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 →
Temperatures Are Beginning To Soar: Here’s How To Protect Your Dog From Head To Paw

Temperatures Are Beginning To Soar: Here’s How To Protect Your Dog From Head To Paw

Advertisement With temperatures surpassing 100 degrees in some parts of the country, animal experts are reminding pet owners of some simple ways to keep their dogs safe and healthy. It’s of utmost importance to be aware of how stifling heat affects our pets, often more than us humans. A little precaution can go a long way, preventing injury, vet bills — and most importantly, it can save a life. Head for the water In a story by abc 30, pet parents are reminded to be aware of how much water their pooch is…continue reading →

What To Do When You Find A Stray Dog

Advertisement Being an animal lover means that every life matters. That includes the furry family you have at home and every stray dog you find by chance. Whether they’re staggering along the side of a road, emaciated and afraid, or rummaging through the trash cans behind your favorite place to grab lunch, it’s your instinct to help. Helping, however, isn’t always a simple concept. Stray dogs can act unpredictably, and they don’t always recognize a helping hand. These guidelines will help make sure your rescue attempt is as successful as possible. Assess the…continue reading →
Why Does My Dog Get The Zoomies After A Bath?

Why Does My Dog Get The Zoomies After A Bath?

Advertisement Maybe you can relate: every time you finish giving your dog a bath and release him from the bathroom, he immediately starts zooming around the house and rubbing against everything in sight. Why is that? What we call “the zoomies” or “the crazies,” scientists call a FRAP – Frenetic Random Activity Period. Whatever you call it, it’s amusing to us humans but seems joyful for our pups. There are lots of theories out there, none of which have been verified, but all of which sound plausible. Here are 5 theories about why…continue reading →
10 Things You Might Be Doing That Make Your Vet Crazy

10 Things You Might Be Doing That Make Your Vet Crazy

Advertisement Veterinarians truly want to do what’s best for the pets in their care, but sometimes owners do things that make the otherwise rewarding career of being a vet frustrating or disheartening. You try to give your dog the best care possible while being a good person in the process, but sometimes your love for your dog may cloud your vision and cause you to say or do things that drive your veterinarian crazy. Are you guilty of doing any of the things on this list? Rather than get defensive, you might want…continue reading →
Ask A Vet: Why Does My Dog Hate To Have His Nails Trimmed?

Ask A Vet: Why Does My Dog Hate To Have His Nails Trimmed?

Advertisement We all know how important it is to keep our dog’s nails trimmed. It helps save our floors and sometimes, our skin and it is also good for the dog too. Nails can grow too long and curl back into a dog’s skin and be uncomfortable. In a wild state, the dogs might be able to wear them down, but in our living rooms, they need a little help from us. The dewclaws on the side of the legs do not touch the ground at all and they certainly need trimming. Every…continue reading →

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 →
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 →
8 Subtle Signs Your Dog Is In Pain

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 →
Here’s What To Do When You See A Dog In A Hot Car

Here’s What To Do When You See A Dog In A Hot Car

Advertisement Every summer, dog owners say things like, “I’ll only be a minute,” and, “It’s okay as long as the window is cracked.” They go on to leave their pets trapped in their vehicles while the temperature climbs. When it’s 78 degrees outside, the temperature inside a parked car can surpass 100 degrees in a matter of minutes. On really hot days, interior car temperatures are well over 110 degrees. Thousands of dogs a year suffer from heat stroke, and many die, because their owners don’t fully understand the dangers of a hot…continue reading →

10 Dog Breeds That Can Be Extra Challenging For First-Time Owners

Advertisement There’s no doubt that every dog has his or her own unique personality, but genetics play a partial role in determining different traits. While there are exceptions to every rule, in general, some high-energy working or guard dog breeds may be more challenging for first-time owners to manage. The dogs below usually do best with strong leadership, boundaries, and lots of early, positive socialization with people and pets. If you’re looking for a pup who’ll sit peacefully by your side while you eat lunch on a sidewalk café, the breeds below probably…continue reading →
10 Dog Breeds That Can Be Extra Challenging For First-Time Owners

