The Wanderer

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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Topics: Dog Fun

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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Topics: Dog Fun

The Ultimate Guide to Safe & Unsafe Produce for Dogs

Posted by Link My Pet on November 13, 2018

Cooking for your family can be a lot of work! You have to pick out your recipes, check your ingredients list and make sure you have all the necessary tools to perfect your meal. Meanwhile, you want to prepare something that is both tasty as well as nutritious. Adding fruits and vegetables is the best way to support a healthy family. As you stroll through the produce aisle in the grocery store, you also may be tempted tograb some of your produce as a snack for your four-legged family member, your dog. Before you do, make sure to check our list of fruits and vegetables to see if they are pup-approved or human only.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

A New Leash On Life

Posted by Link My Pet on November 6, 2018

What could be better than switching up your pup's style up for fall? There is so much to do in the fall, from hiking to roadtripping. Why not tackle these adventures with a brand new leash? Whether you’re looking for a training leash, a comfortable grip, or a fashion statement, we’ve rounded up our favorites for you.

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Topics: Dog Accessories

Getting Scrappy: Do’s and Don’ts for Feeding People Food to Dogs

Posted by Link My Pet on November 6, 2018

It's tempting to feed your dog table scraps, but not every nibble is worth sharing with him, no matter how pleading the puppy dog eyes. With the help of nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, Tracie Hotchner, we've put together a list of seven do's and don'ts about foods that dogs can and can't eat.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Tips for Dog-Friendly Holiday Travel

Posted by Link My Pet on November 6, 2018

Ready or not, the holidays are approaching. Now is the perfect time to schedule your trips, book your tickets and make plans for your pup. Here are some things to consider before heading out the door: 

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Topics: On the Go

Service Dogs Helping Heroes

Posted by Link My Pet on November 4, 2018

On Veteran's Day we honor the service and sacrifice of those who have served their country. Often their sacrifice doesn't end when their enlisted service is over. Many soldiers return with physical disabilities forever altering the way they live. But others have invisible wounds that are just as serious. Veterans often suffer from depression, anxiety and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) when they come home. If left untreated, these mental health issues can become a heavy burden for veterans and their families. 

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Topics: Dog Fun

Believe It Or Not: Crazy Things Dogs Have Eaten

Posted by Link My Pet on November 2, 2018

Ask dog pawrents what's the most unbelievable thing their pup ate, and you'll be regaled with stories about devoured turkeys on Thanksgiving and missing Valentine's Day chocolate, both frustrating and dangerous as both can be quite harmful to dogs. Curious about their world, these pups have their families telling unbelievable tales about what their dogs ate.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Fall Back: How do Winter Hours Affect Dogs?

Posted by Link My Pet on October 30, 2018

Winter is approaching, and with it, shorter days and the end of Daylight Saving Time. Clocks fall back one hour, which means an earlier sunrise and sunset. But what do these changes mean for your pup?

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Keep Tabs on Your Pup’s Temperature

Posted by Link My Pet on October 29, 2018

What if your dog is too cold or too hot in their environment, but they have no way of telling you? The ambient temperature, or air temperature of an environment, is very important in dictating your comfort level. If you're uncomfortable for you in your living room, you can go over and adjust the thermostat. However, our dogs can’t adjust the air to cool them down or warm them.

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Topics: Training

Frisbee Fun for You and Your Dog

Posted by Link My Pet on October 25, 2018

Fall is the perfect time to go beyond daily walks and add a Frisbee to the mix! In no time you and your pup will both be working out without even thinking about it. Wouldn't you rather enjoy the outdoors with your canine best friend than toil away in a gym full of sweaty, huffing people? It's also a sport you can share in all but the most inclement weather. Playing dog Frisbee doesn't offer the same amount of exercise as Ultimate Frisbee, since Fido does the jumping and running and not you. But between walking and throwing, you achieve a decent workout while having fun and strengthening the bond with your pet. 

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Topics: Dog Fun

The Perfect Pair: Dog & Owner Halloween Costumes

Posted by Link My Pet on October 24, 2018

Planning to rock matching dog and owner costumes at your Halloween party this year? Or maybe your plan is to stay at home, and surprise trick-or-treaters by answering the door in an outfit that coordinates with your best furry friend. It's not too late to make plans for a memorable holiday! Choose one of these spook-tacular dog and owner costumes to make this Halloween howlingly special. 

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Topics: Dog Accessories

Halloween Prep For Your Dog

Posted by Link My Pet on October 22, 2018

In addition to looking for matching costumes, you and your canine bestie can get ready for Halloween by working on new tricks she can use to earn her treats. You should also plan ahead to keep her feeling safe and secure when the ghosts and goblins come knocking on your door so it's a howling good time for everyone.

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Topics: Dog Fun

Tall Tails: Debunking Dog Myths

Posted by Link My Pet on October 16, 2018

Dogs are an incredibly important part of our lives, and as such, dog myths - long-held nuggets of so-called truth about our canine pals - have been passed along for generations.

