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Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever lies on teal couch upside down

Why do dogs sleep on their backs? The adorable reasons will leave you feeling overjoyed

If your dog sleeps on their back, you should be one proud pet parent. This position is one sign of a comfortable, happy pup!
Dog with human and orange suitcase

5 must-see, dog-friendly places in New York to visit this fall

These dog-friendly New York spots are fantastic to visit with your pet. Check out one of the five best places to visit in the state!
A cute Yorkie on the floor

Everything to know about the adorable Yorkie dog and its characteristics

A Yorkie dog is one of the smallest breeds you'll find, but they have huge personalities. Is a Yorkshire terrier the right fit for you? This guide will help.
a dog and woman cuddling on fall woodland walk

8 autumn Instagram pet photographs that will get you excited for the gorgeous season ahead

Autumn has arrived on Instagram. These autumn Instagram cats and dog photos are sweeter than a PSL and could inspire a fall photoshoot of your own.
A black Chihuahua against a yellow backdrop

The 6 biggest myths about Chihuahuas, debunked once and for all

Chihuahuas are sweet, sassy, and sometimes misunderstood. It's important to separate Chihuahua facts from fiction before welcoming one into your life.
Couple looking at map on fall trail with dog.

These national parks are stunning in the fall – and allow your dog to visit, too

These national parks are incredible in the fall, and your dog will love them, too. Check out the four best parks to visit with Fido.
A pomeranian with a yellow background

These are the 6 dog breeds that shed most in fall

What dog breed sheds the most and when? These dog breeds shed a lot in fall. Here's what you need to know when taking care of an especially furry pup.
Border collie catching yellow frisbee on beach

5 incredible things to do with dogs in Florida this fall

Hoping to travel with your pet this fall? These dog-friendly Florida spots are fantastic to visit with your pet.
Side profile of a St. Bernard smiling while standing outdoors.

6 cool St. Bernard facts you probably didn’t know

St. Bernards are the gentle giants of the dog world. But do you know these interesting facts about them?
Closeup of a dog nose and smile

Why is my dog’s nose warm? When it’s OK and when to see the vet

Wondering "why is my dog's nose warm?" These are the factors that cause his nose to be warm, including the ones that should make you worry.
A Bernese mountain dog stands in the middle of a wooded trail

Gentle giants: 6 big dog breeds that make great family pets

These dog breeds are called "gentle giants" for a reason — they are sweet and patient with children.
A dog licks a person's finger with yogurt on their nose

Are ‘dog years’ really 7 human years? How to calculate your dog’s age

Calculating dog years to human years isn't as simple as you think. Here's what you need to know about your dog's age, per research and experts.
A man clips a leash on a beagle's collar.

Taking your dog’s collar off at night: Safe move or safety risk?

Some pet owners take off their dog's collar at night, but is that a smart move?
Dog barking at night

Is your dog barking nonstop? Here’s how to get your noisy pup under control

Sometimes our pups bark for seemingly no reason and won't stop. Here are ways to get your noisy dog under control (and the reasons behind it).
A mama cat snuggling her three kittens.

When can kittens leave their mom? Don’t separate them too early

Kittens need to stay with their moms, so don't separate them too early.
Ants crawling across wild mushroom caps.

Pet-safe pest control: This genius technique will get rid of pesky ants

These home remedies will get rid of pesty ants in your home while keeping your pets safe from harm.
White cat with blue eyes on a couch

When do kittens’ eyes change colors? The answer is so cool – here’s what to know

Kittens' eyes don't stay blue for long. When do kittens' eyes change colors? Here's everything you need to know about whether a cat's eyes can change color.
Small child looks into a jar of tadpoles

A simple guide to what to feed tadpoles in your aquarium

What to feed tadpoles? It depends on what stage of the metamorphosis they're in. Your tadpoles will be healthy and happy with this feeding routine.
Dog looking through black dog crate

Where to put a dog crate in your house depends on these important factors

A dog crate can keep your fur baby safe while offering them a place to rest and feel at peace. Here's where to put a dog crate in your home.
Upside down brown dog

What you need to know about dogs with blue eyes

This is everything you wanted to know about blue-eyed dogs.
Dog paws on a wood slab

Could it be a dog paw infection? Signs, symptoms, and treatments for these pesky, painful issues

Dog paw infections are common, but they are also treatable and avoidable. Here's what pet parents should know to keep their pup's paws clean and healthy.
Wet toy poodle in a bathtub

When can you bathe a puppy? Here’s how and when to introduce them to bath time

Wondering when can you first bathe a puppy? We dive into the right age to start bath time and how often you should bathe your pup.
Man and his dog doing a selfie outdoors

4 fun Father’s Day activities for dog dads so your pup can join the fun

Attention dog dads: Try these fun activities on Father's Day if you want to bring your dog along.
PetSmart Charities director Heidi Marston kisses her special needs Great Dane mix, Gatsby

PetSmart Charities director shares tips for a successful pet adoption process

Whether you're just thinking about adopting or are ready to bring home a pet today, consider these expert tips for a successful dog or cat adoption.
A brown and white basset hound sleeping in a blue chair.

