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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Why Does a Wet Dog Smell Bad—And What Can I Do About It?

Photo by Roberto Nickson from Pexels

The secret to the wet-dog smell is the microorganisms (little yeast and bacteria) that live on your dog’s skin.

On a healthy dog, the microorganisms are nothing to worry about. All dogs have ’em. But as they go about their normal lives, these micro-critters produce, ahem, micro-excreta. Yep: teensy little yeast poops—molecules that scientists call volatile organic compounds.

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21 Rare Dog Breeds You’ve Never Heard Of


The Wirehaired Vizsla is a versatile hunting dog.
Photo via Wikipedia. Noveczki Katalin.

Where most dogs elicit smiles from passersby, rare dog breeds evoke wonder, curiosity, and many a “what kind of dog is that?” If you get one of these 21 awesome and unusual dog breeds, be forewarned—the questions and comments won’t end.

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When Is It Time to Surrender Your Dog?

Samson, the giant Great Dane-Newfoundland crossbreed said to be Britain’s
biggest dog, needs surgery on his injured foot, but his owners are on fixed
incomes. Does this make them unfit to keep Samson?
photo via the Daily mail

You want only the best for your best friend—always. But what happens when the best thing for your dog is parting ways with you? The choice to surrender a dog isn’t an easy one and should never be taken lightly. Often it’s heart-wrenching. But in certain circumstances, it’s the right call.

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Explained: 10 Weird Things Dogs Do


Do you know why your dog eats grass/
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Admit it. Sometimes your dog behaves a little weird.

Of all the spots in the house to take a seat, your furry best friend chooses your foot. She raids your dirty laundry and deposits her treasure around the house. She drinks water from the toilet rather than her water bowl.

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