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Topics: Dog Fun

Become a Better Pet Photographer with These Six Tips

Posted by Link My Pet on October 10, 2018

You know your dog is the most handsome canine on planet earth, but how do you prove it to the world? With today’s smartphone technology, taking fantastic pet photos is a snap. Here are some pro tips on how to get the perfect holiday shot of your perfect pet.

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Topics: On the Go

Discover, Try & Buy LINK AKC at b8ta

Posted by Link My Pet on October 5, 2018

Right now the LINK AKC Classic Leather and Sport Smart Collars is available to try and buy at b8ta. If you don’t know b8ta yet, you should get to know how it works as b8ta is not like other retailers.

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Topics: Dog Fun

Emotional Support Dogs: Providing Comfort & Companionship

Posted by Link My Pet on September 26, 2018

If you have a dog you probably know that one simple snuggle from him can help you feel at ease. While you may be conflicted on whether or not sleeping with your dog is good for you in the long term, there's no denying your pup is a vital member of your daily life. For some pawrents, that unspoken connection and bond stems even further into their mental and emotional well-being.

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Topics: Dog Fun

10 Life Changing Life Hacks for Dog Owners

Posted by Link My Pet on September 25, 2018

Having a dog in your life is great, don't you agree? You have an adorable friend that loves you unconditionally and gets excited each time they see your face. They are always ready for an adventure or even just sharing a mid-afternoon nap on the couch. While it’s mostly fun and games, having a dog is also a lot of work. They require a great deal of responsibility to keep them safe, happy and healthy. To help you make pet ownership easier, we’ve compiled our top 10 favorite life hacks.

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Topics: On the Go

5 Ways To Remove Your Dog's Stress When Moving

Posted by Link My Pet on September 17, 2018

Moving is always stressful, and not just for us...it’s tough on our dogs too. The initial house hunt, the packing, cleaning and actually removing yourself from somewhere you once lived...it’s a challenging process.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Be More Like Your Dog: A Lesson in Mindfulness

Posted by Link My Pet on September 15, 2018

Over the past 10 years or so the practice of Mindfulness has invaded our lives like few other health trends. Mindfulness is the ability to live each moment as it comes without judgement and various research studies showing can help reduce stress significantly.

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Topics: Dog Fun

Camping with Dogs: RV Having Fun Yet?

Posted by Link My Pet on September 13, 2018

Dogs and camping go together like hot cocoa and marshmallows. We asked Ray Burr, a full-time RVer and dog owner, why so many RV campers enjoy traveling with their four-legged friends.

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Topics: On the Go

Dog-Friendly National Parks

Posted by Link My Pet on September 5, 2018

The United States has 60 protected areas known as national parks that are all incredible in their own unique way. From the geological features and breathtaking views, to the unusual ecosystems and wildlife, there’s nothing quite like planning a vacation to explore one (or many) of these historic parks.

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Topics: On the Go

Dog-Friendly Pennsylvania

Posted by Link My Pet on August 14, 2018

The Keystone State, Pennsylvania is well known for its friendly residents, outstanding service and occasionally exuberant sports fans (cough, cough, fans of the current NFL Superbowl champs). A lesser known fact about Pennsylvania is that it’s in the top 5 most popular states for owners of the best smart dog collar on the market (somewhat biased view).

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Topics: On the Go

The Nose Knows Best: Dog Nosework Training

Posted by Link My Pet on August 14, 2018

Training your dog is a never-ending feat. From basic obedience to tricks, and even some specialized work, there is always more for your dog to learn. One great exercise that you can teach your dog is nosework. The great thing about nosework is that you can literally do it anywhere! Dogs naturally want to put their noses to work so teaching them the basics can be fun for both of you.

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Topics: Training

How to build a dog park in your community

Posted by Link My Pet on August 6, 2018

If your neighborhood has yet to jump on the trend, consider being a puppy playground pioneer. Read on for a “how to plan” and get the ball rolling!

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Topics: On the Go

3 Scientific Reasons for the Canine Head-Tilt

Posted by Link My Pet on August 1, 2018

Is there a more adorable dog pose than the head tilt? Dog lovers know exactly what we’re talking about – that head tilt response that our dogs’ give us when we speak to them. This is one of the most commonly searched dog behaviors on the internet, not as popular as ‘Why does my dog lick me?’ but close.

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Topics: Training

Howling Good Dog Vacations: Perfect Parks & Seaside Strolls

Posted by Link My Pet on July 28, 2018

We love to get away from it all, but we also love being with our dogs. Here are five timely suggestions for a picture-perfect dog vacation to enjoy with your furry friend.

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Topics: On the Go

Do You Speak Dog? It’s All in Our Biology

Posted by Link My Pet on July 28, 2018

Have you ever wondered how your dog knows to come cheer you up when you're crying or feeling down, or why they snuggle with you on the couch every night? What about how they seem to know what you're thinking, and vice versa, just by a look into each other's eyes?

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Topics: Training

Does My Dog Know She's Been Naughty?

Posted by Link My Pet on July 24, 2018

Have you ever caught your dog doing something they’re not supposed to and gotten a guilty look in response? All dog owners know this look, and we’ve come to believe that this look is their recognition that they’re guilty of something.

