TrustedHousesitters Allows Peace Of Mind For Traveling Pet Parents

Who will watch the pets while we’re away?  When pet parents want to plan a trip, that’s one of the most important questions that they have. Pets are family, after all — but sometimes, it’s more convenient and comfortable for the four-legged friends to stay at home while their parents travel. That’s where TrustedHousesitters comes in. The reliable system allows the homeowner to have a traveler stay at their house to watch their pets while they, in turn, go on … Read more

It’s Time To Prepare Pets For Your Return To Work. Here’s How.

Dog After Covid

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, lots of things changed for both humans and pets. With so many people working from home, many dogs were confused, yet overjoyed. But if you haven’t returned to the office yet, your furry friends are in for an unpleasant surprise. It’s not fair for you to make that switch on them without warning. So, it’s a good idea to start preparing your pets for the “new normal” sooner rather than later. Here are some tips for … Read more

The Scientific Reason You Should Stop Buying Gifts For Humans And Shop For Your Dog

Quick question: do you love spoiling your dog? C’mon. We all know the answer here is a resounding “DUH!” Even if they can’t say thank you, and sometimes they don’t get as excited as we hoped over a new toy or treat, it fills our hearts with joy like nothing else to give our dogs a simple gift. It isn’t just you who feels this way, either. Science has once again come through to back up the warm-fuzzy feelings our … Read more

15 Easiest Dogs To Potty Train

Easiest dogs to potty train

If you’re a new dog parent, you probably want a dog that’s easy to care for. Certain dogs are the easiest to potty train, giving you a sense of relief right off the bat. No one wants their house smelling like pee, so the faster you can potty train a new dog, the better. Of course, every dog will learn new things at their own pace, but some are known for their intelligence and fast learning abilities. So, if you’re … Read more

7 Irish Dog Breeds Who Feel Lucky This St. Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick's Day dog

Are you feeling lucky this Saint Patrick’s Day? Odds are, your dogs are too! Anytime we have a holiday celebration, they get showered with plenty of treats and attention. But for some dogs, this holiday holds an especially close place in their heart. That’s because some dog breeds are Irish, so Saint Patrick’s Day might have more meaning to them than you think. Here are seven beautiful dog breeds from the Emerald Isle. If your canine is an Irish pup, … Read more

Do You Live In One Of The Most Dog-Friendly U.S. Cities?

Dog-friendly U.S. cities

Dogs are a part of the family. So, of course, many people want their dog’s input when it comes to where they live. While most dogs are content wherever their loved ones are, others would prefer locations where there are countless dog-friendly activities. All cities have their pros and cons for life as a dog, but some are notably better than others. Do you live in one of the best U.S. cities for dogs? Now you can find out for … Read more

Dogs Evolved A Special Muscle That Lets Them Give “Puppy Dog Eyes”

There’s nothing on earth quite as powerful as those big, bright puppy dog eyes your dog gives you. Have you ever wondered why that is? A team of university scientists and researchers proposed a few interesting explanations. A study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) found a distinct difference between wolves and dogs. Comparing the anatomy and behavior of dogs and wolves, researchers found that the facial musculature of both species was similar except above … Read more

9 Ridiculously Expensive Gifts For The Dog Who Has Everything

Raise your hand if you love spoiling your dog. Okay – now, lower it if you did not buy your dog his own $20,000 pet bed. No? How about an $800 dog bowl? Easy one this time – $65 dog perfume? Any hands left up? Let’s be honest – our dogs don’t care how much we spend on them. We might buy the more expensive dog food because it’s fresher and healthier, but c’mon. These are the same dogs that … Read more

Top Dog Names Of 2020 Follow Amusing And Unusual Trends

Popular Dog Names 2020

Every year, Rover releases a detailed list of the most popular dog names. And every year, people get more creative. Of course, the top ten dog names in every city remain fairly consistent from year to year. There are just some classic names that will always be adorable. But while those names remained steady on the list, other more peculiar names showed major increases from the previous years. From movie stars to Netflix characters to virus-related names, 2020 is certainly … Read more

