(Picture Credit: Westend61/Getty Images) Every dog sniffs when they’re out and about. Whether your pooch is trying to sniff out their territorial scent during potty walks or just exploring a new area, your dog is likely to keep their nose active and alert for the whole walk. An estimated 33 percent of your dog’s walk
(Picture Credit: Martin Barraud/Getty Images) Size may actually matter–if you are looking for more intelligent and more coordinated dogs. A new study suggests that the bigger the size of a dog’s brain, the better they are at tasks that involve memory and cognition. The study, headed by Daniel Horschler of the University of Arizona, made use
(Picture Credit: JodiJacobson/Getty Images) If your dog has ever acted out in an aggressive manner, what is the most common explanation? Protecting their territory? Being wary of strangers or a new environment? New research suggests that one reason might be inside your dog’s gut. A study by researchers from the Oregon State University found a
(Picture Credit: Elizabethsalleebauer/Getty Images) Almost every dog seems to have a matching personality type in people’s heads. We think of Golden Retrievers as friendly. Shih Tzus are regal and aloof. Chihuahuas appear to be very nervous. Collies are affectionate. Some stereotypes are cute, while others are harmful. Most of us know at least one dog
(Picture Credit: Westend61/Getty Images) Just a few days into the New Year, people are hard at work trying to keep their New Year’s resolutions. They’re working out at the gym, or making a tighter budget, or maybe creating an online dating profile. But this January is also National Train Your Dog Month, so make a resolution
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Question: Why is my dog suddenly aggressive toward other dogs? Answer: Without meeting your dog, it’s impossible to know for sure. That said, here are some of the most common reasons dogs begin to show aggression toward other dogs: 1. The Dog Is Coming Into Adolescence Adolescent dogs are little fur-covered
(Photo Credit: Shutterstock) Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 4th, 2018 at 2:00am. For humans, the extra hour when Daylight Saving Time comes to an end is a great way to catch up on sleep. But for dogs, the effects can be very different. Animals don’t set their routines by the clock that we
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) According to the National Sleep Foundation, our dogs spend roughly 12-14 hours per 24-hour period snoozing. Often, dog owners think that little leg twitch or tiny “yip” that comes out while sleeping has to do with something their dog is dreaming about. But do dogs dream? Or are those little twitches completely
A friend of mine was recently sitting at the bedside of her elderly father who was dying. Thankfully, he died of natural causes. However, I still wanted to be there for her during this difficult time. (Photo Credit: Meleva Stiert) When I went to visit her after her father passed, I noticed a Beagle, whom
(Image Credit: Getty Images) If you’re a nerd like me you’ve played a lot of Dungeons & Dragons. Or maybe you’ve only played a little bit. For those that don’t know, Dungeons & Dragons is an old-school tabletop RPG that includes character sheets, die rolling, role-playing, and sometimes math. You create a character and determine their gender,
I’m not a doctor, I’m just a lady who loves dogs and has had dogs her whole life. I’ve adopted all my dogs from shelters and rescues and I’ve never come across issues like I have with my dog Betsy. She’s a Chihuahua mix. I saw her on social media. She had come into a
(Photo Credit: World Rabies Day) Rabies is likely the most widely-known animal disease in the world. But thankfully, on World Rabies Day each year, we are reminded that it is also one of the most preventable. This annual day of awareness was launched in 2007 to help educate people about the dangers of rabies in
(Picture Credit: Shutterstock) Some dogs will let you know when they’re in pain, but others act more stoic. Dogs are generally thought to have a higher tolerance for pain than humans, and some dogs will try to hide their pain as a natural survival instinct. Many of the signs that a dog is in pain
This month marks the 46th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first small step on the surface of the moon, leaving the first human footprints on some place other than our home planet. But that big glowing rock in the sky is just as perplexing as ever for our canine friends. Do dogs really howl more at
(Image Credit: Getty Images) Believe it or not, our canine companions get stressed. The circumstances and degrees of this can vary from dog to dog since no two are alike, but it’s nevertheless it’s something important of which all dog owners must be wary. Also, like humans, dogs can show their stress in different ways.
