The Diva Dog: Dog Fashion at its Finest

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 27, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Accessories

    How Much Food Does My Puppy Need?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 24, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Safety Rules for Nighttime Adventures

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 22, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Health

    My Dog Ate My Valentine's Chocolates

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 20, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Is a Raw Diet Right For My Dog?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 18, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Health

    The Best Tech Toys for Dogs

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 16, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Presidential Pooches

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 14, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    10 Valentine's Day Gifts Your Dog Will Love

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 12, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    4 Heartwarming Dog Stories

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 11, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Top Movies For a Doggy Date Night

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 10, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    No Stress Steps to Brushing Your Dog's Teeth

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 05, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Paw Preference: Is Your Pup a Righty Or Lefty?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 01, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Fun

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

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 01, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    The Inside Scoop on The Puppy Bowl

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jan 30, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Tips To Keep Your Dog's Smile Bright

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jan 30, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Health

    5 Products That Keep Your Dog Safe In The Car

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jan 26, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Accessories

    Your Love of Dogs Can Make You Money

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jan 24, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Fun

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

    Posted by LINK AKC 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 AKC 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: Dog Health

    The Life of a Guide Dog

    Posted by LINK AKC 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: Dog Training & Behavior

    Cool Ways to Name Your Puppy

    Posted by LINK AKC 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 AKC 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: Dog Training & Behavior

    The Ultimate Winter Hazard Checklist for Dogs

    Posted by LINK AKC 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: Dog Health

    The Truth About Doggie DNA Testing

    Posted by LINK AKC 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: Dog Health

    Healthy Habits For Lower Vet Bills

    Posted by LINK AKC 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: Dog Health

    Fur-ternity Leave: The Work Benefit Dog Lovers Need

    Posted by LINK AKC 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: Dog Health

    D.I.Y. Doggy Sweater

    Posted by LINK AKC 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 AKC 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: Dog Health

    Keep Rover From Roaming

    Posted by LINK AKC 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 AKC 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 AKC 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: Dog Health

    Dog Proof Your Christmas Tree

    Posted by LINK AKC 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: Dog Health

    9 Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Dogs & Dog Lovers

    Posted by LINK AKC 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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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Make Your Dog’s Christmas Dinner a Winner

    Posted by LINK AKC 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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    Topics: Dog Health

    Wellness Tips I Learned from my Dog

    Posted by LINK AKC 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: Dog Health

    Link AKC's Year of the Dog in Review

    Posted by LINK AKC 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 AKC 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: Dog Health

    Why Do Dogs Smile?

    Posted by LINK AKC 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: Dog Training & Behavior

    4 Must Have Winter Dog Products

    Posted by LINK AKC 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: Dog Health

    Does Your Dog Need to Wear a Winter Coat?

    Posted by LINK AKC 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 AKC 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 AKC 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 AKC 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: Dog Training & Behavior

    How Pet Technology Helps Pups Prosper

    Posted by LINK AKC 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: Dog Training & Behavior

    Plan a Winter Getaway in Vermont

    Posted by LINK AKC 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: Dog Activities

    4 Quick Ways To Tire Your Dog Out

    Posted by LINK AKC 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: Dog Activities

    Pet-friendly Tailgating Tips

    Posted by LINK AKC 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 AKC 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 AKC 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: Dog Health

    A New Leash On Life

    Posted by LINK AKC 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 AKC 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: Dog Health

    Tips for Dog-Friendly Holiday Travel

    Posted by LINK AKC 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: Dog Activities

    Service Dogs Helping Heroes

    Posted by LINK AKC 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 AKC 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: Dog Health

    Fall Back: How do Winter Hours Affect Dogs?

