The Wanderer

DIY Dog Halloween Costumes

Posted by Link My Pet on October 21, 2021

Bring your favorite four-legged family member into the Howl-o-ween fun by dressing them up and letting them strut their stuff around the neighborhood! 

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Topics: On the Go, Dog Fun

Link Story: Mark & Bowen

Posted by Link My Pet on October 21, 2021

Star of the Story: Bowen
Pet Parent: Mark
Home State: Washington

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Topics: Link Story

How Dogs Contribute to Our Health and Happiness

Posted by Link My Pet on September 23, 2021

There’s a science behind why being with your dog brings so much joy. Here’s how and why your pup makes life so much better.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Link Story: Jennifer & Brutus

Posted by Link My Pet on September 23, 2021

Star of the Story: Brutus
Pet Parent: Jennifer
Home State: Illinois 

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Topics: Link Story

Why Does My Dog Sigh So Much?

Posted by Link My Pet on August 12, 2021

Dogs communicate pleasure, happiness, excitement, and connection through different vocalizations, including sighs. Here’s why your dog is likely sighing.  

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Link Story: Christopher & Gracie

Posted by Link My Pet on August 12, 2021

Star of the Story: Gracie
Pet Parent: Christopher
Home State: Rhode Island 

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Topics: Link Story

GoPetFriendly Blogs

Posted by Link My Pet on August 12, 2021

We're excited to share blog selections from our friends at GoPetFriendly with our Wanderer subscribers each month. 

Check out the articles hand-picked for our Link family below! 

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Topics: Health and Wellness, Training, On the Go, Dog Fun, Technology

5 Summer Treats for Your Pup

Posted by Link My Pet on July 14, 2021

Pet parents want to share all the good times with their pooch. That includes summer treats that make him comfortable on hot days and help prevent heatstroke, which can cause damage to his internal organs. Most vets agree, though, that you should avoid giving goodies like ice cream, frozen yogurt, and popsicles to your dog. The good news is, there’s an abundance of DIY treats you can prepare for your pet to help him manage the summer heat.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Link Story: Mimi + Easton and Bauer

Posted by Link My Pet on July 14, 2021

Star of the Story: Easton and Bauer
Pet Parent: Mimi 
Home State: Florida

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Topics: Link Story

Why Is My Dog Barking at Nothing?

Posted by Link My Pet on June 15, 2021

You're in the other room, trying to watch TV when suddenly, your dog starts going crazy. He's barking so loudly, there must be something wrong. But when you rush to his side, you find... nothing. There's nothing in the room, nothing outside... Not a single thing out of the ordinary.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Link Story: Sarah & Albus

Posted by Link My Pet on June 15, 2021

Star of the Story: Albus 
Pet Parent: Sarah
Home State: Connecticut 

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Topics: Link Story

Link Story: Jill & Jerry Springer

Posted by Link My Pet on May 19, 2021

Star of the Story: Jerry Springer
Pet Parent: Jill 
Home State: Georgia

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Topics: Link Story

Why Is My Dog So Attached to Me?

Posted by Link My Pet on May 19, 2021

Ask three friends, “Why is my dog so attached to me?” and you’ll likely get three different answers. Some people swear the pup is angling for treats. Others say it’s anxiety or behavior you encourage. Who’s right? Depending on your dog, it could be one or a combination of these reasons.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Link Story: Guinness & Foster

Posted by Link My Pet on April 8, 2021

Star of the Story: Guinness
Pet Parent: Foster
Home State: Tennessee 

Hi, I’m Guinness! And yep, that’s me! Nothing makes me happier than meeting new friends and making people smile. But you might be wondering how I got this cool job...

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Topics: Link Story

Why Does My Dog Lick Me?

Posted by Link My Pet on March 3, 2021

You've just come home after a long day. Your furry friend is there waiting for you. So what does he do to greet you? He licks you! You love getting kisses from your dog, but have you ever wondered why he does it? Here are some of the reasons why your dog might lick you.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Link Story: Bones & Michelle

Posted by Link My Pet on March 3, 2021

Star of the Story: Indiana Bones
Pet Parent: Michelle
Home State: Indiana

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Topics: Link Story

7 Things We Are Into Right Now at Link

Posted by Link My Pet on July 23, 2020

While we feel like the world is somehow on pause, it hasn't stopped us from shopping online. So we thought we would share some things we are into right now. Dog related and dog unrelated. For the coffee drinking people or the plant lady in your life. For the game enthusiast to your virtual workout buddy. We enjoy all of these things very much and hope you do, too!

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Topics: Dog Fun

Stimulate Your Dog’s Mind With These Challenging Puzzle Games

Posted by Link My Pet on May 28, 2020

When Stay at Home orders were first issued, it was like your dog's dream come true. You and him were home together, all day, every day, to play, cuddle, and spend quality time with each other. Unfortunately, as the weeks drag on, you're both finding it's not as great as advertised.

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Topics: Health and Wellness, Dog Fun

How to Help Reduce Your Dog’s Stress

Posted by Link My Pet on May 21, 2020

Just like humans, dogs have a happier, healthier life when they reduce the amount of stress in it. Separation anxiety, a change in routine, or physical discomfort are just some of the things that can cause your dog to be stressed. And just like you, he could benefit from coping mechanisms by doing routine things, getting some exercise, or hanging out with friendly faces.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

How to Clean the Most Common Dog Messes

Posted by Link My Pet on May 21, 2020

Your pooch might be the most adorable pet on the block, but there’s nothing appealing about the potty accidents or other messes he leaves behind. Cleaning muddy paw prints, dog hair-covered furniture, slobber, and inside urine and poop stains are likely your least favorite pup-related chores.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Updated: Can Dogs Get Coronavirus?

Posted by Link My Pet on May 14, 2020

One of the things that makes COVID-19 particularly scary is that it's brand new. The coronavirus has been around for years, but this particular strain has never been seen before in the medical community. As such, there are a lot of unanswered questions, and things doctors are still learning about how it functions.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Don’t Use These Cleaning Products Around Your Dog!

Posted by Link My Pet on May 14, 2020

Accidental ingestion, inhalation, or skin exposure to common household cleaning products can occur when your pet uses his natural curiosity to explore. Symptoms of exposure to a poisonous substance range from mild vomiting to serious abdominal pain and excess salivation. Since these agents work rapidly, it’s critical to get immediate veterinary care for a positive outcome.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts for Dog Moms

Posted by Link My Pet on May 7, 2020

Of course, dog moms should be spoiled every day, but Mother’s Day is a special time to show them just how much they’re loved and appreciated. If you want to give a dog-related gift that’s perfect for her and her pup, here are 10 of our favorite suggestions.

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Topics: Dog Fun

When is it a Veterinary Emergency?

Posted by Link My Pet on May 7, 2020

It’s 10 p.m. and you notice your dog has a bad limp. Or maybe he has suddenly developed a severe rash. Are these signs of an emergency that need an immediate trip to the vet?

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Topics: Health and Wellness

How to Handle Vet Visits During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted by Link My Pet on April 30, 2020

As more people are ordered to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve embraced one bright spot in the crisis. They’re getting to spend a lot of extra quality time with their pups. But what do you do if your pet needs to go the vet during the lockdown? Here’s some good advice from experts in the field.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Dog Worms 101

Posted by Link My Pet on April 30, 2020

They might be one of the most common canine problems, but worms are still nasty little critters that can cause a lot of damage to your dog’s health.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Put Together an Emergency COVID-19 Kit for Your Dog

Posted by Link My Pet on April 23, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken most of us by surprise. It has spread much more quickly than most of us anticipated, and has completely changed our daily lives. Even when taking proper precautions, a lot of people are still at risk, and the number of cases is expected to continue rising for the foreseeable future.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Can You Take Your Dog Into the Store With You?

Posted by Link My Pet on April 23, 2020

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, going shopping has become a nightmare of stress and anxiety. The simple act of buying necessities now often involves waiting in lines for hours just to get in, then contending with nearly empty shelves, a lack of basic necessities, and crowds of people who could get you sick. It sure would be nice if you could bring your dog along to help you get through it all.

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Topics: On the Go

How Do I Know if My Dog is in Pain?

Posted by Link My Pet on April 16, 2020

From facial grimacing to whimpering and outright wailing, humans show pain in a multitude of ways. Dogs do too. And just like some people often hide their pain, dogs are hardwired to do the same.

Fortunately, humans can put into words the what and where of their pain. Dogs cannot, so it’s a pet parent’s job to watch for subtle and not so subtle signs that might indicate your dog is in pain. Especially if he is the “walk it off” type of pup.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Why More People Are Adopting Pets During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted by Link My Pet on April 16, 2020

Humane societies across the country are urging people to give pets a new home during the COVID-19 outbreak. Animal shelters everywhere are being deeply affected, cutting hours, discontinuing some services, and coping with taking in new animals while trying to adopt others out.

