How to Enjoy the Extra Time With Your Dog

    Posted by LINK AKC on Apr 02, 2020

    While there might be those rare pups out there who actually enjoy alone time, most pets are thrilled to have their humans around as often as possible. At a time when many people across the country are on lockdown or self-isolating due to COVID-19, dogs everywhere are enjoying the extra hours their pet parents are spending with them.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    How Many Calories Does Your Dog Need?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Apr 02, 2020

    Feeding your dog is one of the most important responsibilities of being a pet parent. But how much should you feed him? Are you giving him too much, or too little? Let's take a look at how many calories your dog should eat in an average day.

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    How Often Should You Give Treats to Your Dog?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 26, 2020

    What pet parent doesn’t like rewarding their pup with dog treats? The good news for pet parents and dogs alike is that most experts agree a dog can safely receive up to 10% of his daily caloric intake from treats. Dog biscuits, though, should be given sparingly—no more than one or two per day.

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    What Dog Poop Has to Do With the Earth’s Magnetic Field

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 26, 2020

    You probably don't think much about how your dog poops, unless you're cleaning it up. But there are some fascinating things about his behavior when he does his business. For instance, did you know that, when your dog poops, he aligns himself with the Earth's magnetic field?

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    Can Dogs Get Coronavirus?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 19, 2020

    For the most up to date information about COVID-19 and pets, please check the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Fact Sheet.

    Coronavirus has been all over the news in recent weeks. The CDC warns you to protect yourself against COVID-19. Wash your hands, don't touch your face, cough into your elbow. But recent reports have mentioned finding the disease in canines too. Do you need to protect your dog too?

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    Can You Give Your Dog Benadryl?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 19, 2020

    It’s tempting to reach into the medicine cabinet and use one of your own medications to treat your pet, but is it safe? Some over-the-counter medications, including Benadryl, can be given to dogs, BUT—and that’s a big but—none of these meds should be given to a dog without first consulting your vet. That’s because different breeds and sized dogs react differently and require particular doses. And if your pet is already taking other medications, he could have adverse reactions after adding Benadryl to the mix.

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    Do Your Dog’s Feet Smell Like Fritos?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 11, 2020

    Some people insist it smells more like popcorn, but the majority argue the snack-like smell coming from their pup’s paws is distinctly Fritos-like. Long a mystery for pet parents everywhere, there’s a reason for this decidedly corny smell, and it has nothing to do with feeding your four-legged friend corn-based meals. Before you start accusing your pooch of getting into your Fritos stash, read these facts about this quite common phenomenon.

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    Why Does My Dog Dig in His Bed?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 11, 2020

    It sometimes seems to go on forever. Your dog circles, scratches, and digs his bed before finally, finally, settling in. What’s that about? Just like humans, dogs have pre-sleep rituals. The circling, scratching, and digging behavior, sometimes called nesting or denning, are instinctive behaviors that date back to when dogs spent their time in the wild, not the comfort of human homes.

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    Topics: Training

    Can Dogs Get the Flu?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 05, 2020

    It's cold and flu season, which means it's important to protect yourself against viruses and bacteria. But what about your furry friend? Can dogs get the flu? And what can you do to help if they do?

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    Why is My Dog Sneezing?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 05, 2020

    A dog’s sneeze is a pretty common occurrence, but it’s rarely a result of something like the common cold, which causes humans to sniffle and sneeze. So, what does it mean? It could be something non-serious like a reaction to dust or something more serious like a nasal infection. In most cases it’s nothing to worry about, but here’s what to look for in case a trip to the vet is needed.

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    Why Does My Dog Shake?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 27, 2020

    Dogs have many ways to communicate to humans what they’re thinking or experiencing, but we’re not always able to interpret what they’re saying. Shaking is one of those potentially confusing behaviors all pet parents have seen their dogs do. From the joy of seeing you to a bad ingestion reaction, here’s how to decide if it’s a normal behavior or if treatment is necessary.

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    Topics: Training

    Decoding Dog Yawns

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 27, 2020

    Humans yawn somewhere between five to 15 times per day. And though we often yawn when we’re tired or see someone else do it, science still doesn’t really understand the behavior. Other animals yawn, too, including birds, cats, monkey, and yes, your four-legged member of the family. But why do dogs yawn?

    A Dog’s Yawn: More Complicated Than You Think

    Dogs also yawn when they’re tired, but there’s much more behind this particular form of canine communication.

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    Topics: Training

    Why Does My Dog Chew His Nails?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 20, 2020

    Biting your nails is virtually a universal sign of nervousness. You do it when you feel stressed or anxious. But what does it mean if your dog is a chronic nail-biter? Is he anxious too, or is there another cause? What can you do to stop him?  

