The Wanderer

    Look Who’s Talking About Link!

    Posted by LINK AKC on Nov 14, 2019

    It looks like daytime television hosts have heard the word that Link is pawesome! The three queens of talk shows have given Link their stamp of approval. If you’re looking for the perfect pet parent present this holiday, look no further than the Link Plus featured:
     

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Why Does My Dog Eat Grass?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Nov 14, 2019

    It might seem strange for a happy, healthy pup to stop his playtime or pottytime outside to gnaw on some grass, but it’s extremely common. It’s so common, in fact, it’s one of the most frequently asked questions to veterinarians.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Can Being a Pet Parent Extend Your Life?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Nov 07, 2019

    In what will come as no surprise to pet parents everywhere, a recent study carried out by professors at Uppsala University found that a dog in the home can be particularly beneficial to heart and stroke survivors, especially those who live alone. The research also shows people with dogs can benefit from improved cardiovascular health in general. 

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Should You Get a Breakaway Collar?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Nov 07, 2019

    Your dog's collar is important to his safety and wellbeing. It might contain his name and contact information, in case he ever runs off or gets lost, or even a GPS tracker. But, under certain circumstances, that collar can also be detrimental to his safety. Some experts suggest a breakaway collar instead. What is a breakaway collar, and what are its advantages and disadvantages? Let's take a look: 

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    Topics: Dog Accessories

    Pawranormal Pup: A Dog Ghost Story

    Posted by LINK AKC on Oct 31, 2019

    Sharon’s Halloween was as perfect as a Halloween night could be.

    She and her husband Tod, alongside their Husky, Luna, walked through the neighborhood dawning Toy Story costumes she worked hard to put together for months. Luna’s Buzz Lightyear costume was a hit and got so many compliments, and she felt clever as a gender-swapping Woody. Tod was a little hesitant to walk around as Little Bo-Peep, but when their neighbor, Jake, choked on a Jolly Rancher from laughing so hard, Tod gained some confidence. 

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Should Your Dog Eat Pumpkin?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Oct 31, 2019

    When you think of favorite fall foods, pumpkin is probably one of the first to come to mind. If you’re like most of the population, you love pumpkin everything when the weather cools down. And, of course, you don’t want to leave your favorite pup out of the enjoyment, but you also don’t want to give him food he can’t eat. That’s where we come in! Read on to learn everything you need to know about puppies and pumpkin: 

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    Topics: Dog Health

    How to Take the Perfect Pet Photo

    Posted by LINK AKC on Oct 24, 2019

    What better time than Halloween to learn how to take frighteningly good photos of your dogWhichever side of the pet costume debate you fall on, there’s no denying that autumn lends itself to gorgeous shots filled with brilliantly-colored foliage, pumpkins, and fall flowers. 

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Fun Dog Halloween Costume Ideas

    Posted by LINK AKC on Oct 24, 2019

    Halloween is almost here! There's nothing more fun than dressing up in a cool costume - except maybe dressing your dog up in one too! You can buy pet costumes ready-made, or, with a little ingenuity, you can make one yourself. Here are a few ideas for what your dog can be this Halloween.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Why Does My Dog Hit Me When I Pet Him?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Oct 17, 2019

    If your dog is hitting you with his paw or bumping you with his nose, it’s a common and natural way for him to communicate his needs and wants. These body signals can sometimes mean different things depending on your dog’s breed, but many times they’re learned behaviors from everyday interactions between you and your pooch.  

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Everything You Need to Know About Heartworms

    Posted by LINK AKC on Oct 17, 2019

    Unfortunately, your dog is a natural host for the foot-long heartworms who, once inside your pet, mature into adults, mate, and produce offspring. Left untreated, the number of heartworms increase which can cause lasting damage to your dog’s heart, arteries, and lungs.  

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    Topics: Dog Health

    How to Get Free Stuff for Your Dog!

    Posted by LINK AKC on Oct 10, 2019

    Who doesn’t love free stuff? Why not take advantage of these freebies for your pup. They make great doggie stocking stuffers, birthday presents, and even gifts for your pet parent friends! 

