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Why On Earth Do Dogs Stare At You When They Poop?

You may have noticed that your dog keeps his eyes on you while he is defecating. It is not because he is embarrassed. He is not wishing you would look away or give him privacy while he “does his business”. It goes much deeper than that. Dogs are animals and they are very tuned in to their environment and their own place in it. For survival, they must be aware of risk. Defecation is one of the times in an … Read more

😂 The Secret to Happiness, in the Words of 70 Different Dog Breeds

Welcome to the ultimate guide where canine wisdom meets human existence, or as we like to call it – the “Barklosophy” of life. Strap in as we unleash the profound life philosophies of 70 different dog breeds, each adding a quirky twist to the age-old quest for happiness. From the sassy strides of the Shiba Inus to the majestic waddles of the Corgis, prepare to embark on a hilarious and tail-wagging journey through the canine kingdom’s diverse world of wisdom. … Read more

Celebrate Your Pup Year-Round With These Dog-Themed Holidays!

Celebrating Dog Holidays

Every day of the year is a unique holiday, but did you know that there are several dog holidays every month? There are days related to rescue animals, pet health, and even specific breeds. So, you can have a canine celebration almost every day if you’d like. If you’re interesting in celebrating some unique dog-themed holidays, keep reading. There are also plenty of month-long events to help raise awareness about pet health and welfare. Dog Holidays By Month January Dog … Read more

10 Ways To Exercise Your Dog Indoors

Sometimes going for a long walk or a trip to the park just isn’t possible. When you are sick, snowed in, or the temperature skyrockets, finding ways to exercise your dog indoors takes a bit of creativity. The next time you find yourselves trapped inside, keep your pooch from going stir-crazy with one – or more – of these fun indoor activities. 1. Treadmill Some dogs need more than just a leisurely stroll to stay happy, fit and healthy. Dog … Read more

Does “Positive” Dog Training Mean No Consequences?

Although positive reinforcement training has gained popularity rapidly over the last few years, there are still many who prefer the “traditional” methods of dog training. They often cite that positive training is just “bribery” (which it sometimes is) or that you can’t use treats for the type of work their dog does (which is sometimes true) or that it’s too “soft” and that having no consequences will make a dog unruly, undisciplined, and eventually lead to a dog that ignores … Read more

21 Budget-Friendly Supplies Your Local Animal Shelter Can Use Right Now

There are certain items your local animal shelter can never get enough of. Whether it’s dog treats, cleaning supplies, or snacks to energize the volunteers, these 21 donations are always appreciated! Best of all, you don’t have to break the bank to help the animals in your community. The variety of items on our list ensures any pet lover can find something within their budget. To compile our list of essential items, we checked out the Amazon wishlist of our friends … Read more

10 Smartest Small Dog Breeds

While judging a dog’s intelligence is difficult and each dog varies individually, there are some breeds thought to be a little easier to work with than others. Whether this is a measure of pure intelligence or simply biddability, here is a list we’ve compiled of the smartest small dog breeds. #1 – Poodle While the Standard Poodle is one of the smartest large dog breeds, the Miniature and Toy Poodle are some of the smartest small dog breeds. The Miniature … Read more

10 Most Low Maintenance Dog Breeds

Low maintenance dogs

If you are looking for a family dog, one of the things to take into consideration is how much work the dog needs. Busy households with not a lot of time may want to consider one of these low maintenance dogs. They don’t need the “frills and pampering” or many vet visits other breeds require. For our list, we did not take into consideration activity or “energy” level. After all, every dog should be exercised and played with to stay … Read more

13 Dog Breeds That Shed The Most

Dogs shed. It's just a fact of life that we've become accustomed to. But as many dog parents know, there are breeds that take shedding to a new extreme. When people are looking for a new companion, shedding is often a concern. Whether it's due to allergies or extra effort, figuring out which dog breeds shed the most is an important part of your research for your next dog. Maybe canine confetti 24/7 isn't your thing or you just want ... Read more

15 Best Dog Breeds for First Time Owners

Dog breeds for first time owners

Thinking about getting your first dog? While it seems absurd to many of us, some people have never owned a dog before – and that’s okay! We welcome you to the dark side. While there is a lot of research that goes into general dog ownership, there are some breeds of dogs that are better suited for a first-timer than others. While all dogs are individuals within a breed and can vary greatly in personalities and needs, it’s safe to … Read more