The good news is that for the most part, shelters are considered essential services. They intend to keep saving animals for as long as they’re able.

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Topics: Dog Fun

Working From Home With Your Dog

Posted by Link My Pet on April 9, 2020

The coronavirus currently has the whole world on high alert. Most states now have stay at home orders in place for the foreseeable future, which means there's a good chance you're now doing your job remotely. Isolation can be difficult to cope with, but there's one bright spot: you now get to spend more time with your dog!

Of course, it's not all fun and games. As much as you'd like to, you can't just sit at home and do nothing but cuddle and play with your pup all day. It's important to set boundaries, both for your wellbeing and his. Let's look at how to work at home with your dog.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

How Do I Know if My Dog is Happy?

Posted by Link My Pet on April 9, 2020

Is it in his eyes? Maybe it’s the way he wags his tail. Or how about that room zooming he does whenever you open the front door? If you’re like most pet parents, you probably know by now when your dog is happy, but how do you know?

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Topics: Health and Wellness

How to Enjoy the Extra Time With Your Dog

Posted by Link My Pet on April 2, 2020

While there might be those rare pups out there who actually enjoy alone time, most pets are thrilled to have their humans around as often as possible. At a time when many people across the country are on lockdown or self-isolating due to COVID-19, dogs everywhere are enjoying the extra hours their pet parents are spending with them.

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Topics: Dog Fun

How Many Calories Does Your Dog Need?

Posted by Link My Pet on April 2, 2020

Feeding your dog is one of the most important responsibilities of being a pet parent. But how much should you feed him? Are you giving him too much, or too little? Let's take a look at how many calories your dog should eat in an average day.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

How Often Should You Give Treats to Your Dog?

Posted by Link My Pet on March 26, 2020

What pet parent doesn’t like rewarding their pup with dog treats? The good news for pet parents and dogs alike is that most experts agree a dog can safely receive up to 10% of his daily caloric intake from treats. Dog biscuits, though, should be given sparingly—no more than one or two per day.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

What Dog Poop Has to Do With the Earth’s Magnetic Field

Posted by Link My Pet on March 26, 2020

You probably don't think much about how your dog poops, unless you're cleaning it up. But there are some fascinating things about his behavior when he does his business. For instance, did you know that, when your dog poops, he aligns himself with the Earth's magnetic field?

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Can Dogs Get Coronavirus?

Posted by Link My Pet on March 19, 2020

For the most up to date information about COVID-19 and pets, please check the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Fact Sheet.

****UPDATED 5/14: Click here to read most recent article with new information.**** 

Coronavirus has been all over the news in recent weeks. The CDC warns you to protect yourself against COVID-19. Wash your hands, don't touch your face, cough into your elbow. But recent reports have mentioned finding the disease in canines too. Do you need to protect your dog too?

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Can You Give Your Dog Benadryl?

Posted by Link My Pet on March 19, 2020

It’s tempting to reach into the medicine cabinet and use one of your own medications to treat your pet, but is it safe? Some over-the-counter medications, including Benadryl, can be given to dogs, BUT—and that’s a big but—none of these meds should be given to a dog without first consulting your vet. That’s because different breeds and sized dogs react differently and require particular doses. And if your pet is already taking other medications, he could have adverse reactions after adding Benadryl to the mix.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Do Your Dog’s Feet Smell Like Fritos?

Posted by Link My Pet on March 11, 2020

Some people insist it smells more like popcorn, but the majority argue the snack-like smell coming from their pup’s paws is distinctly Fritos-like. Long a mystery for pet parents everywhere, there’s a reason for this decidedly corny smell, and it has nothing to do with feeding your four-legged friend corn-based meals. Before you start accusing your pooch of getting into your Fritos stash, read these facts about this quite common phenomenon.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Why Does My Dog Dig in His Bed?

Posted by Link My Pet on March 11, 2020

It sometimes seems to go on forever. Your dog circles, scratches, and digs his bed before finally, finally, settling in. What’s that about? Just like humans, dogs have pre-sleep rituals. The circling, scratching, and digging behavior, sometimes called nesting or denning, are instinctive behaviors that date back to when dogs spent their time in the wild, not the comfort of human homes.

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Topics: Training

Can Dogs Get the Flu?

Posted by Link My Pet on March 5, 2020

It's cold and flu season, which means it's important to protect yourself against viruses and bacteria. But what about your furry friend? Can dogs get the flu? And what can you do to help if they do?

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Why is My Dog Sneezing?

Posted by Link My Pet on March 5, 2020

A dog’s sneeze is a pretty common occurrence, but it’s rarely a result of something like the common cold, which causes humans to sniffle and sneeze. So, what does it mean? It could be something non-serious like a reaction to dust or something more serious like a nasal infection. In most cases it’s nothing to worry about, but here’s what to look for in case a trip to the vet is needed.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Why Does My Dog Shake?

Posted by Link My Pet on February 27, 2020

Dogs have many ways to communicate to humans what they’re thinking or experiencing, but we’re not always able to interpret what they’re saying. Shaking is one of those potentially confusing behaviors all pet parents have seen their dogs do. From the joy of seeing you to a bad ingestion reaction, here’s how to decide if it’s a normal behavior or if treatment is necessary.

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Topics: Training

Decoding Dog Yawns

Posted by Link My Pet on February 27, 2020

Humans yawn somewhere between five to 15 times per day. And though we often yawn when we’re tired or see someone else do it, science still doesn’t really understand the behavior. Other animals yawn, too, including birds, cats, monkey, and yes, your four-legged member of the family. But why do dogs yawn?

A Dog’s Yawn: More Complicated Than You Think

Dogs also yawn when they’re tired, but there’s much more behind this particular form of canine communication.

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Topics: Training

Why Does My Dog Chew His Nails?

Posted by Link My Pet on February 20, 2020

Biting your nails is virtually a universal sign of nervousness. You do it when you feel stressed or anxious. But what does it mean if your dog is a chronic nail-biter? Is he anxious too, or is there another cause? What can you do to stop him?  

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Dog Nail Grinding Vs. Clipping

Posted by Link My Pet on February 20, 2020

One of a pet parent’s biggest responsibilities is making sure their dog is well-groomed. Things like keeping his coat trimmed, removing excess ear wax, and nail clipping are all important parts of maintaining his physical health and appearance.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

When Do Puppies Lose Their Baby Teeth?

Posted by Link My Pet on February 13, 2020

Puppies teethe the same way human babies do and grow new teeth just like children do during their development. Here’s a timeline to follow so you know exactly what to expect as your furry friend ages and what to do if his permanent teeth don’t appear as they should.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Wolf Puppies Play Fetch Too!

Posted by Link My Pet on February 13, 2020

One of your dog's favorite games to play is probably fetch. Whether you're throwing a ball, a stick, or a toy, he'll chase after it and drop it at your feet, again and again. It's great fun and great exercise too. If you love playing fetch with your dog, then you might be interested to know that dogs aren't the only animals that bring things back when they're thrown. It turns out, some wolf puppies love it too!

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Topics: Training

How Do Dogs Know Their Name?

Posted by Link My Pet on February 6, 2020

If you’ve ever adopted a new puppy, you quickly learn he won’t respond to his new name no matter how perfectly it fits! But as time goes on, you notice he does seem to respond to his name all the time. Has he actually learned his name or is he simply responding to the tone of your voice? 

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Topics: Training

Could Your Dog Be in the Westminster Dog Show?

Posted by Link My Pet on February 6, 2020

Every pet parent believes their dog is show-worthy, but does your beauty have what it takes to be in the Westminster Dog Show? This year’s show takes place on February 10th and 11th and only 3,200 dogs will be included. Competition is intenseand if you’ve ever dreamed of wrangling an invite for your pup or want him to compete in one of the non-invited events, here’s what you need to know.  

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Topics: Dog Fun

Can Dogs Sniff Out Cancer in Humans?

Posted by Link My Pet on January 30, 2020

Is there such a thing as cancer sniffing dogs? The medical world says yes. Along with other superior canine nose skills like guiding search-and-rescue teams or helping law enforcement track scents, dogs can now be trained to detect cancerous fumes arising from diseased cells. 

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Topics: Training

Why Does My Dog Whine in the Car?

Posted by Link My Pet on January 30, 2020

Like most natural instincts your dog exhibits, there’s a variety of reason for why he whines, including when you load him up in the car. Yep, whining in the car isn’t just for kids! It’s a natural habit for dogs, too.  

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Topics: Training

Why Does My Dog Poop So Much?