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Topics: Training

Play The Have You Ever Game: Dog Edition

Posted by Link My Pet on July 17, 2018

Loving your dog comes naturally. Sometimes, however, love makes us do some pretty interesting things. Read through these “have you ever” statements and figure out how much of a crazy dog person you really are.

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Topics: Dog Fun

Free Stuff For Your Dog

Posted by Link My Pet on July 17, 2018

Everyone loves a good deal, but free stuff is even better. We rounded up our top picks for free items for your dog and where you can snag yours!

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Topics: Dog Fun

Can My Dog Get Poison Ivy?

Posted by Link My Pet on July 17, 2018

If you’re like us and love to spend summer days on long hikes exploring wooded trails with your best friend, you already know to bring plenty of water and check for pesky ticks afterward.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Can My Dog Eat Watermelon?

Posted by Link My Pet on July 12, 2018

It’s good to be choosey about what you feed your dog. Many fruits we consume every day such as grapes, avocados, and figs can be toxic to our pets. Watermelon, on the other hand, is safe and nutritious when fed responsibly. Technically both a fruit and a vegetable, watermelon is from the botanical family Curcurbitaceae and is closely related to pumpkin, cucumber, and squash—all healthy, low calorie treats for our canine companions.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

5 Ways to Socialize an Older Dog

Posted by Link My Pet on July 10, 2018

Some say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but we disagree! In fact, dogs of all ages are eager to learn and please their owners. Maybe you are considering adding an older dog into your home, or you feel like your dog should get out more and learn some new socialization skills. Either way, there are some important things to keep in mind when working with an older dog.

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Topics: Training

5 Ways to Keep Your Child & Pup Busy This Summer

Posted by Link My Pet on July 9, 2018

School’s out, summer’s here…anyone bored yet? If you find your child and fur-baby sitting around without much to do it’s time to get them up and moving. Here are 5 creative ways to keep all of the babies in your house entertained this summer:

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Topics: Dog Fun

Your Summer of Fun With Fido & Friends

Posted by Link My Pet on July 3, 2018

Summer has begun! That means more dogs out in the neighborhood and more dog-friendly events. From yappy hours to group hikes, when people get together with their dogs it's bound to be a good time.

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Topics: Dog Fun

How to Keep Dogs Cool During the Dog Days of Summer

Posted by Link My Pet on July 2, 2018

When warm weather hits, outdoor adventures beckon. You dress light, pack sunscreen and carry icy water for yourself, but remember that your dog heats up quickly in hot temps too. Follow these four tips on how to keep your dog cool this summer.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

5 Fascinating Facts About Fido's Eyes

Posted by Link My Pet on June 26, 2018

Does my dog see what I see, does he have good eyesight, is it true that he only sees the world in black and white? These are some of the questions we’ve all pondered when we see our dog peering off into the distance. Just what does he see with those eyes?

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Host a Dog-Friendly Yappy Hour

Posted by Link My Pet on June 26, 2018

The weather is warming up and we are excited for longer days and the bright summer sun. Now is the perfect time to plan a Yappy Hour for your friends, both two-legged and four-legged.

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Topics: Dog Fun

Erasing Owner Guilt

Posted by Link My Pet on June 19, 2018

While we all wish we could take our dogs everywhere we go, that is not always possible. We have jobs and other responsibilities that require us to leave our dogs at home alone. Owner guilt tends to set in and we worry that we are not being the best pet parents that we could be. However, there are ways that you can get rid of this guilt and set your pup up for success when your schedule is not conducive to bringing your little buddy along.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Is Hydrotherapy the Answer to Dog Obesity?

Posted by Link My Pet on June 12, 2018

Memorial Day signals the start of summer for us all and best of all, it’s the time of year when our public outdoor pools open for the season. That got us thinking about all the benefits that swimming gives for humans and dogs alike.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Can Your Dog’s Germs Help Improve Your Baby’s Health?

Posted by Link My Pet on June 12, 2018

Can the bacteria that dog’s carry actually make your baby healthier in the long run? This correlation may seem far-fetched, however, some studies have shown that owning a dog might help better prepare your child’s immune system.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Mountain Charm: Dog-Friendly Asheville

Posted by Link My Pet on June 11, 2018

If you’ve read any articles over the past few years covering top cities to visit in the United States, you’ve likely read about Asheville, North Carolina. Between the breathtaking mountain views, artistic locals, thriving restaurant and brewery scene...it’s a one-of-a-kind place. Even better, it’s also the perfect playground for your pup to tag along when you visit and here’s why:

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Topics: On the Go

Can You Motivate a Lazy Dog?