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Is a Plant-Based Diet Safe for Dogs?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Oct 10, 2019

    There are plenty of studies out there that show plant-based diets can be beneficial for humans. Reducing meat can help lower the risk for heart disease and help you maintain a healthy weight. But do dogs get the same benefits from going green or is it just another fido food fad? Let’s take a look at the risks and benefits of plant-based diet for dogs: 

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    Topics: Dog Health

    What's Up With the Reverse Sneeze?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Oct 03, 2019

    You're minding your own business, when suddenly your dog makes a disturbing snorting noise. Where did it come from? Are they ill? Are they possessed? Relax. It's probably just a reverse sneeze. Here's how to recognize them in your dog, along with some facts about what causes them, and what to do about the condition. 

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    Topics: Dog Health

    How to Store Your Dog Food

    Posted by LINK AKC on Oct 03, 2019

    Your dog depends on you to feed him healthy, fresh meals each day. This means that you must learn to store your dog food properly, because if it’s exposed to air or light, it can oxidize and degrade quickly. Meaning your dog’s food can become rancid and could cause your dog to become ill. This guide offers basic tips for storing dog food as well as ideas for storing each type of food. 

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    Topics: Dog Health

    6 Common Dog Behaviors That Seem Weird

    Posted by LINK AKC on Sep 27, 2019

    #1- Spinning Around in Circles 

    Most pet parents are familiar with their dog spinning around in circles. Whether it’s during playtime when they give a little twirl, before they lie down on a soft blanket, or even when you come home from work, dogs seem to love spinning around.  

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    Topics: Dog Health

    How Long is Too Long for Your Dog to Be Left Alone?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Sep 26, 2019

    It will come as no surprise to pet lovers everywhere that, just like people, the amount of time a dog needs to spend with humans varies depending on each individual pet. Most dogs enjoy more time than not with their humans but leaving them home alone doesn’t mean you’re a bad person!  

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    Topics: Dog Health

    10 Best Dog Movies of All Time

    Posted by LINK AKC on Sep 26, 2019

    There are few things better than curling up on the couch with your dog and watching a good movie. And what better movie to watch than one about dogs? Here are 10 of our favorites: 

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Why Does My Dog Scoot His Bottom Across the Floor?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Sep 18, 2019

    Most pet parents have seen it before – your dog looking all cute and sweet when suddenly he gets that look in his eye and starts scooting his bottom across the floor. It’s awkward, and also a little cute and a little gross, but is it a sign of a problem? Let’s take a look at dog scooting behavior and find out what’s really behind it (pun intended).  

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Unlikely Friendships: When Dogs Make Peculiar Friends

    Posted by LINK AKC on Sep 11, 2019

    Everyone knows a dog is human’s best friend. But who is a dog's best friend? Well, almost anyone, really. Dogs have been known to run in all sorts of different crowds, that can be both unusual and adorable. Here are a few unlikely friendships that dogs have formed with other animals:

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Confidence Tricks for Your Dog

    Posted by LINK AKC on Sep 11, 2019

    Does your dog become passive-aggressive around strangers? Do they seem fearful in new environments or situations? If so, your dog might benefit from learning some confidence-building tricks. You can use game play and interactive exercises to give your dog something else to focus on and something new to learn. Here are some good confidence tricks and games to start with:

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    UPDATE: What You Need to Know About the Salmonella Outbreak in Dog Treats

    Posted by LINK AKC on Sep 11, 2019

    **** Update 9/11/19 ****

    On September 3rd the FDA announced an expanded voluntary recall for potentially contaminated pigs ears.

    The expanded recall now includes "Berkley & Jensen" brand pigs ears sold at BJ's Wholesale Club stores, the treats were sold between September 2018 through August 2019 and were distributed to stores nation wide.

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    7 Things to Do With Your Dog This Labor Day

    Posted by LINK AKC on Aug 29, 2019

    Labor Day is coming up, and many people get a long weekend off to spend time with their family, including their pets. It’s summer’s last big weekend, so take the time to include your dog in your special plans. Here are 7 fun ideas of activities to do with your dog over the Labor Day weekend.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Can Dogs Have Jobs?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Aug 29, 2019

    This Labor Day, we celebrate those who work, and the jobs they do. That doesn't just include humans, either. There are all sorts of dogs who perform important jobs, either full-time or part-time. Here are a few examples of jobs that dogs can do:

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    Topics: Dog Activities

    Can Your Dog's Kisses be Dangerous?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Aug 21, 2019

