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Dogs


Why Do Dogs Like to Give Kisses?

Receiving slobbery kisses from our canine companions is part of the dog-loving package, but do you ever wonder why they do this?

Turns out, there are lots of reasons dogs like to put their tongues on you, ranging from instinct, to affection, to stress. Let’s take a look.

Dog Kisses Are Instinctual

Dog licking is a form of communication and stimulation for dogs. What we term “dog kisses” are an instinctual urge that starts at birth.


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5 Cool Dog Treats to Make This Summer

As the weather warms up, so does the temperature of your dog. Unfortunately, dogs do not sweat the way humans do, so the risk of heat exhaustion increases dramatically during the summer months.


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How to Recognize the Signs of Heatstroke in Your Dog

Did you know dogs are at risk of heatstroke? As the weather heats up, human bodies’ sweat as a way to regulate our body temperature, but our pups are at greater risk. If a dog gets overheated, this can lead to heat stroke and severe health issues -- even death. Even worse, it can happen in minutes.

To keep your dog safe this summer season, it’s worth recognizing the signs of heatstroke and showing a little precaution when temps climb into the 90’s.


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Hosting a Dog Party: Top 5 Tips for Success

June 21st is National Dog Party Day, and more pet parents than ever are throwing birthday bashes for their pooch. Before you bust out the treats and toys and let the dogs loose, there are a few things you should consider to create a successful, safe, and fun event!


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Bringing Fido? Safety First!

Summer is a great time to get outdoors with your dog, but you should never leave unprepared. Keep your pup safe at fairs, concerts, BBQs, and other warm weather events with these tips.

  • Avoid leaving your pet in a parked car during the warmer months, even on mildly hot days. Remember, it only takes a few minutes to cause serious injury—even with the windows cracked.


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Home Alone? How to Keep Your Dog Happy

It’s no secret that dogs are sociable creatures who are happiest being with others and having something to do. Not to get overly philosophical, but everyone needs a purpose.

Plus, dogs are like toddlers. If you don’t give them a constructive focus, they’ll find ways to entertain themselves, such as pulling all of the stuffing out of each cushion on your new couch, or enjoying four or five shoes -- each from a different pair. Not that we’ve had any experience with such things…


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Health Benefits of Dogs for Seniors

Numerous studies show there are physical, emotional, and mental benefits of dog ownership for people of all ages. From encouraging daily exercise to quiet companionship, it’s no surprise to dog lovers that pooches bring loads of benefits with their wagging tails.

Of course, like any relationship, it requires the right match for happiness. You wouldn’t gift a high energy puppy to a housebound relative and expect that to go well. On the other hand, a mellow senior dog might be just the right companion.


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Canine Sports: Dock Diving is Making a Big Splash

Does your dog love the water? Does he or she have a special toy they will do anything to retrieve? Do they have a strong play drive? If so, then the canine sport of dock diving or dock jumping may be for you.

Any breed, including mixes, and any size of dog can compete as long as they are six months old, healthy, and the love water! Dogs compete for distance, leaping for height and swimming for speed.


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