Why Does My Dog Hit Me When I Pet Him?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Oct 17, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Confidence Tricks for Your Dog

    Posted by LINK AKC on Sep 11, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Why Do Dogs Lick Their Paws?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jul 24, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Why Does My Dog Lick Himself?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jul 09, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Infographic: Microchip vs. GPS Collar

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jun 26, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Are You Stressing Your Dog Out?

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 18, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Tips for Dogs That Hate The Rain

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 10, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    13 Signs Your Dog Loves You

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 06, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Watch: LINK AKC Showcase on Amazon Live

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 01, 2019

    Lights, Camera, Action

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

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    How to Manage Your Dog's Noise Phobia

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 01, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    5 Healthy Dog Snacks to Use For Dog Training

    Posted by LINK AKC on Apr 09, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Good Boy: Dog Games for Good Behavior

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 22, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    The Basics: Puppy Training for New Pet Parents

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 19, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    6 Steps to Help a Lost Dog While Traveling

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 01, 2019

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

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    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

    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 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Outsmarting Your Escape Artist

    Posted by LINK AKC on Apr 17, 2018

    Going on adventures with your dog can be a great pastime, but what about when your dog attempts to go wandering by themselves? We’ve all heard stories about dogs jumping over fences, digging out of the yard, slipping free of their collars and bolting every time a door is opened. Maybe it’s the thrill of the chase, or maybe dogs are just reverting back to their free roaming internal instincts. Either way, here are some tips that we’ve compiled to help you prevent your curious pup from wandering off unattended.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Dig Another Look? Introducing the LINK Sport Collar.

    Posted by LINK AKC on Apr 05, 2018

    This week we’re excited to introduce the LINK Sport Collar, the same incredible technology, just a new way to wear it. We started shipping our first smart dog collar, the LINK Classic just over a year ago. Since then thousands of dog owners have joined our pack. If you’re one of them, thank you for being one of our first customers, we’re delighted you’re part of our community of dog lovers. If you’re reading this and haven’t joined the pack yet, see some of our pack members who enjoy using LINK to make their lives as dog owners easier.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    9 Nifty Mobile Apps For You & Your Pup

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jan 25, 2018

    In the digital world we live in, it’s no wonder that pet related mobile apps are popping up all over the place. From a dating app for dog owners, to a photography app, and even an apps to help you find dog-friendly locations, check out 9 of our favorite apps.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Do Dogs Have a Sixth Sense?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Nov 09, 2017

    Have you ever suspected Baxter was a secret genius? You might not just be playing proud paw-rent. It turns out dogs may have a sixth sense...of sorts. Before you dismiss the idea, consider these three reasons we think it's possible.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Canine Confidential: Why Does My Dog Do That?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Nov 08, 2017

    For every answer the experts nail down about canine behavior, another question pops up. You can't read Roscoe's mind, but you can still settle a bet, lay rumors to rest and scratch that curiosity itch with these seven doggie dogmas.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Dog Sleeping Positions Explained

    Posted by LINK AKC on Oct 31, 2017

    You’ve probably envied your dog for his uncanny ability to fall asleep anywhere, anytime, in seemingly any position! Here are five dog sleeping positions and what they say about your pet.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Paws with a Cause: Service Dogs

    Posted by LINK AKC on Oct 20, 2017

    There’s more to service dogs than loyal retrievers helping the visually impaired navigate crosswalks. Today, dogs are lending a hand to everyone from veterans suffering from PTSD to children with cognitive disabilities. Here are answers to five of the most frequently asked questions about service dogs and service dog training.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Extra Small, Extra Comfortable, Extra Smart

    Posted by LINK AKC on Oct 17, 2017

    Since we began shipping the LINK AKC Smart Collar, our commitment to improve the bond between dogs and their owners hasn't slowed one bit. Broadening our product capabilities to give dog owners the richest user experience possible has lead us to the introduction of two additional products. The Extra Small, and a new way to wear the LINK Collar, and our stylish Sport Sleeve accessories.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    How to Be a Better Owner From Your Dog's Point of View

    Posted by LINK AKC on Oct 10, 2017

    There's no better exercise in empathy than trying to walk a mile in your dog's shoes. Champ's hierarchy of needs isn't too different from his human's needs. But since we can't magically change places, these four insights might help you see things from your best friend's four-on-the-floor perspective.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Microchip vs Smart Collar: What's the Difference?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Oct 01, 2017

    Keeping track of your pet's location has never been easier. Thanks to GPS technology, the "lost dog" flyer tacked to a telephone pole is increasingly a thing of the past. With recent advances, technology can help you monitor more than just your dog's location. When you're evaluating the merits of a microchip and a GPS dog collar, there are three key considerations to keep in mind.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Smart Doggos: Sit, Stay, Think!

