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Mom, I'm bored...

Dogs are a lot like children. If you don’t give them something fun to do, they will make their own fun—and often not in ways you approve of.
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The dogness of everything

There’s a good likelihood you think of your dog as part of the family. More of us than ever tell researchers we do. For that reason it’s easy to assume the human-dog bond is stronger now than it’s ever been - but is it?
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Cycling with your dog

Think cycling and dogs don’t mix? That depends. Yes, just holding a leash while riding a bike is a bad idea—one sudden dog move and you’re down. But if you love to ride and would like to share the road with your dog, you have other options.
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Dry eye

Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), better known as “dry eye,” is a common eye condition in dogs. Any dog can develop dry eye, but dogs with big, buggy eyes, such as Pugs, Lhasa Apsos, Pekingese, Boston Terriers, Cocker Spaniels, and English Bulldogs, are extra susceptible.
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Dog in the spotlight:
Great Dane

Like Danish pastry, the Great Dane is not from Denmark at all. The breed originated in Germany, but has roots in ancient cultures like China and Egypt. Great Danes are often called the Apollos of the dog world because of their regal appearance, but fanciers will tell you “the world’s biggest lapdogs” don’t stand on ceremony. Great Danes are legendary leaners who enjoy nothing more than to rest their impressive bulk against the legs of their favorite people. Playful and trainable, Great Danes are popular family dogs, but their strength—and guard instincts—shouldn’t be underestimated. While not the fastest ball-retrievers, Great Danes still need plenty of exercise. They thrive on the stimulation of fun dog sports like agility, tracking, weight pull, and musical free style. Easygoing Great Danes often make wonderful therapy dogs, too.

To give a Great Dane a home, search online for your local rescue organization.

Spotting signs of pain in your dog

Masking pain or illness is an evolutionary survival mechanism in dogs, which makes it hard to tell at times whether Fido is unwell. Here are some signs of trouble to look out for (when in doubt, always consult your vet):

Activity level changes: Lethargy, restlessness, or a less cheerful dog can mean something is wrong.

Mood swings: Happy one day, grouchy the next? Pain could be at the root. The same goes for a pup who’s happy in the morning, but cranky at night.

Sudden aggression: If an otherwise friendly dog, especially an adult, shows aggression, be sure to include pain as one of the chief suspects.

Loss of appetite: Could be pain, illness, or something less alarming, but a lack of appetite always warrants a trip to the vet.

New DDW dogs!

Welcome the following new friends to the DDW family:

How to say dog in
these languages

  • Albanian: Qen
  • Arabic: Calb
  • Belarusian: Sabaka
  • Bengali: Kukur
  • Blackfoot: Imitáá
  • Catalan: Gos
  • Danish: Hund
  • Dutch: Hond
  • Eskimo: Kringmerk
  • French: Chien/ne
  • Greek: Skylos
  • Hebrew: Kelev
  • Italian: Cane
  • Lithuanian: šuo
  • Maori: Kuri
  • Mongolian: Noqai
  • Polish: Pies
  • Samoan: Maile
  • Sepedi: Mpaa
  • Spanish: Perro
  • Tagalog: Áso
  • Urdu: Kutta
  • Welsh: Ci
  • Yiddish: Hunt or kelef
  • Zulu: Inja

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