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Canine Military Heroes: 5 Important Service Dogs Who Should Be Celebrated

The first version of Memorial Day was called Decoration Day and was celebrated on May 30th, 1868. On that day, citizens of the United States would decorate the graves and memorials of fallen Civil War soldiers at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia. By 1890, many states had adopted the holiday as a day of memorial, and in 1971 it became a national holiday.

Every Memorial Day, we recognize the day as a chance to honor the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in each branch of our military forces. The DogWatch team joins in this salute and extends a heartfelt thanks to all veterans for their courageous service.
With so many heroes to praise, we turn our attention to the subject we know best: dogs. Here are the stories of five of these heroic military working dogs, whose bravery, dedication, and strength are an inspiration to us all.

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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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6 Things You Didn’t Know About Deaf Dogs

Do you know a deaf dog?

Deaf dogs are considered disabled, but their disability is usually overlooked as it is not visual. However, these pets still require the same support, attention, and understanding that any other pet would need. There are plenty of deaf dogs leading full and diverse lives as beloved family pets, therapy dogs, dog athletes, adoption advocates, and more.

Here are some things you might not know about deaf dogs!

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Fido’s Fitness Regime: How Much Exercise Does Your Dog Need?

All dogs need exercise to promote both mental and physical health. However, most owners aren’t sure if their dogs get the right amount or even how much they need. The amount of exercise your dog requires can vary drastically depending on breed, age, weight, and even pre-existing conditions. A couple of laps in your neighborhood might be sufficient exercise for some four-legged family members, but some dogs require much, much more.

Here’s a run-down of 10 types of dogs and their specific exercise requirements.

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