Posted by Link My Pet on June 9, 2018

You don't have a lazy dog just a poorly trained one. As surprising as that sounds, the takeaway from our interview with Dr. Steve Neuenschwander of Brentwood Animal Hospital in Raleigh, NC, is dogs will do whatever it takes to make you happy, but they can't do something they have never been taught to do. With 36 years experience as a vet, Neuenschwander says one of the most common problems he sees is obesity in dogs from lack of exercise. But how do you motivate your dog to exercise? This time-tested vet says a lot of dog's motivation comes from her owner. Let's see what else he has to say on the topic of movtivating your "lazy dog" to exercise.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Must Love Dogs: A Guide to Dating

Posted by Link My Pet on June 5, 2018

Dating is a game of compatibility. First, you have to meet someone that you’re actually interested in getting to know, and then comes the process of actually getting to know them.You begin to learn about each other’s likes and dislikes. Wouldn’t it be great to have one thing that you can agree with right off the bat? How about your shared love for dogs!

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Topics: Dog Fun

Diet and Exercise Keep Your Dog Looking and Feeling Young

Posted by Link My Pet on May 30, 2018

Are doggie diets really just a fad? We all know diet and exercise are important for people, but on what level is this the same for dogs? Nutrition is such an important part of dog wellness. While no two dogs are alike, there are some basic rules to follow to make sure your dog is getting the nutrients they require. As always, consult your veterinarian for any specific nutritional questions related to your furry friend.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Make Lack-Luster Dog Toys Good As New

Posted by Link My Pet on May 22, 2018

It’s no secret, dogs love getting new toys. Even when their toy basket is overflowing with fluffy, squeaky, bouncy toys, they still cannot contain their excitement when you rip the tag off a brand new toy you brought home for them. You may wonder, has your dog lost interest in all their other toys or is there merely something special about receiving a new one?

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Topics: Dog Fun

Eat, Play Sleep: Decoding Your Dog’s Sleep Cycle

Posted by Link My Pet on May 18, 2018

Eat, play, sleep!

Have you ever caught yourself thinking, “My dog has the best life! Eat, play, then sleep for hours on end.” Well, according to the American Kennel Club, dogs spend 50% of their day sleeping, 30% awake but lounging, and 20% being active. Puppies and older dogs require even more sleep and can sleep up to 20 hours during the day. What a life!

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Topics: Training

Why Does My Dog Destroy His Toys?

Posted by Link My Pet on May 15, 2018

Have you ever been frustrated by your pup's tendency to destroy his toys? Before thinking about a solution to this, it's helpful to understand why he might be behaving like this. And the solution isn't to stop giving him toys to play with or finding indestructible dog toys.

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Topics: Training

5 Tips for Picky Eaters

Posted by Link My Pet on May 8, 2018

It can be frustrating and sometimes frightening when your pet doesn’t show any interest in her dinner. You want to give her the best, but her finicky nature makes it hard.  Whether the change is sudden, or it’s been going on for a while, here are 5 tips to help your fussy friend get excited about the dinner bell again.

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Topics: Training

You’ve Come a Long Way, Puppy: Pet Technology Grows Up

Posted by Link My Pet on May 7, 2018

Ten years ago the GPS in your car was a dash-mounted brick that might just steer you into a detention pond, but now directional navigation consists of a soothing voice providing real-time traffic updates and restaurant recommendations. The tech in human gadgets has improved dramatically, and GPS gear for man's best friend has followed suit. The pet technology in the LINK AKC Smart Collar makes life with your four-legged friend stress-free and easier than ever.

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Topics: On the Go

Does Daylight Saving Time Change Affect Dogs?

Posted by Link My Pet on May 5, 2018

Spring is (thankfully) fast approaching and we are all looking forward to that extra sunshine the changing season brings. It seems like everyone has a little extra pep in their step once the clock moves forward an hour  but can that change affect our canine companions? Just like humans, dogs are naturally conditioned to wake up when the sun rises and sleep after the sun sets. This natural biological clock is known as circadian rhythm. Take a little time to help your pup adjust to the routine change that comes with Daylight Saving Time. 

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Ashley & Ella: How LINK Helped Change Their Lives

Posted by Link My Pet on May 1, 2018

One of the reasons Ashley moved to New York City was for Central Park. She had always dreamed of running through the scenic park, passing the Boathouse, Tavern on the Green and all the famous sites with her dog Ella. When she moved here, however, life got busy! She found herself making excuses (especially in the winter) about why she couldn’t take Ella on a long walk. She found herself saying, “it’s cold out” or “I’m exhausted,” more often than she would like to admit.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With a Dog-Friendly Pawty

Posted by Link My Pet on May 1, 2018

By now you’re probably aware, at Link AKC we take celebrating with our dogs very seriously. We will use any excuse to host a pup-friendly pawty. With Cinco de Mayo coming up, we’ve gathered some fun ideas to help you throw a fiesta that your furry friend will be begging to attend!

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Topics: Dog Fun

Do Dogs Actually Sweat?