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) If your lawn or yard looks like a buried treasure hunt, your dog’s digging problem is probably out of control. Cementing in the entire yard is one solution, but there are other options. The dirt on digging Different breeds dig for different reasons, so before looking for solutions, it’s important to
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Would you break up with someone you were dating if your dog didn’t like them? New survey shows that pet owners take their dog’s opinion very seriously in matters of the heart. How can our dogs help our relationships? It probably comes as no surprise to most dog lovers, but this
While it’s always a wonderful treat to have fresh fruits and veggies available, it’s important to note that gardens and gardening can be a veritable hazard for those who own dogs. Be sure to take precautions when your four-legged friend is out in the garden with you so that they don’t end up eating something
You’re absolutely crazy about your dog, and you’re not afraid to show it. But all the treats, toys, fancy collars, and comfy beds can’t let your dog know just how special he is to you. Sure he appreciates all that stuff, but in order to convey love for your pup, you have to speak his language.
(Picture Credit: Getty) There’s a short developmental window in every dog’s life when he’s extremely sensitive to his environment. The number of positive encounters he has with other people and dogs during this period, which ranges from just a few weeks old to three or four months of age, can dramatically influence how friendly he
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) For humans, The 4th of July generally means celebrating our independence and having fun…or at least a barbeque and time off from work. However fireworks and make the Fourth of July the scariest night of the year for dogs. The sudden, deafening sounds (what’s loud to us is ear-piercing to them)
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Bringing a new dog home can be challenging, especially for first time dog owners. Whatever challenges you are facing be sure to know you are not alone. If you hop onto our DogTime Facebook page you’ll meet lots of other dog owners with tons of advice and support for you. If
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Cars, squirrels, cyclists, skateboarders, cats, and joggers — they’re all would-be targets, any one of whom could lure a chase-obsessive dog into a potentially dangerous situation. The behavior can also trigger understandably hostile reactions from people who see it as aggression when a strange dog comes bounding after them. Until you
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) When young children hear a scary noise at night, they often run to their parents. The response is usually something like, “Don’t worry, it was just thunder.” Or, “It was just a noise, nothing to be frightened of.” Unfortunately for a dog that is afraid of noise, no amount of explaining
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Question: My puppy is constantly biting my pant legs. What can I do? Answer: Biting everything that moves is normal puppy behavior but that does not mean it is fun to live with. Puppies explore their world with their mouths, just as toddlers touch everything they can reach with their hands.
This is hilarious. Professional protection dog trainer Omri Geva suited up to “break in” to people’s homes and test their dogs to see if they’d protect their home in the event of a break in. The results, which you can see by watching this video, range from hilarious to impressive! What would your dogs do?
(Photo Credit: Shutterstock) Dogs do plenty of cute things, but there are few behaviors more adorable than the head tilt. I make plenty of strange noises around my pups just to see if they’ll tilt their heads to the side in a quizzical look of confusion. Most dog owners can tell you that the head
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Business goes to the dogs on Friday June 22nd as workplaces across the country celebrate the annual Take Your Dog to Work Day. The temporary office canines won’t be barking out orders to employees or wagging approval after a presentation, although some might be helping the receptionist greet visitors. The day
Are you looking for an addition to your family? Pups are a great way for kids to learn about love and compassion toward other living beings. If you are searching a for a dog that is kid friendly you came to the right place! Here are some great choices. Please keep in mind that many
To smooch, or not to smooch? (Photo Credit: Meleva Steiert) I asked a friend recently if she kisses her dogs. She’s a big-hearted dog lover and regularly rescues and fosters animals in her suburban, Los Angeles home. She told me that she does kiss some of them, but others were not receptive and one in