    Few things in this world are as pure and satisfying as kisses from your dog. When they lick your legs, your arms, and your face, it's their way of telling you they love you. However, you might have heard reports of people contracting terrible illnesses from dog kisses as well. Some have even needed their limbs amputated. So, what is this disease, and what are your chances of contracting it from your dog? Here's everything you need to know.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Can Your Dog Get Sick From Swimming and Drinking Water?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Aug 21, 2019

    You might have heard a lot in the news lately about dogs getting sick and dying from what’s known as toxic blue-green algae. Many people think it’s the same as the bacteria leptospirosis but though it’s just as dangerous, the two conditions are hugely different.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Understanding Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs

    Posted by LINK AKC on Aug 14, 2019

    If you read our recent article on the potential link between certain brands of grain-free dog food and canine heart failure, it hopefully gave you a better understanding of dog nutrition and the role it plays in your pet’s overall health.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Can Your Dog Be a Blood Donor?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Aug 07, 2019

    You do your part to help others. You even donate blood regularly to help save the lives of those who might need a transfusion. But what about your dog? Can your dog be a blood donor to help other dogs in need? Yes, they can! Here's what you need to know about canine blood donors.

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    The eHarmony of Dog Finding

    Posted by LINK AKC on Aug 07, 2019

    In just about 5 minutes you can find your perfect canine match. That’s the promise behind PawsLikeMe’s pet matching service that hooks up owners with rescue pups in local shelters. The online “dating experience for dog adoptions” has received plenty of positive press with people calling the quiz “bizarrely accurate” and the “eHarmony” for pets.

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    Should You Give Your Dog Probiotics?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jul 31, 2019

    You might have heard the word probiotic tossed around a yogurt or supplement commercial, but should you give your dog probiotics? In this article, we’re going to look at what probiotics are, their effect on dogs, and if you should give your dog a probiotic supplement.

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    Why Do Dogs Lick Their Paws?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jul 24, 2019

    Dogs exhibit all kinds of adorable, quirky behavior. It's one of the many reasons we love them. Some of this behavior is harmless. But sometimes, it can be damaging or a sign of a larger issue. One example is paw licking. Although it can be cute, a dog licking his paws could point to an underlying issue. So why do dogs lick their paws, and what should you be doing about it?

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    The Effects of Dog Obesity

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jul 17, 2019

    An extra treat here and a table scrap there won’t do much harm, right? Actually, those daily “little” rewards you give your dog can cause serious weight gain which, in turn, can cause lasting damage to her or his bones, joints, and internal organs.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    How to Choose the Right Dog Food

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jul 17, 2019

    Recently, the FDA released a report on the effects of certain brands of grain-free dog food and their potential link to a heightened risk of heart failure. This can be really scary for pet parents, so we want to do our part to help.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    All American Pet Photo Day - All American Pups

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jul 16, 2019

    Brutus and Lexi

    Hailing all the way from Texas Dana More shows off her adorable her all American beauties Brutus and Lexie.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    The Benefits and Effects of CBD Oil for Your Dog

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jul 10, 2019

    Cannabidiol, better known as CBD oil, is a cannabis compound used to treat a variety of medical conditions in humans. Dog owners are increasingly exploring the oil’s effectiveness for their pets. There are a lot of CBD oil products to choose from, so it’s important for you talk with your vet about any questions or concerns you have.

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    Why Does My Dog Lick Himself?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jul 09, 2019

    If your pet is showing signs of distress, it’s natural to be concerned. Licking is one of those signs, and it shouldn’t be discounted as a “dog being a dog.” Pet owners often say, “I wish he could simply tell me the problem.”

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Infographic: Microchip vs. GPS Collar

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jun 26, 2019

    We get asked all the time what the differences between a microchip and a GPS collar are. Though they are both used to help pet parents reunite with a lost pup, the features and uses are vastly different, so we put together this handy (or should we say pawsy…) infographic to help you see the differences.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    The Ultimate Dog Party Checklist

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jun 19, 2019

    June 22nd is Dog Party Day! What better way to show your canine companion how much you appreciate them, than with a celebration? You can throw a party for your dog's birthday, to celebrate a milestone, like their graduation from obedience school, or have one just because. But regardless of the theme, any good party takes planning. How do you throw a party that will be fun for both dogs and humans alike? Start by following this checklist:

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    Topics: Dog Activities, Dog Fun

    Deliciously Decadent & Pawsome Treats for Your Dog

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jun 19, 2019

    Summertime and we're feeling fine! Share the good vibes with your best friend with these deliciously decadent treats that are 100% safe for the dog (or dogs!) in your life.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    How to Prepare for Take Your Dog to Work Day

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jun 18, 2019

    Friends at work make for a happy day. Having your best friend at work makes for a crazy happy day! Wouldn't it be awesome to have a reason to take your pup to work?

