Walking the Dog? 4 Fido Approved Tips

    Posted by Link 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

    Celebrate National Pet Day With Your Pup

    Posted by Link 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 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: Training

    How to Care for Your Dog During Mud Season

    Posted by Link 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: Health and Wellness

    Take a Hike: Proper Hiking Gear for Dogs

    Posted by Link 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: On the Go

    The History of Dog Naming

    Posted by Link 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 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: Health and Wellness

    Four-Legged Feats: Unusual Dog Tricks

    Posted by Link 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 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: Training

    The Puppy Challenge: Then & Now Photos

    Posted by Link 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 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: Training

    Pet Obesity on the Rise

    Posted by Link 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: Health and Wellness

    Should You Let Your Dog Sleep in Your Bed?

    Posted by Link 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: Health and Wellness

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

    Posted by Link 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 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: Health and Wellness

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

    Posted by Link 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: On the Go

    When Puppy Breath Becomes a Problem

    Posted by Link on Mar 06, 2019

    We love our dogs so much that we 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: Health and Wellness

    7 Doggie Dates That Won't Break The Bank

    Posted by Link 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 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: Health and Wellness

    6 Steps to Help a Lost Dog While Traveling

    Posted by Link 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: Training

    Famous Furry Friends: Celebrities and Their Dogs

    Posted by Link 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 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 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: Health and Wellness

    Safety Rules for Nighttime Adventures

    Posted by Link 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: Health and Wellness

    My Dog Ate My Valentine's Chocolates

    Posted by Link 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: Health and Wellness

    Is a Raw Diet Right For My Dog?

    Posted by Link 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: Health and Wellness

    The Best Tech Toys for Dogs

    Posted by Link 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: Training

    Presidential Pooches

    Posted by Link 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 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 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 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 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: Health and Wellness

    Paw Preference: Is Your Pup a Righty Or Lefty?

    Posted by Link 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 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: Training

    The Inside Scoop on The Puppy Bowl

    Posted by Link 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 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: Health and Wellness

    5 Products That Keep Your Dog Safe In The Car

    Posted by Link 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 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

    Your Trash is Your Dog's Treasure: DIY Dog Toys

    Posted by Link on Jan 23, 2019

    Everywhere we go, people are talking about Marie Kondo's new Netflix show, Tidying Up. After her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing became a huge success worldwide, Kondo's ideas of how to declutter your space and live a more stressfree, peaceful life have become the topic of much conversation.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    The Dos and Don'ts of Doggie CPR

    Posted by Link on Jan 22, 2019

    Pets are part of the family and just like with our human family it’s important to know how to assist them in case of an emergency.

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    The Life of a Guide Dog

    Posted by Link on Jan 16, 2019

    The job of a guide dog is a very important one. Guide dogs are true service animals who help visually impaired people navigate independently through their daily lives. Have you ever wondered how this partnership works and where these well-trained dogs come from? We are here to give you the complete low down on the life and training of guide dogs.

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    Topics: Training

    Cool Ways to Name Your Puppy

    Posted by Link on Jan 15, 2019

    Welcoming a new furry friend into your home comes with its challenges, but one of the most fun to tackle is deciding what to call your pup.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Cats and Dogs Living Together: Friends or Frenemies?

    Posted by Link on Jan 14, 2019

    We've seen cartoons of a frantic feline escaping from a salivating pooch so often that it surprises many to learn cats and dogs can live together harmoniously. It's true some cats may be naturally confrontational or skittish, and many dog breeds are born hunters who are quick to chase smaller, faster animals. But by taking the right precautionary steps, most dogs can adjust to life with a cat. 

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    Topics: Training

    The Ultimate Winter Hazard Checklist for Dogs

    Posted by Link on Jan 13, 2019

    As the temperatures continue to drop this winter, there are hazards that you need to protect your pup from. We’ve put together a short checklist to help prevent any disasters from happening to your dog.

