 Minutes introduced the world to Chaser, a border collie with a vocabulary of more than one thousands words. Woah.Wouldn’t it be fantastic if your dog knew the difference between your shoes and boots and could bring them on command? You may not have the time (or patience) to teach your dog a thousand words. That’s okay. There are easy ways to increase your dog’s intelligence and decrease boredom if you’re not home. Before we suggest seven simple ways to make…continue reading →
10 Things Only Small Dog Lovers Will Understand

10 Things Only Small Dog Lovers Will Understand

Advertisement Ever heard, “Though she be but little, she is fierce!”? Shakespeare said that, and I think he was talking about dogs – maybe without knowing it. If you have a small dog then you know that size doesn’t really matter. In fact, small dogs have just as much spark, personality, and loyalty as their bigger canine counterparts – usually even more. For little pup devotees, you know what it’s like to have one of these peanuts at home. If you have a small dog burrowed on your sofa, you’ll definitely get a kick…continue reading →
Can Dogs Eat Bananas?

Can Dogs Eat Bananas?

Advertisement When choosing a healthy snack for yourself you may wonder if you can share with your dog. Can dogs eat bananas? Whether dogs should eat human food has always been a topic of debate. Some people can’t say no to a dog who turns on the puppy-dog-eyes at snack time. Others think that giving their dogs human food is not only spoiling them, it’s dangerous. The truth is that a little human food won’t hurt your dog if you remember that your dog’s body won’t respond to all food the way that…continue reading →
10 Things Only Big Dog Lovers Understand

10 Things Only Big Dog Lovers Understand

They say there are two types of people: those that love big dogs and those that love little dogs. Okay, that’s probably an over-simplification. Most of us love all dogs, but most of us have a preference when it comes to size. For those of us that have a penchant for the bigger breeds, you’ve heard and seen it all before. Here are 10 things you can definitely relate to. Advertisement They start small, but they grow fast. Fast is an understatement. All dogs begin as puppies, but big dogs don’t stay little…continue reading →
11 Things Only Big Dog Lovers Understand

11 Things Only Big Dog Lovers Understand

Advertisement They say there are two types of people: those that love big dogs and those that love little dogs. Okay, that’s probably an over-simplification. Most of us love all dogs, but most of us have a preference when it comes to size. For those of us that have a penchant for the bigger breeds, you’ve heard and seen it all before. Here are 11 things you can definitely relate to. 1. They start small, but they grow fast. Fast is an understatement. All dogs begin as puppies, but big dogs don’t stay…continue reading →
Volunteers Wanted: Must Want To Drink Wine And Feed Shelter Dogs

Volunteers Wanted: Must Want To Drink Wine And Feed Shelter Dogs

Love Dogs. Drink Wine. What could be more relaxing than spending some quality with your pup? Maybe adding a glass of wine and feeding shelter dogs. Great news! iHeartsDogs is excited to announce our new partnership with Winc (pronounced wink). What’s Winc, you ask? It’s just quite possibly the best way to enjoy a glass of wine without ever having to leave home. Plus, with your Winc order 25 meals will be donated to shelter dogs. Even better, Winc is offering a special discount exclusively for iHeartDogs fans. Here’s how it work: Discover…continue reading →
10 Major Retail Stores That Allow Dogs

10 Major Retail Stores That Allow Dogs

Advertisement We all like to take our pups with use on outings, but it can be confusing trying to figure out where they are welcome. Beware of “dog friendly” lists online. While researching this, I found many companies that other sites claim are dog friendly, but a quick call to the local store showed otherwise.  For example, one site even claimed Bed, Bath, & Beyond had special dog shopping carts. I contacted the company and they had no idea what I was talking about regarding the carts, and said they only allow service…continue reading →

10 Most High Energy Dog Breeds

Advertisement When you adopt a dog, it’s a great idea to know what kind of friend is going to fit into your lifestyle. The list below is for the most high energy dog breeds based on breed genetics. If you’re a dedicated couch potato, these are not your breeds! (Is that you? Check out: 15 Dog Breeds That Love To Be Lazy!) But if you’re looking for a jogging buddy, a playmate, and a best friend: any of the dogs on this list would be happy to keep you company. They’ll need a…continue reading →