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    Topics: Dog Activities

    Father’s Day Gift Guide For Dog Dads

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jun 12, 2019

    Father's day is almost here. If you’re having a hard time figuring out what to get for the Dog Dad in your life, we can help! We put together 13 of the best gifts for the best puppy papa you know!

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    Topics: Dog Accessories

    How to Celebrate Dog Father’s Day

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jun 12, 2019

    Father's Day. Depending on how much effort you put into holidays, you either have a big day ahead of you or your only plan is to pick up a card and send it to your pops. But there's one more thing. You're a pet parent, so don't forget that your dog is your baby too. You probably won't get any presents (and no, Fido, dead squirrels don't count), but you can still have fun! Here are a few ways to celebrate Father's Day with your dog.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    How to Have an Awesome Road Trip With Your Dog

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jun 12, 2019

    Summer’s here and you know what that means—road trip! And no four-wheel drive would be complete without your four-legged member of the family. Before you pack up the car and head out to parts known or unknown, use these simple tips to ensure everyone has a safe and fun time.

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    Topics: Dog Activities

    Keep Your Dog Healthy at the Beach

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jun 04, 2019

    When it comes to summer fun, a day at the beach definitely tops the list. And who better to spend a fun summer day with than your pup? But when you’re gathering together your sunscreen, towels, snacks, and beachwear, what should you include for your dog? And when you’re at the beach, what measures do you need to take to make sure your dog stays safe? We’ve got you covered here in our list of the top safety tips for a day at the beach with your dog.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Celebrate National Best Friend’s Day With Your Dog

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jun 04, 2019

    June 8th is National Best Friend’s Day, and it’s the perfect day to take some time to celebrate the best friendship in the world. Who is always there for you, no matter the circumstance? Who can you rely on to always give you a smile? Who is seriously the best when it comes to hanging out at the park or just chilling at home? It’s none other than that furry little pup of yours. So, here are some ways to show your best best friend how much you care.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    A Complete Guide to Preparing Your Dog for a Natural Disaster

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 29, 2019

    Natural disasters like hurricanes, severe thunderstorms, flash flooding, tornadoes, wildfires and earthquakes are an unfortunate reality of summer. Most of these disasters give little to no warning, and they can leave you needing to evacuate your home or without electricity and safe drinking water.

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    Topics: Dog Activities

    Water Safety Tips for Dogs

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 29, 2019

    There’s not much cuter than a puppy excitedly splashing around in the water, cooling off from the hot, summer heat. But before you take your dog swimming or boating, there’s a few safety tips to keep in mind:

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Understanding Dog Eye Discharge

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 22, 2019

    Your dog’s eyes can build up gunk and produce tears for many reasons, and though it might be unsightly, it’s usually perfectly benign. But sometimes, it calls for a quick visit to the vet. Either way, here’s what that gross stuff is all about and how you should handle it.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Top Adventure Gear for the Great Outdoors

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 20, 2019

    We can all agree that there’s nothing better than spending time with your pup exploring the great outdoors. Whether it’s finding new trails to hike, staying on a campsite looking up at the stars or just enjoying regular romps around your neighborhood, those memories are priceless.

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    Topics: Dog Activities

    Are You Stressing Your Dog Out?

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 18, 2019

    As pet parents, we will do almost anything to make sure our dogs are relaxed, comfortable and have no anxiety. We go out of our way to make sure they have a cozy bed, plenty of toys and get belly rubs and head scratches whenever they please. However, there are some things that we may be doing that are actually causing our dogs stress.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Walking the Dog? 4 Fido Approved Tips

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 16, 2019

    Your furry friend is down for leash time at any moment. Dog walking experts Heather Curatolo and Sarah Schmidt weigh in with four things to consider before walking your dog, whether you're hitting the trails or sashaying down 5th Avenue.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    LINK is Under New Ownership

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 14, 2019

    JACKSONVILLE, FL – Smart Tracking Technologies, LLC, a newly founded company in the tracking technology industry has acquired LINK, a GPS enabled dog collar, winner of the CES 2017 “Best of Innovation” award in the Wearable Technologies category.