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    The Truth About Doggie DNA Testing

    Posted by Link on Jan 09, 2019

    We’ve all heard the hype around DNA testing for dogs, but what are the real benefits from purchasing one of these kits? Some people decide to test their dog out of pure curiosity. When adopting a dog, there is usually some level of guesswork that goes into identifying what breed mix they are. Unless the rescue group knows the mother and father of your dog, there is no way they can accurately tell what breeds she is made up of. Actually, even if the group does have an idea about the mother and father, the puppies in a litter can have different fathers from each other!

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    Healthy Habits For Lower Vet Bills

    Posted by Link on Jan 07, 2019

    Most pawrents keep their canines under control, but taming their dog's vet bills can be a challenge. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend, on average, $500 a year on vet bills for their dogs, and yours may be more. It's not easy to balance your responsibilities to your pet and your budget. With the help of retired Arcata, California veterinarian Jeri Lou Oliphant, we've put together five tips for ways to keep your vet bills reasonable.

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    Fur-ternity Leave: The Work Benefit Dog Lovers Need

    Posted by Link on Jan 07, 2019

    There’s a new employee work benefit started recently by a company in Minneapolis designed specially to cater for new dog owners, they’re calling it ‘fur-ternity leave’. Nina Hale, a marketing company in the city introduced the benefit to allow employees with new pets to work from home.

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    D.I.Y. Doggy Sweater

    Posted by Link on Jan 06, 2019

    As Winter continues to roll along and the temperature outside drops, it’s time to start bundling up your best friend for walks. Why not get creative with their wardrobe choices? Here’s a quick and easy tutorial on how to make unique sweaters for your pup, using nothing but your hand-me-downs. When you're finished with your masterpiece, here's how to take the best photo to show off your work.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    9 Nifty Ways to Cheer up a Dog with the Winter Blues

    Posted by Link on Jan 01, 2019

    Winter days are shorter, and the weather can be ruff. But don't let winter woes dampen the fun you can have with your dog. Here are 9 easy ways to cheer up a pup who may be missing his summertime scene.

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    Keep Rover From Roaming

    Posted by Link on Dec 22, 2018

    Did you know 1 in 3 pets goes missing in their lifetime? Losing your four-legged family member is something we hope you never have to face. The best way to prevent your pup from getting lost is by taking preemptive steps and making certain your pup has a current ID tag wtih your contact info. From invisible fences to smart collars, these four options can help Rover mend his roving ways.

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    A New Year from Your Pup’s Perspective

    Posted by Link on Dec 21, 2018

    Whether it's hot yoga or the diet du jour, you love setting out to conquer the New Year with a list of exciting resolutions. Meanwhile, I'm stuck in a rut, eating the usual kibble and chasing the same old tennis ball. This year's going to be different. Here are my five New Year's resolutions for 2019!

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Tips for a Calm and Happy Holiday

    Posted by Link on Dec 18, 2018

    Here are our tried and true tips for a calm and happy holiday season for you, your guests and, most of all, your canine pal.

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    Dog Proof Your Christmas Tree

    Posted by Link on Dec 18, 2018

    'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, Roscoe was dragging around pieces of a Christmas tree he had just torn to bits. Wait, that's not how it goes! Dogs and Christmas trees don't have to be a bone of contention in your house. We've got five tips for pup-proofing your yuletide evergreen and to keep him from sabotaging your holiday cheer.

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    9 Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Dogs & Dog Lovers

    Posted by Link on Dec 17, 2018

    Stop chasing your tail trying to find the perfect gift for the dog and dog lover in your life. Here are 9 creative gift choices for pup people this holiday season:

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    Make Your Dog’s Christmas Dinner a Winner

    Posted by Link on Dec 16, 2018

    Your dog is an important member of your family, and this means she deserves a special holiday meal of her own. Christmas dinner for your dog needs to be healthy in addition to including yuletide elements. Here are five ideas for serving your pup a Christmas feast. 