The 10 Fastest Dog Breeds On Earth

Advertisement Fastest Dog Breeds Dogs love to run, and it seems that some can chase a ball for days straight. Most owners tire out before their dogs do! But have you ever wondered what breeds are the fastest? Sighthounds are popular dogs used in races, but what other breeds make the cut? Check out our list below! #1 – Greyhound The Greyhound comes in at a run of 43MPH. Known primarily for their racing background, evidence of greyhounds have been found in Egyptian tombs dating back almost four thousand years. #2 – Vizsla…continue reading →
10 Dog Breeds That Have The CUTEST Puppies

10 Dog Breeds That Have The CUTEST Puppies

Advertisement All puppies are cute, but some breeds have that extra “je ne sais quoi” that makes them irresistible. For this reason, some of these breeds are popular in greeting cards, commercials and other marketing materials. #1 – English Bulldog There is something about these wrinkly, tubby, squat puppies that just make humans melt. Bulldog puppies literally make people stop in their tracks. It’s why they are so popular on greeting cards and print advertisements. Image source: @VivianChen via Flickr Click page 2 below for the next breed! Do you want a healthier &…continue reading →
Official State Dogs Of The U.S.

Official State Dogs Of The U.S.

Advertisement There are several issues that divide the citizens of the United States, but one thing that seems to unify us all is dogs. It’s a little surprising that in a country full of dog lovers, only 12 of the 50 states have named an official state dog. In fact, there were no dogs as state symbols until the 1960s, and several were named after 2000! Learn a little more about the breeds who have been named as state dogs below. Is your state on this list? If not, consider picking up a pen…continue reading →
Photos Of Huge Irish Wolfhounds Are Going Viral

Photos Of Huge Irish Wolfhounds Are Going Viral

Advertisement There are plenty of great reasons to love an Irish Wolfhound, but no matter how charming or sweet your Irish Wolfhound is, the first thing anyone is going to notice about him is his size! These dogs were bred to be big – originally, they were meant to be wolf-hunting dogs. As in, they could take on wolves! Nowadays people are more likely to choose them for companionship than a hunting partner, but their incredible size still keeps them among the top favorites for people who just love big, beautiful breeds. These…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 →
“Thoughts Of A Dog” Is The Most Uplifting Thing On The Internet

“Thoughts Of A Dog” Is The Most Uplifting Thing On The Internet

Advertisement There’s times we know for sure what our dogs are thinking, like when we try to quietly open a container and he comes running – he’s thinking “FOOD!” Or when he’s barking at squirrels through the window – depending on your dog, he could be thinking “FRIEND!” or “GET AWAY FROM MY HOUSE!” But there are other moments, like when he lays down next to you and sighs, or when he’s just quiet, wide awake, sitting. We wonder what he’s thinking, but we probably couldn’t guess. Thoughts Of A Dog on Twitter fills…continue reading →
8 Dog Breeds Perfect For Seniors

8 Dog Breeds Perfect For Seniors

Advertisement Dogs can be a great companion for a senior citizen, providing them with day to day love and company when the family cannot be there and these eight breeds are some of the best at doing just that. Remember when picking a dog for an elderly member of your family, an already trained older dog is probably a better choice than a puppy. Also, take into account energy level and the mobility of the person. Make sure the dog and the new owner are a match. #1 – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel This…continue reading →
8 Signs Your Dog is Actually Your Firstborn Child

8 Signs Your Dog is Actually Your Firstborn Child

Remember that beautiful moment when you brought home your first bundle of joy? The whole world seemed to change, become smaller, and begin to revolve around your sweet, innocent – dog. Even if you are now the proud parent of a tiny human or two, you’ll never forget your very first pup. The one that first taught you the joy of loving another creature more than you love yourself. Here are 6 signs your dog is your firstborn child… Image Credit: Flickr | DavideGorla 1. Your dog’s comfort is more important than your own.…continue reading →
The Top American Dog Names Of 2018 & What To Expect For 2019

