Dog care from a loving puppy owner

Dog Care – All You Need To Know

Why Your Pet Deserves The Best Dog Care You Can Give As a dog lover, you understand the joy such a pet can bring to your life. You will never be alone again, and you will always have a companion who thinks the world of you. In return, it is your job to care for them, and this article will...
how long do dogs live

How Long Do Dogs Live? It All Depends On The Dog Breed And YOU!

Dogs, lives are short, too short, but you know that going in. You know the pain is coming, you're going to lose a dog, and there's going to be great anguish, so you live fully in the moment with her, never fail to share her joy or delight in her innocence, because you can't support the illusion that a...
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Giving Pets as Gifts

Should you or shouldn’t you? One of the hallmark scenes of Christmas is an adorable little puppy jumping out of a brightly wrapped box under the Christmas tree, sending a pajama-clad child into paroxysms of joy. Yet despite the warm veneer, this scene makes many animal lovers go cold. Animal welfare organizations are, for the most part, adamant that animals should...
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Is the Trend Toward Open Adoption Good for Animal Welfare?

Should we try to make people "more adaptable" or animals "more adoptable"? In this post, I talk to Rain Jordan about the use of “open adoption” policies in animal shelter and rescue organizations, and why she thinks these policies put animals at risk. We also explore how the language and goals of rescue could usefully shift, so that instead of talking about “making...
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How Dogs Hear and Speak With the World Around Them

More than 18 different muscles control dogs' ear flaps for nuanced movements. To learn the most we can about the behavior of our canine companions and what we can do to give them the best lives possible, we need to pay careful attention to how they use their different senses and what they're capable of doing. In previous essays I focused on their senses of smell, taste, touch,...

Can All Dogs Swim? The Truth About Dog Swimming

Lots of dogs enjoy swimming. In fact, they love it so much there’s even a special name for it: the Doggy Paddle! Dog swimming is great exercise for them, a five minute swim is the equivalent of a 5 mile walk. It builds strength and flexibility, keeps weight stable – and because it’s low impact it can even help...
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The Rich and Deep Emotional Lives of Dogs in 226 Seconds

A video from Animal Aid Unlimited India offers a crash course on dogs' feelings. "This is a short film that everyone can watch that shows the emotional lives of dogs. I dare anyone to watch it and still say we don't know if dogs have feelings." "This video made my cry with sadness and joy. Thanks to the people who made it...
elderly dog care

Elderly Dog Care – Seven Habits of Highly Effective Owners

Dogs Are Living Much Longer Man's best friend is living longer than ever. This is due to our beloved canines' increased status as family member. And families becoming conscientious about providing their dogs' appropriate veterinary care. As a result, we are faced with a variety of elderly dog care issues as they age. There are several components of elderly...
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Dog Leashes for Safeguarding Your Pets

What Are Dog Leashes For Dog leashes are not just for decking up your canine pet's neckline but also for their security. Well we all know what's there on the streets for our pets. Stray dogs and congested traffic pose a credible threat to our beloved pets. No one wants their pets to be under any bounds. However, sometimes it...
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Should Dogs Be Shocked, Choked, or Pronged?

Should these types of dog collars be banned in favor of force-free alternatives? "Collars are a vital part of dog ownership. They allow pet parents to walk their pup on a leash and they provide a place to hang ID and vaccination tags. However, if used in the wrong way, collars can lead to serious or even fatal injury." —Lindsay Lowe,...
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Caring for Your Pet and It’s Health with Dog Massage

Dog Massage Benefits Dog massage? Really. It can benefit a dog in many ways just as it has been proven for helping humans. Massage once was reserved for extra pampered poochies, but now is catching on due to it's benefits. The benefits it can give "Fido" include, extending flexibility, increasing circulation of blood, relaxation of muscles and can even assist...
dog psychology

As Dogs Have Aha! Moments, What’s Happening in Their Brains?

Citizen science mirrors quite a lot about what research has discovered. I receive numerous emails from all over the world containing extremely interesting stories and questions about "all things dog," many of which center on the cognitive and emotional lives of our homed canine companions and dogs living other lifestyles. I also have many conversations at cocktail parties, dinners, and coffee houses, and with...

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