Posted by Link My Pet on April 24, 2018

Picture this: You’re out for a run with your dog, and notice sweat has completely drenched your new workout clothes. You look down at your pup and she looks seemingly unaffected. Sure, she may be panting and walking a bit slower, but not an ounce of sweat is seen on her body. The truth is, just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean that it isn’t still happening. There are myths floating around the internet that dogs do not sweat. That is not the case. Dogs do sweat, but it is not the main way they cool themselves down when affected by heat. Unfortunately, dogs are not that well equipped at staying cool in warm temperatures. Dogs have two types of sweat glands called Merocrine glands and Apocrine glands. Merocrine glands are similar to human sweat glands and are located on your dog’s paw pads. If you look closely on a hot dry day, you may even see wet paw prints from your dog as you walk. The Apocrine sweat glands release pheromones, so their main purpose is not to release sweat! They are all over your dog’s body and help dogs identify and recognize each other.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Outsmarting Your Escape Artist

Posted by Link My Pet on April 17, 2018

Going on adventures with your dog can be a great pastime, but what about when your dog attempts to go wandering by themselves? We’ve all heard stories about dogs jumping over fences, digging out of the yard, slipping free of their collars and bolting every time a door is opened. Maybe it’s the thrill of the chase, or maybe dogs are just reverting back to their free roaming internal instincts. Either way, here are some tips that we’ve compiled to help you prevent your curious pup from wandering off unattended.

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Topics: Training

5 Ways to Explore Dog-Friendly Boston

Posted by Link My Pet on April 17, 2018

From exploring the historic Freedom Trail to kayaking in the Charles River, the city of Boston, Massachusetts is full of fantastic things to do and see with your dog. Along with Charleston, San Francisco, New York City and others, this could be one of the dog friendliest cities in the United States.

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Topics: On the Go

My Dog is My Child: The Truth About Millennial Dog Owners

Posted by Link My Pet on April 10, 2018

It’s official. Millennials are different. Yes, we know you know this already. Millennials are marrying later, having kids later, less likely to be home or car owners. Basically Millennials are living the anti-American Dream with one surprising difference - pet ownership.

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Topics: Dog Fun

Dogis and Yogis: All About Dog Yoga

Posted by Link My Pet on April 10, 2018

When we first heard about Doga, the term for dog yoga, we were skeptical, to say the least. Sure, yoga is a great way to practice mindfulness and stretch your body, but how can you incorporate your dog into this? Your dog probably isn’t going to be crawling into leg twisting positions. What we discovered is that incorporating your dog into human yoga poses can have a calming effect on your dog, as you breathe and take time to reflect having them close by. It has the added benefit of being a great way to spend some extra time with your furry friend.

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Topics: Dog Fun

Dig Another Look? Introducing the LINK Sport Collar.

Posted by Link My Pet on April 5, 2018

This week we’re excited to introduce the LINK Sport Collar, the same incredible technology, just a new way to wear it. We started shipping our first smart dog collar, the LINK Classic just over a year ago. Since then thousands of dog owners have joined our pack. If you’re one of them, thank you for being one of our first customers, we’re delighted you’re part of our community of dog lovers. If you’re reading this and haven’t joined the pack yet, see some of our pack members who enjoy using LINK to make their lives as dog owners easier.

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Topics: Training

5 Reasons to Get a LINK AKC Smart Dog Collar

Posted by Link My Pet on April 2, 2018

Combining groundbreaking technology with a connected app on your iPhone or Android device, the award-winning LINK AKC Smart Collar helps your four-footed best friend live a healthier, safer and more active life. Learn about the five features that make our collar indispensable.

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Topics: Dog Accessories, Technology

Changing Seasons: 5 Ways To Prep Your Pup

Posted by Link My Pet on March 27, 2018

Those long anticipated sunny days and warmer weather are here. Spring is in the air! We can finally emerge from hibernation and begin to prepare ourselves for Summer. It’s also that time of year where our pups need some extra care and attention to get them ready.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Celebrating Hero Dogs: Meet Mirko & Haney

Posted by Link My Pet on March 20, 2018

Each member of our armed forces can route their journey back to a specific place where they began their military career. This place will always be special to them, as it is where they set out on a path that will shape their entire future. The same is true for our Military Working Dogs (MWDs). Their special starting place is none other than Lackland Base in San Antonio Texas, the home of the Defense Military Working Dog Program. This is where dogs arrive to begin their training in what will be a career of great importance. The first dogs were trained at Lackland in 1958. Currently there are 62 training areas with more than 1,000 dogs at various levels of advancement. The staff there is a mix of 125 men and women from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. While a majority of the dogs are brought into the facility, nearly 15% are now bred on site. The dogs are constantly training for any types of calls and deployments and live in the kennels there until their official call to active duty.

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Topics: Dog Fun

Link Winter Adventures

Posted by Link My Pet on March 19, 2018

In some parts of the country we've all got our paws crossed for Spring weather to bloom sooner than later. Before we get going with showers and flowers here is a round-up of some of our favorite Winter adventures from the Link Pack shared on Instagram.

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Topics: On the Go

Celebrating Hero Dogs: Eespn, Toby & Ethan

Posted by Link My Pet on March 18, 2018

Air Force Dog Handler Ethan took a different path to becoming a dog handler than many others. He began his military career as a regular Security Force member, but his dream was always to become a K9 handler. He learned at a young age that working on a team with a K9 can be a rewarding yet unpredictable job. He first learned about K9 teams when he was a teenager and his stepfather became a police officer. On September 28, 2006 his stepfather’s job forever changed the trajectory of Ethan’s future career choices. Polk County Sheriff’s Office Dog Handler, Deputy Matthew Williams and K9 DiOGi, colleagues of his stepfather, were tragically killed on the job. Their stories of courage and perseverance inspired Ethan that one day he too would become a dog handler in order to protect and serve his country.