11 Surprising Things Dogs Smell That Humans Can’t

What things can dogs smell that humans can’t? Those super snoopers pick up just about every scent there could possibly be as canine noses are built for superior sniffing. Especially when compared to human olfactory senses. We’re pretty much nose blind next to our dogs. According to the American Kennel Club, “Depending on the breed, dogs have up 100 million or more scent receptors in their noses. And those terrific trackers we know as Bloodhounds have 300 million!” That means … Read more

Why Dachshunds Make Great Dogs For People In Smaller Living Spaces

There’s no way to overstate how valuable having a dog in your life is. The right kind of dog is always out there waiting for the perfect person. But as many of us already know, dogs are not one-size-fits-all. With dozens of existing breeds and many more mixes, different kinds of dogs can fill different roles in your life. As someone who has lived in several tiny apartments, I’ve always gravitated towards smaller dogs. But a dog’s size alone doesn’t … Read more

Gravestones Reveal That Dogs Became True Family Members After World War II

dog gravestone

Today, we consider our dogs to be our best friends, our furry children, and our beloved family members. We often give them as much love and respect as we’d give our human friends and family, oftentimes more. So, it’s interesting to look at the past to see a time when dogs weren’t as cherished. Even though dogs and cats have been companions to humans for ages, it wasn’t until around World War II that they finally became full-fledged family members. … Read more

It’s Time To Debunk These 8 Myths About Fostering Rescue Dogs

The world of animal welfare is full of unsung heroes, and foster families are often the most misunderstood. Fosters are the people who offer rescue dogs temporary homes while they wait for forever families. Some fosters have dogs of their own and some focus solely on their rescued house guests, but they all have at least two things in common—they love dogs and have a passion for saving lives. There’s a lot people don’t know about fostering, and it’s time … Read more

Is Your Pup Smarter Than A 5th Grader? You Can Now Test Their IQ!

Dog IQ test

Admit it, we’ve all bragged about our dogs at some point. We all think our dogs are the cutest, the smartest, and the most lovable. Of course, all dogs are the cutest without a doubt, but there’s no way to prove precisely how intelligent our furry friends are. That is until Greenies released a doggy IQ quiz. Now, you can test your dog’s intelligence in just 15 minutes. Plus, you’ll get to spend quality time with your dog in the … Read more

Top 21 Smartest Dog Breeds

All dogs have their smarts about them, but some breeds shine a little brighter when it comes to natural-born intelligence. But what factors in dog intelligence land a breed on the list of smartest dog breeds? Stanley Coren, PhD., has made the study of dogs his lifelong career, and he offers the breakdown of canine intelligence. “There are three types of dog intelligence: instinctive (what the dog is bred to do), adaptive (how well the dog learns from its environment … Read more

3 Ways To Spoil Your Dog On National Dog Day

August 26 is National Dog Day! We here at iHeartDogs believe that every day is a good day to celebrate your dog, and since Americans spend more than $60 billion a year on their pets, we think most people agree with us. Still, spoiling your dog too much every day can lead to health and behavioral problems, so it’s never a bad idea to pull back on extra snacks and toys on most days, then splurge a little extra each … Read more

2020’s Top 15 Pet-Friendly Cities In The U.S.

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. We LOVE WalletHub‘s annual list of pet-friendly cities. This list really covers all the bases when it comes to the demands we make … Read more

Top 10 Most Expensive Dog Breeds To Own

There are many things to consider when considering getting a new puppy. At iHeartDogs.com, we believe adoption is the best option! Many of us are dead-set on certain breeds. Others aren’t quite sure. Regardless, the cost is always a factor when deciding to add a dog to your home. Several things can bring up the cost of the dog outside of the purchase price, including crates, toys, beds, kennels, food, and health issues. While health testing is at an all-time … Read more

