The best way to leash train a dog is to get them comfortable wearing their collar and attached leash around the house, then slowly introduce them to walking inside while you’re holding the leash. Then, add commands like “come” and “wait” while they’re wearing the leash. Finally, teach them to “heel” by offering treats immediately at your side while they walk beside you. Once they are comfortable with basic commands on leash and can “heel” without pulling on the leash, try taking them outside for real-world practice.Read More
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Check Out the Latest Batch of Orvis Cover Dog Winners!
It’s that time again to announce our Orvis Cover Dog Contest winners who will appear on our 2023 Spring and Summer Dog Books. As always your photos and participation did not disappoint. These winner were chosen from among more than . . .Read More
What Size Crate Should I Get for My Dog?
Your dog’s crate should allow for 4 inches of space between your dog and the sides, back, and top of the crate. This ensures the crate is big enough for your dog to comfortably rest and turn around in, but not too big, as a crate that’s too large can interfere with housebreaking training. Most dog crates are sized by the dog’s weight, so you’ll need to know your own dog’s weight before deciding on a crate size. In general, small or toy dogs should use a small crate, while the largest dogs like Newfoundlands should use an extra-large crate. However, most dogs will fall in between these extreme sizes…Read More
Story and Photos: Rocky Mountain Retreat
Shed antlers, thawing streams, and snow-specked hikes: for Doug and Corrine Garvey and their rescue dogs—nine-year-old Brittany spaniel Maple and eight-year-old Lab mix Jett—spring in Colorado is an invitation to adventure. . . .Read More
Creating a Dog Drool-Protected Home
To protect your home from dog drool, you need to:
- Understand what causes excessive drooling
- Cover high-use areas, like where your dog sits on the sofa or bed, with a dog-proof throw or furniture protector
- Be ready to clean fabrics and other susceptible surfaces to reduce the impacts of drool
But that’s not the whole story. Owning a dog makes life a good measure happier—and messier. Constant fur to vacuum, muddy paws to manage, and full-body fur shakes after rainy walks. But the slimiest canine mess is the dreaded dog drool puddle. Your dog puts your devotion to the test when you sit on a drool-soaked couch cushion or slide across the hardwood floor on a patch of…Read More
Meet the Winners of Our 2022 “I Love My Dog Bed” Photo Contest
Our inaugural “I Love My Dog Bed” Photo Contest was a rousing success, featuring hundreds of great photos on Instagram and Facebook from dog lovers around the U.S. There were big dogs, little dogs; active dogs and sleeping dogs; outdoor dogs and . . .Read More
Vote for the Winners in Our 2022 “I Love My Dog Bed” Contest—and Maybe Win Something for Yourself!
On November 1, we launched our our “I Love My Dog Bed” Photo Contest, which required entrants to take photos of their dogs in bed and post them to the Orvis Facebook or Instagram page, along with the hashtags #OrvisDogs and #WhyADogBed. After . . .Read More
Orvis and Petfinder Foundation Partnership Raises $1M to Ensure That Every Dog Has a Home
At Orvis, we believe that dogs are a part of the family. They make our lives better, they provide us with companionship and joy, and we want them to live their best lives outdoors with us. That’s why, in 2012, we began our partnership with the Petfinder Foundation to . . .Read More
Photos: Entries from Week THREE of Our “I Love My Dog Bed” Photo Contest
It’s Day 22 of our “I Love My Dog Bed” Photo Contest, and so far we’ve received more than 200 entries. Ten of the best from the last week are included here. (See below.) The contest lasts all month, so there’s plenty of time for you to get in on the action, and . . .Read More
Where Should Your Dog Sleep?
Dogs should sleep in a place that’s comfortable for them, like in a crate or on a dog bed, but where your dog sleeps will always be a compromise between you and your dog. At the very least, you should create some sort of sleep routine for your dog, so he knows where to go when he gets tired and can sleep with minimal disruptions. Whether he sleeps in your bed, his own dog bed in one of his many strange sleeping positions, on the couch, or in his dog crate will vary depending…Read More