10 Dog Breeds That Can Be Extra Challenging For First-Time Owners

Advertisement There’s no doubt that every dog has his or her own unique personality, but genetics play a partial role in determining different traits. While there are exceptions to every rule, in general, some high-energy working or guard dog breeds may be more challenging for first-time owners to manage. The dogs below usually do best with strong leadership, boundaries, and lots of early, positive socialization with people and pets. If you’re looking for a pup who’ll sit peacefully by your side while you eat lunch on a sidewalk café, the breeds below probably…continue reading →

5 Reasons Dogs Eat Grass

Advertisement Lots of dogs eat grass. Sometimes they eat and swallow it; sometimes they seem to just grab and spit it out or chew and spit it out. No one knows for sure why they do it, but there are some theories. THEORY #1 It seems to be a commonly held belief that dogs eat grass when they feel nauseated. There was a study that looked into this and found that only 8% of plant eating dogs showed signs of illness prior to the grass eating and 22% vomited after eating grass. The…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

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 →
Why Do Dogs Kick When You Scratch Them?

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 →
How Long Is It OK To Leave My Dog Home Alone?

How Long Is It OK To Leave My Dog Home Alone?

Advertisement Even though more and more stores, restaurants, and workplaces are becoming dog-friendly, sometimes leaving your dog home alone is unavoidable. How long is it OK to leave your dog home alone for? There is actually no easy answer. It depends on a lot of factors such as your dog’s age, breed, health, and whether or not he has separation anxiety. Puppies In general, puppies need to pee one hour for every month of their age. That means your two-month-old puppy that you just brought home needs to go outside every two hours.…continue reading →
8 Things That Are Harder To Do When You Have A Dog

8 Things That Are Harder To Do When You Have A Dog

Advertisement When you bring a dog into your home, a lot of things change. Toys get strewn all over the floor. We make room for crates, food bowls, and beds. And in most cases, pet hair clings to everything! Most importantly, we smile, laugh, and enjoy their company every single day, for many years, if we’re lucky. There are also certain things that are much harder to do once we bring a fluffy family member into our homes. Of course, any sacrifice made is totally worth it. But we pup parents can laugh about these 8 things that are harder…continue reading →

12 Seasonal Fruits & Veggies To Share With Your Dog This Summer

Advertisement It’s that time of year when we start thinking about fresh fruits and veggies – the best the spring and summer have to offer. You may even be wondering which of these healthy snacks you can share with your dog. “Any of these ingredients individually are great as treats in small amounts, or can make up a balanced diet when properly formulated into a complete recipe,” says Dr. Oscar E Chavez BVetMed MRCVS MBA, licensed veterinarian and Chief Medical Officer for JustFoodForDogs®. In fact, most of these are used in the JustFoodForDogs DIY kits,…continue reading →

14 Things That Every Person Who Loves Their Dog Has Done

Advertisement Okay, so sometimes we do things with our dogs that aren’t the most conventional. But that’s because we love them oh-so-much, right? For us, dogs are family…and as anyone knows, families do some funny things together. Have you done any–or all–of these things with your dog?? Chances are, you’re going to say “yes” to most of these! Got any funny ones you want to add to this list?? Share with us in the comments section on Facebook.  1. You’ve created all kinds of crazy nicknames for them…and none of which sound even remotely close to…continue reading →

20 Dog Hacks To Make Life Easier On You & Your Pup

Advertisement Dogs certainly enhance our lives, but they can also add a good deal of work to our schedules. Thank goodness there’s a life hack for just about everything these days – including your dog! These 20 simple tricks help you give them the best of the best without breaking the bank or losing your entire weekend! 1. Old Sweatshirts Make Awesome Small Dog Beds There’s nothing cozier to your dog than a soft piece of clothing that smells like you. Save money on cheaply made dog beds by making your own with…continue reading →

What Your Favorite Dog Breed Says About You

Advertisement While most dog lovers love all dogs, we’d be lying if we said that we didn’t secretly (or in some cases, not so secretly) have a favorite. It’s not that we are selective, but it’s just that certain dog breeds pull at our heartstrings a little bit more than others. With our favorite breed often comes stereotypes, and certain characteristics that many owners hold true. To have a little fun, we’ve come up with a list of some popular dog breeds–so now you can see what your favorite dog breed says about…continue reading →

21 Dog Breeds That Love To Chew

Advertisement 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…continue reading →
5 Reasons To Talk To Your Dog On A Daily Basis

