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How Every Dog Owner Can Plan A Perfect Beach, Lake Or River Day!

The sun is up, the weather is warm, and the ocean, lake, or river is calling your name! There are few summer activities that rival hitting the water on an idyllic summer day. A beach, lake, or river trip is fun for every family member, and that can include four-legged family members.

However, if you plan on bringing your dog along, there are a few things to consider. Follow this guide to ensure that you (and your pup) have the best day ever!

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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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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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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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