Posted by Link My Pet on January 23, 2020

 You love your dog dearly, but how does one animal produce so much poop? Maybe he’s asking to go out over and over throughout the day, or maybe he’s started simply going on the carpet. Either way, it's a pain to clean up. You're also worried about his health. Why is your dog pooping so much? How do you get their poop schedule back to normal? 

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Topics: Health and Wellness

7 Reasons Your Dog Drools Excessively

Posted by Link My Pet on January 23, 2020

All dogs slobber to some extent. It’s a normal, healthy canine trait that helps them eat and digest their food. But is too much drooling a sign of something more serious? Here’s how to tell the difference between regular and excessive drooling and when to seek help from your vet. 

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Topics: Health and Wellness, Training

Why Does My Dog Cry in His Sleep?

Posted by Link My Pet on January 16, 2020

Pet parents often admit that their furbabies act like the rest of their family. Talking while they sleep is just another trait dogs share with humans. If you hear your dog barking or whining in his sleep, he’s probably dreaming about events that occurred earlier that day, and it’s nothing to worry about. Dogs go through similar sleep cycles that we do, so if they’re in a deep sleep cycle, it’s unsafe to wake them. 

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Topics: Training

Why Dogs Shed More in Winter & What to Do About it

Posted by Link My Pet on January 16, 2020

If you’re a pet parent, hair will eventually end up on your carpet, your furniture, and much of what you own. All dogs shed. It can happen at different times, but it's particularly prevalent in winter. Why is that, and what can you do about excessive shedding? 

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Topics: Health and Wellness

How to Keep Your Dog's New Year's Resolution to Stay Fit

Posted by Link My Pet on January 14, 2020

Happy 2020! The new year is usually marked by making resolutions, and for most of us, that means getting fit. It's a positive change for us and our pets because vets estimate 50% of our four-footed friends are obese. Getting your pooch to start out strong is one thing, but how can you keep your dog's New Year's resolution to get fit? We've got five steps to success.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

4 Reasons Your Dog is Peeing in the House

Posted by Link My Pet on January 9, 2020

Most dogs avoid urinating where they sleep and eat. But what does it mean when a pet you thought was perfectly housetrained starts urinating indoors? Depending on the dog’s age, health, and other issues, it could be any number of things.  

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Topics: Training

How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth

Posted by Link My Pet on January 9, 2020

You know how important it is to take care of your dog's health. That's why you ensure he has the right food and visits the vet regularly. But how well do you take care of his dental health? Gum disease is the most frequently diagnosed ailment in canines, and many dogs will have some sort of dental issue by three years old. 

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Topics: Health and Wellness

How Do GPS Pet Trackers Work?

Posted by Link My Pet on January 2, 2020

As a pet parent, the idea of losing your pet is probably one of the worst things imaginable. If your dog is an escape artist who has gotten out of where he’s supposed to be, or you’ve had a dog find a way out of your backyard or even off his leash, then you know how terrifying it can be.  

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Topics: Dog Accessories, Technology

Why Does My Dog Follow Me Everywhere?

Posted by Link My Pet on January 2, 2020

You couldn't ask for a more loyal dog. Wherever you go, your canine companion is sure to follow close behind. It's endearing - but it can also be concerning. It might be indicative of an underlying problem, such as separation anxiety. Not to mention the fact that your pup can inadvertently get in the way if you're not careful. So why does your dog follow you everywhere? Here are some reasons, and what you can do if it gets to be too much. 

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Topics: Training

Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by Link My Pet on December 19, 2019

The holidays are here, and there are probably still a few people you need to buy gifts for. Fighting crowds in stores and figuring out what to get that person who already has everything – it can be a headache.  

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Topics: Dog Fun

What's Your Dog's Real Age?

Posted by Link My Pet on December 19, 2019

The end of a year and a decade is a great time to throw out the old and bring in the new. It’s a popular belief, but the idea that you can calculate a dog’s age in human years simply by multiplying their age by seven is a myth. Scientists have known this to be true for quite a while but now have better science to back it up.  

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Topics: Dog Fun

Why Dogs Eat Poop and What to Do About it

Posted by Link My Pet on December 5, 2019

We’ve talked here before about some pretty weird behaviors your dog might exhibit. Eating grasshitting you when you pet them, and scooting their bottom across the floor, to name a few. But is there anything weirder than a dog eating poop? And more importantly, is it unhealthy?  

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Topics: Health and Wellness

What to Do if Your Pup Rolls Around in Stinky Stuff

Posted by Link My Pet on December 5, 2019

Virtually every pet parent has watched their dog roll around in some pretty disgusting stuff. But here’s the thing - what humans think is gross, smelly, or downright nasty behavior can be a pet’s nirvana. 

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Topics: Training

Which Thanksgiving Foods are Dog Friendly?

Posted by Link My Pet on November 21, 2019

Thanksgiving is meant to be shared with the ones you love. That includes your furry friend as well. But be careful because you can't share all your leftovers with him, no matter how much he might want you to. A lot of traditional Thanksgiving fare can be harmful to dogs. Here's a rundown of what is and isn't safe for them to eat. 

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Topics: Health and Wellness

How to Help Pets and Pet Parents in the Holiday Season

Posted by Link My Pet on November 21, 2019

The holidays are here - not just for people, but for pets too. There's no reason why dogs and cats shouldn't have a happy Thanksgiving. Even the ones in shelters deserve to be happy during the holidays. Here are a few ways you can spread good cheer this holiday season by helping out some furry friends other than your own. 

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Topics: Dog Fun

Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Your Dog

Posted by Link My Pet on November 21, 2019

Thanksgiving is a time to spend with the ones you love, including your favorite pup. It's great to make your furry friend part of the festivities but be careful. There are a few safety issues you need to be aware of to keep your dog healthy and happy this Thanksgiving. Here are a few tips: 

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Topics: Training

Understanding your Dog's Senses

Posted by Link My Pet on November 21, 2019

Dogs are known for having great hearing, great senses of smell, and mediocre eyesight. Is that really true? What kinds of things can they sense that we can't? And what about their other senses? Let's break down dogs' senses and what they can do. 

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Look Who’s Talking About Link!

Posted by Link My Pet on November 14, 2019

It looks like daytime television hosts have heard the word that Link is pawesome! The three queens of talk shows have given Link their stamp of approval. If you’re looking for the perfect pet parent present this holiday, look no further than the Link Plus featured:
 

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Topics: Dog Fun

Why Does My Dog Eat Grass?

Posted by Link My Pet on November 14, 2019

It might seem strange for a happy, healthy pup to stop his playtime or pottytime outside to gnaw on some grass, but it’s extremely common. It’s so common, in fact, it’s one of the most frequently asked questions to veterinarians.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Can Being a Pet Parent Extend Your Life?

Posted by Link My Pet on November 7, 2019

In what will come as no surprise to pet parents everywhere, a recent study carried out by professors at Uppsala University found that a dog in the home can be particularly beneficial to heart and stroke survivors, especially those who live alone. The research also shows people with dogs can benefit from improved cardiovascular health in general. 

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Should You Get a Breakaway Collar?

Posted by Link My Pet on November 7, 2019

Your dog's collar is important to his safety and wellbeing. It might contain his name and contact information, in case he ever runs off or gets lost, or even a GPS tracker. But, under certain circumstances, that collar can also be detrimental to his safety. Some experts suggest a breakaway collar instead. What is a breakaway collar, and what are its advantages and disadvantages? Let's take a look: 

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Topics: Dog Accessories

Pawranormal Pup: A Dog Ghost Story

Posted by Link My Pet on October 31, 2019

Sharon’s Halloween was as perfect as a Halloween night could be.

She and her husband Tod, alongside their Husky, Luna, walked through the neighborhood dawning Toy Story costumes she worked hard to put together for months. Luna’s Buzz Lightyear costume was a hit and got so many compliments, and she felt clever as a gender-swapping Woody. Tod was a little hesitant to walk around as Little Bo-Peep, but when their neighbor, Jake, choked on a Jolly Rancher from laughing so hard, Tod gained some confidence. 

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Topics: Dog Fun

Should Your Dog Eat Pumpkin?

Posted by Link My Pet on October 31, 2019

When you think of favorite fall foods, pumpkin is probably one of the first to come to mind. If you’re like most of the population, you love pumpkin everything when the weather cools down. And, of course, you don’t want to leave your favorite pup out of the enjoyment, but you also don’t want to give him food he can’t eat. That’s where we come in! Read on to learn everything you need to know about puppies and pumpkin: 

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Topics: Health and Wellness

How to Take the Perfect Pet Photo

Posted by Link My Pet on October 24, 2019

What better time than Halloween to learn how to take frighteningly good photos of your dogWhichever side of the pet costume debate you fall on, there’s no denying that autumn lends itself to gorgeous shots filled with brilliantly-colored foliage, pumpkins, and fall flowers. 