5 Reasons To Talk To Your Dog On A Daily Basis

Advertisement Conversations with your dog are one-sided, but you don’t need a verbal response to know talking to your furry best friend is a good idea. No matter how silly you think you sound, striking up a conversation while you’re out on a walk, cuddling on the couch, or preparing dinner has benefits you probably don’t know about. Yes, your neighbor might think you’re crazy, but if they have a dog of their own, they should be doing it too. In fact, while not every dog owner will admit it, most people with…continue reading →
9 Reasons Why Male & Female Dogs Hump, Even If They’ve Been “Fixed”

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

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

9 Of The Most Mischievous Dog Breeds

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

10 Dog Breeds That Are Social Butterflies

Advertisement There is a dog personality for just about every lifestyle, and if you’re a person who enjoys going out and meeting new people, you may want to consider a pup who’d love to tag along. (Just know that this means they’re going to hate being left alone!) Or, perhaps you’re looking for a friend for the shy or anxious dog that you already have at home. An outgoing companion may be just the friend she needs to get her out of her shell! If you enjoy entertaining groups at home or going to busy, dog-friendly places, these…continue reading →
10 Things We Should Do For Our Dogs Because They Can’t Do It Themselves

10 Things We Should Do For Our Dogs Because They Can’t Do It Themselves

Advertisement Dogs can learn to perform incredible tasks. Some safeguard our very lives by detecting explosives or alerting us to dangers in the home. But there are certain things our pups just cannot do without our help. When it comes to health and safety, they depend on us to make the best decisions on their behalf. Every pawrent should do the following 10 things for their dogs’ wellbeing because they do so much for us! 1. Watch their waistlines. Dogs cannot comprehend the consequences of overeating or scarfing down unhealthy foods. It is…continue reading →
20 Fruits & Veggies Your Dog Will Love!

20 Fruits & Veggies Your Dog Will Love!

They say that sharing is caring, and we love sharing yummy treats with our dogs! However, there are two potential problems with feeding Fido extra snacks. For starters, table scraps can contain ingredients that are safe for us, but dangerous for our dogs (for instance, onions, garlic, and chocolate). Second, too many treats can make our pups pack on the pounds, which can lead to a host of health problems. The good news is, there are plenty of fresh, healthy “human foods” that we can share with our pups, guilt-free. Not only are these items…continue reading →

These 12 Dog Breeds Are The Worst Swimmers

All dogs have their strengths and weaknesses. While some pups glide through the water as gracefully and effortlessly as Michael Phelps, others flounder (pun definitely intended). The breeds on this list may still be able to enjoy the water, but they should definitely do so while wearing a life vest! 1. Basset Hound These sad-looking hounds have large heads, dense bone structure, long, thick torsos and disproportionately short legs, making swimming very difficult. In addition to their non-buoyant bodies, Bassets also have long, floppy ears that trap water and provide the perfect environment…continue reading →

The 10 Least Obedient Dog Breeds

All dogs need love, attention, and training – but some dog breeds need a little more than others. Every dog breed has their strengths and weaknesses. That doesn’t make any particular breed less loveable, but these 10 dog breeds may need a lot more patience and obedience training than others. These breeds tend to be intelligent, independent, and stubborn, making then the least obedient dog breeds. Successfully training one of these breeds should win you an award! #1 – Afghan Hound The Afghan Hound was bred to spend all day chasing prey over long distances.…continue reading →
Red Roof Inn: Where Your Dog Stays–For Free!

Red Roof Inn: Where Your Dog Stays–For Free!

Advertisement *Sponsored Content* With summer fast approaching, many of us our itching to hit the road. And if you’re a doting dog parent you’re planning on bringing Fido along for the ride, right? But where to stay?…Well, Red Roof Inn has a pawesome deal for you — and just in time for May’s observance of National Pet Month in the U.S., which works to celebrate the benefits that pets bring to people’s everyday lives. Not all hotels are pet-friendly, and many claim to be… but their policies aren’t always crystal clear and disguised…continue reading →

15 Money-Saving Tips For Dog Owners

Advertisement According to CNBC, American dog owners spend upwards of $2,000 per year on routine care and maintenance for each of their pups. If there is a medical emergency, that figure can easily sore above $10,000. With these tips, you can give your furry family members the best of the best and save money in the process! 1. Make Your Own Products: -DIY Dog Beds Image Credit: 99Pallets There was a time when pallets were tossed out like useless garbage. Now, there are countless DIY projects from holiday decorations to trendy dog beds…continue reading →
Ask A Vet: Why Does My Dog Sniff People’s Privates?