The Top American Dog Names Of 2018 & What To Expect For 2019

Advertisement Choosing a name for your dog is about so much more than finding something that looks good on his tag. This is the name you’re going to find a million nicknames for. It says everything anyone needs to know about your dog – and often, it says a lot about you, too! The top names for dogs haven’t changed much in the last few years. There’s a few classics mixed in with the pop culture references, but the trends say a lot about how we feel about our dogs – and they’re…continue reading →
The 10 Most Cuddly Dog Breeds

The 10 Most Cuddly Dog Breeds

Advertisement While we all love to cuddle our dogs, there are some who are more receptive to it than others – and some that just put up with it because they know it makes us happy! Then there are certain breeds whose crazy soft fur, sweet personalities, and snuggable faces are just irresistible when it comes to giving hugs. Whether they love to give cuddles, take cuddles, or both, these pups have that “it” factor when it comes to cuddling. So if you’ve ever wondered what dogs breeds like to cuddle most, read…continue reading →
4 Facts About Dog Eyesight You Probably Don’t Know

4 Facts About Dog Eyesight You Probably Don’t Know

Advertisement Staring into a dog’s pleading eyes might cost you the last bite of your sandwich or the leftovers from your dinner plate, and there’s no doubt in your mind those big puppy dog eyes hold a lot of emotion. There’s more to your dog’s eyes, however, than their ability to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The matter of dog eyesight is subject to more than one misconception. Understanding how your dog sees the world will make your friendship even stronger, so now’s the time to separate fact from fiction.…continue reading →
Spend Your Holiday With A Foster Dog!

Spend Your Holiday With A Foster Dog!

Advertisement Are you the kind of person who seeks out the dog at the party? Are you concerned that there may not be a dog at your family’s holiday get together this year and you’ll have to socialize with people? Become a holiday foster parent for a local shelter and BYOD (bring your own dog!) Several shelters around the country seek fosters for the holidays, and it’s a win-win-win situation for all involved! Holiday foster parents get to bring a furry friend to their Thanksgiving gathering, the dogs get a break from the…continue reading →
Tired of Wasting Money on Beds That Go Flat? You And Your Pup Will Love This Invention

Tired of Wasting Money on Beds That Go Flat? You And Your Pup Will Love This Invention

If you’ve ever had to throw away a dog bed that went flat too soon, you know how frustrating it can be. Dog beds vary greatly in quality, and many flatten out in only weeks, leaving your dog with thin, worn out padding and allowing their elbows and paws to rub on the hard ground. In addition, you’re out the money! This new stuffable dog bed solves this problem and then some. The design allows you to put old pillows and clothes into a durable bed casing. In addition to be a great,…continue reading →
9+ Scientific Benefits Of Having A Dog

9+ Scientific Benefits Of Having A Dog

Advertisement Dogs are incredible creatures, and humans have loved them for thousands and thousands of years. It’s not without reason. If we could count every kiss, every swish of a tail, every smile, we would be able to tell our dog-less friends exactly how many benefits there are to having a dog in our lives! But these days people need “proof” and “scientific evidence” and such. So next time you meet a nay-sayer who wants hard facts that your dog makes your life better, you’ll be ready. Then make them sit and listen…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 →
8 Things You Should Know About Service Dog Etiquette

8 Things You Should Know About Service Dog Etiquette

Advertisement Service dogs are becoming a more common sight, which is great news for both dogs and the people who need them! More people with disabilites are finding friends to help make everyday tasks easier. And many dogs thrive when given a job to do. It’s a win-win! Do you know what to do when you see a service dog? Most of us know not to pet a service dog no matter how irrisistible he may be, but there’s other things you can do to help make his job easier.  1. Don’t Pet…continue reading →
10 Dog Breeds That Make Great Therapy Dogs

10 Dog Breeds That Make Great Therapy Dogs

Advertisement Therapy dogs can perform a number of jobs – some visit the sick in hospitals, or the elderly in homes. Others sit quietly while being read to by children. But they all have something in common – they brighten the day of everyone they meet! We know any dog can put a smile on a human face, but therapy work requires more of a dog than to just be a dog. Therapy dogs must be able to be calm, affectionate, and well-trained. Dogs of any breed can be considered, but these 10…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 Many Calories Does My Dog Need?