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Topics: Dog Fun

Celebrating Hero Dogs: Meet Jordan & Bob

Posted by Link My Pet on March 13, 2018

For the past 75 years, working dogs have been officially serving alongside our servicemen and women. The stories of K9 handlers and their military working dogs are each unique. Behind each story is a team of human and dog who rely on each other in the best and worst of times. Learning about how these servicemen and women join the military and ultimately choose to work with animals, is nothing short of inspiring. The process to become a dog handler in the military is not easy, but is a rewarding one.

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Topics: Dog Fun

Paw Tested & Pup Approved Cleaning Products

Posted by Link My Pet on March 12, 2018

If you have pets in your home then you probably need to clean...a lot! Not all cleaning products are created equal and many contain harsh chemicals that can be harmful to you and your pup. It's incredibly important to poison proof your home and keep toxic products out your curious canine companion's reach. To help kick-start your clean-up, we've compiled a list of pet products that are safe for every member of your family. 

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Topics: Health and Wellness

K9 Veterans Day: Saluting Our Hero Military Dogs

Posted by Link My Pet on March 7, 2018

Veteran’s Day is a holiday that all Americans recognize, celebrating the end of World War I and honoring all veterans who have served our country during all wars. However, a less known holiday is coming up on March 13th and that is K9 Veterans Day. It is on this day that we celebrate and commemorate the Military Working Dogs (MWDs) that have stood by our soldiers throughout history.

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Topics: Dog Fun

Sidewalk Etiquette: 10 Dos and Don'ts for Walking Your Dog

Posted by Link My Pet on February 27, 2018

Walking your dog is something that all dog owners do almost every single day. It's one of the most important and enjoyable things you do together. It's a fantastic time to bond with your dog and no matter where you go for your walk there are some things to do so we can all enjoy walks in peace with our pups. We don't want to slip into poor habits and these have a tendency to creep up on us in all walks of life. Here's our list of do's and don'ts to make your dog walking a great experience for all involved. 

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Topics: On the Go

It's Official: We'd Rather Be With Pets Than People

Posted by Link My Pet on February 20, 2018

The results are in; more than half of American dog owners admit they flake out on social events to hang out with their pet. We recently surveyed 2,000 American dog owners and confirmed what most people already know - owning a dog makes us better humans and improve our mental, physical and emotional health every single day. The most surprising thing we learned is that almost ¾ of the people surveyed admitted they tell their dog secrets they don't tell anyone else. 

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Topics: Dog Fun

How to Celebrate Year of the Dog

Posted by Link My Pet on February 14, 2018

Chinese New Year is almost upon us, this year it just happens to be Year of the Dog! We're all familiar with the zodiac calendar where your sign is based on the month you were born. However, did you know your Chinese zodiac sign is one of the 12 animal signs and is determined by the year of your birth? If you're wondering how to join in celebrating Year of the Dog, we've put together some ideas for you. Traditional Chinese New Year celebrations are generally noisy affairs that often include fireworks, which will likely not be enjoyable for your dog as we know from Fourth of July.  However here are some other dog-friendly ways to enjoy the celebration.

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Topics: Dog Fun

Honest & Loyal: Year of the Dog

Posted by Link My Pet on February 13, 2018

In case you haven't heard or seen the adorable swag at Starbucks, 2018 is the Year of the Dog in the Chinese zodiac calendar. The calendar itself dates back to the Shang Dynasty (14th century BC) and is a cycle of twelve years that are each represented by an animal. Each of the animals has an associated list of attributes, fortunes, compatibility metrics and more. Here's our quick guide to the Year of the Dog and what it might mean to you.

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Topics: Dog Fun

Safe BBQ Tips For Dog Parents

Posted by Link My Pet on February 2, 2018

Father's Day is right around the corner and man's best friend can often be found at his side...waiting for a swift breeze to knock a treat (or two!) off of the barbeque. And while it may seem safe to "give a dog a bone," there are some hazards you need to know about when it comes to feeding your dog BBQ delights.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Winter Proofing Your Pup's Paws

Posted by Link My Pet on January 30, 2018

Winter can be an extremely difficult season for your dog's paws. Not only are there environmental irritants, but also certain toxic chemicals that are more prevalent such as snow and ice treatments. Don't worry though, we have you covered with these tips to keep your pup's paws pampered and protected this Winter.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

9 Nifty Mobile Apps For You & Your Pup

Posted by Link My Pet on January 25, 2018

In the digital world we live in, it’s no wonder that pet related mobile apps are popping up all over the place. From a dating app for dog owners, to a photography app, and even an apps to help you find dog-friendly locations, check out 9 of our favorite apps.