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Topics: Dog Fun

Fun Dog Halloween Costume Ideas

Posted by Link My Pet on October 24, 2019

Halloween is almost here! There's nothing more fun than dressing up in a cool costume - except maybe dressing your dog up in one too! You can buy pet costumes ready-made, or, with a little ingenuity, you can make one yourself. Here are a few ideas for what your dog can be this Halloween.

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Topics: Dog Fun

Why Does My Dog Hit Me When I Pet Him?

Posted by Link My Pet on October 17, 2019

If your dog is hitting you with his paw or bumping you with his nose, it’s a common and natural way for him to communicate his needs and wants. These body signals can sometimes mean different things depending on your dog’s breed, but many times they’re learned behaviors from everyday interactions between you and your pooch.  

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Topics: Training

Everything You Need to Know About Heartworms

Posted by Link My Pet on October 17, 2019

Unfortunately, your dog is a natural host for the foot-long heartworms who, once inside your pet, mature into adults, mate, and produce offspring. Left untreated, the number of heartworms increase which can cause lasting damage to your dog’s heart, arteries, and lungs.  

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Topics: Health and Wellness

How to Get Free Stuff for Your Dog!

Posted by Link My Pet on October 10, 2019

Who doesn’t love free stuff? Why not take advantage of these freebies for your pup. They make great doggie stocking stuffers, birthday presents, and even gifts for your pet parent friends! 

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Topics: Dog Fun

Is a Plant-Based Diet Safe for Dogs?

Posted by Link My Pet on October 10, 2019

There are plenty of studies out there that show plant-based diets can be beneficial for humans. Reducing meat can help lower the risk for heart disease and help you maintain a healthy weight. But do dogs get the same benefits from going green or is it just another fido food fad? Let’s take a look at the risks and benefits of plant-based diet for dogs: 

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Topics: Health and Wellness

What's Up With the Reverse Sneeze?

Posted by Link My Pet on October 3, 2019

You're minding your own business, when suddenly your dog makes a disturbing snorting noise. Where did it come from? Are they ill? Are they possessed? Relax. It's probably just a reverse sneeze. Here's how to recognize them in your dog, along with some facts about what causes them, and what to do about the condition. 

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Topics: Health and Wellness

How to Store Your Dog Food

Posted by Link My Pet on October 3, 2019

Your dog depends on you to feed him healthy, fresh meals each day. This means that you must learn to store your dog food properly, because if it’s exposed to air or light, it can oxidize and degrade quickly. Meaning your dog’s food can become rancid and could cause your dog to become ill. This guide offers basic tips for storing dog food as well as ideas for storing each type of food. 

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Topics: Health and Wellness

6 Common Dog Behaviors That Seem Weird

Posted by Link My Pet on September 27, 2019

#1- Spinning Around in Circles 

Most pet parents are familiar with their dog spinning around in circles. Whether it’s during playtime when they give a little twirl, before they lie down on a soft blanket, or even when you come home from work, dogs seem to love spinning around.  

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Topics: Health and Wellness

How Long is Too Long for Your Dog to Be Left Alone?

Posted by Link My Pet on September 26, 2019

It will come as no surprise to pet lovers everywhere that, just like people, the amount of time a dog needs to spend with humans varies depending on each individual pet. Most dogs enjoy more time than not with their humans but leaving them home alone doesn’t mean you’re a bad person!  

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Topics: Health and Wellness

10 Best Dog Movies of All Time

Posted by Link My Pet on September 26, 2019

There are few things better than curling up on the couch with your dog and watching a good movie. And what better movie to watch than one about dogs? Here are 10 of our favorites: 

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Topics: Dog Fun

Why Does My Dog Scoot His Bottom Across the Floor?

Posted by Link My Pet on September 18, 2019

Most pet parents have seen it before – your dog looking all cute and sweet when suddenly he gets that look in his eye and starts scooting his bottom across the floor. It’s awkward, and also a little cute and a little gross, but is it a sign of a problem? Let’s take a look at dog scooting behavior and find out what’s really behind it (pun intended).  

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Unlikely Friendships: When Dogs Make Peculiar Friends

Posted by Link My Pet on September 11, 2019

Everyone knows a dog is human’s best friend. But who is a dog's best friend? Well, almost anyone, really. Dogs have been known to run in all sorts of different crowds, that can be both unusual and adorable. Here are a few unlikely friendships that dogs have formed with other animals:

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Topics: Dog Fun

Confidence Tricks for Your Dog

Posted by Link My Pet on September 11, 2019

Does your dog become passive-aggressive around strangers? Do they seem fearful in new environments or situations? If so, your dog might benefit from learning some confidence-building tricks. You can use game play and interactive exercises to give your dog something else to focus on and something new to learn. Here are some good confidence tricks and games to start with:

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Topics: Training

UPDATE: What You Need to Know About the Salmonella Outbreak in Dog Treats

Posted by Link My Pet on September 11, 2019

**** Update 9/11/19 ****

On September 3rd the FDA announced an expanded voluntary recall for potentially contaminated pigs ears.

The expanded recall now includes "Berkley & Jensen" brand pigs ears sold at BJ's Wholesale Club stores, the treats were sold between September 2018 through August 2019 and were distributed to stores nation wide.

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7 Things to Do With Your Dog This Labor Day

Posted by Link My Pet on August 29, 2019

Labor Day is coming up, and many people get a long weekend off to spend time with their family, including their pets. It’s summer’s last big weekend, so take the time to include your dog in your special plans. Here are 7 fun ideas of activities to do with your dog over the Labor Day weekend.

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Topics: Dog Fun

Can Dogs Have Jobs?

Posted by Link My Pet on August 29, 2019

This Labor Day, we celebrate those who work, and the jobs they do. That doesn't just include humans, either. There are all sorts of dogs who perform important jobs, either full-time or part-time. Here are a few examples of jobs that dogs can do:

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Topics: On the Go

Can Your Dog's Kisses be Dangerous?

Posted by Link My Pet on August 21, 2019

Few things in this world are as pure and satisfying as kisses from your dog. When they lick your legs, your arms, and your face, it's their way of telling you they love you. However, you might have heard reports of people contracting terrible illnesses from dog kisses as well. Some have even needed their limbs amputated. So, what is this disease, and what are your chances of contracting it from your dog? Here's everything you need to know.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Can Your Dog Get Sick From Swimming and Drinking Water?

Posted by Link My Pet on August 21, 2019

You might have heard a lot in the news lately about dogs getting sick and dying from what’s known as toxic blue-green algae. Many people think it’s the same as the bacteria leptospirosis but though it’s just as dangerous, the two conditions are hugely different.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Understanding Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs

Posted by Link My Pet on August 14, 2019

If you read our recent article on the potential link between certain brands of grain-free dog food and canine heart failure, it hopefully gave you a better understanding of dog nutrition and the role it plays in your pet’s overall health.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Can Your Dog Be a Blood Donor?

Posted by Link My Pet on August 7, 2019

You do your part to help others. You even donate blood regularly to help save the lives of those who might need a transfusion. But what about your dog? Can your dog be a blood donor to help other dogs in need? Yes, they can! Here's what you need to know about canine blood donors.

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The eHarmony of Dog Finding

Posted by Link My Pet on August 7, 2019

In just about 5 minutes you can find your perfect canine match. That’s the promise behind PawsLikeMe’s pet matching service that hooks up owners with rescue pups in local shelters. The online “dating experience for dog adoptions” has received plenty of positive press with people calling the quiz “bizarrely accurate” and the “eHarmony” for pets.

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Should You Give Your Dog Probiotics?

Posted by Link My Pet on July 31, 2019

You might have heard the word probiotic tossed around a yogurt or supplement commercial, but should you give your dog probiotics? In this article, we’re going to look at what probiotics are, their effect on dogs, and if you should give your dog a probiotic supplement.

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Why Do Dogs Lick Their Paws?

Posted by Link My Pet on July 24, 2019

Dogs exhibit all kinds of adorable, quirky behavior. It's one of the many reasons we love them. Some of this behavior is harmless. But sometimes, it can be damaging or a sign of a larger issue. One example is paw licking. Although it can be cute, a dog licking his paws could point to an underlying issue. So why do dogs lick their paws, and what should you be doing about it?

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Topics: Training

The Effects of Dog Obesity

Posted by Link My Pet on July 17, 2019

An extra treat here and a table scrap there won’t do much harm, right? Actually, those daily “little” rewards you give your dog can cause serious weight gain which, in turn, can cause lasting damage to her or his bones, joints, and internal organs.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

How to Choose the Right Dog Food

Posted by Link My Pet on July 17, 2019

Recently, the FDA released a report on the effects of certain brands of grain-free dog food and their potential link to a heightened risk of heart failure. This can be really scary for pet parents, so we want to do our part to help.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

All American Pet Photo Day - All American Pups

Posted by Link My Pet on July 16, 2019

Brutus and Lexi

Hailing all the way from Texas Dana More shows off her adorable her all American beauties Brutus and Lexie.