17 Best Small Dog Breeds For Families With Kids

Small dogs for kids

One of the greatest joys of childhood is growing up with a dog, and if you’re ready to give that dream to your kids, you might be asking yourself what breeds are the best small dogs for kids?  As a parent, safety is one of your greatest concerns, and this must be taken into account when choosing what breed of dog fits with your family. Some dog breeds do not do well with children, especially very young ones. But don’t … Read more

37 Dog-Friendly Store And Restaurant Chains

It used to be that just about the only place of business you could take your dog was pet supply stores. These days, more and more stores – and even restaurants – are becoming dog-friendly. While health code regulations force all dogs (apart from service animals) to stay outside restaurants, many are starting to invite people to bring their dogs into their patio seating areas, and stores are allowing well-behaved, leashed dogs into their stores. Keep in mind that each … Read more

How To Stop Puppy Mills: 8 Ways You Can Help

How to stop puppy mills

Most dog parents know that puppy mills are horrific facilities, but not many people know how to go about stopping them. Anyone who truly loves dogs wouldn’t knowingly support these businesses. However, over 10,000 puppy mills, both licensed and unlicensed, still exist in the United States. The big reason puppy mills are still successful is that a lot of people support them unknowingly. While many pet parent do their research before getting a dog, others make impulsive decisions based on … Read more

The 15 Best Dog Breeds for a Child with Autism

Having a pet can bring a multitude of joys to any home, but for families with a child who has autism, having a dog can be especially beneficial. Dogs are known for their loyalty and companionship, and for children with autism, these qualities can make all the difference. From providing emotional support to helping with behavioral issues, dogs can be an invaluable asset to children with autism and their families. In this article, we‘ll explore the ways in which dogs … Read more

10 Tips To Throw A Dog Halloween Party That’s All Treat & No Trick!

Spooky season is here, and there are lots of ways to celebrate. You can curl up on the couch with scary movie marathons while you hug your dog tight. Or a visit to the pumpkin patch with your pooch could be fun. Your dog will be more than happy to sniff out the perfect pick for this year’s jack-o-lantern. And you’ve probably gotten plenty of invitations to Halloween soirees, but who needs loud, packed parties stuffed full of humans when … Read more

12 Dog Breeds Prone To Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety isn’t really exclusive to specific breeds, but there are some dog breeds that seem to be at a higher risk than others. While there are also many factors to separation anxiety, some dogs seem to fall victim to it without any rhyme or reason. If you’re currently struggling with separation anxiety or want to try to avoid the problem at all costs when searching for a new dog, it might be best to avoid these breeds or adopt … Read more

Dairy Queen Has A Secret Frosty Menu Item Your Pup Will Love!

Dog eating Pup Cup

Riding through the drive-thru with you can be frustrating for your furry friend. They have to watch you order and snack on savory fast food while they get nothing for themselves. That’s why many dog parents order their pooches a puppuccino when picking up Starbucks. But the famous coffee chain isn’t the only business with a special dog menu item. Dairy Queen has its very own secret menu item for dogs: a Pup Cup! If you’ve never ordered it before, … Read more

12 Great Ways to Celebrate Your Dog’s Birthday

Dog Birthday

Celebrating dogs comes pretty effortlessly to those who adore them. Since most of us consider our four-legged pals fuzzy family members, it’s only natural that we enjoy celebrating their birthdays! Whether you know your pup’s actual birth date or you just want to honor the day he came home with you from the shelter, we’ve got some great ideas to help you get the fun started! 1. Pick the Perfect Location Location choice will depend on a number of different … Read more

13 Signs That A Puppy Is From A Puppy Mill

Signs of puppy from puppy mill

If you’re a first-time dog owner, finding a puppy can be overwhelming. You might be tempted to take the easiest route possible, but if you do that, you could unknowingly support a puppy mill. If you’ve heard of puppy mills, you know they’re bad. Yet, you might not know where these horrific facilities sell their puppies. And if you don’t know what a puppy mill is, be prepared to have your heart broken when you Google it. Most people who … Read more

10 Dog Breeds That Are Extra Clingy With Their Owners

Velcro dog breeds

While every dog loves being with their human, there are some that really, really love to be with you. Dogs are sensitive creatures, and their desire to be near you is very strong–but for some, it’s more than that. Do you like a dog that clings to your side, ready to be your pal wherever you go? Then one of these clingy dog breeds, or “velcro dog breeds,” might be just the one for you! #1 – Labrador Retriever Labs are … Read more