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Topics: Training

8 Tips For Running With Your Dog

Posted by Link My Pet on January 23, 2018

Running with your dog is a great way for you both to stay happy and healthy. Did you know that your dog could be your best running buddy? Here's why. Dogs are always keen to spend more time with you, they have plenty of extra energy to burn after sleeping most of the day, and they don't complain. Dogs are the ultimate motivator - just one look at your pup waiting patiently at the door ready to go, will end any temptation to skip that run.

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Topics: On the Go

Snow Days: Indoor Fun When You're Stuck Inside

Posted by Link My Pet on January 16, 2018

When the weather outside is frightful, no one, including your dog, really wants to go outside for exercise. We've got five suggestions on how you can successfully entertain your dog in the comfort of your home and build the bond you share.

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Topics: Dog Fun

Owner's Denial: Is Your Dog Overweight?

Posted by Link My Pet on January 16, 2018

When you put on a few pounds, you feel it in your favorite jeans. But it's harder to know if your dog is overweight. Is your pooch pleasantly plump or unhealthily porky? Here are four ways to find out how to make the call. 

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Topics: Health and Wellness

How a Celebrity Trainer Stays Fit With Her Pup

Posted by Link My Pet on December 19, 2017

Celebrity Trainer, Latreal Mitchell, shared her tips with us to help you get on track and treat your pup to a new workout or two in the new year. Getting up and out has never been easier and soon you'll be racing your best friend to the door in a step-for-step challenge.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Breaking Up With A Dog Walker, Groomer or Vet

Posted by Link My Pet on December 1, 2017

As 2018 approaches, many people are starting to think about making changes. A fresh page on the calendar inspires fresh starts; it's a great time to make the best of your career and home life. This includes relationships with your pet care service providers.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Dog Christmas Cards

Posted by Link My Pet on December 1, 2017

Mail your loved ones special dog Christmas cards this year. With planning and a little imagination, you can make an unforgettable holiday memory to share with friends and family. 

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Topics: Dog Fun

Dog Treats Made From Holiday Leftovers

Posted by Link My Pet on November 27, 2017

Before you bite the bullet and toss our holiday leftovers, we've got a tasty way to let your dog in on the fun. Throughout the holiday season, there's one ingredient that's a staple in most households and a key protein in dog food. You guessed it, turkey! Turn this holiday trademark dish into healthy treats your pup will absolutely love. Here are three mouthwatering meaty treats to try out:  

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Topics: Dog Fun

15 Reasons We're Thankful For Our Dogs

Posted by Link My Pet on November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving is the perfect time for reflection. Even with the ups and downs of every day life, there's always a lot to be grateful for. As you sit around your tables full of loved ones, take a moment to give thanks for the special canine companion in your life who makes every day a little bit brighter.

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Topics: Dog Fun

9 Ways Pumpkin Can Help Your Dog's Health This Fall

Posted by Link My Pet on November 15, 2017

As pumpkin-flavored treats fill local coffee shops and grocery stores, your dog doesn't have to and shouldn't be left out of the seasonal delights. There are great reasons to add pumpkin to your dog's diet that have nothing to do with being on trend and even better, pumpkin dog treats are easy to make at home. Be sure to always purchase plain canned pumpkin, nothing "pie-ready".

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Holiday Must-Haves: Ultimate Pet Tech Gift Guide

Posted by Link My Pet on November 9, 2017

Keeping your dog happy and healthy is one of the most important things you can do as a pet parent. You make sure they're eating the right food for their size, breed, and age, getting enough exercise and having treats that support all of their wellness goals. But what about when you're away from home or have plans after work with friends? There's a new trend in pet-tech and it involves toys, collars and more to give you peace of mind when you're with or away from your furry best friend. Some of these tech toys even make the not-so-great things about owning a dog (like their fur on the furniture) even better!

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Topics: Dog Accessories, Technology

Do Dogs Have a Sixth Sense?

Posted by Link My Pet on November 9, 2017

Have you ever suspected Baxter was a secret genius? You might not just be playing proud paw-rent. It turns out dogs may have a sixth sense...of sorts. Before you dismiss the idea, consider these three reasons we think it's possible.

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Topics: Training

Link Pack: Fall Adventures

Posted by Link My Pet on November 8, 2017

There's nothing like crisp Fall air to spark a little adventure with your pup and our Link Pack has taken full advantage of the season. With Winter quickly approaching we are featuring some of our favorite Fall Adventures shared with us on Instagram this year. 

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Topics: On the Go

Canine Confidential: Why Does My Dog Do That?

Posted by Link My Pet on November 8, 2017

For every answer the experts nail down about canine behavior, another question pops up. You can't read Roscoe's mind, but you can still settle a bet, lay rumors to rest and scratch that curiosity itch with these seven doggie dogmas.

