Dog Breeds/Traits

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5 Dog Breeds Who Hate Summer And How You Can Keep Them Cool

Does your dog hate the heat? As the sweltering and hazy dog days of summer arrive, dogs who are sensitive to humidity and heat may grow lethargic and are often more than happy to sit in an air-conditioned home all day.

What may seem like a natural response to heat can be a serious problem for some breeds. Here are FIVE breeds of dogs who do NOT thrive in the hot weather and what you can do to keep them cool.

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Canine Companions: How To Tell If Your Dog Has A Best Friend

Though you may believe that you are your dog’s best friend, they may have canine best friends as well.

Like many mammals, dogs evolved as pack animals, most likely to increase their likelihood of survival. But along with that pack mentality, dogs also developed the ability to bond socially. That bonding led to the ability to work proficiently as a team while hunting and a sense of loyalty between members of the pack.

While most of that bonding has now passed to dog-owner relationships, your dog probably still bonds with other canines. You may notice your pet has preferred playmates, who they may be less aggressive towards or more tolerant of their presence. Several factors contribute to this preference, such as playstyle, energy level, and temperament.

Here are a few ways to figure out if your dog has a best friend.

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Memorial Day Weekend Safety Tips

Memorial Day Weekend is a time for thanking veterans and paying tribute to those who have served our country. It is also a time to celebrate the arrival of the summer season with gatherings, cookouts, and other warm-weather activities. Here is how to keep your dog safe during this weekend’s festivities.

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5 Easy Ways To Keep Your Dog Hydrated!

Water is vital to maintaining your four-legged family member’s body and mind, but many dogs don’t get enough water, making dehydration a common and potentially dangerous condition. Keeping your four-legged family member hydrated helps them regulate their body temperature, keep their energy levels up, and recover from physical activity quicker. It allows vital organs to keep doing their job, promotes urinary tract health, supports digestion, and keeps their metabolism working properly.

Also, remember that dogs and humans do NOT have the same hydration and electrolyte needs. Dogs don’t sweat, they pant. That panting results in stored water leaving their body. With all that fur, it’s no wonder why dogs get overheated so much quicker than humans, especially when it’s hot out.

Here are some easy ways to keep them hydrated during the warm weather ahead.

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