5 Ways To Remove Your Dog's Stress When Moving

    Posted by Link on Sep 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 on Sep 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 on Sep 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 on Sep 05, 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 on Aug 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 on Aug 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 on Aug 06, 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 on Aug 01, 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 on Jul 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 on Jul 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 on Jul 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 on Jul 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 on Jul 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 on Jul 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 on Jul 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 on Jul 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 on Jul 09, 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 on Jul 03, 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 on Jul 02, 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 on Jun 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 on Jun 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 on Jun 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 on Jun 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 on Jun 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 on Jun 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 on Jun 09, 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 on Jun 05, 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 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 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 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 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 on May 08, 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 on May 07, 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 on May 05, 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 on May 01, 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 on May 01, 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 on Apr 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 on Apr 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 on Apr 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 on Apr 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 on Apr 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 on Apr 05, 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 on Apr 02, 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 on Mar 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 on Mar 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 on Mar 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 on Mar 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 on Mar 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 on Mar 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 on Mar 07, 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 on Feb 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 on Feb 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 on Feb 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 on Feb 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 on Feb 02, 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 on Jan 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 on Jan 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 on Jan 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 on Jan 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 on Jan 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 on Dec 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 on Dec 01, 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 on Dec 01, 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 on Nov 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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    15 Reasons We're Thankful For Our Dogs

    Posted by Link on Nov 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 on Nov 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 on Nov 09, 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 on Nov 09, 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 on Nov 08, 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 on Nov 08, 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 on Nov 06, 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 on Oct 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 on Oct 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 on Oct 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 on Oct 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 on Oct 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 on Oct 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 on Oct 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 on Oct 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 on Oct 01, 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 on Sep 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 on Sep 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

    Fall in Love with a Dog Friendly Beach

    Posted by Link on Sep 21, 2017

    With reduced foot traffic and cooler temps, autumn makes an ideal time for you and your pup to hit the beach, particularly those that welcome canines with open arms post Labor Day. As an added bonus, you an usually find discounted off-season rates at nearby accommodations. Check out these beautiful dog friendly beaches, and prepare for a tail-wagging good time.

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    Topics: On the Go

    Goodbye Dog Days of Summer, Hello Dog Friendly Fall

    Posted by Link on Sep 18, 2017

    The sweltering summer heat doesn't make for dog-friendly weather so we all rejoice when temperatures cool down. Use brisk fall days to maximize outdoor fun with your pup and capture it with the LINK AKC Smart Collar adventures feature, which provides date-stamped photo albums and unlimited photo storage. Here are some activities to keep your dog entertained this fall.

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    Topics: On the Go

    Pumpkin Spice for All: Fabulous Fall Treats for Fido

    Posted by Link on Sep 13, 2017

    It's fall and that means it's time to enjoy the sweet smells and flavor of pumpkin everything! The best part? Your pup can join in on the fun!

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    Pet Insurance Protects Your Pup & Pocketbook

    Posted by Link on Sep 12, 2017

    To insure, or not to insure? That is no longer the question. Whether Roscoe has you on edge after almost catching that car he's been chasing for years, or you're looking for a way to keep routine vet bills manageable, affordable and effective, pet insurance is like poetry to a dog owner's ears.

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    Helping Hands During Disaster: Hurricanes

    Posted by Link on Sep 11, 2017

    With the trio of Hurricanes having recently ripped through the Caribbean and coast of the United States, we want to recognize and celebrate the humans and canines who have pitched in to help others during tragedy and despair. 

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Top 5 Reasons to Call Poison Control

    Posted by Link on Aug 31, 2017

    As a dog pawrent, it can be challenging to know when to call pet poison control experts, especially when each incident can cost $59 and up. Luckily, the LINK AKC Smart Collar provides you with the support you need, whenever you need it. Our service plan not only provides you with GPS tracking capabilities through our app, but also complimentary 24/7/365 direct access to the Pet Poison Helpline.

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    The Perfect Dog for You Based on Your Zodiac Sign

    Posted by Link on Aug 28, 2017

    Did you catch Astro-fever as we rode the Great American Eclipse Wave? Well, we're here to help you find your star-sign companion. We've matched you to a breed with the same characteristics and personality, zodiac-ly speaking! From Aries to Pisces, ram to fish, this is the place where the planets align and you find your new best friend.

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    Topics: Dog Fun

    Summer to Fall: 5 Walks to Remember

    Posted by Link on Aug 25, 2017

    Labor Day signals the traditional start for all things autumn, from football tailgating to pumpkin patch visits. It's also a gentle reminder, there's still time to make the most of the last of summer with your four-legged family member. You might not have time for a California beach getaway or a trip to the Big Apple, but you can take some special walks with your pup no matter where you live. Here are our top five ways to walk and mark the transition from Summer to Fall.