    Posted by LINK AKC 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: Dog Health

    Keep Tabs on Your Pup’s Temperature

    Posted by LINK AKC 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: Dog Training & Behavior

    Frisbee Fun for You and Your Dog

    Posted by LINK AKC 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 AKC 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 AKC 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 AKC 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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    Become a Better Pet Photographer with These Six Tips

    Posted by LINK AKC 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: Dog Activities

    Discover, Try & Buy LINK AKC at b8ta

    Posted by LINK AKC 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 AKC 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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    10 Life Changing Life Hacks for Dog Owners

    Posted by LINK AKC 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: Dog Activities

    5 Ways To Remove Your Dog's Stress When Moving

    Posted by LINK AKC 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: Dog Health

    Be More Like Your Dog: A Lesson in Mindfulness

    Posted by LINK AKC 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

    Camping with Dogs: RV Having Fun Yet?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Sep 13, 2018

    Dogs and camping go together like hot cocoa and marshmallows. We asked Ray Burr, a full-time RVer and dog owner, why so many RV campers enjoy traveling with their four-legged friends.

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    Topics: Dog Activities

    Dog-Friendly National Parks

    Posted by LINK AKC on Sep 05, 2018

    The United States has 60 protected areas known as national parks that are all incredible in their own unique way. From the geological features and breathtaking views, to the unusual ecosystems and wildlife, there’s nothing quite like planning a vacation to explore one (or many) of these historic parks.

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    Topics: Dog Activities

    Dog-Friendly Pennsylvania

    Posted by LINK AKC on Aug 14, 2018

    The Keystone State, Pennsylvania is well known for its friendly residents, outstanding service and occasionally exuberant sports fans (cough, cough, fans of the current NFL Superbowl champs). A lesser known fact about Pennsylvania is that it’s in the top 5 most popular states for owners of the best smart dog collar on the market (somewhat biased view).

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    The Nose Knows Best: Dog Nosework Training

    Posted by LINK AKC on Aug 14, 2018

    Training your dog is a never-ending feat. From basic obedience to tricks, and even some specialized work, there is always more for your dog to learn. One great exercise that you can teach your dog is nosework. The great thing about nosework is that you can literally do it anywhere! Dogs naturally want to put their noses to work so teaching them the basics can be fun for both of you.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    How to build a dog park in your community

    Posted by LINK AKC on Aug 06, 2018

    If your neighborhood has yet to jump on the trend, consider being a puppy playground pioneer. Read on for a “how to plan” and get the ball rolling!

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    Topics: Dog Activities

    3 Scientific Reasons for the Canine Head-Tilt

    Posted by LINK AKC on Aug 01, 2018

    Is there a more adorable dog pose than the head tilt? Dog lovers know exactly what we’re talking about – that head tilt response that our dogs’ give us when we speak to them. This is one of the most commonly searched dog behaviors on the internet, not as popular as ‘Why does my dog lick me?’ but close.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Howling Good Dog Vacations: Perfect Parks & Seaside Strolls

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jul 28, 2018

    We love to get away from it all, but we also love being with our dogs. Here are five timely suggestions for a picture-perfect dog vacation to enjoy with your furry friend.

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    Topics: Dog Activities

    Do You Speak Dog? It’s All in Our Biology

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jul 28, 2018

    Have you ever wondered how your dog knows to come cheer you up when you're crying or feeling down, or why they snuggle with you on the couch every night? What about how they seem to know what you're thinking, and vice versa, just by a look into each other's eyes?

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Does My Dog Know She's Been Naughty?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jul 24, 2018

    Have you ever caught your dog doing something they’re not supposed to and gotten a guilty look in response? All dog owners know this look, and we’ve come to believe that this look is their recognition that they’re guilty of something.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Play The Have You Ever Game: Dog Edition

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jul 17, 2018

    Loving your dog comes naturally. Sometimes, however, love makes us do some pretty interesting things. Read through these “have you ever” statements and figure out how much of a crazy dog person you really are.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Free Stuff For Your Dog

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jul 17, 2018

    Everyone loves a good deal, but free stuff is even better. We rounded up our top picks for free items for your dog and where you can snag yours!