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    Can Your Dog Predict the Weather?

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 13, 2019

    At some point in time, you've probably heard someone say that dogs can predict the weather. You would be forgiven for laughing it off as another one of the many myths associated with these four-legged companions. But wait. Not so fast! There's more truth to it than you might think. So, can dogs really predict the weather? And if so, how do they do it? Let's find out.

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    Topics: Dog Activities

    Tips for Dogs That Hate The Rain

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 10, 2019

    The saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers,” so it’s time to pull out those umbrellas and rain boots. Preparing for inclement weather is something that we as humans are used to. While some dogs may jump at the idea of romping through puddles, others are less than enthusiastic to head outside in the rain.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    How To Spoil The Dog Mom in Your Life

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 08, 2019

    Dog Mom’s Day is almost here! This special holiday is celebrated each year on the second Saturday of May. Our friends Casey and Leigh Isaacson of Dig Dates actually submitted Dog Mom’s Day to The National Day Calendar last year and were approved, so you know it’s legit!

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Meet 7 LINK Pack Moms and Their Pups

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 08, 2019

    Here at LINK AKC we love Dog Mom's Day! It's day where we get to celebrate the amazing dog moms and furbabies all over the country. Since its inception last year (approved with The National Day Calendar), National Dog Mom's Day is "a time celebrate and thank the dog moms who dedicate their love and support every day to their dogs. It’s a different, special and visceral love that deserves its own day to be recognized and appreciated."

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    13 Signs Your Dog Loves You

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 06, 2019

    Have you ever asked yourself the question, "does my dog really love me?" We're going to help you figure out all of the ways your pup can express their love and admiration for you. Are we missing anything?

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Watch: LINK AKC Showcase on Amazon Live

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 01, 2019

    Lights, Camera, Action

    Earlier this month Link AKC showcased the LINK Smart Collar in partnership with Amazon Live-stream. During this live video segment, our Product Manager Ashley along with her Labrador Retriever Ella explained everything that you need to know about our innovative smart dog collar. Ashley introduced our new LINK Sport Collar, explained the technology behind the smart collar and showed how to use it. Throughout the live broadcast Ashley answered questions submitted by viewers about how the LINK Smart Collar works.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    How to Manage Your Dog's Noise Phobia

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 01, 2019

    Noise phobias are common in dogs. They can be triggered by pretty much anything loud - fireworks, thunderstorms, traffic, gunshots, and even bird noises. Yes, you heard that right. Some dogs are scared of birds. Usually, it's the other way around. Whatever the trigger for your dog's phobia, the result is the same: fear and anxiety.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Simple Home Remedies To Cure Dog Anxiety

    Posted by LINK AKC on Apr 28, 2019

    Dogs can have a heightened amount of anxiety in the Summer. With fireworks, thunderstorms, people coming in and out of the house and more motorcycles driving by, many dogs experience fear that they might not normally have.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Tips for Finding Your Lost Dog

    Posted by LINK AKC on Apr 22, 2019

    It's a gut-wrenching moment in life when you discover you have lost your dog.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    The Dos and Don'ts for Missing Dog Posters

    Posted by LINK AKC on Apr 22, 2019

    Tips to keep in mind when creating posters and fliers for a missing dog. 

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Easter Egg Hunting With Your Pup

    Posted by LINK AKC on Apr 16, 2019

    Easter activities are fun for the entire family, even our four-legged members can participate. Believe it or not, dog-friendly Easter egg hunts are growing in popularity around the country. We treat our dogs like our children, and have found plenty of ways to make this holiday inclusive for everyone (so our furry friends don’t feel left out).