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    Topics: On the Go

    Back to School Daze: Easing Your Dog's Separation Anxiety

    Posted by Link on Aug 18, 2017

    Fall means Frankie has to transition from summertime stimulation to a sometimes empty house or one with humans focused on homework or racing to soccer practice. No more gobbling dropped hot dogs and water sprinkler shenanigans. School is back in session, so ease your dog's separation anxiety with these tips.

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    Topics: Training

    How to Find the Right Dog Walker For You & Your Pup

    Posted by Link on Aug 18, 2017

    We all want our dogs to be as healthy as possible. With all of the pet services offered these days, keeping your dog mentally and physically fit doesn't have to be as hard as teaching him new tricks. How do you ensure your dog's first walker is "the one"? How do you deal with handing the leash over to a stranger? After you've done your research and decided on a potential candidate, here are some tips to helping you feel at ease and making sure they're a good fit for Fido:

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    Topics: On the Go

    From “No Pets” to “Dogs Welcome”

    Posted by Link on Aug 17, 2017

    You've fallen head over paws for a spacious, beautiful new apartment for you and your furry best friend but how do you get your landlord to approve? If a no-pet policy stands in your way, these 5 courteous and effective tactics may change your landlord's mind.

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    Topics: On the Go

    Here’s How to Teach Your Dog to Swim in 5 Steps

    Posted by Link on Aug 08, 2017

    Contrary to pup-ular belief, swimming is not a natural behavior for dogs. Although many dogs will instinctively paddle in water, they’re not always great at it! Most dogs require lessons from their older, wiser canine pals or, in this case, their #1 human. Some breeds like Retrievers, Setters, and even Newfoundlands were bred to be graceful swimmers. Others, bred for different purposes are more like barrels of rocks (we’re looking at you, pugs). If your dog is a short-legged, broad-chested Bulldog, Dachshund, Pug, or similar breed…he may never learn to swim. Their bodies just aren’t cut out for it. But hey, that’s what sprinklers and life vests are for! Give your vet a quick call to be sure your dog is up for the challenge before trying any of the following teaching techniques.

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    Topics: On the Go

    Household Hazards For Dogs: Is Your Home Poison-Proof?

    Posted by Link on Aug 07, 2017

    Many household hazards are dangerous or even deadly for your dog. Is your home safe for your pooch? Would you recognize dog poisoning symptoms? Dr. Ahna Brutlag, board-certified veterinary toxicologist, offers these helpful tips to keep your pup safe.

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    Feeling the Heat: The Danger of Leaving a Dog in a Car

    Posted by Link on Aug 04, 2017

    We've all seen how excited dogs can get when it's time to go for a ride. Most canines love to feel the breeze in their fur, but it's crucial no dog is left in a car - even for a moment.

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    Topics: Health and Wellness

    Dog Friendly Hikes in San Francisco

    Posted by Link on Aug 03, 2017

    More dogs than kids live in San Francisco, and that makes for lucky pups. With ocean and bay on three sides, the city has a wealth of dog-friendly trails and Pacific beaches to explore. This is the perfect place to test out the LINK AKC Smart Collar's adventures feature. Snap selfies of your pup with cable cars, Alcatraz or the Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop. 

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    Topics: On the Go

    Ruff Weather? Indoor Dog Parks Beat the Heat

    Posted by Link on Aug 03, 2017

    Ruff weather outside? No matter what harsh conditions you and your pup are up against, there are plenty of places where you can enjoy exercise and fun indoors together. An indoor dog park gives you year-round options when Mother Nature deals in extremes. Snow storms, brutal heat or Spring showers don't have to stop playtime. Here's a look at five top-notch, climate controlled play date options.

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    Topics: On the Go

    How To Train Your Dog To Greet Guests

    Posted by Link on Aug 02, 2017

    Does even your most dog-loving guest peek around the door and take a deep breath before responding to your greeting, shouted above your pet barking? Even if your own guests' reactions aren't quite that extreme, it's never too soon to teach your dog how to properly greet visitors. Training them for greeting visitors makes everyone happier.

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    Topics: Training

    Dog Friendly New York City

    Posted by Link on Jul 31, 2017

    From chic Manhattan hotspots to leafy outer-borough parks, New York City is a surprisingly dog-friendly town. A trip there might have you wondering if you should take your dog along or leave him behind, but the Big Apple offers plenty of dog-friendly destinations to share with your pup.

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    Topics: On the Go