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Can My Dog Get Poison Ivy?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jul 17, 2018

    If you’re like us and love to spend summer days on long hikes exploring wooded trails with your best friend, you already know to bring plenty of water and check for pesky ticks afterward.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Can My Dog Eat Watermelon?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jul 12, 2018

    It’s good to be choosey about what you feed your dog. Many fruits we consume every day such as grapes, avocados, and figs can be toxic to our pets. Watermelon, on the other hand, is safe and nutritious when fed responsibly. Technically both a fruit and a vegetable, watermelon is from the botanical family Curcurbitaceae and is closely related to pumpkin, cucumber, and squash—all healthy, low calorie treats for our canine companions.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    5 Ways to Socialize an Older Dog

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jul 10, 2018

    Some say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but we disagree! In fact, dogs of all ages are eager to learn and please their owners. Maybe you are considering adding an older dog into your home, or you feel like your dog should get out more and learn some new socialization skills. Either way, there are some important things to keep in mind when working with an older dog.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    5 Ways to Keep Your Child & Pup Busy This Summer

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jul 09, 2018

    School’s out, summer’s here…anyone bored yet? If you find your child and fur-baby sitting around without much to do it’s time to get them up and moving. Here are 5 creative ways to keep all of the babies in your house entertained this summer:

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Your Summer of Fun With Fido & Friends

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jul 03, 2018

    Summer has begun! That means more dogs out in the neighborhood and more dog-friendly events. From yappy hours to group hikes, when people get together with their dogs it's bound to be a good time.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    How to Keep Dogs Cool During the Dog Days of Summer

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jul 02, 2018

    When warm weather hits, outdoor adventures beckon. You dress light, pack sunscreen and carry icy water for yourself, but remember that your dog heats up quickly in hot temps too. Follow these four tips on how to keep your dog cool this summer.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    5 Fascinating Facts About Fido's Eyes

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jun 26, 2018

    Does my dog see what I see, does he have good eyesight, is it true that he only sees the world in black and white? These are some of the questions we’ve all pondered when we see our dog peering off into the distance. Just what does he see with those eyes?

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Host a Dog-Friendly Yappy Hour

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jun 26, 2018

    The weather is warming up and we are excited for longer days and the bright summer sun. Now is the perfect time to plan a Yappy Hour for your friends, both two-legged and four-legged.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Erasing Owner Guilt

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jun 19, 2018

    While we all wish we could take our dogs everywhere we go, that is not always possible. We have jobs and other responsibilities that require us to leave our dogs at home alone. Owner guilt tends to set in and we worry that we are not being the best pet parents that we could be. However, there are ways that you can get rid of this guilt and set your pup up for success when your schedule is not conducive to bringing your little buddy along.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Is Hydrotherapy the Answer to Dog Obesity?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jun 12, 2018

    Memorial Day signals the start of summer for us all and best of all, it’s the time of year when our public outdoor pools open for the season. That got us thinking about all the benefits that swimming gives for humans and dogs alike.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Can Your Dog’s Germs Help Improve Your Baby’s Health?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jun 12, 2018

    Can the bacteria that dog’s carry actually make your baby healthier in the long run? This correlation may seem far-fetched, however, some studies have shown that owning a dog might help better prepare your child’s immune system.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Mountain Charm: Dog-Friendly Asheville

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jun 11, 2018

    If you’ve read any articles over the past few years covering top cities to visit in the United States, you’ve likely read about Asheville, North Carolina. Between the breathtaking mountain views, artistic locals, thriving restaurant and brewery scene...it’s a one-of-a-kind place. Even better, it’s also the perfect playground for your pup to tag along when you visit and here’s why:

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    Topics: Dog Activities

    Can You Motivate a Lazy Dog?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jun 09, 2018

    You don't have a lazy dog just a poorly trained one. As surprising as that sounds, the takeaway from our interview with Dr. Steve Neuenschwander of Brentwood Animal Hospital in Raleigh, NC, is dogs will do whatever it takes to make you happy, but they can't do something they have never been taught to do. With 36 years experience as a vet, Neuenschwander says one of the most common problems he sees is obesity in dogs from lack of exercise. But how do you motivate your dog to exercise? This time-tested vet says a lot of dog's motivation comes from her owner. Let's see what else he has to say on the topic of movtivating your "lazy dog" to exercise.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Must Love Dogs: A Guide to Dating

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jun 05, 2018

    Dating is a game of compatibility. First, you have to meet someone that you’re actually interested in getting to know, and then comes the process of actually getting to know them.You begin to learn about each other’s likes and dislikes. Wouldn’t it be great to have one thing that you can agree with right off the bat? How about your shared love for dogs!

