Why Do Dogs Tilt Their Heads?

Murph's quizzical look could have one of several meanings.

Photo by: Paul Fersen

There’s something irresistible about that quizzical head cock in a dog—the tilted noggin, with her eyes and ears akimbo: she looks as though she’s listening with a mixture of attention, excitement, and curiosity, and it’s beyond adorable. While there’s no research to back this up, it’s a safe bet that some people choose to get a dog because of it—they observe a puppy tilting her head to one side and can’t wait to bring home their new best friend with this endearing habit. So why do dogs tilt their heads? There’s a scarcity of research on the subject, but let’s explore some of the top scientific theories.


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Win a Restored Land Rover Defender!

The Land Rover Defender is an icon of off-road dependability, a remarkable 4WD vehicle famous from the savannah of Kenya to the wet fells of the Lake District. Launched in June of 1948, the first Land Rover® brought unprecedented versatility and . . .
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A Personalized Dog Collar: The Best Way to Find a Lost Dog

Written by: Deb German
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Teddy Blue and Maggie Photo courtesy of Deb German

The single best way to find your lost dog is to outfit her in a personalized dog collar, embroidered or engraved with your phone number, before she goes missing. The reason is simple: the person who finds her is most likely to check her collar or tags first, and call the number on them before making ‘found dog’ posters or fliers, or dropping her at the local animal shelter. That one phone call will lead a good Samaritan instead directly to you, and hopefully your pal will be back in your arms again in short order. A redundant system is better still—adding ID hang tags to your dog’s collar and having her microchipped are smart backups.


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Five Tips and Five FAQs for the New Puppy Owner

By: Deb German
A puppy is a big responsibility, and mistakes you make early can have long-lasting consequences. Photo by Staci, Northglenn

It is so exciting to bring a new puppy home. What’s not to love about a warm, fluffy, wriggling mass of energy who delights in playing with her humans and exploring her new surroundings in search of trouble? A puppy brings so much life and energy to a household, it’s easy to get carried away, overindulging her exuberant behavior and insatiable desire for attention. While that behavior might be novel and charming now, it’s not going to be so cute when your dog becomes an out-of-control, full-grown dog.

You should certainly enjoy your new puppy and her hilarious antics, but need to set the groundwork to help her develop into a well-adjusted, obedient adult dog. Hopefully by now you will have read a book or two about raising and training a dog and have some idea about needed structure and discipline. But if you’re like most new puppy owners, you may have lapses where you don’t follow the advice of experts. Here are some guidelines you should never ignore:


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Five Common Questions About Labrador Retrievers

By: Orvis Staff
Photo by Tim Bronson

Among the most beloved, ubiquitous, and recognizable dog breeds, the enthusiastic and sociable Labrador Retriever not only makes an excellent pet, but is also an outstanding working dog. Originally bred as a water-retrieving hunting dog, the Lab possesses a combination of intelligence and eagerness to please his humans, making him highly trainable for a wide variety of work. Long pressed into service aiding those with disabilities, the Lab also has an excellent sense of smell, making him invaluable for police and military work.


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This Dog Crossbreed Generator Is Kind of Fun


Pekingese + Chihuahua = CHEEKS, according to the Crossbreed Generator.
A UK-based company called The Co-operative Insurance has a quirky website that often offers blog-post-like articles. Recently, they posted a tool that allows you to see what many. . .
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Five Questions About German Shepherds, Answered

By: Orvis Staff

By: Orvis Staff
Photo by: Flaurentine, used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

The German Shepherd Dog (GSD)—or simply ‘Shepherd’—consistently ranks among the top ten most popular breeds in America, second only to the number one Labrador Retriever for the last six years. His unfailing loyalty and intelligence earn him this distinction, together with his majestic and imposing canine presence. Like all dogs, he comes with challenges, and as such may not make the best first dog for a novice. Are you ready for a German Shepherd? Here are answers to five oft-asked questions about this rewarding, but occasionally difficult dog.


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What Is Pododermatitis in Dogs?

By: Orvis Staff
Pododermatitis is an inflammation that can be caused by many disorders including infections, allergies, hormonal disorders, immune-mediated diseases, tumors or cancers and environmental contaminants. Photo by Caroldermoid, used via  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license  
As awful as it sounds, canine pododermatitis is not a disease, but a condition caused by any one or more of a multitude of underlying problems—think of it as a catch-all term to describe an . . .
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