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    Dog Nail Grinding Vs. Clipping

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 20, 2020

    One of a pet parent’s biggest responsibilities is making sure their dog is well-groomed. Things like keeping his coat trimmed, removing excess ear wax, and nail clipping are all important parts of maintaining his physical health and appearance.

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    When Do Puppies Lose Their Baby Teeth?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 13, 2020

    Puppies teethe the same way human babies do and grow new teeth just like children do during their development. Here’s a timeline to follow so you know exactly what to expect as your furry friend ages and what to do if his permanent teeth don’t appear as they should.

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    Wolf Puppies Play Fetch Too!

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 13, 2020

    One of your dog's favorite games to play is probably fetch. Whether you're throwing a ball, a stick, or a toy, he'll chase after it and drop it at your feet, again and again. It's great fun and great exercise too. If you love playing fetch with your dog, then you might be interested to know that dogs aren't the only animals that bring things back when they're thrown. It turns out, some wolf puppies love it too!

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    Topics: Training

    How Do Dogs Know Their Name?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 06, 2020

    If you’ve ever adopted a new puppy, you quickly learn he won’t respond to his new name no matter how perfectly it fits! But as time goes on, you notice he does seem to respond to his name all the time. Has he actually learned his name or is he simply responding to the tone of your voice? 

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    Topics: Training

    Could Your Dog Be in the Westminster Dog Show?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 06, 2020

    Every pet parent believes their dog is show-worthy, but does your beauty have what it takes to be in the Westminster Dog Show? This year’s show takes place on February 10th and 11th and only 3,200 dogs will be included. Competition is intenseand if you’ve ever dreamed of wrangling an invite for your pup or want him to compete in one of the non-invited events, here’s what you need to know.  

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Can Dogs Sniff Out Cancer in Humans?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jan 30, 2020

    Is there such a thing as cancer sniffing dogs? The medical world says yes. Along with other superior canine nose skills like guiding search-and-rescue teams or helping law enforcement track scents, dogs can now be trained to detect cancerous fumes arising from diseased cells. 

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    Topics: Training

    Why Does My Dog Whine in the Car?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jan 30, 2020

    Like most natural instincts your dog exhibits, there’s a variety of reason for why he whines, including when you load him up in the car. Yep, whining in the car isn’t just for kids! It’s a natural habit for dogs, too.  

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    Topics: Training

    Why Does My Dog Poop So Much?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jan 23, 2020

     You love your dog dearly, but how does one animal produce so much poop? Maybe he’s asking to go out over and over throughout the day, or maybe he’s started simply going on the carpet. Either way, it's a pain to clean up. You're also worried about his health. Why is your dog pooping so much? How do you get their poop schedule back to normal? 

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    7 Reasons Your Dog Drools Excessively

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jan 23, 2020

    All dogs slobber to some extent. It’s a normal, healthy canine trait that helps them eat and digest their food. But is too much drooling a sign of something more serious? Here’s how to tell the difference between regular and excessive drooling and when to seek help from your vet. 

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    Topics: Health and Wellness, Training

    Why Does My Dog Cry in His Sleep?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jan 16, 2020

    Pet parents often admit that their furbabies act like the rest of their family. Talking while they sleep is just another trait dogs share with humans. If you hear your dog barking or whining in his sleep, he’s probably dreaming about events that occurred earlier that day, and it’s nothing to worry about. Dogs go through similar sleep cycles that we do, so if they’re in a deep sleep cycle, it’s unsafe to wake them. 

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    Topics: Training

    Why Dogs Shed More in Winter & What to Do About it

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jan 16, 2020

    If you’re a pet parent, hair will eventually end up on your carpet, your furniture, and much of what you own. All dogs shed. It can happen at different times, but it's particularly prevalent in winter. Why is that, and what can you do about excessive shedding? 

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    How to Keep Your Dog's New Year's Resolution to Stay Fit

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jan 14, 2020

    Happy 2020! The new year is usually marked by making resolutions, and for most of us, that means getting fit. It's a positive change for us and our pets because vets estimate 50% of our four-footed friends are obese. Getting your pooch to start out strong is one thing, but how can you keep your dog's New Year's resolution to get fit? We've got five steps to success.

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    4 Reasons Your Dog is Peeing in the House

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jan 09, 2020

    Most dogs avoid urinating where they sleep and eat. But what does it mean when a pet you thought was perfectly housetrained starts urinating indoors? Depending on the dog’s age, health, and other issues, it could be any number of things.  