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Diet and Exercise Keep Your Dog Looking and Feeling Young

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 30, 2018

    Are doggie diets really just a fad? We all know diet and exercise are important for people, but on what level is this the same for dogs? Nutrition is such an important part of dog wellness. While no two dogs are alike, there are some basic rules to follow to make sure your dog is getting the nutrients they require. As always, consult your veterinarian for any specific nutritional questions related to your furry friend.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Make Lack-Luster Dog Toys Good As New

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 22, 2018

    It’s no secret, dogs love getting new toys. Even when their toy basket is overflowing with fluffy, squeaky, bouncy toys, they still cannot contain their excitement when you rip the tag off a brand new toy you brought home for them. You may wonder, has your dog lost interest in all their other toys or is there merely something special about receiving a new one?

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Eat, Play Sleep: Decoding Your Dog’s Sleep Cycle

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 18, 2018

    Eat, play, sleep!

    Have you ever caught yourself thinking, “My dog has the best life! Eat, play, then sleep for hours on end.” Well, according to the American Kennel Club, dogs spend 50% of their day sleeping, 30% awake but lounging, and 20% being active. Puppies and older dogs require even more sleep and can sleep up to 20 hours during the day. What a life!

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Why Does My Dog Destroy His Toys?

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 15, 2018

    Have you ever been frustrated by your pup's tendency to destroy his toys? Before thinking about a solution to this, it's helpful to understand why he might be behaving like this. And the solution isn't to stop giving him toys to play with or finding indestructible dog toys.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    5 Tips for Picky Eaters

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 08, 2018

    It can be frustrating and sometimes frightening when your pet doesn’t show any interest in her dinner. You want to give her the best, but her finicky nature makes it hard.  Whether the change is sudden, or it’s been going on for a while, here are 5 tips to help your fussy friend get excited about the dinner bell again.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    You’ve Come a Long Way, Puppy: Pet Technology Grows Up

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 07, 2018

    Ten years ago the GPS in your car was a dash-mounted brick that might just steer you into a detention pond, but now directional navigation consists of a soothing voice providing real-time traffic updates and restaurant recommendations. The tech in human gadgets has improved dramatically, and GPS gear for man's best friend has followed suit. The pet technology in the LINK AKC Smart Collar makes life with your four-legged friend stress-free and easier than ever.

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    Topics: Dog Activities

    Does Daylight Saving Time Change Affect Dogs?

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 05, 2018

    Spring is (thankfully) fast approaching and we are all looking forward to that extra sunshine the changing season brings. It seems like everyone has a little extra pep in their step once the clock moves forward an hour  but can that change affect our canine companions? Just like humans, dogs are naturally conditioned to wake up when the sun rises and sleep after the sun sets. This natural biological clock is known as circadian rhythm. Take a little time to help your pup adjust to the routine change that comes with Daylight Saving Time. 

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Ashley & Ella: How LINK Helped Change Their Lives

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 01, 2018

    One of the reasons Ashley moved to New York City was for Central Park. She had always dreamed of running through the scenic park, passing the Boathouse, Tavern on the Green and all the famous sites with her dog Ella. When she moved here, however, life got busy! She found herself making excuses (especially in the winter) about why she couldn’t take Ella on a long walk. She found herself saying, “it’s cold out” or “I’m exhausted,” more often than she would like to admit.

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    Topics: Dog Health

    Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With a Dog-Friendly Pawty

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 01, 2018

    By now you’re probably aware, at Link AKC we take celebrating with our dogs very seriously. We will use any excuse to host a pup-friendly pawty. With Cinco de Mayo coming up, we’ve gathered some fun ideas to help you throw a fiesta that your furry friend will be begging to attend!

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    Topics: Dog Fun