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Why do dogs lick?

Does your dog give you “kisses”? Does he/she spend a good portion of the day grooming? Just why do dogs lick anyway? Communication Mother dogs lick their puppies to clean them, stimulate breathing, and to communicate so licking is something dogs learn early. It can be used to signify respect to a more dominant dog or simply to get the … Continue reading


Training Pays Off!

This past week I’ve had the opportunity to practice what I preach.  I have two giant dogs –  Shenanigans, a 4 year old Great Pyrenees/Irish Wolfhound mix and Smooch, a 2.5 year old Anatolian Shepherd. They were both shelter kids and both pretty well behaved but will take advantage if given the opportunity.  When I first began training them they … Continue reading

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Ten Reasons to Adopt an Adult Dog

When looking for a new pet, adoption is encouraged as a means of preventing unnecessary euthanasia of thousands of shelter animals daily, especially adult dogs. While it is common for people to automatically want an adorable little puppy, there are many reasons to consider a mature dog, as well.   1. There are more adult dogs in shelters than puppies. … Continue reading

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Recipe: Wheat-Free Spinach and Chicken Dog Treats

Give your pup a healthy home-baked treat with this delicious, easy-to-follow recipe.  They’re even great for dogs with sensitive stomachs! You’ll need: Large BowlBaking SheetParchment paper or a silicone baking matRolling PinCookie Cutter Ingredients: 1 1/2 cup Chicken, cooked and shredded 1/2 cup frozen Cut Leaf Spinach, thawed 2 cups White Rice Flour 2 Eggs 1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese … Continue reading

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Why Do Dogs Sneeze?

For me, it’s a puff of dust from a seldom regarded book, a little too much black pepper on my food, or a walk outside in the early summer when the pollen covers everything in pale green. I can feel it welling up in my chest and getting ready to explode. Usually there’s no stopping it, although occasionally I get … Continue reading

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Why Do Dogs Tilt Their Heads?

There’s nothing cuter than when your dog sits in front of you tilting her head from side to side while you talk to her. But why does she do it? Here are a few reasons why your dog tilts her head. Hearing One reason dogs tilt their heads is so they can hear well. Dogs have movable earflaps so when … Continue reading


Dog Portrait Tips from the Doggyloot Photographer

Everybody loves puppy pictures, and as the staff photographer at I especially love them. Today I’m going to give a few tips on how to capture a great photograph of your canine companion. Get Low When photographing a dog, I am always on one knee or lower. More often than not I’m actually lying on the ground propped-up on … Continue reading

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Why Dogs Fart

Farts. They stink, they sound funny, and they’re just a part of life. Everyone does it–including your dog. But some may wonder, “Why?” Why does your dog fart? The reasons may be easier to understand than you think. Diet Just like in humans, some diets may lead to more flatulence than others. For example, foods high in carbohydrates can cause … Continue reading


2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards

If you’re a dog owner, you know that even just being there to greet you at the end of a long day is all it takes for your best (four-legged) friend to qualify as a hero.  But sometimes, dogs take it a few steps further. What are Hero Dogs? Every year, the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards honors a handful … Continue reading

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How To Make A Dog Toy From Old T-Shirts

Toys and play are important facets of a happy and healthy life for your dog, but let’s face it: dog toys can be expensive and it can be more than a little painful to watch that pricey toy ripped to shreds in ten seconds, flat, by your overzealous dog.   Of course, each dog is different, but if you’ve been cursed blessed with a … Continue reading

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