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    Wellness Tips I Learned from my Dog

    Posted by Link on Dec 15, 2018

    Taking care of a pet can teach you a lot about taking good care of yourself. Here are a few things that we can learn from our dogs:

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    Link AKC's Year of the Dog in Review

    Posted by Link on Dec 15, 2018

    In 2018, the LINK pack grew!

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    What To Do If Your Dog Goes Missing

    Posted by Link on Dec 14, 2018

    A dog going missing is absolutely heart wrenching, but if you do ever find yourself in this situation try to remain calm. Here's a plan to help you effectively recover your lost dog.

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    Why Do Dogs Smile?

    Posted by Link on Dec 11, 2018

    Have you ever seen your dog smile and wonder what it means? Are they doing it to communicate with us? Are they happy?

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    Topics: Training

    4 Must Have Winter Dog Products

    Posted by Link on Dec 09, 2018

    Winter comfort for your pup is all about staying warm, eating well and being protected from the weather. Keep them cozy and happy during the cold months ahead with these 4 must-have products.

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    Does Your Dog Need to Wear a Winter Coat?

    Posted by Link on Dec 09, 2018

    We've all heard people scoff at the notion that dogs need to wear clothes. During the cold winter months, however, a coat might be just the ticket for making your pup's life a whole lot more comfortable and help you both survive winter cabin fever. If you're concerned about the cold, there is absolutely nothing wrong with putting an extra layer on your dog.

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    Topics: Dog Accessories

    Kenzie & Callie’s Pawliday Gift Guide

    Posted by Link on Dec 06, 2018

    Tis the season for holiday shopping! This year we called in a pair of experts to help pick the top holiday gifts for the dogs and dog lovers in your life.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Best Stores for Shopping with your Dog

    Posted by Link on Dec 04, 2018

    Holiday shopping is already underway and you might find yourself leaving your dog at home more than usual to shop for everyone on your list. If this leaves you feeling guilty, consider taking your dog shopping with you. Did you know that many large retailers have policies that allow well-behaved dogs in stores? Before you go, make sure your dog will be at ease around crowds and children. Be prepared for accidents, and keep your dog's physical needs in mind. If she's getting tired and stressed, it's time to go.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Link AKC Featured at Macys Herald Square

    Posted by Link on Dec 04, 2018

    This holiday season, LINK AKC is being featured at an iconic New York City destination, Macy’s Herald Square. Macy’s Herald Square is known as being a top destination for both tourists and New Yorkers alike, especially around the holidays. Each year in mid-November the store unveils their holiday-themed window displays, which are the backdrop for their annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. Holiday cheer is abundant as people peer through the windows at the stunning displays.

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    Topics: Training

    How Pet Technology Helps Pups Prosper

    Posted by Link on Nov 27, 2018

    Smart home technology is EVERYWHERE. These devices are available for just about anything, including your pets! With the power of the internet, we can control thermostats, keep an eye on our homes, see who's ringing our doorbell, and even play with our pets remotely. While it’s no replacement for in-person attention, pet technology makes it easier to be an owner and can enrich pets’ lives when we can’t be there with them. Here are some of the best ways smart pet tech can improve your life as well as your pet's lives.

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    Topics: Training

    Plan a Winter Getaway in Vermont

    Posted by Link on Nov 26, 2018

    Vermont is a great getaway destination with beautiful mountain vistas, wilderness areas, and plenty of snow for some winter fun. Best of all, you can enjoy many of these activities side by side with your canine pal!

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    Topics: On the Go

    4 Quick Ways To Tire Your Dog Out

    Posted by Link on Nov 21, 2018

    With all the hustle and bustle of getting ready for the holidays, a lot of pet parents find themselves with less time to spend playing and exercising their beloved canine companions. With busy schedules again, it can be challenging to wear your dog out in the same way you were previously.