How Many Calories Does My Dog Need?

Advertisement There are several good reasons to know how many calories your dog needs each day. You don’t want to overfeed your dog – obesity can lead to several health problems for your pet. And you definitely don’t want to underfeed him, because that can cause issues for him too and leave him suffering from both hunger and a lack of energy. But finding the right number can be tricky, and it’s not as easy as that little chart on the back label of his food may make it seem. There’s a way to…continue reading →
Top 10 Dog Friendliest Cities of 2018

Top 10 Dog Friendliest Cities of 2018

Advertisement When it comes to choosing the top pet-friendly cities, we want more than just restaurants with dog-friendly patios and big dog parks. We’re thinking and dreaming bigger when it comes to our dogs. We want to live where our dogs can be healthy and happy, and treated like the kings and queens we always knew they were. WalletHub has put together their best dog-friendly cities list ever that really covers all the bases when it comes to the demands we make for our pets. They compared the top 100 most populated cities…continue reading →

21 Things You Didn’t Know About The 7 Dog Breed Groups

Advertisement There are 190 canine breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, and each one is categorized into one of seven dog breed groups. How the groups are determined goes back to the days when dogs were bred for specific purposes. Humans bred dogs to herd animals, protect property, and hunt down dinner. Some breeds were designed specifically to be man’s best friend. There are big dogs and little dogs, hyper dogs and laid-back dogs, and each breed offers the world something different. No two breeds are the same, but there’s a common…continue reading →
The Most Popular Dog Name In Every U.S. State

The Most Popular Dog Name In Every U.S. State

Advertisement The name you choose for your furry best friend is a very personal decision. Some pet parents choose the monicker of a beloved celebrity or fictional character. Others simply pick something short, snappy and cute. With endless options, it may surprise you to learn that many U.S. states share the same top dog names. In fact, according to a roundup from HomeAdvisor, only seven states have a unique name as their number one. Using data obtained from Packdog.com – a social media site for dog lovers – the folks at HomeAdvisor determined America’s favorite breeds,…continue reading →
6 Signs Your Dog Is Your Firstborn Child

6 Signs Your Dog Is Your Firstborn Child

Advertisement Remember that beautiful moment when you brought home your first bundle of joy? The whole world seemed to change, become smaller, and begin to revolve around your sweet, innocent – dog. Even if you are now the proud parent of a tiny human or two, you’ll never forget your very first pup. The one that first taught you the joy of loving another creature more than you love yourself. Here are 6 signs your dog is your firstborn child… Image Credit: Flickr | DavideGorla 1. Your dog’s comfort is more important than your…continue reading →

12 Of The Easiest Dog Breeds To Train

Advertisement Most people looking for a dog want a breed that’s easy to live with. Easiest dog breeds to train tops many desired “wants” when looking to bring a new dog/rescue dog into a person’s life. While all dogs can be trained, there are some that are easier than others. All dogs are individuals, of course, so this list is a broad generalization of which breeds are usually fairly easy to train basic obedience and house manners. If you’re looking for a breed that’s easy to train for advanced and competition obedience, these…continue reading →
5 Ways Loving A Senior Dog Will Transform Your Life

5 Ways Loving A Senior Dog Will Transform Your Life

Advertisement Some people may not understand the appeal of an older dog, but we know that nothing compares to getting to share a good friend’s golden years with them. You’ll definitely notice changes in your dog as he turns grey, but have you seen any changes in yourself? The following may not apply to everyone, but these are some of the ways your life might change as you spend time with a senior dog.  1. Rules Go Out The Window All those carefully taught rules that were once etched in stone around your…continue reading →
9 Childhood Benefits Of Living With a Dog

9 Childhood Benefits Of Living With a Dog

Advertisement When I was 10-years-old, my parents finally got me a dog. Spike changed my life in an instant. I was in charge of walking, feeding, training, and bathing him – and I adored every second of it! Not only did the experience reinforce my passion for dogs, it taught me empathy, responsibility and unconditional love. Dogs do so much more for developing young minds than just provide a waste receptacle for unwanted broccoli. They have countless lessons to teach, moments to enhance, and health benefits to share. Here are 9 reasons every kid…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 →