12 Best Large Dog Breeds For Families With Children

Pretty much all families searching for a dog are looking for a breed that’s known for being good with children and there are certainly plenty to choose from. If you’re on the lookout for which breeds might benefit your family best and you want a larger sized dog, be sure to check out the breeds listed here. #1 – Bulldog The Bulldog, or English Bulldog, is a short but very large breed that may look rather intimidating to some potential … Read more

5 “Sweet Spots” Where Dogs Love To Be Scratched

Most dogs relish getting pets by the people they love, and some are so friendly, they enjoy kind strokes from anyone they meet! But while pups may appreciate our affectionate scratches, all tender touches aren’t created equal. You may have noticed that your pooch has a particular place she loves being pet – maybe she even starts kicking her leg in ecstasy! And while all pup preferences are different, there are 5 specific “sweet spots” that make most dogs dissolve into tail-wagging bliss. 1. Under … Read more

The 10 Best 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 … Read more

Top 10 Rarest Dog Breeds in the World

Even the most dog-savvy folk come across breeds they’ve never heard of, and it’s no surprise when there are so many rare breeds out there. Have you ever seen a dog somewhere and wondered what kind it was but were afraid to ask? Here we’ve compiled a list of some of the rarest dog breeds around the world, though they are listed in no particular order. Perhaps you know them all, but maybe you’ll find one you’ve never seen before! … 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

14 Dog Breeds Closely Related To Wolves (You Will Be Surprised!)

All dogs have descended from wolves or other wild canids and many still maintain their primitive looks and temperaments today. Although it’s been centuries since dogs became domesticated, recent DNA studies have brought to light which of the recognized breeds are the most closely related to wolves and their ancestors. The study included 414 dogs from 85 different breeds and the results might surprise you! You can read more about the study at National Geographic. #1 – Shih Tzu Although … Read more

Top 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

12 Healthy Human Foods Dogs Can Eat

There are plenty of people foods we’d love to share with our dogs, but some are much healthier than others. In fact, some foods are even toxic to our dogs. But fear not, there are certain human snacks that can actually benefit our four-legged friends. Trust us, we know how hard it is to turn down those big, begging for scraps eyes. You can bring your dog in on the forbidden tabletop foods sometimes. Check out this list of the … Read more

The 10 Most Affectionate Dog Breeds

What could be better than dog kisses and canine cuddles? These breeds aren’t afraid to show their love for you, in fact, they insist on it! Having one of these breeds means having a personal snuggle machine in your home. If you’ve got space in your bed or on your couch for a cuddle buddy and free hands for belly rubs, consider adopting one of the dogs on this list! #10 – Brussels Griffon This charming little dog steals the … Read more

12 Things To Sneak Into Your Dog’s Food To Boost Their Health

More dog owners than ever are paying special attention to what they’re feeding their dogs and we couldn’t be happier about it. Gone are the times of cheap, corn-based kibbles as almost all owners are spending time researching and purchasing the best diets. Whether you’re feeding premium kibble or a homemade raw diet, there are still plenty of supplements you can add to your dog’s food to boost their health. Over-supplementation is something you should avoid, but if you’re looking … Read more

10 Most Hyper Dog Breeds

Some dogs are natural couch potatoes, and others require extensive exercise to stay mentally sound. Most dogs are somewhere in the middle, needing regular exercise but not being unbearable if you have to miss a walk or two. But there are others that are quite different. Those types of dogs with seemingly endless energy. These dogs are hard to keep as house pets if they don’t get the exercise they require. If that’s the type of pup you’re looking for, … Read more

12 Dog Breeds That Are Extra-Faithful

Loyalty is something that most people think of when they think of dogs and it’s a truthful generalization to make. While some are certainly more independent than others, most dogs are faithful to their families in some form or another. In fact, some are even faithful to strangers. If you’re looking for a dog that’s known for its attachment and devotion to its owners, look no further than this list! #1 – Pointer Pointers are one of the oldest hunting … Read more