    Posted by LINK AKC on Sep 29, 2017

    When your canine BFF rests her head on her paws, you joke she looks deep in thought. But maybe she is. A neuroscientist at Emory University, Dr. Gregory Berns believes dogs do think and has devoted hours of research to dog thought processes. Dr. Berns began his research by wondering if his Pug, Newton, really loved him or if Newton just loved the food he supplied. Dr. Berns decided to find out by using MRI brain scanning.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Back to School Daze: Easing Your Dog's Separation Anxiety

    Posted by LINK AKC on Aug 18, 2017

    Fall means Frankie has to transition from summertime stimulation to a sometimes empty house or one with humans focused on homework or racing to soccer practice. No more gobbling dropped hot dogs and water sprinkler shenanigans. School is back in session, so ease your dog's separation anxiety with these tips.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    How To Train Your Dog To Greet Guests

    Posted by LINK AKC on Aug 02, 2017

    Does even your most dog-loving guest peek around the door and take a deep breath before responding to your greeting, shouted above your pet barking? Even if your own guests' reactions aren't quite that extreme, it's never too soon to teach your dog how to properly greet visitors. Training them for greeting visitors makes everyone happier.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Can Canines Really Save You From a Dangerous Situation or Health Scare?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jun 16, 2017

    You rely on your dog to bark when a stranger comes to the door, but can your four-legged friend save you from a dangerous situation or alert you to a health scare? We called on best-selling author Dr. Stanley Coren for his expertise. As an award-winning researcher and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at University of British Columbia, his insights about animal intuition might surprise you.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Teacher’s Pet: Unleashing Your Dog’s Vocabulary

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jun 09, 2017

    Instead of telling your third grade teacher Roscoe ate your homework, you should have just turned in that book report and tried to convince her Roscoe did your homework. Founder and creator of the Dognition Assessment, Dr. Brian Hare, Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University believes our four-legged friends deserve more credit for their learning ability. He offers four tips for unleashing their vocabulary. 

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Canine Clicker Training? There's an App For That!

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 12, 2017

    Training your dog to recognize a specific sound as a signal he's done something wonderful is the first step in starting a successful clicker training program. In addition to receiving data about your dog's location and physical condition, the LINK AKC Smart Collar app includes a feature that activates a soft tone emitted from within the collar. LINK employees suggest this tone can be easily incorporated into clicker training, whether you are teaching basic obedience to a puppy or doing higher level training and distance work with your dog.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Dog Speak: Decoding Barks, Howls and Whines

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 12, 2017

    When you hear your dog barking, can you instantly tell the difference between a bark signaling your arrival versus the arrival of the mail carrier? When your dog whines, do you get up to fill the water bowl, grab a leash or simply go cuddle your pup? Does the howling you hear when you leave the house pull you back to your dog's side even if you're late for work?

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Kate Upton Helping Dog Owners to Speak Dog

    Posted by LINK AKC on May 11, 2017

    Supermodel, actress and dog lover Kate Upton and her Boxer Harley partnered with us this month to create a six-part video series to educate dog owners about how our smart dog collar can strengthen the bond between them and their best friends.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Do You and Your Pooch Measure Up to the Smartest Dog Breeds?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 27, 2017

    Like any dog lover, you believe your pup is the smartest dog on the block, but is he? Although the lineup varies somewhat, many experts agree Border Collies, Poodles and German Shepherd Dogs top the list of the world's smartest dog breeds. So, how do you and your dog stack up?

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    10 Tips for Potty Training Your Puppy

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 27, 2017

    After you bring home and then cuddle and play with your new pup, you need to learn the ins and outs of how to potty train your puppy.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    START SMART: Raising Your Puppy Right

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 13, 2017

    As a new dog owner, you might wonder how best to train a puppy. "Puppy-raising can be a big task for new pet parents," says Allison Andrews, CPDT, owner-operator of Foothills Canine Academy in Greenville, SC. "The best approach is to prevent problems from the start through management and socialization, and that requires supervision," Allison says.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Where Art Thou, Fido?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 13, 2017

    Losing a pet is a recurring nightmare for conscientious owners, but technoloy, in the form of a tracking dog collar, comes to the rescue. Not that you're planning on ever needing to use the technology to find a lost pet, but think of it as peace of mind against the one thing you never want to happen.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Training the Best Family Dog

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 07, 2017

    The best family dogs aren't just found. Your new four-legged friend needs to be trained properly to fit into your life and your family. 

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Exploring the emotional connection between dogs and humans.

    Posted by LINK AKC on Mar 02, 2017

    As the company dedicated to enhancing the connection between dogs and the people that love them, we are excited to host a dog-centric speaking panel at South by Southwest® (SXSW®) on March 13th at 9:30AM CST.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Link AKC, CES 2017 Best of Innovation Award Winner

    Posted by LINK AKC on Jan 10, 2017

    CES 2017, the largest technology trade show of the year was held in Las Vegas, Nevada and we were thrilled to be there as the 2017 Best of Innovation Winner in Wearable Technology. Here is a photo recap from our trip to CES.

    Entry to the show floor.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    Does Your Pup’s Behavior Match Some Of These Common Reasons Behind Dog Licking?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Sep 21, 2016

    Dogs lick their owners and friends for a variety of reasons and learning why may help you be a better friend and owner to your canine companion. Does your pup’s behavior match some of these common reasons behind dog licking?

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior

    What Works Best For Training Your Pup - Treats or Praise?

    Posted by LINK AKC on Sep 21, 2016

    Move over, Pavlov! A new study published in the journal Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience says—you’ve been training your dog wrong this whole time! Well, not exactly. Although treat-based training is a tried and true method, the results of the new study from Emory University strongly suggest that praise is actually a dog’s preferred reward method.

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    Topics: Dog Training & Behavior