Jul
28

Games dogs play: Learning games for dogs of all ages

Every time you engage your dog in a new activity, you’re providing her with mental stimulation and encouraging her to tune into her senses and look to you (instead of to your shoes) for fun and challenge.

According to scientific studies, the average dog has the equivalent intelligence level of a two-year-old child—and like a child, dogs are often bursting with energy and require a great deal of mental stimulation. A couple of walks each day is not enough to satisfy their busy brains, and a bored dog can suffer from mild depression or destructive behavior. Indeed, dogs thrive most when put to ‘work’ learning new tricks, skills, and concepts. Here are some stellar games for dogs that are fun, stimulating, and a great bonding experience for the two of you.

Let the games begin!

Jul
28

Hot weather dogs: Tips for keeping your canine cool

warm weather chihuahuas

These chihuahuas know how to beat the heat.

If you live in a hot climate and you’re researching breeds that’ll thrive, we have good news: whether fluffy or sleek, most dogs can be healthy and active in the heat provided they get plenty of access to drinking water and shade.

That said, certain dog breeds have a greater appreciation for hotter climates—and all our pals could benefit from a little extra TLC in the summertime. Read on to uncover the symptoms and treatments for heat stroke and dehydration. Plus, discover creative tips for staying cool during the dog days of summer, and explore that seasonal quandary: “To shave or not to shave…”

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Jul
25

So your dog is a Chicago sports fan…

Your dog was by your side for every Blackhawks game this season, hoping for a Stanley Cup repeat. He was there throughout the less than ideal 2013 Bears season and had an opinion on the McCown vs. Cutler quarterback controversy. Fido is as excited as you are about the Cubs potential this season with their crop of incredible young hitting talent. Or, if you and your pup are White Sox fans, rookie Jose Abreu is what it’s all about this season. Your dog keeps telling people that he’s arguably the best hitter in the league, and you’d have to agree. Your dog feels cautiously optimistic about the Bulls signing Gasol, but of course, he wanted Melo like the rest of us. Through all the ups and downs, your dog is by your side, as loyal a fan as he is a companion.

When your dog is as big of a Chicago sports fan as you are, he deserves fan gear as good as yours. Without further ado, the best Chicago fan gear for your dog…

Chicago Bulls dog jersey1. Chicago Bulls Jersey – $14.99

This jersey has an incredibly authentic look and feel. If your dog was a just a little bit taller, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was mistaken for a player in this jersey.

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Jul
25

Is my dog laughing at me? Decoding dog emotions

Ever get the feeling your dog’s disappointed in you? Maybe you ignored him for a moment to scratch a pal’s pet, or chose a night on the town over an evening playing fetch. It turns out there’s a chance your dog does, indeed, feel jealous. In a recent article, the New York Times explored the possibility that dogs experience jealousy. If the science behind dog jealousy leaves you wondering about your canine’s emotional range, read on to explore your dog’s rich inner life.

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Jul
25

This week’s #Roverdotcom dogs of Instagram

Dog family portrait - Rover dogs of instagramWelcome to this week’s fun-filled digest of the #roverdotcom dogs (… and turtles?) of Instagram! You can get a peek into all the fun Rover dogs are having with their sitters.

This week’s photos feature Rover dogs beating the heat, getting muddy, and cheesin’ for the camera.

Want your photo to be featured on the #Roverdotcom dogs of Instagram? Just Instagram your stay photos with hashtag #roverdotcom. We’ll select our favorites each week!

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