No fuss, all love: Meet the top breeds of low-maintenance dogs that will steal your heart

Curious about low-maintenance dogs? We explore which breeds are the best when it comes to easy-going nature, minimal grooming, and low exercise requirements.
A corgi and a cat stand in the grass

Study: This is how much the cost of pet ownership really is

How much does a dog cost per year? How much does a cat cost? We've got the answers.
Small dog going a trip

The only guide you need for taking your pets on an airplane

If you're planning to take your pet on a trip with you, read this guide. Think ahead to what you need, how they'll feel, and when you should leave them home.
A pit bull terrier licks a woman's face

Smooches or stress? There are a few reasons your dog might lick you

Why do dogs lick their owners. This is what it means when your dog licks you and why you should be happy (even if you don't like it).
A Chihuahua mix looks at the camera

Ditching the pure breeds? Here’s how to find the right mutt for your family

Over half of the dogs in America are mutts but they don't necessarily get as much attention as their purebred cousins. Consider adopting a mixed-breed dog.
American Eskimo dog smiling at the camera

Looking for a fluffy and affectionate pup? Give the American Eskimo dog a try

You might not have heard of these guys, but American Eskimo dogs are actually fantastic pups that work well with families.
A greyhound on a fuzzy rug

All about the incredible greyhound dog

Think the greyhound dog is a good fit for your family? Here's what to know about this ancient, loved breed before you get one.
A corgi dog standing in front of a pink background looks up and to the side with big eyes

Here are 60 cute dog names for every aesthetic: cottagecore, grunge, Y2K, and more

Whatever your aesthetic is, there are some perfect names for your dog on this list. Check it out!
A black Labrador retriever sits on the floor next to a pile of fur

Dogs that don’t shed: Do they exist?

You may have heard that there are dogs that don't shed. However, hypoallergenic dogs are a bit of a misnomer. Here's what you should know.
A Devon Rex cat is held up against a blue sky

These are the 10 most popular cat breeds, as counted by The Cat Fanciers’ Association

You might think you know what the most popular cat breeds are, but some of the ones on this list might surprise you.
A gray cat with shiny eyes stares at the camera

Are cats color blind? It’s a bit more complicated than you might think

Your feline's eyes work a bit differently from yours, but they can still see colors (and they have some other special abilities).
Mini American shepherd lying down

Mini Aussie: What to know about this adorable breed

Spoiler alert: Mini Aussies don't exist — at least not anymore. The breed is known as the mini American shepherd. Should you consider getting one?
A white dog running

Why does my dog have the zoomies? Your pet’s crazy behavior, explained

Have you ever seen a dog get the zoomies? It can be part humorous and part alarming. Here's why it happens and when to call a vet.
A French bulldog holds a leash in their mouth while standing in the grass

Sorry Labs, you’re no longer America’s favorite dog (here’s what replaced them)

For 31 years, the Lab was our favorite breed of dog, but as tastes have changed, our best buddy has, too. Find out which pups now occupy the top slots.
A Tibetan terrier's side profile against a blue sky

The Tibetan terrier: Why the ‘Holy Dog of Tibet’ isn’t actually a terrier

The "Holy Dog of Tibet" has a unique history, but it's not actually a terrier. Here's what you'll want to know about Tibetan terriers.
A baby chick sits in the grass next to a broken egg

3 reasons not to give pet rabbits, baby chicks, or ducks this Easter

Animals like rabbits, ducks, and baby chicks are so much more than an Easter present. Here's why not to gift them this spring.
Happy golden retriever outside on the lawn wagging his tail

Video: This dog doesn’t just wag their tail, but their whole body

When you see a dog overflowing with happiness, you might notice him wagging his tail. But why do dogs do this? We explore the history.
A dog wearing a brown leather collar eats from a bag of garbage

Why do dogs eat garbage? What you should know about this dangerous habit

Many dogs eat garbage. Learn when you should start to worry.
A Jack Russell terrier sits beside a mop bucket with a toilet brush in his mouth

Spring cleaning? Never use these dangerous products with pets in your home

Spring cleaning will be safer with your furry friends in the home with these pet-friendly cleaning supplies.
Cat jumping out of a litter box

Reddit says the best cat litter is actually… pellets for a Traeger?!

Wood pellet kitty litter — is it a good idea? The TL;DR: Don't trust Reddit for pet advice. Here's why you should talk to a vet before trying this hack.
A cat and dog hang out together outside on cobblestones

Does your cat say ‘meow,’ ‘miau,’ or ‘mjau?’ Here’s how we translate cat and dog language into human around the world

While you might hear "bark" and "meow," people from around the world have translated dog and cat language into their own speech.
A gray cat's close-up side profile in front of a dark background

Whisker fatigue: Your cat might have this strange condition without you knowing

Whisker fatigue may not be literally what it sounds like, but it can be a major problem for cats. Here's what to know about this kind of overstimulation.
A blue female betta in a tank

Are female betta fish worth it? Here’s why you should consider getting one of these pretty fish

Don't discount a female betta fish. These pretty fish can be just as fun and attractive as their male counterparts (and a lot less aggressive).
funny dog video stealing shoe with

Video: Dog’s reaction to getting caught stealing a shoe is hilarious

When this dog gets caught with a shoe in his mouth, he looks guilty, but can dogs feel those emotions? We looked at dog behavior research to find out.
A gray Chinese vrested dog looks up while their tongue hangs out to the side

The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest is now accepting applications

Do you know an ugly dog that's simply irresistible? Applications must be submitted by June 21, 2023, for this year's June 23 event.
A dog lies in the grass and howls at the sky

Howling dog went viral for sounding like an opera singer — we can’t get enough

Why do dogs sing? We look into this particular instinct and showcase on of the top opera singing dogs on the internet.