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Topics: Dog Fun

The Benefits and Effects of CBD Oil for Your Dog

Posted by Link My Pet on July 10, 2019

Cannabidiol, better known as CBD oil, is a cannabis compound used to treat a variety of medical conditions in humans. Dog owners are increasingly exploring the oil’s effectiveness for their pets. There are a lot of CBD oil products to choose from, so it’s important for you talk with your vet about any questions or concerns you have.

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Why Does My Dog Lick Himself?

Posted by Link My Pet on July 9, 2019

If your pet is showing signs of distress, it’s natural to be concerned. Licking is one of those signs, and it shouldn’t be discounted as a “dog being a dog.” Pet owners often say, “I wish he could simply tell me the problem.”

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Topics: Training

Infographic: Microchip vs. GPS Collar

Posted by Link My Pet on June 26, 2019

We get asked all the time what the differences between a microchip and a GPS collar are. Though they are both used to help pet parents reunite with a lost pup, the features and uses are vastly different, so we put together this handy (or should we say pawsy…) infographic to help you see the differences.

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Topics: Training

The Ultimate Dog Party Checklist

Posted by Link My Pet on June 19, 2019

June 22nd is Dog Party Day! What better way to show your canine companion how much you appreciate them, than with a celebration? You can throw a party for your dog's birthday, to celebrate a milestone, like their graduation from obedience school, or have one just because. But regardless of the theme, any good party takes planning. How do you throw a party that will be fun for both dogs and humans alike? Start by following this checklist:

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Topics: On the Go, Dog Fun

Deliciously Decadent & Pawsome Treats for Your Dog

Posted by Link My Pet on June 19, 2019

Summertime and we're feeling fine! Share the good vibes with your best friend with these deliciously decadent treats that are 100% safe for the dog (or dogs!) in your life.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

How to Prepare for Take Your Dog to Work Day

Posted by Link My Pet on June 18, 2019

Friends at work make for a happy day. Having your best friend at work makes for a crazy happy day! Wouldn't it be awesome to have a reason to take your pup to work?

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Topics: On the Go

Father’s Day Gift Guide For Dog Dads

Posted by Link My Pet on June 12, 2019

Father's day is almost here. If you’re having a hard time figuring out what to get for the Dog Dad in your life, we can help! We put together 13 of the best gifts for the best puppy papa you know!

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Topics: Dog Accessories

How to Celebrate Dog Father’s Day

Posted by Link My Pet on June 12, 2019

Father's Day. Depending on how much effort you put into holidays, you either have a big day ahead of you or your only plan is to pick up a card and send it to your pops. But there's one more thing. You're a pet parent, so don't forget that your dog is your baby too. You probably won't get any presents (and no, Fido, dead squirrels don't count), but you can still have fun! Here are a few ways to celebrate Father's Day with your dog.

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Topics: Dog Fun

How to Have an Awesome Road Trip With Your Dog

Posted by Link My Pet on June 12, 2019

Summer’s here and you know what that means—road trip! And no four-wheel drive would be complete without your four-legged member of the family. Before you pack up the car and head out to parts known or unknown, use these simple tips to ensure everyone has a safe and fun time.

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Topics: On the Go

Keep Your Dog Healthy at the Beach

Posted by Link My Pet on June 4, 2019

When it comes to summer fun, a day at the beach definitely tops the list. And who better to spend a fun summer day with than your pup? But when you’re gathering together your sunscreen, towels, snacks, and beachwear, what should you include for your dog? And when you’re at the beach, what measures do you need to take to make sure your dog stays safe? We’ve got you covered here in our list of the top safety tips for a day at the beach with your dog.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Celebrate National Best Friend’s Day With Your Dog

Posted by Link My Pet on June 4, 2019

June 8th is National Best Friend’s Day, and it’s the perfect day to take some time to celebrate the best friendship in the world. Who is always there for you, no matter the circumstance? Who can you rely on to always give you a smile? Who is seriously the best when it comes to hanging out at the park or just chilling at home? It’s none other than that furry little pup of yours. So, here are some ways to show your best best friend how much you care.

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Topics: Dog Fun

A Complete Guide to Preparing Your Dog for a Natural Disaster

Posted by Link My Pet on May 29, 2019

Natural disasters like hurricanes, severe thunderstorms, flash flooding, tornadoes, wildfires and earthquakes are an unfortunate reality of summer. Most of these disasters give little to no warning, and they can leave you needing to evacuate your home or without electricity and safe drinking water.

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Topics: On the Go

Water Safety Tips for Dogs

Posted by Link My Pet on May 29, 2019

There’s not much cuter than a puppy excitedly splashing around in the water, cooling off from the hot, summer heat. But before you take your dog swimming or boating, there’s a few safety tips to keep in mind:

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Understanding Dog Eye Discharge

Posted by Link My Pet on May 22, 2019

Your dog’s eyes can build up gunk and produce tears for many reasons, and though it might be unsightly, it’s usually perfectly benign. But sometimes, it calls for a quick visit to the vet. Either way, here’s what that gross stuff is all about and how you should handle it.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Top Adventure Gear for the Great Outdoors

Posted by Link My Pet on May 20, 2019

We can all agree that there’s nothing better than spending time with your pup exploring the great outdoors. Whether it’s finding new trails to hike, staying on a campsite looking up at the stars or just enjoying regular romps around your neighborhood, those memories are priceless.

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Topics: On the Go

Are You Stressing Your Dog Out?

Posted by Link My Pet on May 18, 2019

As pet parents, we will do almost anything to make sure our dogs are relaxed, comfortable and have no anxiety. We go out of our way to make sure they have a cozy bed, plenty of toys and get belly rubs and head scratches whenever they please. However, there are some things that we may be doing that are actually causing our dogs stress.

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Topics: Training

Walking the Dog? 4 Fido Approved Tips

Posted by Link My Pet on May 16, 2019

Your furry friend is down for leash time at any moment. Dog walking experts Heather Curatolo and Sarah Schmidt weigh in with four things to consider before walking your dog, whether you're hitting the trails or sashaying down 5th Avenue.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

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Can Your Dog Predict the Weather?

Posted by Link My Pet on May 13, 2019

At some point in time, you've probably heard someone say that dogs can predict the weather. You would be forgiven for laughing it off as another one of the many myths associated with these four-legged companions. But wait. Not so fast! There's more truth to it than you might think. So, can dogs really predict the weather? And if so, how do they do it? Let's find out.

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Topics: On the Go

Tips for Dogs That Hate The Rain

Posted by Link My Pet on May 10, 2019

The saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers,” so it’s time to pull out those umbrellas and rain boots. Preparing for inclement weather is something that we as humans are used to. While some dogs may jump at the idea of romping through puddles, others are less than enthusiastic to head outside in the rain.

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Topics: Training

How To Spoil The Dog Mom in Your Life

Posted by Link My Pet on May 8, 2019

Dog Mom’s Day is almost here! This special holiday is celebrated each year on the second Saturday of May. Our friends Casey and Leigh Isaacson of Dig Dates actually submitted Dog Mom’s Day to The National Day Calendar last year and were approved, so you know it’s legit!

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Topics: Dog Fun

Meet 7 LINK Pack Moms and Their Pups

Posted by Link My Pet on May 8, 2019

Here at LINK AKC we love Dog Mom's Day! It's day where we get to celebrate the amazing dog moms and furbabies all over the country. Since its inception last year (approved with The National Day Calendar), National Dog Mom's Day is "a time celebrate and thank the dog moms who dedicate their love and support every day to their dogs. It’s a different, special and visceral love that deserves its own day to be recognized and appreciated."

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Topics: Dog Fun

13 Signs Your Dog Loves You

Posted by Link My Pet on May 6, 2019

Have you ever asked yourself the question, "does my dog really love me?" We're going to help you figure out all of the ways your pup can express their love and admiration for you. Are we missing anything?

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Topics: Training

Watch: LINK AKC Showcase on Amazon Live

Posted by Link My Pet on May 1, 2019

Lights, Camera, Action

Earlier this month Link AKC showcased the LINK Smart Collar in partnership with Amazon Live-stream. During this live video segment, our Product Manager Ashley along with her Labrador Retriever Ella explained everything that you need to know about our innovative smart dog collar. Ashley introduced our new LINK Sport Collar, explained the technology behind the smart collar and showed how to use it. Throughout the live broadcast Ashley answered questions submitted by viewers about how the LINK Smart Collar works.

