Family Dogs

Family dogs are dogs that are great for kids of all ages. Find out which types of dogs will fit best in your home.

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

By John Perritano

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.

By John Perritano

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?

By John Perritano

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And the smellier the better. But nobody seems to be able to figure out why they do it.

By John Perritano

Slipping your dog a little human food once in a while is fine, but be aware that some human foods are toxic to Fido.

By John Perritano

Your dog might even 'trance' — and you have no earthly idea what he's doing. We assure you, he's not the only one.

By John Perritano

Ancient American dogs were decimated when the Europeans arrived. But these pre-Columbian dogs did leave behind a lasting legacy.

By Mark Mancini

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Since there seem to be no scientific studies one way or another on whether dogs know when we're photographing them, we have to rely on anecdotal evidence.

By John Perritano

Bloodhounds, with their floppy skin and gangly ears, are the quintessential tracking dogs, and there's good reason.

By John Perritano

Dogs are more than man's best friend. They've also helped out with the Cuban Missile Crisis, joined the Russian space program and discovered a rare archaeological find. And at least one was promoted to sergeant.

By John Perritano

Anxiety-reducing thunder shirts can help calm frightened dogs and other pets.

By Carrie Tatro

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A study suggests your canine may be flashing those puppy dog eyes because it's trying to tell you something.

By Sarah Gleim

Let sleeping dogs lie? Maybe even in the same room, says a new study.

By Alia Hoyt

A study put dogs and wolves head to head in the intelligence department. Guess which species won?

By John Perritano

Credit for the ubiquity of the name as shorthand for a generic, random dog goes to one of the most popular U.S. presidents.

By Laurie L. Dove

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Some pet owners are amazed when their dogs respond to 'W-A-L-K' the same way they respond to 'walk.' But are their pooches getting smarter or just responding to something else?

By Alia Hoyt

Huffing your puppy's feet for an aroma reminiscent of Fritos all comes down to the existence of certain microbes.

By Laurie L. Dove

You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but researchers hope a pill could postpone the aging process and make man's best friend live a little longer.

By Jesslyn Shields

Veterinarians have a name for when a dog gets the call of the wild, often after a bath, and suddenly starts tearing through the house with an untamed glint in its eye.

By Laurie L. Dove

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Dogs suffering from the condition known as "limber tail" experience pain as their normally waggable appendages go limp.

By Jesslyn Shields

Think you're an ace swimmer? These canines might be even better.

By Allison Loudermilk

If you live with a pooch, you know that dogs are insightful, intuitive creatures. But you may not realize just how insightful they can be.

By Linda C. Brinson

Dogs may be humankind's best friend, but they're not always that reliable. Sure, they can detect hidden objects at the bottom of a lake, but they also tend to mistake their tails for prey. So can we really trust them to predict the weather?

By Kate Kershner

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Imagine your dog sending you a text alerting you that he needs to go out. Sound like science fiction? It may be closer to reality than you think.

By Laurie L. Dove

Kids and dogs usually love each other and you can strengthen that love by having your kids make their pet some tasty treats. We've got some easy recipes.

By Colleen Cancio