The Best Dog Breeds for Swimming

Portuguese Water Dogs. Irish Water Spaniels. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. These dog breeds are all excellent swimmers, but having ‘water’ or a body of water referenced in your dog’s name isn’t a prerequisite for water-loving dogs. Many dog breeds and rescue dogs enjoy splashing around and swimming. And some adore the water so much they seem part amphibian.

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The Six Best Dog Breeds for First-Time Owners


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The best dog breed for first-time dog owners is the Labrador Retriever. Labs are laid-back, joyful companions, and relatively easy to train, making them an ideal breed for beginners. Rounding out the best six breeds for first-timers are Golden Retrievers, Redbone Coonhounds, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Collies, and Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers.

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Should My Dog Have Water in Her Crate?

Ready access to water is as essential for keeping dogs hydrated as it is for people. But crating your dog complicates things. A water bowl inside a crate can spill and leave your dog uncomfortable—in what should be her cozy, inviting den. During housetraining, the ramifications are even worse.

So, how can you crate your dog and keep her hydrated?

Your priority is always giving your dog easy access to fresh water. Keeping that goal top of mind, you can wisely determine whether to crate her without water, how long you can leave her crated without water, and the instances where water in the dog crate is a good idea.

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Common Hazards for Dogs Around the House

What do dish detergent, raisins, chocolate, and mothballs have in common? They’re all hazardous for dogs—and they exist in many households. Of the many responsibilities that come with owning a dog, protecting him from dangerous foods, cleaning supplies, and other toxins should be a priority. To keep your dog safe, know where the household toxins are stored, and take steps to keep these hazards out of your dog’s paw and jaw reach.

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How to Stop Your Dog From Barking

To reduce your dog’s barking, you must first pinpoint what sets him off and tailor your behavior training to his triggers. His barking is instinctual. But constant barking is intolerable for you and the rest of his human family. Let the barking continue for too long unabated, and you may face discontented neighbors who are suffering along with you. Read on to learn the common causes of excessive barking, which dog breeds bark the most, which bark the least, and most importantly, how to curtail incessant barking.

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We Love Dogs: Karla & Hugo

We Love Dogs: Karla & Hugo
Author Phil MonahanPosted on March 21, 2019Categories Dogs
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It’s “We Love Dogs” season at Orvis, so we’re highlighting some of our wonderful “working dogs”—those pups who come to the home office in Vermont every day. In this episode, we meet Hugo, a beautiful German shorthaired pointer whose . . .

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We Love Dogs: Meet Ben & Bear

It’s “We Love Dogs” season at Orvis, so we’re highlighting some of our wonderful “working dogs”—those pups who come to the home office in Vermont every day. In this episode, we meet Bear, the gorgeous golden-doodle who accompanies Ben . . .

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We Love Dogs: Meet Greg & Fenway

It’s “We Love Dogs” season at Orvis, so we’re highlighting some of our wonderful “working dogs”—those pups who come to the home office in Vermont every day. In this episode, we meet Fenway, a hilarious Lab who spends his days with Greg O’Brien, . . .

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We Love Dogs: Julia & Greta

It’s “We Love Dogs” season at Orvis, so we’re highlighting some of our wonderful “working dogs”—those pups who come to the home office in Vermont every day. Today, meet Greta, recently adopted by Campaign Manager Julia

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When Should Your Dog Exercise?

By: Orvis Staff

Your dog should exercise every day—whenever it fits best in your daily schedule and your dog is able. That’s because the most effective exercise routine for dogs (and people, for that matter) is the one that happens day after day. Morning, noon, or night. Rain or shine. If it’s time for your dog’s workout, you put on his collar and leash and get moving.

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