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Topics: Training

How to Manage Your Dog's Noise Phobia

Posted by Link My Pet on May 1, 2019

Noise phobias are common in dogs. They can be triggered by pretty much anything loud - fireworks, thunderstorms, traffic, gunshots, and even bird noises. Yes, you heard that right. Some dogs are scared of birds. Usually, it's the other way around. Whatever the trigger for your dog's phobia, the result is the same: fear and anxiety.

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Topics: Training

Simple Home Remedies To Cure Dog Anxiety

Posted by Link My Pet on April 28, 2019

Dogs can have a heightened amount of anxiety in the Summer. With fireworks, thunderstorms, people coming in and out of the house and more motorcycles driving by, many dogs experience fear that they might not normally have.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Tips for Finding Your Lost Dog

Posted by Link My Pet on April 22, 2019

It's a gut-wrenching moment in life when you discover you have lost your dog.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

The Dos and Don'ts for Missing Dog Posters

Posted by Link My Pet on April 22, 2019

Tips to keep in mind when creating posters and fliers for a missing dog. 

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Easter Egg Hunting With Your Pup

Posted by Link My Pet on April 16, 2019

Easter activities are fun for the entire family, even our four-legged members can participate. Believe it or not, dog-friendly Easter egg hunts are growing in popularity around the country. We treat our dogs like our children, and have found plenty of ways to make this holiday inclusive for everyone (so our furry friends don’t feel left out).

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Topics: Dog Fun

Fleas, Ticks and Other Pests: How to Keep Your Dog Safe

Posted by Link My Pet on April 13, 2019

The weather is warming up and you don't want to let pests take down your pup! These tips will help you prevent fleas and ticks from slowing down your springtime fun and help you understand what to do if your dog ends up picking up one (or more) along the way.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Celebrate National Pet Day With Your Pup

Posted by Link My Pet on April 10, 2019

Have you heard? April 11th is National Pet Day. It's a holiday that even some of the most engaged dog owners are unaware of — much to the disappointment of dogs worldwide. But we know you love any excuse to celebrate and have a little fun with your pooch, so let's talk about a few ways you can do just that.

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Topics: Dog Fun

5 Healthy Dog Snacks to Use For Dog Training

Posted by Link My Pet on April 9, 2019

When it comes to training your pup, the right treats can make all the difference. We asked our friend John Woods, founder of All Things Dogs, if he could share with us some healthy dog snacks that you can make right in your own home. According to John, while looking through your local pet store you may be surprised at all the additives that some dog treat companies use in their products. When you make your treats at home you can rest easy knowing exactly what is in them.

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Topics: Training

How to Care for Your Dog During Mud Season

Posted by Link My Pet on April 2, 2019

For most dog owners, Spring is better known as canine mud season. For whatever reason, tons of dogs love the muck! And unless you plan on keeping them indoors this time of year, you're going to need some clever strategies for managing the dirty paws that come with warmer months.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Take a Hike: Proper Hiking Gear for Dogs

Posted by Link My Pet on March 30, 2019

If that perfect day calls you outside, hiking is a great way for you and your pup to exercise together and enjoy the outdoors. But before you go, be prepared with the necessary hiking gear for dogs. We talked to Dr. Kelly Grisham, DVM, to get her take on the equipment you need for a safe day hike with Fido. 

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Topics: On the Go

The History of Dog Naming

Posted by Link My Pet on March 27, 2019

A Beagle Named Bagel?

It's been said, never take a dog named Shark to the beach. There are a lot of factors that can go into deciding what to name your dog and a lot of implications that you might not have considered. The name you give them is what you're going to be calling them for years to come, so the decision deserves some serious consideration.

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Topics: Dog Fun

3 Simple Ways to Boost Your Dog's Health

Posted by Link My Pet on March 27, 2019

Trying to keep your dog as healthy as possible is something all dog owners can agree is an important, but tough responsibility. While keeping our dog happy is a straightforward task, ensuring that they are at their optimal health is sometimes not so simple. It certainly doesn’t help that we’re given an overwhelming amount of advice about how to maintain our dog’s health. With this person advising one thing, and that person advising another, it can be confusing to know which tips to follow. That's why, with the help of Monica Mizzi from Pet Life Today, we’ve narrowed down 3 simple things that we can all agree will effectively boost a dog’s health. Follow them, and your dog will be on their way to living a long and prosperous life.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Four-Legged Feats: Unusual Dog Tricks

Posted by Link My Pet on March 25, 2019

See Spot run. See Spot fetch. See Spot grill the perfect steak and shake up a vodka martini. Okay, maybe that's not in Champ's repertoire, but these fantastic feats prove there's always something new, and really cool, your pooch can learn.

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Good Boy: Dog Games for Good Behavior

Posted by Link My Pet on March 22, 2019

Teaching your dog to touch an object (targeting) is one way to help keep his mind active and to teach him new "tricks". International dog trainer Victoria Stilwell uses targeting to teach calming behaviors. Targeting is a foundational skill for service and working dogs as well. The bonus is this type of cognitive training benefits both of you. Here are three ways to start:

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Topics: Training

The Puppy Challenge: Then & Now Photos

Posted by Link My Pet on March 21, 2019

Oh, puppyhood! What could be better than those bright eyes, soft paws, and awkward gait? You would be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t crack a smile at the sight of a puppy galloping towards them. At LINK AKC we get to see our fair share of puppies, but what’s even better is getting to watch them grow up into adorable adult dogs. We love puppies so much we even created a Size Guarantee for when you order a smart collar from us. If your pup outgrows the original size collar that you ordered, we will send you another size!

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Topics: Dog Fun

The Basics: Puppy Training for New Pet Parents

Posted by Link My Pet on March 19, 2019

Your new puppy is finally home! It’s important to begin training your puppy immediately to prevent your new furry friend from chewing your favorite slippers or peeing in the middle of the rug.

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Topics: Training

Pet Obesity on the Rise

Posted by Link My Pet on March 17, 2019

Understanding the right level of activity your pet needs and what their healthy weight range is, according to experts, is the first hurdle to tackle in dealing with pet obesity. Long-term obesity can lead to a shortened lifespan for your furry companion and many healthy problems down the road.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Should You Let Your Dog Sleep in Your Bed?

Posted by Link My Pet on March 13, 2019

Nearly half of all dog owners let their canine companions sleep in bed with them. But is it healthy? Here's a list of the potential problems and potential benefits that might come from sharing a bed with your dog.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

How to Have a Safe and Fun St. Patrick’s Day With Your Dog

Posted by Link My Pet on March 12, 2019

Ah, St. Patrick's day. A chance to dress in green from head to toe — oh, and an excuse to drink green beer! Unfortunately, your furry friend can't enjoy a pint of Guinness. That doesn't mean you can't celebrate St. Patrick's day with your dog -- you'll just have to find some activities you can do together! Here are a few pet-friendly activities that you and your pup can enjoy together on St. Patrick's day. 

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Topics: Dog Fun

New Puppy Planning Checklist for a Perfect Start

Posted by Link My Pet on March 10, 2019

Are you introducing a new puppy into your life? This is such an exciting time for everyone, pup included. And it needn't be a difficult introduction if you follow our new puppy planning checklist before bringing your furry friend home.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Happy Trails: Essential Safety Gear for Biking and Jogging with Dogs

Posted by Link My Pet on March 10, 2019

Whether you're a weekend warrior attacking new trails or training for a charity 5k, your four-legged partner can be a source of inspiration. Here's a checklist of the right gear for safe biking and jogging with your dog.

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Topics: On the Go

When Puppy Breath Becomes a Problem

Posted by Link My Pet on March 6, 2019

We love our dogs so much that we may ignore the stench that comes along with their big wet kisses. Unfortunately, bad breath from your dog could be the sign of an underlying issue.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

7 Doggie Dates That Won't Break The Bank

Posted by Link My Pet on March 5, 2019

Yes, we know you have found your soul-mate. He or she greets you every day when you come home, never complains (too much), and acknowledges you for being the absolute best person who has ever lived.

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Topics: Dog Fun

How To Keep Fido Clean This Spring

Posted by Link My Pet on March 4, 2019

There’s no time like the present to prep your pup for the weather, temperature and other environmental changes that come with Spring. Regular maintenance like taking care of ears, nails, coat and paws need the right grooming supplies. We’ve put together a list of everything you need to keep up with your dog’s grooming needs as the season changes.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

6 Steps to Help a Lost Dog While Traveling

Posted by Link My Pet on March 1, 2019

Fellow dog owners are among the best at stepping up to lend a hand when a pooch gets loose. When you're at home, you can contact neighbors directly, post on a community-based app like NextDoor or call your local shelter. But what should you do if you're visiting a new area and you spot a lost dog?