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    Topics: On the Go

    Pet-friendly Tailgating Tips

    Posted by Link on Nov 20, 2018

    Football season is in full swing and tailgating might be almost as much fun as the game. With all the delicious food and festivities prior to kick-off, it’s no wonder that your pup wants to join in the fun. If you want to make your dog part of the party, here are some helpful tips to keep your dog safe and happy while tailgating.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Game-Changing Thanksgiving Recipes with Pup-Approved Produce

    Posted by Link on Nov 13, 2018

    As mentioned in our article, Ultimate Guide to Safe & Unsafe Produce for Dogs, there are some fruits and veggies that are safe for your dog to eat. Some even have health benefits that can positively affect your dog in a number of ways. In honor of Thanksgiving, we’ve compiled some of our favorite recipes (for humans) that include some tasty produce (for your pup). Remember, do not feed your dog these completed recipes. Take the ingredients that we mark as PUP-APPROVED and set some aside to feed your dog as a treat this Thanksgiving.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    The Ultimate Guide to Safe & Unsafe Produce for Dogs

    Posted by Link on Nov 13, 2018

    Cooking for your family can be a lot of work! You have to pick out your recipes, check your ingredients list and make sure you have all the necessary tools to perfect your meal. Meanwhile, you want to prepare something that is both tasty as well as nutritious. Adding fruits and vegetables is the best way to support a healthy family. As you stroll through the produce aisle in the grocery store, you also may be tempted tograb some of your produce as a snack for your four-legged family member, your dog. Before you do, make sure to check our list of fruits and vegetables to see if they are pup-approved or human only.

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    A New Leash On Life

    Posted by Link on Nov 06, 2018

    What could be better than switching up your pup's style up for fall? There is so much to do in the fall, from hiking to roadtripping. Why not tackle these adventures with a brand new leash? Whether you’re looking for a training leash, a comfortable grip, or a fashion statement, we’ve rounded up our favorites for you.

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    Topics: Dog Accessories

    Getting Scrappy: Do’s and Don’ts for Feeding People Food to Dogs

    Posted by Link on Nov 06, 2018

    It's tempting to feed your dog table scraps, but not every nibble is worth sharing with him, no matter how pleading the puppy dog eyes. With the help of nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, Tracie Hotchner, we've put together a list of seven do's and don'ts about foods that dogs can and can't eat.

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    Tips for Dog-Friendly Holiday Travel

    Posted by Link on Nov 06, 2018

    Ready or not, the holidays are approaching. Now is the perfect time to schedule your trips, book your tickets and make plans for your pup. Here are some things to consider before heading out the door: 

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    Topics: On the Go

    Service Dogs Helping Heroes

    Posted by Link on Nov 04, 2018

    On Veteran's Day we honor the service and sacrifice of those who have served their country. Often their sacrifice doesn't end when their enlisted service is over. Many soldiers return with physical disabilities forever altering the way they live. But others have invisible wounds that are just as serious. Veterans often suffer from depression, anxiety and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) when they come home. If left untreated, these mental health issues can become a heavy burden for veterans and their families. 

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Believe It Or Not: Crazy Things Dogs Have Eaten

    Posted by Link on Nov 02, 2018

    Ask dog pawrents what's the most unbelievable thing their pup ate, and you'll be regaled with stories about devoured turkeys on Thanksgiving and missing Valentine's Day chocolate, both frustrating and dangerous as both can be quite harmful to dogs. Curious about their world, these pups have their families telling unbelievable tales about what their dogs ate.

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    Fall Back: How do Winter Hours Affect Dogs?

    Posted by Link on Oct 30, 2018

    Winter is approaching, and with it, shorter days and the end of Daylight Saving Time. Clocks fall back one hour, which means an earlier sunrise and sunset. But what do these changes mean for your pup?

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    Keep Tabs on Your Pup’s Temperature

    Posted by Link on Oct 29, 2018

    What if your dog is too cold or too hot in their environment, but they have no way of telling you? The ambient temperature, or air temperature of an environment, is very important in dictating your comfort level. If you're uncomfortable for you in your living room, you can go over and adjust the thermostat. However, our dogs can’t adjust the air to cool them down or warm them.

