Why Do Dogs Sleep So Much?


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Your dog loves hiking, playing fetch, and sniffing out the newest scents around the neighborhood, but there is one activity he spends more time doing than any other: sleeping. An adult dog sleeps an average of 12 to 14 hours per day.

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The Top 6 Calm Dog Breeds

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If you’re daydreaming about getting a dog, what do you envision? A bouncy best pal brimming with excitement and energy? Or do you imagine an unflappable, four-legged throw pillow who keeps you good company on the couch as you catch up on your binge watching? If you fall in the latter camp, opting for a calm dog breed is the way to go.

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Which human foods can dogs eat?

Offering a bit of a burger at a summer cookout or a nibble of a holiday cookie may seem harmless, but are these ‘people’ foods dangerous for dogs? We’ve explored 100 foods to discover which are good, bad, or even toxic for dogs. A properly balanced . . .

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How to Check Your Dog for Dehydration and Other Canine Water Tips


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Summer brings with it opportunities for joyous time outdoors with your beloved family members, including your dog. Hopefully, during these lively adventures, your furry, four-legged friend makes frequent pit stops at her water bowl, because without enough water, she’s at risk of dehydration. The condition can vary from mild to severe, at which point it’s a medical emergency—her organs can shut down without immediate treatment.

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Dog Days of Summer and Other Dog Idioms

From the hottest dog days of summer to the chilliest three-dog nights, our best friends accompany us through the years. But what do those doggy figures of speech actually mean? Here’s the lowdown on dog days, three-dog nights, hunting dog idioms, and a fine litter of other dog phrases.

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How to Exercise Your Dog Inside

It’s possible to exercise your dog inside—even in an apartment—if you remember you can work his body, brain, and nose.

All three types of exercise are useful: A good bout of physical exercise tires muscles and fires endorphins. Exercise the body whenever possible, and your dog will thank you. But if your dog is recovering from surgery, suffering from arthritis, or otherwise can’t get in his workout, don’t despair. Working his brain will also wear him out, and you can have plenty of fun doing it. Finally, nose work is often right in a dog’s area of expertise. If your dog’s hobbies include sniffing, let him stay busy doing what he loves.

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How to Care for Your Dog’s Paws

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Admittedly, wild crabs are not your average paw hazard, but you should pay attention to the special places where the proverbial rubber meets the road.

photo courtesy Joe, Collegeville

Unlike human feet, dog paws are often exposed outdoors—they walk and run over rough concrete, cavort in the rain, and trot over snow and ice. Even though dog paws are tough, they require regular care and attention. Unfortunately, the task of protecting and caring for dog paws is often pushed down the canine to-do list along with dog dental care—another essential owner responsibility that frequently gets short shrift.

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How to Keep Your Dog Safe Around Water


There are ways you can help your pup enjoy playing in the water without worry.
Photo by David, New York

On the river, by the ocean, at the lakehouse, or on the boat: Dogs love to join us everywhere we go. How can you ensure your dog’s safety while swimming or boating? Not every dog is a natural swimmer. And there are hazards for dogs who swim or spend time near the water. Protect your dog with these water safety tips.

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Video Tips: How to Hike with Your Dog

If you have a dog who needs regular exercise, hiking is a great way to both experience the wonders of nature and let your pooch stretch his or her legs. Orvis’s Kyle Metarko and his German Shorthaired Pointer, Cooper, love to trek through the woods of . . .

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