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A German shepherd sits on the grass in front of a house

5 things you might not know about the German shepherd

German shepherds are a popular dog breed, but not many people know these specific fun facts. The breed's history is more eventful than you think.
A brown French bulldog lies on the floor next to their black food dish

Can dogs eat seafood? Yes, if you follow these tips

Can dogs eat seafood? Absolutely — as long as you follow these rules.
A black and white cat's lower body as they lie on hardwood floor

Why do cats wag their tails? The interesting facts behind it

Everyone knows what a wagging tail means on a dog, but why do cats wag their tails? The real answer may surprise you.
A puppy's paws crossed in the grass

Why do dogs bite their paws? There are many reasons for this behavior

If you notice your dog biting their paws, you'll want to read up about why this behavior happens. You may be able to easily help them.
An orange tabby cat sleeps with their eyes closed

Why do cats sleep so much? Are all those snooze sessions something to worry about?

Whether your furry friend sleeps the day away or is often awake between cat naps, it can be difficult to know if their sleep schedule is normal.
A golden retriever chasing a ball

4 ways to uplift your dog’s mental health and why it’s so important

Your dog's mental health might seem like a foreign subject at first, but your furry friend's needs may be surprisingly similar to your own. Here's what to know.
A German shepherd puppy sticks out their tongue

Why do you often find your dog with their tongue out? Here’s what vets say about the ‘blep’

Whether you see the tip of your dog's tongue or the whole nine yards, these are just a few reasons why. When in doubt, you can always ask a vet.
A border collie wearing reindeer antlers looks over the dinner table

Can dogs eat Christmas foods? Here’s what to share and what to skip this holiday season

'Tis the season of giving, but you shouldn't give every leftover to your dog. Here's a list of Christmas foods your dog can — and can't — eat safely.
Woman snuggling Samoyed puppy in front of the Christmas tree

Is getting a puppy for Christmas a good idea? You can’t return them like an ugly sweater

Don't jump into dog ownership this holiday season before making sure you're ready. If you're getting a puppy for Christmas, here's what you must know.
Jack Russell terrier in from of Christmas tree with presents

Is your dog drinking Christmas tree water? It could be more dangerous for their health than you realize

If your dog drinks Christmas tree water, it could be poisonous to them. Here are some ways to keep them safe this holiday season.
A red and white Shiba Inu jumps through the snow in a fenced backyard

Is it safe to keep dogs outside in winter? You’d better follow these guidelines

It is essential for pet parents to know how to keep outside dogs warm in winter weather, including when to bring them inside. This guide will help.
Dog barks outside in a lawn

Why won’t my dog bark? Here’s when pet parents should be concerned

Why won't my dog bark? There are plenty of reasons why your dog isn't barking. Learn what you can do and when you should consult a vet.
A woman wearing a sleep mask over her eyes snuggles a Pug with his tongue out in bed

Why do dogs sleep under the covers? It all comes down to nature

Why do dogs love sleeping under the covers? The answer may surprise you, but it's super sweet. Here's what to know.
A rhodesian ridgeback with a gray face stands and looks to the side

Is your old dog shaking? 1 of these 7 problems may be the cause

If your old dog is shaking, one of these seven reasons could explain why. Here's how to diagnose the root of your senior pup's tremors.
A Yorkshire terrier poodle mix dog wears a diaper and sleeps in a fluffy bed

How long does a dog stay in heat? Here’s how you’ll know her cycle is over

Learning how to spot the beginning of a dog's cycle can be easy, but how will you know when she's done menstruating?
A cockapoo lies on their back on a chair, covered in Halloween candy

My dog ate Halloween candy – here’s what to do even if your dog has no symptoms

Halloween candy is delicious, but it can be dangerous for dogs. Here's what to do if your dog gets a taste of something they shouldn't have.
German shepherd puppy stands next to an adult German Shepherd with a stick in their mouth

How much exercise does a German Shepherd need? 4 warning signs they’re not getting enough

Exercising your German shepherd is necessary for their health and happiness, but how do you know when your dog is getting enough activity? Look for these signs.
Poodle mix puppy wearing pink sweatshirt sitting on a lap

How to make dog clothes from baby clothes in 4 simple steps

Repurposing old baby clothes for your dog is easy and sustainable. We'll break it down for you in a few steps.
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!
A beige Akita puppy stands on their back legs inside a pink wire playpen

Is a puppy playpen better than a crate? Here’s what to consider before you buy one for your dog

Both crates and puppy playpens are useful additions to any home with a dog, but how do you know which one your furry friend needs?
A marble countertop with miniature pumpkins and fall-themed dog treats

5 easy-to-make DIY dog treats that you can make for your pup this fall

There are pumpkin spice lattes for humans, and these DIY dog treats for your pup... because no dog should miss out on yummy fall ingredients!
A woman holds a white Poodle mix dog while sitting on the back of a pickup

Dogs are more comforting than spouses–survey proves just how many dog parents confide in their pups

A recent study found just how comforting dogs can be to their owners. In fact, many dog parents find their dog to be more comforting than their partner!
Border Collie in a skeleton shirt sits in a pile of autumn leaves

9 frighteningly amazing large dog Halloween costume ideas to try this October

Your large dog will look spooky, adorable, or totally silly in these costume ideas. Whether you make or buy a costume is up to you!
French bulldog dog dressed up with funny cactus Halloween dog costume