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    Topics: Training

    How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jan 09, 2020

    You know how important it is to take care of your dog's health. That's why you ensure he has the right food and visits the vet regularly. But how well do you take care of his dental health? Gum disease is the most frequently diagnosed ailment in canines, and many dogs will have some sort of dental issue by three years old. 

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    How Do GPS Pet Trackers Work?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jan 02, 2020

    As a pet parent, the idea of losing your pet is probably one of the worst things imaginable. If your dog is an escape artist who has gotten out of where he’s supposed to be, or you’ve had a dog find a way out of your backyard or even off his leash, then you know how terrifying it can be.  

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    Topics: Dog Accessories, Technology

    Why Does My Dog Follow Me Everywhere?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jan 02, 2020

    You couldn't ask for a more loyal dog. Wherever you go, your canine companion is sure to follow close behind. It's endearing - but it can also be concerning. It might be indicative of an underlying problem, such as separation anxiety. Not to mention the fact that your pup can inadvertently get in the way if you're not careful. So why does your dog follow you everywhere? Here are some reasons, and what you can do if it gets to be too much. 

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    Topics: Training

    Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide

    Posted by LINK AKC on Dec 19, 2019

    The holidays are here, and there are probably still a few people you need to buy gifts for. Fighting crowds in stores and figuring out what to get that person who already has everything – it can be a headache.  

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    What's Your Dog's Real Age?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Dec 19, 2019

    The end of a year and a decade is a great time to throw out the old and bring in the new. It’s a popular belief, but the idea that you can calculate a dog’s age in human years simply by multiplying their age by seven is a myth. Scientists have known this to be true for quite a while but now have better science to back it up.  

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Why Dogs Eat Poop and What to Do About it

    Posted by LINK AKC on Dec 05, 2019

    We’ve talked here before about some pretty weird behaviors your dog might exhibit. Eating grasshitting you when you pet them, and scooting their bottom across the floor, to name a few. But is there anything weirder than a dog eating poop? And more importantly, is it unhealthy?  

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    What to Do if Your Pup Rolls Around in Stinky Stuff

    Posted by LINK AKC on Dec 05, 2019

    Virtually every pet parent has watched their dog roll around in some pretty disgusting stuff. But here’s the thing - what humans think is gross, smelly, or downright nasty behavior can be a pet’s nirvana. 

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    Topics: Training

    Which Thanksgiving Foods are Dog Friendly?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Nov 21, 2019

    Thanksgiving is meant to be shared with the ones you love. That includes your furry friend as well. But be careful because you can't share all your leftovers with him, no matter how much he might want you to. A lot of traditional Thanksgiving fare can be harmful to dogs. Here's a rundown of what is and isn't safe for them to eat. 

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    How to Help Pets and Pet Parents in the Holiday Season

    Posted by LINK AKC on Nov 21, 2019

    The holidays are here - not just for people, but for pets too. There's no reason why dogs and cats shouldn't have a happy Thanksgiving. Even the ones in shelters deserve to be happy during the holidays. Here are a few ways you can spread good cheer this holiday season by helping out some furry friends other than your own. 

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Your Dog

    Posted by LINK AKC on Nov 21, 2019

    Thanksgiving is a time to spend with the ones you love, including your favorite pup. It's great to make your furry friend part of the festivities but be careful. There are a few safety issues you need to be aware of to keep your dog healthy and happy this Thanksgiving. Here are a few tips: 

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    Topics: Training

    Understanding your Dog's Senses

    Posted by LINK AKC on Nov 21, 2019

    Dogs are known for having great hearing, great senses of smell, and mediocre eyesight. Is that really true? What kinds of things can they sense that we can't? And what about their other senses? Let's break down dogs' senses and what they can do. 

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    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: Health and Wellness

    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: Health and Wellness

    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: Health and Wellness

    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: Training

    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: Health and Wellness

    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: Health and Wellness

    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: Health and Wellness

    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: Health and Wellness

    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: Health and Wellness

    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: Health and Wellness

    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: Health and Wellness

    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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    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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    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: On the Go

    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: Health and Wellness

    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: Health and Wellness

    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: Health and Wellness

    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: Training

    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: Health and Wellness

    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: Health and Wellness

    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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    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: Training

    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: Training

    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: On the Go, 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: Health and Wellness

    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: On the Go

    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: On the Go

    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: Health and Wellness

    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: On the Go

    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: Health and Wellness

    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: Health and Wellness

    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: On the Go

    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: Training

    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: Health and Wellness

    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: On the Go

    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: Training

    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: Training

    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: Training

    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: Training

    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: Health and Wellness

    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: Health and Wellness

    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: Health and Wellness

    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: Health and Wellness