Congratulations to the 2016 Winner Gabriela Gonzales from the University of Florida

Tips for Successfully Adding a Second Dog to Your Family

October 4, 2017

Have you ever fallen in love with a pup, feeling like you “just knew” you had to adopt it (even if the dog you already have is used to being an only “child”)? It happens to the best of us, especially in the dog-lover’s world! Once you love one fur baby, you quickly warm up to the adorable cuteness of potential additional dogs. There’s no shame in taking home a second dog, but there are […]

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4 Strategies for Dealing With a Stubborn Dog

September 24, 2017

We all want that textbook classic “good dog”; the one who sits, stays, comes, heels, and brings you your slippers on command. It’s a cozy thought; you and your beloved pup whiling away the days together without so much as a chewed slipper or stolen toast at breakfast. Fortunately, it’s more than possible to achieve this glowing dream of dog ownership. With a little bit of time, dedication, and persistence, almost all dogs can learn […]

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9 Swimming Safety Tips for Dogs

September 21, 2017

Most dogs (although not all!) love the water, making summertime at the beach or lake a real fun experience for everyone in the family. If you have a Newfoundland Dog, English Setter, Golden Retriever, or Portuguese Water Dog, you’ve probably already experienced this first-hand. These breeds are quite literally bred to love the water going back what is sometimes hundreds of years, and are all too happy to accompany you on every swim! Unfortunately, swimming […]

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Healthy Diets = Healthy Dogs

September 17, 2017

There’s a ton of information out there regarding what foods are healthiest for your dog — so much that it can get pretty confusing trying to figure out the truth. One site claims something is truth, while the other claims it’s a lie. It’s no wonder pet owners are confused! What is true is that most (but certainly not all) of the commercial foods you find on shelves are balanced and nutritious. But just grabbing […]

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If Your Dog’s Bark Suddenly Changes, Do NOT Ignore It

September 14, 2017

A dog’s bark can tell you much more than when the mail carrier is in your driveway or whether your kids are home from school. It’s also a key indicator for overall health; hoarseness, wheezing, or changes in pitch can point to serious unaddressed illnesses. Though many of these do clear with treatment, some can be life-threatening and may seriously jeopardize your dog’s life. Detecting changes in your dog’s bark or voice is relatively easy.  […]

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11 Dog Breeds That Make Great Running Companions

September 11, 2017

Avid runners know there’s nothing quite as exhilarating as the feel of your feet pounding the pavement first thing in the morning or after a hard day of work. That time spent on the road is even better with a willing companion in the form of a trusty canine pal. If you’re a runner and a dog lover looking to adopt, these breeds can not only keep up with you but are more than happy […]

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Alleviating Your Dog’s Pain With Holistic Healing Therapies

September 7, 2017

You love your dog. That’s why you faithfully bring him to the vet at least once a year and ensure he’s protected against intruders like heartworm, fleas, ticks, and ear mites. It’s also why you ensure he’s fed a wholesome food that meets his nutritional needs. Canine physical health and wellness start4 with proper vet care and good food, but it certainly doesn’t end there. Staying active and treating or preventing physical health and body […]

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2017: The ‘Worst Tick Season in Years’

September 3, 2017

Ticked off about ticks? Count yourself among millions of other dog owners in the United States. This year was one of the worst tick blooms in recorded history. Tick bites are also more dangerous than ever: they’re carrying diseases like Lone Star, Lyme, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in record breaking numbers. Researchers kicked investigations into high gear in an attempt to determine what has ticks so proliferate, and more importantly, what we can do […]

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STUDY: Dog Walks Help Seniors Stay Active

August 30, 2017

Your dog is a faithful companion; he’s by your side everyday, playing, exploring, and being generally just about the best friend you could possibly ask for. Whether you originally adopted her as a service dog, a hunting companion, or just a treasured family pet, you already experience the incredible benefits of dog ownership every single day. A recent study is revealing surprising and unique dog ownership benefits for adults over the age of 65. The […]

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More Research Supports Emotional & Psychological Benefits of Service Dogs

August 28, 2017

Humans have relied upon their canine companions for support for thousands of years. Whether it’s for companionship, a hunting partner, or guidance and assistance in maintaining independence in the face of a disability, dogs provide their owners and handlers with immeasurable benefits from the moment of adoption until they reach the end of their lives. New evidence is showing that service dogs just might benefit handlers and their families psychologically, rather than just physically. That […]

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