8 easy and affordable small dog Halloween costume ideas that are perfect for both tricks and treats

Nothing tops dogs in costume, so get your fur baby ready for the spooky season with these eight adorable, easy, and affordable Halloween outfit ideas.
A Chow Chow dog stands outside of a restaurant

This is the best way to find incredible dog-friendly restaurants near you

Dog-friendly restaurants can be hard to find, but Yelp's new list makes it easier than ever. Here's how to find a place to dine with your furry friend.
A sleepy beagle naps on their owner's bed, with sunshine coming through the window

Debunked: Neutering my dog will change his personality – here are the signs your dog needs to be neutered

Watch for these signs that your dog needs to be neutered. And no, his personality won't change in the process.
Jack Russel terrier on the beach with a tennis ball jumping

Are tennis balls bad for dogs? Here’s what you want to know before your next game of fetch

Before giving your dog a tennis ball to play with, take these factors into consideration. There may be silent dangers you don't see coming.
A woman holds a black and brown Chihuahua in her arms

7 of the most loyal small dog breeds for you and your family, ranked

If you're looking for a loving and loyal small dog breed, search no further. These dogs are pint-sized, playful, and packed with love.
French bulldog puppy splooting on tile floor

Dog splooting is super adorable, but it can also be something to worry about

It's cute when dogs sploot, right? Before taking a picture, though, you might want to be sure that this stretch isn't a cause for concern.
A drooling Irish Setter looks to the side

Why is my dog drooling? Here’s when to be concerned about sudden or excessive dog salivation

We’ve looked into many causes of excessive and sudden salivation, from the easy fixes to the more concerning problems.
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.
Two brown and black Dachshunds stand at the driver's door of a car

How long do dachshunds live? The truth might surprise you

Everything you need to know about the lifespan of dachshunds so you can make an informed decision about bringing this breed into your home.
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 brown puppy lies in their crate on a blanket with their head resting on their crossed paws

How to stop a dog from peeing in their crate for good in 5 easy-to-follow steps

Learn how to stop dog from peeing in their crate — it's not as difficult as you may think. Just follow these 5 easy steps.
Cavalier King Charles spaniel lies on a pillow and looks into the camera with big eyes

7 affectionate and cute dog breeds for owners who love to cuddle

If you're looking for an affectionate dog breed that loves to be close to their owener, you can start with the cute and cuddly dog breeds on this list.
Xylitol with a wooden spoon and chemical structure

Xylitol is dangerous for dogs: 10 surprising products that contain it as a hidden ingredient

Xylitol (AKA birch sugar) is bad for dogs, and it's hiding in many foods. These are the items you need to keep away from your pets.
a boston terrier wearing booties lies on a blue plaid blanket

How hot does concrete get in the sun? The answer might shock you

You need to protect your dog's paws from the heat this summer. This is how.
Closeup, of black and white dog's nose

Why is my dog panting? 7 solutions to try when your dog won’t stop panting

Some panting is normal, especially during play or exercise, but you'll want to be prepared in case your dog starts panting excessively.
A man hugs a golden retriever, facing away from the camera

Science says dogs cry tears of happiness when reunited with their humans

The image of a crying dog might sound sad, but researchers found that dogs actually well up with tears when around someone they love.
Husky dog mix licks paw

Here’s how to treat a dog with itchy paws, starting with finding the cause of paw discomfort

If you notice your dog scratching, biting, or licking at their paws, you may want to keep an eye out for certain causes and find a treatment.
Senior golden retriever and Chihuahua sitting in front of food bowls

What is the best food for older dogs? These 6 vet-approved kibbles and canned foods won’t steer you wrong

The best food for older dogs will vary depending on their specific needs, but there are guidelines you can follow to help you find the perfect pick.
Woman feeds a puppy as the pup gives her his paw

This is the ultimate week-by-week puppy training schedule every new pet parent needs

Bringing home a new puppy? Here's the week-by-week puppy training schedule you need to follow if you want to find success.
A husky jumps happily through the snow

Understanding husky language: Posture, tail wagging, ears, and other body clues

Do you ever wonder what your husky is thinking? You can find the answer in their body language, not in their operatic howls!
A pug stands in front of a pink background and licks whipped cream off of his nose

Are Starbucks Puppuccinos bad for dogs? Here’s what veterinarians have to say

Before you order your dog a Starbucks Puppuccino when you go to the drive-through, read our experts' advice. Whipped cream can be a great occasional treat!
A person in a black T-shirt and jeans walks a small white and brown dog on a path lined with tall plants with yellow flowers

How to make a dog poop quickly when dealing with constipation – at-home remedies

You can help your dog fight constipation with some easy at-home remedies, or ask your vet for a hand. Here's how to make a dog poop quickly.
Fireworks

8 ways to calm down a dog scared of fireworks this 4th of July

While there’s no one way to keep your dog calm during the 4th of July, there are countless ideas to help ease anxieties for dogs scared of fireworks.
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 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 black and white Japanese Chin stands outside in the grass raising one paw

7 Japanese dog breeds that could be your perfect pet

Are any of these Japanese dog breeds the right fit for you? Read on and find out all there is to love about these unique dogs.