Monthly Archives: February 2016

Dogs VS Cats: Nightvision

Tori Holmes by Tori Holmes  at BarkPost

Nothing can more quickly divide a room than bringing up the age-old debate of cats vs. dogs. The team at BBC decided to stir the pot a bit by asking senior ophthalmologist, Dr. Rick Sanchez of the Royal Veterinary College which of these animals has better night vision.

We won’t spoil it for you, but the results of the test show that when it comes to night vision there is one clear winner. Don’t worry though; your favorite furry pet is still great at plenty of other things!

13 Undeniable Reasons Everyone Should Have A Dog In Their Life

13 Undeniable Reasons Everyone Should Have A Dog In Their LifeAlly Nesmith by Ally Nesmith @ BarkPost

Let’s start with an undeniable nugget of truth: DOGS ARE THE BEST. That’s not my opinion, it’s a steadfast certainty that was etched in stone at the dawn of time. What? You don’t remember that day in History class?

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Anyways. Dogs truly are the best, and there’s really no way to adequately list all the ways in which they are so awesome and why you definitely need to make one your sidekick, wing (wo)man, and partner-in-crime at some point in your life. But I ain’t a quitter, I’ll give it the old college try.

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1. Dogs Are A Living, Breathing Reality Check

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There are bound to be countless times in your life when your perspective gets a little skewed and things that aren’t a big deal SEEM LIKE A REALLY BIG F*@#%!& DEAL.Whether you’re fuming over that woman who snaked your parking spot at the grocery store, or upset you still haven’t heard back from last night’s hottie with that unforgettable body, it’s a good idea to have a fail-proof way to bring you back to reality. Having a dog reminds you of what really matters (their precious face) and keeps a level head on your shoulders.

2. Dogs Teach You To Laugh It Offsmiling dog

Source: Angelica / Flickr 

I’m not saying if you adopt a dog you will emerge a comedian the likes of Lenny Bruce or Louis C.K., but having a dog is guaranteed to give you a better sense of humor. You have to adjust to dealing with unfamiliar sights, smells, and situations — all of which will bend but not break you. You learn not to sweat the small stuff and that life is meant to be enjoyed. If the world’s not ending, it’s often the best choice to just laugh it off.

 

3. Dogs Tone Down Your Perfectionism dog perfectionism

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The reality of any dog parent is that their home will NEVER be perfectly clean and tidy again. Even the best behaved dog entails the occasional mopping up of muddy pawprints and endless lint-rolling of your fur-covered furniture. You can’t spend your entire life following your dog around with a Dustbuster and a container of Clorox wipes. You’ve gotta learn to let [dirty] sleeping dogs lie. 

4. Dogs Give You A Reliable Routine maxresdefault

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Life is crazy and can pull you in a thousand directions at once — especially in your 20’s and 30’s when you’re still figuring a lot of things out and there are so many moving parts in your life. A dog depends on you and requires you to keep a better handle on everything. They need consistency and routine, which can be a great way to help tame your own hectic lifestyle.

 

5. Dogs Make You Less Self-Centereddog hug

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If you’re living on your own, it’s only natural that you might get caught all up in yo’self. You’re used to doing you and only you, so it’s understandable if you become just a teensy weensy bit self-centered. Being responsible for another living creature’s well-being is the best way to remind yourself that there are more important things than how many people follow you on Instagram. 

6. Having A Dog Boosts Your Healtholivia

As if the lovable cuteness of a little pile of puppy isn’t enough of a gift, it’s proven that having a dog is actually good for you. They lower your blood pressure and cholesterol and reduce the risk of eczema and allergies in children. Kids who grow up in households with dogs miss fewer days of school as a result of stronger immune systems and better overall health. 

7. Dogs Elevate Your Mood


Not only do pups keep us healthier physically, they also work wonders on our mental well-being. Dogs are natural-born mood lifters. I’m yet to face a bad day where looking into my dog’s loving eyes didn’t help immensely. They boost self-esteem, keep you from feeling lonely, and help combat depression.

8. Having A Dog Makes You A Better Planner dog on computer

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Not only do dogs lend a sense of routine to your life, they can also make you a much better planner. You have to remember vet appointments, ration their food, make plans in advance for any trips you take, or arrange to have a dog walker come by when you’re at work. Keeping track of their schedule is a fantastic way to remind you to keep a better eye on your own agenda as well.

