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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Dog Exercise Needs by Breed

Exercise recommendations for dogs range between 30 minutes and two hours of moderate to high-intensity exercise daily. The time and intensity vary so widely because different dog breeds have distinct exercise needs. Some breeds are natural athletes with an abundance of energy to burn throughout the day. Other breeds take life at a slower pace and don’t require the dog equivalent of CrossFit—a few daily walks do the trick.

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Should You Cover Your Dog’s Crate?

By: Orvis Staff

Crate training is an important step in pet ownership, but should your dog’s crate be draped with a blanket, sheet, or crate cover? Whether you cover the crate depends on your dog. Some dogs love the security provided by a darkened, enclosed space, while others can feel anxious in a confined area. How should you introduce a crate cover to your puppy or adult dog, and what options are the safest? We explore the advantages and drawbacks so you can decide what works for your furry best friend.

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Senior Dog Behavior Changes: What to Expect

By: Orvis Staff


Photo by Stacy

In addition to their grey whiskers and slower pace, the behavior of senior dogs changes as they age. These behavior changes in your BFF can range from minor, such as slight shifts in sleep habits, to severe issues that require medical care. Often they are related to the cognitive decline, pain, and other ailments common in older dogs.

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How to Tell If Your Dog Is Too Cold

By: Orvis Staff

Photo by Erin, Forked River

Clear signs your dog is too cold include shivering, whimpering, curling in a ball, and balking at walks outside on a frosty day. But there are other signs your dog needs protection from the cold, and may require immediate warming up or even emergency medical attention. We have the answers to questions you may have about your chilly dog so you can take steps to keep him toasty warm and comfortable throughout the winter, and all year long.

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The Best Exercises for Dogs at Every Age

By: Orvis Staff

Regular activity keeps the spring in your dog’s step throughout his life. But the best exercises for your dog change depending upon his age. Puppies, adult dogs, and older dogs have unique and distinct exercise needs.

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What Can Puppies Eat?

By: Orvis Staff


Puppies look cute when they behave, but always be on alert.
Photo by Debbie, Beaumont

After weaning, puppies can eat high-quality puppy food with the nutrition their young bodies require. They need specialized food because they are growing so fast, and they eat more often than adult dogs and older dogs. Feeding requirements also vary between large breed puppies and small and medium breed puppies. Read on to learn how to feed the newest, furriest young addition to your family.

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The 7 Best Dog Breeds for Cold Weather

If you’re looking to add an adventurous furry companion to the household, but need a dog who can handle frigid temperatures and winter snow, consider these seven exceptional dog breeds for cold weather.

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Does Weather Affect Dog Behavior?

By: Orvis Staff

Yes. Weather, including rain and snow, temperature fluctuations, and changes in barometric pressure, can affect dog behavior. It’s similar to the effect weather can have on your mood and energy. You’re likely peppier on sunny spring days, while a movie . . .

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When Will My Dog Stop Growing?

Your puppy’s full size—and when he reaches it—can depend on genetics. And though heredity can offer a peek into a dog’s eventual size, even littermates can be considerably different—so don’t base your puppy’s growth on his siblings’. Instead, ensure your puppy is getting the nutrition and care he needs and consider these facts about growing dogs.

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