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Fun Indoor Activities for Dogs

February 22, 2024

Frigid winter weather. Torrential spring rain. Blazing summer days. Severe fall storms. No matter the season, there are going to be times throughout the year when your outdoor-loving dog is stuck indoors. After longingly staring out the window for a while, your canine companion is probably going to get bored. And that’s not good because …

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The Most Popular Dog Names: 2023 Edition

February 15, 2024

It doesn’t matter whether you’re considering a puppy adoption or welcoming an older dog to your home, one of the first things your new furry friend needs is a name (unless they already have one, of course). But how do you choose just one dog name when the options are endless? If you like a …

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A List of Dog Commands and Hand Signals for Beginners

January 31, 2024

When you’re choosing how to train your dog, there are many things to consider, including which training method to use. Another decision to make is whether to teach your dog training hand signals. Dogs use body language to communicate with other dogs, so it makes sense that they can also use body language to communicate …

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Can My Dog Eat That? Nuts

January 30, 2024

Welcome to “Can My Dog Eat That?,” our series that answers some obvious (and not-so-obvious) questions about what your dog can and can’t safely eat. You can view some of the previous foods we’ve looked at in our “Can my dog eat that?” guide. Today we answer the question “Can dogs eat nuts?” Read on! …

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Behind the Breed: Boykin Spaniel

January 25, 2024

Have you ever wondered where a dog breed originated from? In our “Behind the Breed” series we’ll dive into the history, personality and physical appearance of a particular dog breed. We’ll also cover some of the FAQs about the breed and maybe some fun facts, too! If you’re looking for a bird dog, there are …

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Behind the Breed: Chinook

December 21, 2023

If you haven’t heard of the chinook dog breed, you’re probably not alone. As a previous Guinness World Record holder for the rarest dog breed (1965), you’re not likely to see a chinook at the local dog park. This is unfortunate because these strong yet gentle and affectionate sled dogs — with a fascinating origin …

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Sustainable Gift Ideas for Dogs

December 21, 2023

The holidays are fun for human and dog alike (usually). But as anyone who has been on trash duty the day after the fun is over knows, they can also be pretty wasteful. So much plastic, non-recyclable wrapping paper and other landfilling refuse piles up. What’s an environmentally friendly dog owner to do? Come up …

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Can My Dog Eat That? Ham

December 7, 2023

Welcome to “Can My Dog Eat That?,” our series that answers some obvious (and not-so-obvious) questions about what your dog can and can’t safely eat. Today we answer the question “Can dogs eat ham?” Read on! You’ve been busy in the kitchen all day, cooking the perfect sugar-glazed ham, and it’s ready to serve at …

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Behind the Breed: Weimaraner

November 30, 2023

Weimaraners get the nickname “Gray Ghost” because of their silvery-gray coat color, light-colored eyes and sneaky hunting abilities. The grand duke of Weimar, in Germany, developed Weimaraners (we see what he did there) in the early 19th century by crossing bloodhounds with other hunting dogs. Weimaraners are a large, long-legged breed that can weigh as …

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A Taste of the Wild Guide to Dog Obesity

November 27, 2023

Dog obesity is a serious issue facing dogs and their owners, and it’s only becoming more prevalent. A 2022 survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevalence revealed that 59 percent of dogs in the U.S. are classified as overweight, a 3 percent increase from 2018. Since only 36 percent of dog owners think that …

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