 

9. You Don’t Have To Invest In An Alarm Clockalarm clock dog kiss

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People don’t often talk about how having a dog can save you money — between the feeding, toys, and healthcare, it can get pretty pricey. But one way that a dog can actually put cash back in your wallet is by eliminating the need to buy an alarm clock — or a vacuum cleaner, for that matter.dog licking

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10. Never Nap Alone
As if naps weren’t already the absolute best, having a dog to share some Z’s with makes an already awesome pastime into a bone-ified bonding extravaganza. 

11. Adventure Time For Life

Naps aren’t the only thing you need never do alone again. Jogging? Check. Hiking? Check. Binge-watching Netflix? Check, check, check. Whatever you’re in the mood to do, there’s a solid chance your dog is more than down to join you. 

12. Dogs Can Kickstart Your Social Lifedog walk

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Whether you’re new in town or just have a little trouble meeting new people, there is no better icebreaker than a dog. There’s seldom a time I take my pup for a stroll and don’t end up striking up a conversation with another dog owner or lover. Crazy dog people are one of the largest subcultures simply because of how awesome dogs are. They dissolve the awkwardness of a simple person-to-person encounter by giving you something to talk about. 

13. Source of Unconditional Love dog kiss lick

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Nobody will ever love you the way your dog loves you. You are their world, their galaxy, their universe, and more. Nobody can see you through life’s inevitable rough patches the way your dog can. They always say all the right things without saying anything at all.

Let us know all of the ways your dog has changed your life in the Comments section below!
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Understanding The Attitude Behind Your Dog’s Side Eye

Understanding The Attitude Behind Your Dog’s Side Eye

We’ve all seen that look on our dog’s face, the one that screams “What did you just say to me?” or “Whatever you’re doing, STOP.” It’s when your dog freezes and stares intensely out of the corners of his eyes. Kind of like this:

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It’s called whale eye, and it’s your dog’s way of saying “Back off.” Whale eye usually foretells some kind of aggression. It can occur when a dog is guarding something carefully, be it a chew toy or his favorite hooman, and suddenly feels threatened.

Help! My dog has never done this before!

It’s ok. The first step is to give your pup the space he’s asking for. Back up and analyze the situation. Did you get too close to the bone he’s been hiding for 72 hours?

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Are you about to step on his favorite toy? Or if you’re a dog, are you thinking that his bed is for sharing and are you about to place your dirty paw on it? Any of these things could trigger a defensive response, and the whale eye is a warning.

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There’s a notable difference between the whale eye and a regular side gaze. Notice your dog’s body. If he feels threatened, he’ll appear rigid or tense. But simply looking away is a dog’s way of saying he means no harm.

Any dog owner can sense when their dog is stressed. Whale eye is only one of many body languages dogs express when experiencing discomfort. It’s important to be as intuitive as your pup is. Make sure to never reprimand him for showing signs of anxiety, but instead, evaluate the context to see what you can do to ease your dog’s mood.

Featured image via: @chelseaasylvia

Sources: Paws4dogsDogtimeModern Dog Magazine

19 Crucial Distinctions Between Being A Dog Lover And Being A Dog Parent

19 Crucial Distinctions Between Being A Dog Lover And Being A Dog Parent

I don’t know about you guys, but if someone doesn’t like dogs, I have to seriously consider whether or not they’re worth having in my life. I’m talking up-all-night, pulling-my-hair-out, pros-and-cons-list-making consideration.

And while everyone reading this LOVES dogs –if you don’t love dogs, the nearest exit is in the upper left hand corner of your browser window, feel free to show yourself to it! Ahem. Anyways. And while we all LOVE dogs, some people aren’t lucky enough to have one of their own. Here are 20 of the most important distinctions between a bone-ified pup parent and a basic mutherpuppin’ pup luvah.

1. A Dog Lover: Will pet a dog and move on.

A Dog Parent: Will ask the dog’s name, how old they are, basically every detail down to, “where did you buy that leash?

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2. Every Dog Lover: Tears up when a dog dies in a movie.

A Dog Parent: Will sob uncontrollably, hug their fur baby, and cover their eyes throughout the entire ordeal.

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3. Dog Lovers: Go to the dog park to play with and see all of the dogs.

Dog Parents: Go to the dog park and become the authority on everyone else’s pup parenting style.

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4. Dog Lovers: Go on vacations as usual.

Dog Parents: Fall down the Internet rabbit hole researching the best ways to bring their dog along for all the fun.

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5. Dog Lovers: Go out to brunch, the movies, a date, they participate in life and in conversations as usual.