12 Signs You’ve Got a Mama’s Dog by Your Side

We all pick favorites, whether we admit it or not. When it comes to dogs, they pick a favorite human and see no reason whatsoever to hide it. Some may call them clingy. You just call them yours. Here are 12 signs that you are one of those lucky dog moms with a mama’s dog by your side. #1 – Will Not Leave Your Side Mama’s dogs want to be with their mama. Not some of the time. Not part … Read more

5 Incredible Things Dogs Can Sense Before They Happen

Dogs are incredibly intuitive and aware of their surroundings. They know when their person is sad and can pick up on stress when their household is in chaos. Some people believe that dogs can predict when someone is going to die or can see spirits. Below are some of the other amazing things dogs can sense, for one reason or another. 1. Earthquakes Records as far back as ancient Greece tells of dogs fleeing the city of Helice before a … Read more

Why Do Some Dogs Watch TV?

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 … Read more

6 Signs Your Dog Trusts You With His Life

dog trusts you

The bond between a dog and his person is nothing to underestimate. It’s based on mutual love, appreciation, and most of all, trust. Contrary to popular belief, earning a dog’s complete trust isn’t as simple as giving out a few treats and belly rubs. If you want your dog to trust you with his life, you need to earn it. It can take months, and even years, of dedicated love and attention to earn a dog’s trust. Not every relationship … Read more

Your Dog’s Bowls Can Make You BOTH Sick

Have you ever in your life eaten dinner on a plate, left the plate sitting on the counter over night without so much as a rinse and then used that same plate for breakfast the next morning? Of course you haven’t! The very thought of it is enough to send your tummy turning. Despite that, so many of us feed our pup in the same dish over and over without cleaning it. Or, maybe we are really on top of … Read more

5 Signs Your Rescue Dog May Have Come From An Abusive Home

Have you ever wondered if your rescue dog was abused before they became part of your family? Maybe they jump at every small sound or cower if you raise your hand or pick up the newspaper. While it’s usually impossible to know for sure what sort of situation your dog lived in previously, there are some signs that could indicate a history of abuse. Here are 5 signs that your dog may have come from an abusive home. #1 – … Read more

10 Things That Are Harder To Do When You Live With Dogs

It’s no secret that life is much better with a dog. They can change your life in ways that you never would’ve expected before. Sure, they make a lot of everyday things harder than they have to be, but because we love them and they love us, we gladly accept the challenges! Any dog lover knows that the following 10 things are much harder when you have a dog, but they also make life so much better…and exciting. #1 – … Read more

How Much Do Rescue Dogs Remember From Their Pasts?

You know your rescue dog had a life before you walked into the shelter, but how much of that time do they actually remember? Would your dog recognize their old owners or where they used to live? Can they recall specific experiences whether they were good or bad? For some rescues, forgetting a painful past might be a good thing, but is that even possible? Here’s a closer look at how your dog’s memory works and what scientists think they … Read more

5 Ways To Tell If Your Dog Is Bonded To You

If you recently adopted a dog, you might be wondering whether or not they’re already 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. Here are 5 signs that your dog is bonded to you. #1 – They don’t try to race out the door … Read more

Scientifically Proven Ways To Show Your Dogs How Much You Love Them

Scientific research has helped us understand the complex thoughts and emotions our beloved dogs are capable of. They may feel, interpret and express love differently than humans, but they definitely understand the sentiment. Dr. Brian Hare is an associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University and founder of the Duke Canine Cognition Center. When asked by People Pets whether dogs realize how much we love them, he answered: “Yes, your dog knows how much you love him! Dogs and … Read more

9 Things Humans Do That Our Dogs Wish We Didn’t

When we love our dogs like family, we sometimes forget that they don’t understand us quite like our human relatives. Sometimes we try to have full-on conversations with them or unknowingly send them body language signals that are interpreted differently in the animal kingdom. For these reasons, we’ve compiled a list of 9 common things that humans do that stress dogs out. If you’ve done any of these things, don’t worry–we all have! But by being more aware, we can try to communicate with our … Read more

Dog Facts

10 Smartest Small Dog Breeds

Little paws, big brains! What these tiny dogs lack in size, they make up for in intelligence. Here are 10 of the smartest small dog breeds.

10 Most Low Maintenance Dog Breeds

Not every family has the time and money to spend on excessive grooming requirements. But luckily, these ten dogs are low maintenance breeds.

13 Dog Breeds That Shed The Most

If you want to wear black pants once in a while, you may want to avoid bringing one of these dogs that shed the most into your life.

Why Do Some Dogs Watch TV?

Why do some dogs watch TV while others show no interest? They are capable of viewing the screen, but whether they choose to varies from dog to dog.