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    Topics: Training

    Frisbee Fun for You and Your Dog

    Posted by Link on Oct 25, 2018

    Fall is the perfect time to go beyond daily walks and add a Frisbee to the mix! In no time you and your pup will both be working out without even thinking about it. Wouldn't you rather enjoy the outdoors with your canine best friend than toil away in a gym full of sweaty, huffing people? It's also a sport you can share in all but the most inclement weather. Playing dog Frisbee doesn't offer the same amount of exercise as Ultimate Frisbee, since Fido does the jumping and running and not you. But between walking and throwing, you achieve a decent workout while having fun and strengthening the bond with your pet. 

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    The Perfect Pair: Dog & Owner Halloween Costumes

    Posted by Link on Oct 24, 2018

    Planning to rock matching dog and owner costumes at your Halloween party this year? Or maybe your plan is to stay at home, and surprise trick-or-treaters by answering the door in an outfit that coordinates with your best furry friend. It's not too late to make plans for a memorable holiday! Choose one of these spook-tacular dog and owner costumes to make this Halloween howlingly special. 

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    Topics: Dog Accessories

    Halloween Prep For Your Dog

    Posted by Link on Oct 22, 2018

    In addition to looking for matching costumes, you and your canine bestie can get ready for Halloween by working on new tricks she can use to earn her treats. You should also plan ahead to keep her feeling safe and secure when the ghosts and goblins come knocking on your door so it's a howling good time for everyone.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Tall Tails: Debunking Dog Myths

    Posted by Link on Oct 16, 2018

    Dogs are an incredibly important part of our lives, and as such, dog myths - long-held nuggets of so-called truth about our canine pals - have been passed along for generations.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Become a Better Pet Photographer with These Six Tips

    Posted by Link on Oct 10, 2018

    You know your dog is the most handsome canine on planet earth, but how do you prove it to the world? With today’s smartphone technology, taking fantastic pet photos is a snap. Here are some pro tips on how to get the perfect holiday shot of your perfect pet.

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    Topics: On the Go

    Discover, Try & Buy LINK AKC at b8ta

    Posted by Link on Oct 05, 2018

    Right now the LINK AKC Classic Leather and Sport Smart Collars is available to try and buy at b8ta. If you don’t know b8ta yet, you should get to know how it works as b8ta is not like other retailers.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Emotional Support Dogs: Providing Comfort & Companionship

    Posted by Link on Sep 26, 2018

    If you have a dog you probably know that one simple snuggle from him can help you feel at ease. While you may be conflicted on whether or not sleeping with your dog is good for you in the long term, there's no denying your pup is a vital member of your daily life. For some pawrents, that unspoken connection and bond stems even further into their mental and emotional well-being.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    10 Life Changing Life Hacks for Dog Owners

    Posted by Link on Sep 25, 2018

    Having a dog in your life is great, don't you agree? You have an adorable friend that loves you unconditionally and gets excited each time they see your face. They are always ready for an adventure or even just sharing a mid-afternoon nap on the couch. While it’s mostly fun and games, having a dog is also a lot of work. They require a great deal of responsibility to keep them safe, happy and healthy. To help you make pet ownership easier, we’ve compiled our top 10 favorite life hacks.

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    Topics: On the Go

    5 Ways To Remove Your Dog's Stress When Moving

    Posted by Link on Sep 17, 2018

    Moving is always stressful, and not just for us...it’s tough on our dogs too. The initial house hunt, the packing, cleaning and actually removing yourself from somewhere you once lived...it’s a challenging process.

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    Be More Like Your Dog: A Lesson in Mindfulness

    Posted by Link on Sep 15, 2018

    Over the past 10 years or so the practice of Mindfulness has invaded our lives like few other health trends. Mindfulness is the ability to live each moment as it comes without judgement and various research studies showing can help reduce stress significantly.

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    Topics: Dog Fun