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Topics: Training

Famous Furry Friends: Celebrities and Their Dogs

Posted by Link My Pet on February 27, 2019

The love of dogs knows no boundaries, and the rich and famous definitely aren’t immune. You used to have to comb through gossip magazines to get your fill of celebrities and their pets, but now it’s easy to melt over pictures of your favorite star’s pup. Many celebrities even have an Instagram account just to show off their cute puppy pics. Take a look at a few of our favorite celebrity dogs!

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Topics: Dog Fun

The Diva Dog: Dog Fashion at its Finest

Posted by Link My Pet on February 27, 2019

2019 is the year of the diva dog! The dog fashion industry was once a topic that most would scoff at, however, over the years it has become apparent that fashion accessories for our furry friends are not going anywhere. In fact, the industry is booming as more and more companies are creating everything from customized collars and tags to sweaters and even sunglasses for dogs.

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Topics: Dog Accessories

How Much Food Does My Puppy Need?

Posted by Link My Pet on February 24, 2019

You probably know how many calories are in one of those chocolate cupcakes brought in by your coworker, but do you know your dog's ideal caloric intake each day? Follow these four tips to determine what to feed a puppy or adult dog to keep them healthy. 

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Safety Rules for Nighttime Adventures

Posted by Link My Pet on February 22, 2019

When it's time to venture forth on an evening stroll with your canine bestie, don't go gentle into that good night. Go prepared. Follow these four tips for staying safe while walking your dog after the sun goes down.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

My Dog Ate My Valentine's Chocolates

Posted by Link My Pet on February 20, 2019

Valentine's Day may be over, but the sweet reminders of this holiday still linger on. Whether you received a delicately wrapped box of chocolates from your significant other or took full advantage of the 70% off sale at your local grocery store on February 15th, you may be in truffle heaven for the foreseeable future. But what happens if that delight turns into truffle trouble when your dog gets into your stash? Chocolate is extremely toxic to dogs, so if your dog happens to get their paws on any of it, you should be prepared to take action.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Is a Raw Diet Right For My Dog?

Posted by Link My Pet on February 18, 2019

Whether you're adding a new dog to your family, or considering switching up your current dog's food regiment, it can be challenging to decide what type of food to try feeding them with the numerous options available. One of these options is a raw diet, which has been growing popularity and adoption over the past few years. A quick Google Search will yield results touting the success of raw food diets for working dogs and household pets alike. There is no one consensus on whether or not a raw food diet is the way to go but some veterinarians believe it is the key to a healthier, and longer, life for your pup. How do you know if you should start your dog down that road? There are of course some things to consider before going all in on a completely raw diet.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

The Best Tech Toys for Dogs

Posted by Link My Pet on February 16, 2019

It's no secret that the pet technology market is growing rapidly. Companies are finding more and more ways to keep our canine companions entertained in the most unique ways. Here are 9 favorite choices for pet tech toys and entertainment.

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Topics: Training

Presidential Pooches

Posted by Link My Pet on February 14, 2019

From George Washington's parrot to Calvin Coolidge’s Rebecca the raccoon, there is a long and curious history of animals in the White House. Unsurprisingly, dogs have made the most popular presidential companions. Here are just a few of the interesting and memorable pups who have held a place of honor with the commander in chief.

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10 Valentine's Day Gifts Your Dog Will Love

Posted by Link My Pet on February 12, 2019

Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to show some extra love to your four-legged best friend. Spoil them rotten with our top picks of treats, toys, and more!

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4 Heartwarming Dog Stories

Posted by Link My Pet on February 11, 2019

Who doesn't melt over a good love story? And one that involves a slobbery, furry dog...forget about it! From inspiring service dogs, to marriage proposals and weddings, check out some of our favorite heartwarming love stories featuring some pretty special pups. 

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Top Movies For a Doggy Date Night

Posted by Link My Pet on February 10, 2019

What's better than a date night in with your pup? Skip dinner at an overcrowded restaurant and have a fun date night with your partner in crime ...your dog! Here are our top picks for the best pup-centric movies of all time. 

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No Stress Steps to Brushing Your Dog's Teeth

Posted by Link My Pet on February 5, 2019

February is National Pet Dental Health Month so now is the perfect time to make sure you're keeping up on your K9's canine health! Keeping your dog healthy is a full-time job! Exercise, vet check-ups, flea and tick medication, and at-home maintenance are all part of being a responsible dog owner. We get it and know you wouldn't have it any other way. Brushing your pup's teeth is an example of something we know should be done but don't always include the task in their weekly or monthly maintenance routine. Most groomers will do a light teeth cleaning and, as your dog ages, your veterinarian handles the deeper cleanings. It's important however to do a little upkeep on your own between sessions and we've got four easy-to-follow steps to help you get it done.

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Paw Preference: Is Your Pup a Righty Or Lefty?

Posted by Link My Pet on February 1, 2019

Just like humans can be either left-handed, right-handed or ambidextrous, dogs have similar attributes. Well, left-pawed, right-pawed or ambi-pawed, that is! Humans measure their dexterity by which hand they use most for normal tasks like writing, holding their utensils to eat, or throwing a ball. Dogs are measured by which paw they use for motor tasks, meaning tasks that involved them using their muscles.

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Who’s a Good Dog? The Science Behind Canine Baby Talk

Posted by Link My Pet on February 1, 2019

Are you a dog owner that uses baby talk with your pup? The good news is that you’re not alone, and even better news is that there’s a scientific reason for doing it!

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Topics: Training

The Inside Scoop on The Puppy Bowl

Posted by Link My Pet on January 30, 2019

We're counting down the days until the BIG GAME this Sunday. Yes, we’re talking about none other than the Puppy Bowl. This is the 15th Annual Puppy Bowl, an event featuring adorable puppies from amazing animal rescue organizations all over the world. The puppy players are cuter than ever and are ready to take the field.

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Topics: Dog Fun

Tips To Keep Your Dog's Smile Bright

Posted by Link My Pet on January 30, 2019

If you're like us, keeping your dog healthy is one of your main concerns. From feeding them the proper quality food, taking them for routine checkups, to exercise and grooming, you pride yourself on being a responsible pet owner. However, if your pup's dental health is sometimes overlooked, there can be both short and long-term consequences. The American Veterinary Dental College states that many dogs show signs of dental issues and periodontal disease by three years old.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

5 Products That Keep Your Dog Safe In The Car

Posted by Link My Pet on January 26, 2019

Thinking of going on some adventures with your pup this year? Thankfully, these five products were designed to make doggy road trips safer and more enjoyable for both of you. Stumped on where to go? We've put together a list of incredible dog parks in the US that should be on your bucket list this year.

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Topics: Dog Accessories

Your Love of Dogs Can Make You Money

Posted by Link My Pet on January 24, 2019

It’s no secret that being around dogs can help lift your mood and almost instantaneously bring a smile to our face. Some people, however, channel their love of dogs by choosing a career where they are able to be around dogs every single day. If the thought of going to work and being greeted by tailing wagging coworkers sounds exciting to you, take a look at this list of dog-focused jobs!

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Topics: Dog Fun

Your Trash is Your Dog's Treasure: DIY Dog Toys

Posted by Link My Pet on January 23, 2019

Everywhere we go, people are talking about Marie Kondo's new Netflix show, Tidying Up. After her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing became a huge success worldwide, Kondo's ideas of how to declutter your space and live a more stressfree, peaceful life have become the topic of much conversation.

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Topics: Dog Fun

The Dos and Don'ts of Doggie CPR

Posted by Link My Pet on January 22, 2019

Pets are part of the family and just like with our human family it’s important to know how to assist them in case of an emergency.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

The Life of a Guide Dog

Posted by Link My Pet on January 16, 2019

The job of a guide dog is a very important one. Guide dogs are true service animals who help visually impaired people navigate independently through their daily lives. Have you ever wondered how this partnership works and where these well-trained dogs come from? We are here to give you the complete low down on the life and training of guide dogs.

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Cool Ways to Name Your Puppy

Posted by Link My Pet on January 15, 2019

Welcoming a new furry friend into your home comes with its challenges, but one of the most fun to tackle is deciding what to call your pup.

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Cats and Dogs Living Together: Friends or Frenemies?

Posted by Link My Pet on January 14, 2019

We've seen cartoons of a frantic feline escaping from a salivating pooch so often that it surprises many to learn cats and dogs can live together harmoniously. It's true some cats may be naturally confrontational or skittish, and many dog breeds are born hunters who are quick to chase smaller, faster animals. But by taking the right precautionary steps, most dogs can adjust to life with a cat. 

