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Why Do Dogs Drool?

Behaviour & Training

Why Do Dogs Drool?

Drooling is a natural physiological response that helps dogs moisten and lubricate their mouths, aid in digestion, and regulate body temperature.

Why Do Dogs Sniff Each Other?

Behaviour & Training

Why Do Dogs Sniff Each Other?

Through sniffing, dogs exchange vital information about each other, such as age and health. This behaviour is essential for dogs to navigate their environment.

Why Do Dogs Sit On Your Feet?

Behaviour & Training

Why Do Dogs Sit On Your Feet?

Sitting on your feet is often a dog's adorable way of showing affection, seeking comfort or as part of their natural pack instinct to stick together.

Why Do Dogs' Ears Go Up and Down?

Behaviour & Training

Dog Ear Positions: What Do They Mean?

Different ear positions are one of the many ways that dogs communicate. Pinned back, perked up or floppy, ears position can tell us how a dog is feeling.

Why Do Dogs Chatter Their Teeth?

Behaviour & Training

Why Do Dogs Chatter Their Teeth?

Most often, teeth chattering in dogs is nothing to be concerned about. They could be just cold, a little stressed out or even excited.

Where Should Dogs Sleep?

Lifestyle

Where Should Dogs Sleep?

There is no right or wrong answer when considering where your dog should sleep at nighttime, it is about finding whatever works for you and your pup.

Can Dogs See in the Dark?

Lifestyle

Can Dogs See in the Dark?

While dogs cannot see in complete darkness as some animals can, their eyes can adapt to make the most of minimal light.

Can Dogs Eat Chocolate?

Nutrition

Can Dogs Eat Chocolate?

No, dogs cannot eat chocolate. Chocolate contains substances called methylxanthines, namely theobromine and caffeine, which are toxic to dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Pork?

Nutrition

Can Dogs Eat Pork?

Yes, dogs can eat pork provided that it is fed in the correct form and in controlled quantities. Pork is rich in protein, contributing to a healthy coat.

Can Dogs Eat Salt?

Nutrition

Can Dogs Eat Salt?

In moderation, small amounts of salt are generally safe for dogs. However, excessive consumption of salt can lead to health complications and salt poisoning.

Can Dogs Eat Cat Food?

Nutrition

Can Dogs Eat Cat Food?

No, dogs should not eat cat food. Cat food is formulated specifically to meet the nutritional needs of cats, which differ significantly from those of dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Gravy?

Nutrition

Can Dogs Eat Gravy?

No, dogs should not eat gravy that is intended for human consumption as it typically contains ingredients such as onion and garlic, which are toxic to dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Biscuits?

Nutrition

Can Dogs Eat Biscuits?

No, dogs should not eat human biscuits. Certain ingredients found in biscuits, such as chocolate and nuts, can be highly toxic to dogs if ingested.

Can Dogs Drink Tea?

Nutrition

Can Dogs Drink Tea?

No, dogs should not drink tea. Whilst it may seem harmless, tea can cause digestive upset in dogs. It is always best to opt for water as their source of hydration.

Dog looking at himself in the mirror

Lifestyle

Do Dogs Recognise Themselves in the Mirror?

Dogs’ reactions to mirrors vary from dog to dog. Generally speaking, most dogs do not recognise themselves in the mirror.

Dog sleeping and dreaming

Lifestyle

Do Dogs Dream?

Yes, dogs can dream. You might notice your dog twitching, moving their paws, or making sounds while asleep, these are all signs that they're deep in dreamland.

Maple the dog looking jealous

Behaviour & Training

Do Dogs Get Jealous?

Yes, dogs can get jealous. Dogs are known for their strong bonds with their family and protection against their possessions, such as food and toys.

Teddy the Pomeranian

Breeds

Toy Dog Breeds

Toy breeds are small-sized dogs that are characterised by their petite stature, generally weighing around 5 to 15 pounds and standing at 6 to 12 inches tall.

Gloria the Sharpei

Breeds

Wrinkly Dog Breeds

From the saggy skin of the Bulldog to the iconic wrinkles of the Shar-Pei, there are many breeds that are full of these adorable folds.

Cody the Shih Tzu

Breeds

Brachycephalic (Flat-Faced) Dog Breeds

Shih Tzus, Pugs and French Bulldogs are all examples of brachycephalic dogs, commonly known as flat-faced dogs.

Samoyed dog smiling

Behaviour & Training

Do Dogs Smile?

Whether or not dogs have the ability to smile is still up for debate. Many pup parents insist that they've seen their dog express happiness through a smile.

Music for dogs

Lifestyle

Do Dogs Like Music?

Yes, dogs like music. Certain genres, such as classical and reggae, can have a soothing effect which is perfect for dogs with separation anxiety.

Dog playing in the sunshine

Lifestyle

Do Dogs Need Suncream?

Yes, in some circumstances dogs will need suncream. Dogs with thin and light-coloured coats are especially prone to sunburn.

Owner giving her dog a hug

Lifestyle

Do Dogs Like Hugs?

Dogs, much like us, have different personalities and preferences. Some pups may relish the warmth of a good cuddle, while others might find it uncomfortable.

German Shepherd in the snow

Lifestyle

Do Dogs Like Snow?

It varies from dog to dog but, generally most dogs enjoy playing in the snow. The unusual texture and crisp smell provides the perfect playground for them.