The Wanderer

    How to Help Pets and Pet Parents in the Holiday Season

    Posted by LINK AKC on Nov 21, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Look Who’s Talking About Link!

    Posted by LINK AKC on Nov 14, 2019

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

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    Pawranormal Pup: A Dog Ghost Story

    Posted by LINK AKC on Oct 31, 2019

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

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

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    How to Take the Perfect Pet Photo

    Posted by LINK AKC on Oct 24, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Fun Dog Halloween Costume Ideas

    Posted by LINK AKC on Oct 24, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    How to Get Free Stuff for Your Dog!

    Posted by LINK AKC on Oct 10, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    10 Best Dog Movies of All Time

    Posted by LINK AKC on Sep 26, 2019

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

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    Unlikely Friendships: When Dogs Make Peculiar Friends

    Posted by LINK AKC on Sep 11, 2019

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

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    7 Things to Do With Your Dog This Labor Day

    Posted by LINK AKC on Aug 29, 2019

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

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    All American Pet Photo Day - All American Pups

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jul 16, 2019

    Brutus and Lexi

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

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    The Ultimate Dog Party Checklist

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jun 19, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Activities, Dog Fun

    How to Celebrate Dog Father’s Day

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jun 12, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Celebrate National Best Friend’s Day With Your Dog

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jun 04, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    How To Spoil The Dog Mom in Your Life

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 08, 2019

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

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    Meet 7 LINK Pack Moms and Their Pups

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 08, 2019

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

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    Easter Egg Hunting With Your Pup

    Posted by LINK AKC on Apr 16, 2019

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

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    Celebrate National Pet Day With Your Pup

    Posted by LINK AKC on Apr 10, 2019

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

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    The History of Dog Naming

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 27, 2019

    A Beagle Named Bagel?

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

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    The Puppy Challenge: Then & Now Photos

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 21, 2019

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

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

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 12, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    7 Doggie Dates That Won't Break The Bank

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 05, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Famous Furry Friends: Celebrities and Their Dogs

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 27, 2019

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

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    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

    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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    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

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    My Dog is My Child: The Truth About Millennial Dog Owners

    Posted by LINK AKC on Apr 10, 2018

    It’s official. Millennials are different. Yes, we know you know this already. Millennials are marrying later, having kids later, less likely to be home or car owners. Basically Millennials are living the anti-American Dream with one surprising difference - pet ownership.

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    Dogi’s and Yogi’s: All About Dog Yoga

    Posted by LINK AKC on Apr 10, 2018

    When we first heard about Doga, the term for dog yoga, we were skeptical, to say the least. Sure, yoga is a great way to practice mindfulness and stretch your body, but how can you incorporate your dog into this? Your dog probably isn’t going to be crawling into leg twisting positions. What we discovered is that incorporating your dog into human yoga poses can have a calming effect on your dog, as you breathe and take time to reflect having them close by. It has the added benefit of being a great way to spend some extra time with your furry friend.

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    Celebrating Hero Dogs: Meet Mirko & Haney

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 20, 2018

    Each member of our armed forces can route their journey back to a specific place where they began their military career. This place will always be special to them, as it is where they set out on a path that will shape their entire future. The same is true for our Military Working Dogs (MWDs). Their special starting place is none other than Lackland Base in San Antonio Texas, the home of the Defense Military Working Dog Program. This is where dogs arrive to begin their training in what will be a career of great importance. The first dogs were trained at Lackland in 1958. Currently there are 62 training areas with more than 1,000 dogs at various levels of advancement. The staff there is a mix of 125 men and women from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. While a majority of the dogs are brought into the facility, nearly 15% are now bred on site. The dogs are constantly training for any types of calls and deployments and live in the kennels there until their official call to active duty.

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    Celebrating Hero Dogs: Eespn, Toby & Ethan

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 18, 2018

    Air Force Dog Handler Ethan took a different path to becoming a dog handler than many others. He began his military career as a regular Security Force member, but his dream was always to become a K9 handler. He learned at a young age that working on a team with a K9 can be a rewarding yet unpredictable job. He first learned about K9 teams when he was a teenager and his stepfather became a police officer. On September 28, 2006 his stepfather’s job forever changed the trajectory of Ethan’s future career choices. Polk County Sheriff’s Office Dog Handler, Deputy Matthew Williams and K9 DiOGi, colleagues of his stepfather, were tragically killed on the job. Their stories of courage and perseverance inspired Ethan that one day he too would become a dog handler in order to protect and serve his country.

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    Celebrating Hero Dogs: Meet Jordan & Bob

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 13, 2018

    For the past 75 years, working dogs have been officially serving alongside our servicemen and women. The stories of K9 handlers and their military working dogs are each unique. Behind each story is a team of human and dog who rely on each other in the best and worst of times. Learning about how these servicemen and women join the military and ultimately choose to work with animals, is nothing short of inspiring. The process to become a dog handler in the military is not easy, but is a rewarding one.

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    K9 Veterans Day: Saluting Our Hero Military Dogs

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 07, 2018

    Veteran’s Day is a holiday that all Americans recognize, celebrating the end of World War I and honoring all veterans who have served our country during all wars. However, a less known holiday is coming up on March 13th and that is K9 Veterans Day. It is on this day that we celebrate and commemorate the Military Working Dogs (MWDs) that have stood by our soldiers throughout history.

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    It's Official: We'd Rather Be With Pets Than People

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 20, 2018

    The results are in; more than half of American dog owners admit they flake out on social events to hang out with their pet. We recently surveyed 2,000 American dog owners and confirmed what most people already know - owning a dog makes us better humans and improve our mental, physical and emotional health every single day. The most surprising thing we learned is that almost ¾ of the people surveyed admitted they tell their dog secrets they don't tell anyone else. 