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Topics: Training

The Ultimate Winter Hazard Checklist for Dogs

Posted by Link My Pet on January 13, 2019

As the temperatures continue to drop this winter, there are hazards that you need to protect your pup from. We’ve put together a short checklist to help prevent any disasters from happening to your dog.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

The Truth About Doggie DNA Testing

Posted by Link My Pet on January 9, 2019

We’ve all heard the hype around DNA testing for dogs, but what are the real benefits from purchasing one of these kits? Some people decide to test their dog out of pure curiosity. When adopting a dog, there is usually some level of guesswork that goes into identifying what breed mix they are. Unless the rescue group knows the mother and father of your dog, there is no way they can accurately tell what breeds she is made up of. Actually, even if the group does have an idea about the mother and father, the puppies in a litter can have different fathers from each other!

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Healthy Habits For Lower Vet Bills

Posted by Link My Pet on January 7, 2019

Most pawrents keep their canines under control, but taming their dog's vet bills can be a challenge. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend, on average, $500 a year on vet bills for their dogs, and yours may be more. It's not easy to balance your responsibilities to your pet and your budget. With the help of retired Arcata, California veterinarian Jeri Lou Oliphant, we've put together five tips for ways to keep your vet bills reasonable.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Fur-ternity Leave: The Work Benefit Dog Lovers Need

Posted by Link My Pet on January 7, 2019

There’s a new employee work benefit started recently by a company in Minneapolis designed specially to cater for new dog owners, they’re calling it ‘fur-ternity leave’. Nina Hale, a marketing company in the city introduced the benefit to allow employees with new pets to work from home.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

D.I.Y. Doggy Sweater

Posted by Link My Pet on January 6, 2019

As Winter continues to roll along and the temperature outside drops, it’s time to start bundling up your best friend for walks. Why not get creative with their wardrobe choices? Here’s a quick and easy tutorial on how to make unique sweaters for your pup, using nothing but your hand-me-downs. When you're finished with your masterpiece, here's how to take the best photo to show off your work.

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9 Nifty Ways to Cheer up a Dog with the Winter Blues

Posted by Link My Pet on January 1, 2019

Winter days are shorter, and the weather can be ruff. But don't let winter woes dampen the fun you can have with your dog. Here are 9 easy ways to cheer up a pup who may be missing his summertime scene.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Keep Rover From Roaming

Posted by Link My Pet on December 22, 2018

Did you know 1 in 3 pets goes missing in their lifetime? Losing your four-legged family member is something we hope you never have to face. The best way to prevent your pup from getting lost is by taking preemptive steps and making certain your pup has a current ID tag wtih your contact info. From invisible fences to smart collars, these four options can help Rover mend his roving ways.

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A New Year from Your Pup’s Perspective

Posted by Link My Pet on December 21, 2018

Whether it's hot yoga or the diet du jour, you love setting out to conquer the New Year with a list of exciting resolutions. Meanwhile, I'm stuck in a rut, eating the usual kibble and chasing the same old tennis ball. This year's going to be different. Here are my five New Year's resolutions for 2019!

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Topics: Dog Fun

Tips for a Calm and Happy Holiday

Posted by Link My Pet on December 18, 2018

Here are our tried and true tips for a calm and happy holiday season for you, your guests and, most of all, your canine pal.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Dog Proof Your Christmas Tree

Posted by Link My Pet on December 18, 2018

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, Roscoe was dragging around pieces of a Christmas tree he had just torn to bits. Wait, that's not how it goes! Dogs and Christmas trees don't have to be a bone of contention in your house. We've got five tips for pup-proofing your yuletide evergreen and to keep him from sabotaging your holiday cheer.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

9 Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Dogs & Dog Lovers

Posted by Link My Pet on December 17, 2018

Stop chasing your tail trying to find the perfect gift for the dog and dog lover in your life. Here are 9 creative gift choices for pup people this holiday season:

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Make Your Dog’s Christmas Dinner a Winner

Posted by Link My Pet on December 16, 2018

Your dog is an important member of your family, and this means she deserves a special holiday meal of her own. Christmas dinner for your dog needs to be healthy in addition to including yuletide elements. Here are five ideas for serving your pup a Christmas feast. 

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Wellness Tips I Learned from my Dog

Posted by Link My Pet on December 15, 2018

Taking care of a pet can teach you a lot about taking good care of yourself. Here are a few things that we can learn from our dogs:

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Link's Year of the Dog in Review

Posted by Link My Pet on December 15, 2018

In 2018, the Link pack grew!

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What To Do If Your Dog Goes Missing

Posted by Link My Pet on December 14, 2018

A dog going missing is absolutely heart wrenching, but if you do ever find yourself in this situation try to remain calm. Here's a plan to help you effectively recover your lost dog.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Why Do Dogs Smile?

Posted by Link My Pet on December 11, 2018

Have you ever seen your dog smile and wonder what it means? Are they doing it to communicate with us? Are they happy?

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Topics: Training

4 Must Have Winter Dog Products

Posted by Link My Pet on December 9, 2018

Winter comfort for your pup is all about staying warm, eating well and being protected from the weather. Keep them cozy and happy during the cold months ahead with these 4 must-have products.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Does Your Dog Need to Wear a Winter Coat?

Posted by Link My Pet on December 9, 2018

We've all heard people scoff at the notion that dogs need to wear clothes. During the cold winter months, however, a coat might be just the ticket for making your pup's life a whole lot more comfortable and help you both survive winter cabin fever. If you're concerned about the cold, there is absolutely nothing wrong with putting an extra layer on your dog.

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Topics: Dog Accessories

Kenzie & Callie’s Pawliday Gift Guide

Posted by Link My Pet on December 6, 2018

Tis the season for holiday shopping! This year we called in a pair of experts to help pick the top holiday gifts for the dogs and dog lovers in your life.

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Topics: Dog Fun

Best Stores for Shopping with your Dog

Posted by Link My Pet on December 4, 2018

Holiday shopping is already underway and you might find yourself leaving your dog at home more than usual to shop for everyone on your list. If this leaves you feeling guilty, consider taking your dog shopping with you. Did you know that many large retailers have policies that allow well-behaved dogs in stores? Before you go, make sure your dog will be at ease around crowds and children. Be prepared for accidents, and keep your dog's physical needs in mind. If she's getting tired and stressed, it's time to go.

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Link AKC Featured at Macys Herald Square

Posted by Link My Pet on December 4, 2018

This holiday season, LINK AKC is being featured at an iconic New York City destination, Macy’s Herald Square. Macy’s Herald Square is known as being a top destination for both tourists and New Yorkers alike, especially around the holidays. Each year in mid-November the store unveils their holiday-themed window displays, which are the backdrop for their annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. Holiday cheer is abundant as people peer through the windows at the stunning displays.

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How Pet Technology Helps Pups Prosper

Posted by Link My Pet on November 27, 2018

Smart home technology is EVERYWHERE. These devices are available for just about anything, including your pets! With the power of the internet, we can control thermostats, keep an eye on our homes, see who's ringing our doorbell, and even play with our pets remotely. While it’s no replacement for in-person attention, pet technology makes it easier to be an owner and can enrich pets’ lives when we can’t be there with them. Here are some of the best ways smart pet tech can improve your life as well as your pet's lives.

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Plan a Winter Getaway in Vermont

Posted by Link My Pet on November 26, 2018

Vermont is a great getaway destination with beautiful mountain vistas, wilderness areas, and plenty of snow for some winter fun. Best of all, you can enjoy many of these activities side by side with your canine pal!

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4 Quick Ways To Tire Your Dog Out

Posted by Link My Pet on November 21, 2018

With all the hustle and bustle of getting ready for the holidays, a lot of pet parents find themselves with less time to spend playing and exercising their beloved canine companions. With busy schedules again, it can be challenging to wear your dog out in the same way you were previously.

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Topics: On the Go

Pet-friendly Tailgating Tips

Posted by Link My Pet on November 20, 2018

Football season is in full swing and tailgating might be almost as much fun as the game. With all the delicious food and festivities prior to kick-off, it’s no wonder that your pup wants to join in the fun. If you want to make your dog part of the party, here are some helpful tips to keep your dog safe and happy while tailgating.

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Game-Changing Thanksgiving Recipes with Pup-Approved Produce

Posted by Link My Pet on November 13, 2018

As mentioned in our article, Ultimate Guide to Safe & Unsafe Produce for Dogs, there are some fruits and veggies that are safe for your dog to eat. Some even have health benefits that can positively affect your dog in a number of ways. In honor of Thanksgiving, we’ve compiled some of our favorite recipes (for humans) that include some tasty produce (for your pup). Remember, do not feed your dog these completed recipes. Take the ingredients that we mark as PUP-APPROVED and set some aside to feed your dog as a treat this Thanksgiving.

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