Congrats to Our Recent Orvis Cover Dog Winners!

It’s that time again to announce our Orvis Cover Dog Contest winners who will appear on our 2019 Spring and Summer Dog Books.

As always your photos and participation did not disappoint. From April through September we received just shy of . . .

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Is That a Real Service Dog? (Or Is it Just Someone’s Pet?)

Looks can be deceiving—do you know how to spot a fake service dog? In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of “Assistance Animals” turning up in public places, helping their handlers who suffer from a wide variety of disabilities and afflictions. At the same time, unfortunately, there has also been an increase in confusion about these animals, which has sparked some controversy. This can be distressing to those who legitimately depend on a service dog to help cope with everyday life.

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How Much Exercise Do Dogs Need Every Day?

Dogs need between 30 minutes and two hours of exercise every day. The exact amount of exercise your dog requires will vary significantly, however, based upon her breed (or mix of breeds, if she’s a rescue), age, and health. Read on to learn how to keep your dog in tip-top shape, and how her exercise needs change over time.

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Do Dogs Dream?

Adult dogs spend 12 to 14 hours asleep each day. Parts of the canine sleep pattern resemble our own sleep cycle—including REM sleep. When your dog’s eyelids begin to twitch and her paws start to move, you may be wondering what’s going on during her slumber. Do dogs dream? The answer is: most likely.

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How to Prepare for a Disaster With Pets

Floods, wildfires, earthquakes, and severe weather—ensuring safety for your family and pets in case of emergency or evacuation is easier if you’re prepared. Discuss emergency planning with the family so everyone knows how to stay safe, and follow these guidelines for including your dogs in your contingency plan.

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What If You’re Allergic to Your Dog?


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Discovering you’re allergic to your dog is upsetting, but there’s no need to fret—dog allergies don’t have to undermine good times with your best friend. Unless the reaction is severe, you can take steps to make living with your beloved canine more comfortable. Here’s how to manage allergic reactions to your dog.

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Can Dogs Eat Holiday Foods?


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Yes, there are some holiday foods dogs can eat. But it’s important to know many holiday staples can make your dog sick, and others are downright dangerous for dogs to ingest. Below we cover the safety of common holiday foods, and offer tips to keep your dog safe from risky seasonal fair. Let’s start with the main course:

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Is Your Dog a Senior?


Older dogs have a lot to offer.
Photos by Jane Sobel Klonsky, Project Unconditional

Just like people, dogs slow down with age. But how do you know if your dog is a senior? And what can you expect as he gets older? Similar to people, aging in dogs is highly variable based on dog breed, size, health, and environment. But there are some . . .

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Best Dog Gifts for Christmas [2018]


Your best friend hopes to find something exciting under the tree on Christmas morning.

The very best dog gifts are a mix of functional, durable, and fun. Sturdy dog beds that hold up to constant chewing. Dog crates that are rugged, comfy, and portable. Dog toys your best friend can enjoy well beyond Christmas morning.

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Can You Train Old Dogs?


Make sure you give your older dog time to rest and recoup.
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You can indeed train old dogs, and there are good reasons to make obedience training a lifelong endeavor. After adopting a senior dog, for example, you may discover her previous owners weren’t particular about leash training only after she drags you around the neighborhood on walks. Or, your older dog simply needs a refresher course in Obedience 101. Plus, training old dogs is good for them. It offers critical mental stimulation that can delay cognitive decline in senior dogs, and helps prevent obesity by keeping them physically active.

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