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Fleas, Ticks and Other Pests: How to Keep Your Dog Safe

    Posted by LINK AKC on Apr 13, 2019

    The weather is warming up and you don't want to let pests take down your pup! These tips will help you prevent fleas and ticks from slowing down your springtime fun and help you understand what to do if your dog ends up picking up one (or more) along the way.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Celebrate National Pet Day With Your Pup

    Posted by LINK AKC on Apr 10, 2019

    Have you heard? April 11th is National Pet Day. It's a holiday that even some of the most engaged dog owners are unaware of — much to the disappointment of dogs worldwide. But we know you love any excuse to celebrate and have a little fun with your pooch, so let's talk about a few ways you can do just that.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    5 Healthy Dog Snacks to Use For Dog Training

    Posted by LINK AKC on Apr 09, 2019

    When it comes to training your pup, the right treats can make all the difference. We asked our friend John Woods, founder of All Things Dogs, if he could share with us some healthy dog snacks that you can make right in your own home. According to John, while looking through your local pet store you may be surprised at all the additives that some dog treat companies use in their products. When you make your treats at home you can rest easy knowing exactly what is in them.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    How to Care for Your Dog During Mud Season

    Posted by LINK AKC on Apr 02, 2019

    For most dog owners, Spring is better known as canine mud season. For whatever reason, tons of dogs love the muck! And unless you plan on keeping them indoors this time of year, you're going to need some clever strategies for managing the dirty paws that come with warmer months.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Take a Hike: Proper Hiking Gear for Dogs

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 30, 2019

    If that perfect day calls you outside, hiking is a great way for you and your pup to exercise together and enjoy the outdoors. But before you go, be prepared with the necessary hiking gear for dogs. We talked to Dr. Kelly Grisham, DVM, to get her take on the equipment you need for a safe day hike with Fido. 

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    Topics: Dog Activities

    The History of Dog Naming

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 27, 2019

    A Beagle Named Bagel?

    It's been said, never take a dog named Shark to the beach. There are a lot of factors that can go into deciding what to name your dog and a lot of implications that you might not have considered. The name you give them is what you're going to be calling them for years to come, so the decision deserves some serious consideration.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    3 Simple Ways to Boost Your Dog's Health

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 27, 2019

    Trying to keep your dog as healthy as possible is something all dog owners can agree is an important, but tough responsibility. While keeping our dog happy is a straightforward task, ensuring that they are at their optimal health is sometimes not so simple. It certainly doesn’t help that we’re given an overwhelming amount of advice about how to maintain our dog’s health. With this person advising one thing, and that person advising another, it can be confusing to know which tips to follow. That's why, with the help of Monica Mizzi from Pet Life Today, we’ve narrowed down 3 simple things that we can all agree will effectively boost a dog’s health. Follow them, and your dog will be on their way to living a long and prosperous life.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Four-Legged Feats: Unusual Dog Tricks

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 25, 2019

    See Spot run. See Spot fetch. See Spot grill the perfect steak and shake up a vodka martini. Okay, maybe that's not in Champ's repertoire, but these fantastic feats prove there's always something new, and really cool, your pooch can learn.

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    Good Boy: Dog Games for Good Behavior

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 22, 2019

    Teaching your dog to touch an object (targeting) is one way to help keep his mind active and to teach him new "tricks". International dog trainer Victoria Stilwell uses targeting to teach calming behaviors. Targeting is a foundational skill for service and working dogs as well. The bonus is this type of cognitive training benefits both of you. Here are three ways to start:

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    The Puppy Challenge: Then & Now Photos

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 21, 2019

    Oh, puppyhood! What could be better than those bright eyes, soft paws, and awkward gait? You would be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t crack a smile at the sight of a puppy galloping towards them. At LINK AKC we get to see our fair share of puppies, but what’s even better is getting to watch them grow up into adorable adult dogs. We love puppies so much we even created a Size Guarantee for when you order a smart collar from us. If your pup outgrows the original size collar that you ordered, we will send you another size!

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    The Basics: Puppy Training for New Pet Parents

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 19, 2019

    Your new puppy is finally home! It’s important to begin training your puppy immediately to prevent your new furry friend from chewing your favorite slippers or peeing in the middle of the rug.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Pet Obesity on the Rise

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 17, 2019

    Understanding the right level of activity your pet needs and what their healthy weight range is, according to experts, is the first hurdle to tackle in dealing with pet obesity. Long-term obesity can lead to a shortened lifespan for your furry companion and many healthy problems down the road.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Should You Let Your Dog Sleep in Your Bed?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 13, 2019

    Nearly half of all dog owners let their canine companions sleep in bed with them. But is it healthy? Here's a list of the potential problems and potential benefits that might come from sharing a bed with your dog.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    How to Have a Safe and Fun St. Patrick’s Day With Your Dog

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 12, 2019

    Ah, St. Patrick's day. A chance to dress in green from head to toe — oh, and an excuse to drink green beer! Unfortunately, your furry friend can't enjoy a pint of Guinness. That doesn't mean you can't celebrate St. Patrick's day with your dog -- you'll just have to find some activities you can do together! Here are a few pet-friendly activities that you and your pup can enjoy together on St. Patrick's day. 