Dog Parents: Do all of these things… but are always thinking about what their dog is doing in the back of their minds.

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6. Most Dog Lovers: Can see a pup and enjoy it as a novelty in and of itself.

Dog Parents: Simply must compare every aspect of the dog in question to the pup they’ve got back home.

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7. Dog Lovers: Know a handful of breed names.

Dog Parents: Are walking, talking encyclopedia with a wealth of dog info — and even have an “expert” opinion on what your mutt is made of.

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8. Dog Lovers: Get to enjoy your dog’s excited, affectionate energy…

Dog Parents: You get all of that… plus the added bonus of unforeseen poops, farts, and mood swings.

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9. A Dog Lover: Can take a photo or selfie and move on with their day.

A Dog Parent: Will always feel like a photo is incomplete without their precious pups’ face. #TrueStory

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10. Dog lovers: Are usually grossed out by the idea of picking up poop.

Dog Parents: Never miss a beat and are no longer phased by their dog’s seemingly endless BMs.

11. Dog Lovers Get to enjoy a nice, well-kept fur-free wardrobe.

Dog Parents: Don’t even remember what life was like before everything they own became coated in a fabulous layer of fluff.

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12. Dog Lovers Get to spread out across their bed while visions of puppies dance in their heads.

Dog parents Are on the front lines, with that tail, butt, or snout firmly in their face. Ehh…sometimes it’s not so bad.

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13. Dog Lovers: Have to invest in something called an “alarm clock”.

Dog Parents Have their own (albeit unreliable) one.

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14. Dog Lovers: Another investment poor pup lovers have to make: a vacuum. It’s seriously so sad that they have to pick up their food themselves, I can’t even imagine.

Dog Parents: Have a fluffy vacuum who gets ALL of the crumbs.

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15. Dog Lovers Have to come up with crazy excuses for when they want to flake on plans.

Every Dog Parent: Knows the value of having a pup back home when it comes time to make that Irish exit.

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16.If Dog Lovers: Want a partner in crime, they have to send a bunch of hopeful (desperate) texts to find one.

Dog parents: Always have a running, hiking, or adventuring buddy at the ready.

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Source: Benny The Dog 

17. Dog Lovers: Have to convince themselves that the food they’re eating is delicious.

Dog parents: Have the verification of a dog drooling over every bite they ever eat. EVER.

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18. Most Dog Lovers Love all dogs fairly and equally.

Dog Parents: Know, for a fact, that only their baby is the ultimate.

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19. Only dog parents get to bask in the glory of a hero’s welcome every single time they come home. And it really doesn’t get any better than that.

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CLIP DOG’S NAILS?

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Question:

My dog freaks when I try to clip his nails. How can I get him to relax?

Answer:

Many dogs are sensitive about having their nails cut, getting their ears cleaned, or just being handled during exams and other procedures. Small, slow steps are needed to train and teach your dog that he’s safe and that having his nails clipped is a normal thing.

To begin, make sure you have lots of tiny treats available, and feed him a few as he sniffs and examines the clippers. Put the clippers down and try gently touching his legs and feet with your hand, frequently offering treats. If he doesn’t take the treats (but under normal circumstances would), he’s still too nervous, and you need to slow down. Touch higher up on his body and legs, and take your time.

Do this several times a day for as long as it takes him to relax while being handled. Touch many parts of his body, slowly and gently, so he gets used to the idea and to the feel of it. (This is not the same as petting, and he knows it.)

Practice this in a comfortable environment for your dog, and make the treats yummy and plentiful. As each “touch training” session stops, so do the treats; that way he comes to associate lots of treats with having his paws handled.

Gradually, move your sessions toward holding his paw in your hand, bringing the clipper up to his paw, touching the clippers to his nail, and eventually clipping his nail–just one the first time. As you get through each successive step, remember how hard this is for your dog and praise him for being so brave.

As you both get more comfortable with the paw handling and nail clipping, you’ll progress from clipping one nail per session to two, four, or more until you’re clipping many in a session. Don’t worry about getting them all though–there’s no rule that says you have to clip every one of your dog’s nails each time!

Another option is to consider using a Dremel (a tool that grinds nails rather than clipping them). Some dogs who absolutely hate nail clippers tolerate a Dremel very well. Use a metal or coarse sandpaper bit at the end, and make multiple, light touches to the ends of the nails.

Read more at http://dogtime.com/dog-health/general/5069-nail-trimming-tips-alonso-faq#k5skgtZvAuhbFf1k.99