Dogs Dig Walking

Digging holes

Why do dogs dig? Because it’s fun. Dogs love to bury or recover bones, dig out prey like mice and rats, or make a nice cooling pit when the weather is warm. Digging isn’t a behavior problem, it’s normal canine behavior and thoroughly enjoyable for the dog.
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Dogs: Our winning technology?

Dogs, any dog lover will tell you, are essential. Without dogs we humans are, as a species, poorer, stymied, incomplete somehow. Recently, an anthropologist presented a compelling case that a possible reason humans won out over Neanderthals in the evolutionary battle for survival was our close relationship with dogs.
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Lure coursing

Lure coursing mimics a small-prey hunt, something that gets the blood pumping and the paws flying in sighthounds and in many other dogs, from Retrievers to Yorkshire Terriers. Dogs chase an artificial lure across a field in a pattern meant to simulate the pursuit of small game.
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Dogs and sweaters

Is the doggie sweater really necessary? The answer boils down to what your dog is naturally equipped with, coat-wise. Double-coated dogs with high coat density were bred for harsh conditions and are uncomfortable with outerwear of any kind. However, single-coated dogs like Yorkshire Terriers and Papillons must be dressed well for any rough weather. And regardless of breed, older dogs and dogs with weak immune systems may benefit from the extra warmth clothes provide.
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Dog in the spotlight:

Like their larger cousin the Greyhounds, Whippets were engineered for speed. Long, slim legs, a narrow head, defined musculature, and a chest deep enough for powerhouse lungs make these sleek-coated sighthounds aerodynamic athletes-and-a-half. Bred to hunt rabbits for the stewpots of English miners, Whippets have a strong prey drive and will chase anything that moves. They love all manner of speed sports, from agility to lure coursing to track racing, and are spectacular jumpers and on-a-dime turners. In fact, the world’s premier Disc Dog competition, The Ashley Whippet Invitational, is named after the Whippet who became known as the greatest frisbee-catching dog of all time. As fleet-footed as Whippets are outside, indoors they frequently turn into mellow couch potatoes that enjoy family time most of all.

To give a Whippet a second chance, search online for nearby rescue groups.

Four ways to prevent doggie dandruff

Groom often. Dogs’ grooming needs vary greatly, but all dogs benefit from regular brushing. It keeps their coats burr-free, distributes natural oils, and massages the skin.

Lock in moisturizer. Use moisturizing shampoos and conditioners when you give Fido his bath. After he dries, spritz him with a gentle pet oil available in a spray bottle from holistic pet stores or massage your own all-natural hand cream into his skin.

Special shampoo. If your dog has severe dandruff issues, always consult your veterinarian before attempting treatment. Often, the vet will recommend a medicated shampoo in such cases.

Feed good fats. Dogs, like humans, need good fats in their diet to thrive. If you already feed your dog high-quality food rich in healthy fats, consider adding oil supplements designed for dogs.

Prevention for your pups

  • Heartworm
    Now that it's getting warmer, it's time to give your dogs a yummy heartworm treat!
  • Itchy insects
    Your dog's friends will appreciate not contracting fleas from your dog! And ticks are not fun to deal with - so prevent it from even happening with some flea and tick treatment.

New DDW dogs!

Welcome the following new friends to the DDW family:

These doggie figures

Top 5 states by dog ownership rate:

  1. Arkansas, 47.9%
  2. New Mexico, 46%
  3. Kentucky and Missouri, 45.9%
  4. West Virginia, 45.8%

Number of households that consider dogs part of the family: 67%

Most popular breeds:

  • Labrador Retriever
  • German Shepherd
  • Golden Retriever
  • Beagle
  • Bulldog

Male to female ratio among dogs in the United States: 48.6% male, 51.4% female.

Most popular names:

  • Bella
  • Daisy
  • Lucy
  • Molly
  • Lola
  • Max
  • Buddy
  • Charlie
  • Rocky
  • Cooper

Sources: American Veterinary Medical Association, “U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Source Book, 2012,” and American Kennel Club.

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