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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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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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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Which Large Dog Breeds Are Most Sensitive to the Cold?

Large dog breeds who are most sensitive to the cold include Great Danes, Mastiffs, Dobermans, German Shorthaired Pointers, and Boxers—despite their imposing size, some large and giant dog breeds simply can’t fend off the frost effectively. Read . . .

Large dog breeds who are most sensitive to the cold include Great Danes, Mastiffs, Dobermans, German Shorthaired Pointers, and Boxers—despite their imposing size, some large and giant dog breeds simply can’t fend off the frost effectively. Read on to learn why some powerful dogs balk at cold-weather walks, and which dog breeds need winter coats.

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Which Dog Breeds Can Be Left Alone?


If you’re going to be out of the house a lot, make sure you choose a breed that’s comfortable alone.
Photo by Julie, Waupun

Dog breeds that can be left alone include Labrador Retrievers, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, and Corgis (Welsh and Pembroke varieties). These breeds tolerate being alone because their temperaments lean towards the laid-back side, provided they . . .

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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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How Far Can My Dog Hike?


Hiking with your dog can be incredibly rewarding, creating a deeper bond between you.
Photo by: Cindy Dunican

How far your dog can hike will vary significantly based on multiple factors, including her age, breed, and fitness level, as well as the length and difficulty of the hike. The easy trail at your local nature center is a far cry from hiking a 14er—a mountain . . .

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Dog Days of Winter: Five Safety Tips for Walking Your Dog in the Dark

Winter’s early sunsets mean more dog walks at dusk and after dark—along with additional dog walking safety concerns. In low light or dark conditions, visibility reduces significantly: car and truck drivers don’t see you or your dog as readily as they do in daylight, and you see less of the path before you. It’s important to take extra precautions to keep you and your dog safe when walking at night.

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