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Dogs are called man's best friend for a reason. Learn all about dogs, from choosing a dog to solving dog behavior problems to giving dogs first aid.

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Can Dogs Lose Their Ability to Smell?

It's not uncommon for older dogs to lose their sight or even their hearing as they age. But can they lose their ability to smell, too?

Why Do Dogs Sniff Each Other's Butts?

To a human it's unimaginable — sniffing another's derriere. But to our canine companions, it's totally normal. But why? Why?

Can Dogs Get Poison Ivy?

Some of us get it, some of us don't – the scourge of so many nature lovers everywhere – but did you know that our four-legged friends are also susceptible to the three-leaved menace?

Why Do Dogs Have Anal Glands?

All dogs have anal glands that serve multiple functions. The problem is they can also get blocked or infected, and even leak, which is really disgusting if you're a human.

Xoloitzcuintli: The Mexican Hairless Dog, Ancient Guide to the Underworld

The xoloitzcuintli is one of the most ancient of dog breeds and even was considered as a symbolic guide to the underworld by the ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations.

Can I Feed My Dog Cat Food in a Pinch?

If you run out of your dog's food, can you just feed him your cat's food? And what about your cat? Is it OK to give him dog food?

What's the Biggest Dog in the World?

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes. But a few breeds stand out for being, well, exceptionally large. Which hold the records for being the biggest?

The Lowdown on the Lion-like Leonberger

At between 120 and 170 pounds, you might expect the massive Leonberger to be aggressive and hard to handle — turns out, they're intelligent, gentle and sensitive family dogs.

How Often Should You Bathe Your Dog?

All dogs need baths. But how often? And can you bathe them too much?

How to Give Your Dog CPR

It's one of your worst nightmares. Your dog isn't breathing and you can't find his pulse. Do you know what to do to save his life?

What's the Best Way to Leash Your Dog?

Retractable leashes, martingale collars, slip leads, harnesses, choke chains – this dog walking business is way more complicated than you thought. So, with all the options out there, what is the best way to leash your dog?

Why Dogs Love Belly Rubs, Cats Not So Much

The way to a dog's heart is definitely through a belly rub, but just touching a cat's belly will probably get you a back-leg rabbit kick and a painful vise of teeth and claws.

Do Dogs Have Belly Buttons?

The belly button is pretty obvious on a human. But what about a dog? Do they have one and if so, where in the world is it?

Can You Be Allergic to a Hypoallergenic Dog?

Any dog lover with allergies knows that the two just don't mix. So which dog breeds are best if you're allergic and still want a four-legged friend?

What's the Difference Between an Alaskan Malamute and a Husky?

There are two types of huskies and they both look an awful lot like malamutes, so it's no wonder people can't tell them apart.

How the Shar-Pei Got Its Wrinkles

The Shar-Pei is one of the most unusual looking dogs around — that is, if you can find the dog under all those adorable wrinkles.

Who Ya Gonna Call? The Dogs of R.A.T.S.

In rat-infested New York City, the Ryders Alley Trencherfed Society – R.A.T.S – is on the job and prowling the streets with dogs bred and trained to flush out and dispose of pesky rodents.

Do Dogs Go Through Puberty?

The dog days of adolescence are tough on humans. But what about our four-legged friends? Do they deal with similar hormonal changes as they age?

5 Tips for Walking Your Dog Safely

A study found seniors are prone to injury while walking their dogs. Here are ways to enjoy walks with Fido and do it safely.

Too Many Shots? Inside the Dog Vaccination Controversy

Some people believe dogs need a full complement of yearly vaccinations and some don't think they need any at all.

Fear of Dogs Is Real but Treatable

To most people, dogs are sweet and cuddly, but for some, they're terrifying. However, there are treatments to get over this phobia and most involve hanging out with a dog.

Do Dogs Get Embarrassed When We Dress Them Up?

Humans experience a wide range of emotions, but what about dogs? Do they ever get embarrassed by things their humans force them to do?

Get Rid of Your Retractable Dog Leash, Stat!

If you walk your dog on a retractable dog leash, you need to read this article before you or your four-legged friend wind up hurt.

Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses?

People often hear if a dog's nose is dry, the dog is sick. If that's true, does a wet nose signal a healthy dog?

Dog Bowls Are Breeding Grounds For Bacteria

Ceramic and plastic bowls, especially, have been shown to breed E. coli, salmonella and even MRSA.

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