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    New Puppy Planning Checklist for a Perfect Start

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 10, 2019

    Are you introducing a new puppy into your life? This is such an exciting time for everyone, pup included. And it needn't be a difficult introduction if you follow our new puppy planning checklist before bringing your furry friend home.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Happy Trails: Essential Safety Gear for Biking and Jogging with Dogs

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 10, 2019

    Whether you're a weekend warrior attacking new trails or training for a charity 5k, your four-legged partner can be a source of inspiration. Here's a checklist of the right gear for safe biking and jogging with your dog.

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    Topics: Dog Activities

    When Puppy Breath Becomes a Problem

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 06, 2019

    We love our dogs so much that may ignore the stench that comes along with their big wet kisses. Unfortunately, bad breath from your dog could be the sign of an underlying issue.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    7 Doggie Dates That Won't Break The Bank

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 05, 2019

    Yes, we know you have found your soul-mate. He or she greets you every day when you come home, never complains (too much), and acknowledges you for being the absolute best person who has ever lived.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    How To Keep Fido Clean This Spring

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 04, 2019

    There’s no time like the present to prep your pup for the weather, temperature and other environmental changes that come with Spring. Regular maintenance like taking care of ears, nails, coat and paws need the right grooming supplies. We’ve put together a list of everything you need to keep up with your dog’s grooming needs as the season changes.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    6 Steps to Help a Lost Dog While Traveling

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 01, 2019

    Fellow dog owners are among the best at stepping up to lend a hand when a pooch gets loose. When you're at home, you can contact neighbors directly, post on a community-based app like NextDoor or call your local shelter. But what should you do if you're visiting a new area and you spot a lost dog?

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Famous Furry Friends: Celebrities and Their Dogs

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 27, 2019

    The love of dogs knows no boundaries, and the rich and famous definitely aren’t immune. You used to have to comb through gossip magazines to get your fill of celebrities and their pets, but now it’s easy to melt over pictures of your favorite star’s pup. Many celebrities even have an Instagram account just to show off their cute puppy pics. Take a look at a few of our favorite celebrity dogs!

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    The Diva Dog: Dog Fashion at its Finest

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 27, 2019

    2019 is the year of the diva dog! The dog fashion industry was once a topic that most would scoff at, however, over the years it has become apparent that fashion accessories for our furry friends are not going anywhere. In fact, the industry is booming as more and more companies are creating everything from customized collars and tags to sweaters and even sunglasses for dogs.

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    Topics: Dog Accessories

    How Much Food Does My Puppy Need?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 24, 2019

    You probably know how many calories are in one of those chocolate cupcakes brought in by your coworker, but do you know your dog's ideal caloric intake each day? Follow these four tips to determine what to feed a puppy or adult dog to keep them healthy. 

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Safety Rules for Nighttime Adventures

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 22, 2019

    When it's time to venture forth on an evening stroll with your canine bestie, don't go gentle into that good night. Go prepared. Follow these four tips for staying safe while walking your dog after the sun goes down.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    My Dog Ate My Valentine's Chocolates

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 20, 2019

    Valentine's Day may be over, but the sweet reminders of this holiday still linger on. Whether you received a delicately wrapped box of chocolates from your significant other or took full advantage of the 70% off sale at your local grocery store on February 15th, you may be in truffle heaven for the foreseeable future. But what happens if that delight turns into truffle trouble when your dog gets into your stash? Chocolate is extremely toxic to dogs, so if your dog happens to get their paws on any of it, you should be prepared to take action.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Is a Raw Diet Right For My Dog?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 18, 2019

    Whether you're adding a new dog to your family, or considering switching up your current dog's food regiment, it can be challenging to decide what type of food to try feeding them with the numerous options available. One of these options is a raw diet, which has been growing popularity and adoption over the past few years. A quick Google Search will yield results touting the success of raw food diets for working dogs and household pets alike. There is no one consensus on whether or not a raw food diet is the way to go but some veterinarians believe it is the key to a healthier, and longer, life for your pup. How do you know if you should start your dog down that road? There are of course some things to consider before going all in on a completely raw diet.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    The Best Tech Toys for Dogs