Ask A Vet: Why Does My Dog Sniff People’s Privates?

Advertisement Does your dog seem to always have his face in people’s crotches? Embarrassing, isn’t it? Well, don’t be too embarrassed. Dogs see the world with a different sense than we do. In addition to sight and sound, they depend on their sense of smell dramatically more than humans. When they approach you in this way, they are not just being a “space invader”. They are trying to gain information about the person through a scent inspection. To a dog, the private areas are like a name tag or even a business card…continue reading →
5 Ways To Manage “Poop Butt” In Long-Haired Dogs

5 Ways To Manage “Poop Butt” In Long-Haired Dogs

Advertisement There are many wonderful advantages to having a long-haired pooch. They are fun to snuggle, many breeds shed less than their short-haired cousins, and with proper care and grooming, they are exceptionally beautiful. On the downside, all that extra hair can act like velcro, collecting leaves, dirt, and worst of all, poop. If your long-haired dog has ever fallen victim to the dreaded “poop butt,” read on for tips and tricks that could help you prevent and manage this problem. 1. Keep Hair Neatly Trimmed Whether you prefer your dog’s hair long…continue reading →

8 Ways To Make Your Rescue Dog As Comfortable As Ever

Advertisement The word “comfort” conjures images of a big, cozy bed on a late Sunday morning. Feeling relaxed in your environment, however, is about more than fluffy pillows and a fleece blanket. It’s the feeling of both safety and confidence. It’s knowing that wherever you are and whomever you’re with, you’re secure, satisfied, and feeling happily at home. Rescue dogs—regardless of their background—deserve homes where their comfort is a priority. After life in a shelter and overcoming whatever past experience earned them their “rescue dog” title, achieving ultimate comfort isn’t as simple as…continue reading →
United Airlines Bans 25 Dog & Cat Breeds

United Airlines Bans 25 Dog & Cat Breeds

Advertisement In the wake of several unfortunate animal-related incidents, United Airlines temporarily banned all pets from their flights while they reevaluated their PetSafe travel policies. Yesterday the company released a list of 25 dog and cat breeds no longer approved for travel in the cargo hold starting June 18. The decision came after a French Bulldog named Kokito suffocated in an overhead bin on a flight from Houston to New York in March. The very next day, United accidentally sent a dog to Japan that was supposed to be destined for Kansas. Later that same week,…continue reading →

10 Things People Do To Dogs That Should Be BANNED

Advertisement We love our dogs, yet we continue to do things that harm them, usually to make our lives easier. While many of these are already banned in some parts of the world, we need to work on getting them banned everywhere. #1 – Debarking Debarking (often called “bark softening”) is the act of cutting a dog’s vocal cords so that it has more of a whisper than a true bark. Many people feel this is acceptable to do to their dogs instead of taking the time to train them to not bark. However,…continue reading →

How To Teach Your Dog To Respect Space In Your Home

Invisible Line Game The goal of this exercise is to teach the dog to understand the rules and roles regarding environmental space. By playing this game, dogs learn that space is accessed with permission and that this permission is granted by a trusted human. The end result is a dog that “asks” permission to enter/exit spaces within the home respect people and visitors who are moving throughout the space. Making the Game more Difficult Using the 3 D’s (Distance, Distraction, Duration) Start with DISTANCE. Take one step backwards away from the base position,…continue reading →
The Top 5 Signs of Heart Disease in Dogs

The Top 5 Signs of Heart Disease in Dogs

Advertisement Heart disease is scary, and the quicker you can identify it, the better. These signs are not meant for self-diagnosis, but to help you notice more quickly that something is wrong and your dog needs to see his vet as soon as possible. Dr. Diane Levitan, VMD, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and owner of Peace Love Pets Veterinary Care (PLLC) shared with us the top 5 signs pet owners are most likely to notice. #1 – Elevated Respiratory Rate The most subtle but reliable sign is a faster than usual respiratory…continue reading →