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    How to Celebrate Year of the Dog

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 14, 2018

    Chinese New Year is almost upon us, this year it just happens to be Year of the Dog! We're all familiar with the zodiac calendar where your sign is based on the month you were born. However, did you know your Chinese zodiac sign is one of the 12 animal signs and is determined by the year of your birth? If you're wondering how to join in celebrating Year of the Dog, we've put together some ideas for you. Traditional Chinese New Year celebrations are generally noisy affairs that often include fireworks, which will likely not be enjoyable for your dog as we know from Fourth of July.  However here are some other dog-friendly ways to enjoy the celebration.

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    Honest & Loyal: Year of the Dog

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 13, 2018

    In case you haven't heard or seen the adorable swag at Starbucks, 2018 is the Year of the Dog in the Chinese zodiac calendar. The calendar itself dates back to the Shang Dynasty (14th century BC) and is a cycle of twelve years that are each represented by an animal. Each of the animals has an associated list of attributes, fortunes, compatibility metrics and more. Here's our quick guide to the Year of the Dog and what it might mean to you.

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    Snow Days: Indoor Fun When You're Stuck Inside

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jan 16, 2018

    When the weather outside is frightful, no one, including your dog, really wants to go outside for exercise. We've got five suggestions on how you can successfully entertain your dog in the comfort of your home and build the bond you share.

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    Dog Christmas Cards

    Posted by LINK AKC on Dec 01, 2017

    Mail your loved ones special dog Christmas cards this year. With planning and a little imagination, you can make an unforgettable holiday memory to share with friends and family. 

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    Dog Treats Made From Holiday Leftovers

    Posted by LINK AKC on Nov 27, 2017

    Before you bite the bullet and toss our holiday leftovers, we've got a tasty way to let your dog in on the fun. Throughout the holiday season, there's one ingredient that's a staple in most households and a key protein in dog food. You guessed it, turkey! Turn this holiday trademark dish into healthy treats your pup will absolutely love. Here are three mouthwatering meaty treats to try out:  

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    15 Reasons We're Thankful For Our Dogs

    Posted by LINK AKC on Nov 21, 2017

    Thanksgiving is the perfect time for reflection. Even with the ups and downs of every day life, there's always a lot to be grateful for. As you sit around your tables full of loved ones, take a moment to give thanks for the special canine companion in your life who makes every day a little bit brighter.

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    The Dog Agency: Turning Our Pets Into Celebrities

    Posted by LINK AKC on Oct 31, 2017

    Social media and pets are a feel-good combination for people across all demographics. So when a feisty Shiba Inu or crazy-cute Cardigan Welsh Corgi suddenly joins that exclusive group of the most famous pets online, many owners turn to The Dog Agency to help them deal with the business offers arising from sudden celebrity. Because when each post by a famous pet can earn thousands of dollars, smart paw-rents know they need expert help. Founded by New York entrepreneur Loni Edwards, The Dog Agency represents this novel category of influencers, a select group of captivating canines sought out by companies for their voracious audiences. 

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    Helping Hands During Disaster: Hurricanes

    Posted by LINK AKC on Sep 11, 2017

    With the trio of Hurricanes having recently ripped through the Caribbean and coast of the United States, we want to recognize and celebrate the humans and canines who have pitched in to help others during tragedy and despair. 

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    The Perfect Dog for You Based on Your Zodiac Sign

    Posted by LINK AKC on Aug 28, 2017

    Did you catch Astro-fever as we rode the Great American Eclipse Wave? Well, we're here to help you find your star-sign companion. We've matched you to a breed with the same characteristics and personality, zodiac-ly speaking! From Aries to Pisces, ram to fish, this is the place where the planets align and you find your new best friend.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Your Furry Friend Just Got An Upgrade

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jun 26, 2017

    Wearable Tech For Man's Best Friend

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    Is Your Dog Helping You Live a Better Life? Experts Weigh In

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jun 08, 2017

    Dogs have the power to calm us, to protect us but do they have the power to heal us? Studies and experts offer new ideas about the additional benefits of Man's Best Friend.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Happy Barkday: Pawsome Birthday Tips

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jun 05, 2017

    Each day with your pup is precious, but your dog's birthday deserves its own fanfare. From subdued celebrations to a birthday bash with doggie pals, there are plenty of ways to make it a special occasion. We've got five tips to keep in mind when you plann your dog's next birthday party:

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    LINK AKC named finalist for 2017 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards

    Posted by LINK AKC on Feb 28, 2017

    From it's inception in 1987 South By Southwest® (SXSW®) has been an annual celebration of cutting-edge technology, digital creativity and incredible global innovators. Each March, thousands of visitors make the trip to Austin, Texas to enjoy its unique and diverse blend of music, film, workshops and discussion sessions. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together and this year proves no different.

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    How To Get Your Office To Go Dog-Friendly

    Posted by LINK AKC on Nov 16, 2016

    From decreasing stress, to encouraging openness among employees, dogs in the workplace can make people happier, healthier, and more productive. But getting your office to open its doors to dogs is not always easy. Here are some talking points and tips that may help you get the powers at be on board.

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    16 Years Later, Honoring the Search and Rescue Hero Dogs of 9/11

    Posted by LINK AKC on Sep 11, 2016

    Here are just a few of the Search and Rescue dogs that worked alongside our nation’s bravest first responders 16 years ago.

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    Topics: Dog Fun