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Pick Up Your Toy Dog — But Not Too Much

Some owners of very small dogs have a tendency to frequently pick up their pets outside because of concern for their safety. Perhaps a large dog comes over to sniff, for instance, and the size difference feels ominous. But most of the time, dogs approach and sniff each other simply out of curiosity, and you […]
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The American Kennel Club: More Than Just Breed Info

The American Kennel Club’s Canine Health Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Since its inception in 1995, it has grown into the world’s largest funder of health research focused solely on dogs. Among its achievements: it has spearheaded critical research for mapping the canine genome, providing much of the initial key to diseases and […]
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No Such Thing as a ‘Hypoallergenic’ Dog

We recently ran across this post on social media: “We’re thinking of getting a bichon frise, a cavalier King Charles spaniel, or a miniature poodle and need recommendations on how hypoallergenic each kind is. Our family is very allergic to almost all breeds of dogs.” In fact, there’s no way to rate how likely any […]
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When a Breed Is Not a Breed

You like the generally friendly and easygoing temperament of a golden retriever but prefer the look of a curly-haired pet like a poodle, especially since curly-haired dogs don’t shed as much as those with straight hair. So you find someone who calls themselves a goldendoodle breeder to get the best of both worlds, but his […]
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A Dog’s Top 4 Easter Hazards

The ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center says four things top the list of Easter dangers for dogs and should be kept out of their reach. Chocolate. Easter, just like Valentine’s Day, Christmas, and Halloween, triggers phone calls regarding exposure to chocolate. While in truth, a very small amount won’t cause harm, you shouldn’t leave holiday […]
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‘Trying on’ Parenting With a Dog

You need watch only two or three episodes of House Hunters on HGTV to figure out that a lot of young couples preview what parenting will be like by starting with a dog. One of their “must haves” is a big fenced-in yard for “Trixie” or “Max” or “Daisy.” There’s nothing wrong with the urge […]
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How to Use Music to Keep Your Dog Calm

Research suggests that if dogs could put together their own playlists, Metallica and Black Sabbath would be out - they dont like heavy metal. Beethoven and Vivaldi would be in, along with perhaps a little Bob Marley and Sting. They appear to chill with classical music and, one study suggests, reggae and soft rock.
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Protecting Military Dogs Ears

Dogs in combat zones can suffer hearing loss from explosions, gunfire, even helicopter engines. The hero dog Conan who was brought to the White House several months ago was no doubt subjected to a serious ear-pounding (as well as an injury) when he cornered the leader of ISIS in a tunnel and the man detonated a suicide vest. Hearing protection for military dogs exists, but how well it protects dogs ears is not clear. Furthermore, it is rigid, cumbersome, and hard to put on.

Three Super-Easy Ways to Make Your Dog Happier

Dogs put up with a lot to accommodate themselves to our world. Yet in many ways we dont consider a world in which theyd feel more comfortable. Its not because we dont care. Its because we dont automatically consider how their senses influence their experiences. With our dogs senses in mind, here are three ways to make living with us better.

Can Dogs Live Longer? Enter Your Pet in a Study to Find Out

In the largest study to date on aging in dogs, researchers will follow tens of thousands of dogs for 10 years to gather critical information on whether canine life expectancy can be improved. They will also examine whether dogs overall quality of life can be maintained over a longer geriatric stretch. Which dogs will participate? Perhaps yours.
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Illuminating Your Dog for Better Nighttime Walking, Playing

If late-night and perhaps pre-dawn walks with your dog are part of your routine, you might consider using LED collars, leashes, and toys to brighten things up. Colorfully lit dog-walking gear will make you and your pet more visible to passing motorists and to each other. At the same time, theyll help illuminate your path as well as make waste clean-up easier in the dark.
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The Shelter May Not Look Perfect, But…

Shelters dont always seem the perfect picture of animal care. Some cages may be dirty and food bowls, empty. But looks can be deceiving. Before you write off a shelter as bad for the animals it cares for and therefore not fit to house an animal you would want to adopt (or not fit for your charitable efforts), consider these points.
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