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Topics: Training

A Dog's Sense of Smell Is Nothing to Sniff At

Posted by Link My Pet on November 6, 2017

Dogs have an incredible sense of smell; it's been common knowledge for centuries our canine pals can pick up on scents like no other domesticated animal. But how exactly do they do this? While scientists haven't completely figured it out, we do have many intriguing insights that explain a great deal about our dogs' sniffing super powers.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

The Dog Agency: Turning Our Pets Into Celebrities

Posted by Link My Pet on October 31, 2017

Social media and pets are a feel-good combination for people across all demographics. So when a feisty Shiba Inu or crazy-cute Cardigan Welsh Corgi suddenly joins that exclusive group of the most famous pets online, many owners turn to The Dog Agency to help them deal with the business offers arising from sudden celebrity. Because when each post by a famous pet can earn thousands of dollars, smart paw-rents know they need expert help. Founded by New York entrepreneur Loni Edwards, The Dog Agency represents this novel category of influencers, a select group of captivating canines sought out by companies for their voracious audiences. 

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Topics: Dog Fun

Dog Sleeping Positions Explained

Posted by Link My Pet on October 31, 2017

You’ve probably envied your dog for his uncanny ability to fall asleep anywhere, anytime, in seemingly any position! Here are five dog sleeping positions and what they say about your pet.

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Topics: Training

Your Dog's Circadian Rhythm

Posted by Link My Pet on October 26, 2017

You know that inner clock pushing your hunger and sleep buttons? Scientists attribute that to circadian rhythms, which are pretty much a 24-hour inner clock that runs in the background of our brain. It cycles between sleepiness and being alert at regular intervals. Circadian rhythms are also known as our sleep/wake cycle. But humans can't claim exclusivity. Plants, fungi and even certain strains of bacteria also display evidence of circadian rhythms. It stands to reason your canine buddy does as well.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

D.I.Y. Dog Halloween Costumes

Posted by Link My Pet on October 20, 2017

Does your pup have the pawfect Halloween costume yet? If the answer is no, don't worry! We found two Do It Yourself tutorials that we think you might like and one that can be the base for a ton of other costumes. They're super easy, even if you're not the most crafty dog pawrent on the block. 

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Topics: Dog Accessories

Paws with a Cause: Service Dogs

Posted by Link My Pet on October 20, 2017

There’s more to service dogs than loyal retrievers helping the visually impaired navigate crosswalks. Today, dogs are lending a hand to everyone from veterans suffering from PTSD to children with cognitive disabilities. Here are answers to five of the most frequently asked questions about service dogs and service dog training.

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Topics: Training

Extra Small, Extra Comfortable, Extra Smart

Posted by Link My Pet on October 17, 2017

Since we began shipping the LINK AKC Smart Collar, our commitment to improve the bond between dogs and their owners hasn't slowed one bit. Broadening our product capabilities to give dog owners the richest user experience possible has lead us to the introduction of two additional products. The Extra Small, and a new way to wear the LINK Collar, and our stylish Sport Sleeve accessories.

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Topics: Training

From Chunky to Hunky: How to Help Your Dog Lose Weight

Posted by Link My Pet on October 10, 2017

Dogs are lovable whether thin or pudgy, but even a few extra pounds can do damage to your pup's long-term health. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention's 2016 survey, 53.9% of dogs were either classified as overweight or obese by their vet. That means roughly 42 million dogs are carrying excess weight, increasing their risk of health issues for joint injuries or cancer. But don't panic and think crash diet. You'll want to move your furry friend from chunky to hunky slowly. One of the wellness features in the LINK AKC app can get you started with a daily goal for activity, which comes as a custom recommendation for your dog. Next step - create a diet plan for your pup with these steps:

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Topics: Health and Wellness

How to Be a Better Owner From Your Dog's Point of View

Posted by Link My Pet on October 10, 2017

There's no better exercise in empathy than trying to walk a mile in your dog's shoes. Champ's hierarchy of needs isn't too different from his human's needs. But since we can't magically change places, these four insights might help you see things from your best friend's four-on-the-floor perspective.

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Topics: Training

Microchip vs Smart Collar: What's the Difference?

Posted by Link My Pet on October 1, 2017

Keeping track of your pet's location has never been easier. Thanks to GPS technology, the "lost dog" flyer tacked to a telephone pole is increasingly a thing of the past. With recent advances, technology can help you monitor more than just your dog's location. When you're evaluating the merits of a microchip and a GPS dog collar, there are three key considerations to keep in mind.

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Topics: Training

Smart Doggos: Sit, Stay, Think!

Posted by Link My Pet on September 29, 2017

When your canine BFF rests her head on her paws, you joke she looks deep in thought. But maybe she is. A neuroscientist at Emory University, Dr. Gregory Berns believes dogs do think and has devoted hours of research to dog thought processes. Dr. Berns began his research by wondering if his Pug, Newton, really loved him or if Newton just loved the food he supplied. Dr. Berns decided to find out by using MRI brain scanning.

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Topics: Training

5 Hazards You and Your Pup Need to Be Aware of This Fall

Posted by Link My Pet on September 21, 2017

Fall is a great time to get out of the house and exercise with your dog. The cool weather is ideal for long walks, leaf-peeping hikes, and epic games of fetch. As you venture out into the wild outdoors (or you know, your own backyard) keep these common Fall hazards in mind in order to keep your pup safe and happy all season long.

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Topics: Health and Wellness