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 16, 2019

    It's no secret that the pet technology market is growing rapidly. Companies are finding more and more ways to keep our canine companions entertained in the most unique ways. Here are 9 favorite choices for pet tech toys and entertainment.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Presidential Pooches

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 14, 2019

    From George Washington's parrot to Calvin Coolidge’s Rebecca the raccoon, there is a long and curious history of animals in the White House. Unsurprisingly, dogs have made the most popular presidential companions. Here are just a few of the interesting and memorable pups who have held a place of honor with the commander in chief.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    10 Valentine's Day Gifts Your Dog Will Love

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 12, 2019

    Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to show some extra love to your four-legged best friend. Spoil them rotten with our top picks of treats, toys, and more!

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    4 Heartwarming Dog Stories

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 11, 2019

    Who doesn't melt over a good love story? And one that involves a slobbery, furry dog...forget about it! From inspiring service dogs, to marriage proposals and weddings, check out some of our favorite heartwarming love stories featuring some pretty special pups. 

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Top Movies For a Doggy Date Night

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 10, 2019

    What's better than a date night in with your pup? Skip dinner at an overcrowded restaurant and have a fun date night with your partner in crime ...your dog! Here are our top picks for the best pup-centric movies of all time. 

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    No Stress Steps to Brushing Your Dog's Teeth

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 05, 2019

    February is National Pet Dental Health Month so now is the perfect time to make sure you're keeping up on your K9's canine health! Keeping your dog healthy is a full-time job! Exercise, vet check-ups, flea and tick medication, and at-home maintenance are all part of being a responsible dog owner. We get it and know you wouldn't have it any other way. Brushing your pup's teeth is an example of something we know should be done but don't always include the task in their weekly or monthly maintenance routine. Most groomers will do a light teeth cleaning and, as your dog ages, your veterinarian handles the deeper cleanings. It's important however to do a little upkeep on your own between sessions and we've got four easy-to-follow steps to help you get it done.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Paw Preference: Is Your Pup a Righty Or Lefty?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 01, 2019

    Just like humans can be either left-handed, right-handed or ambidextrous, dogs have similar attributes. Well, left-pawed, right-pawed or ambi-pawed, that is! Humans measure their dexterity by which hand they use most for normal tasks like writing, holding their utensils to eat, or throwing a ball. Dogs are measured by which paw they use for motor tasks, meaning tasks that involved them using their muscles.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Who’s a Good Dog? The Science Behind Canine Baby Talk

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 01, 2019

    Are you a dog owner that uses baby talk with your pup? The good news is that you’re not alone, and even better news is that there’s a scientific reason for doing it!

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    The Inside Scoop on The Puppy Bowl

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jan 30, 2019

    We're counting down the days until the BIG GAME this Sunday. Yes, we’re talking about none other than the Puppy Bowl. This is the 15th Annual Puppy Bowl, an event featuring adorable puppies from amazing animal rescue organizations all over the world. The puppy players are cuter than ever and are ready to take the field.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Tips To Keep Your Dog's Smile Bright

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jan 30, 2019

    If you're like us, keeping your dog healthy is one of your main concerns. From feeding them the proper quality food, taking them for routine checkups, to exercise and grooming, you pride yourself on being a responsible pet owner. However, if your pup's dental health is sometimes overlooked, there can be both short and long-term consequences. The American Veterinary Dental College states that many dogs show signs of dental issues and periodontal disease by three years old.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    5 Products That Keep Your Dog Safe In The Car

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jan 26, 2019

    Thinking of going on some adventures with your pup this year? Thankfully, these five products were designed to make doggy road trips safer and more enjoyable for both of you. Stumped on where to go? We've put together a list of incredible dog parks in the US that should be on your bucket list this year.

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    Topics: Dog Accessories

    Your Love of Dogs Can Make You Money

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jan 24, 2019

    It’s no secret that being around dogs can help lift your mood and almost instantaneously bring a smile to our face. Some people, however, channel their love of dogs by choosing a career where they are able to be around dogs every single day. If the thought of going to work and being greeted by tailing wagging coworkers sounds exciting to you, take a look at this list of dog-focused jobs!

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    Topics: Dog Fun