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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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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We Love Dogs: Karla & Hugo

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?

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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Fake Service Dog Laws: Protecting working service dogs

A canine wearing a vest with “Service Dog” patches means that animal is working, assisting their handler who has a disability—or does it? An increase in animal-related incidents and fake service dogs has created suspicion among the public in response to dogs labeled as service animals—which in turn causes distress for people who need a service dog to assist with legitimate disabilities. Is it illegal to fake a service dog? The majority of states have passed laws regarding fraudulent service dogs and emotional support animals—and many new bills were introduced during the 2018 legislative session in states without current laws.

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