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Have you ever wondered: why does my dog lick my feet? For some owners, this behavior may seem odd. And for those with ticklish feet, it can be downright unpleasant, especially if your pup’s licking becomes a regular occurrence. But licking is a perfectly normal behavior for dogs. They lick to communicate and to take […] The post Why Does My Dog Lick My Feet? appeared first on American Kennel Club.
The first-grade boy didn’t like reading—or even trying to read. He’d fallen behind during the pandemic and felt embarrassed in front of his classmates, so he’d just shut down and refuse to participate, looking at the ceiling or fiddling with a pencil. That changed last fall when a Labrador Retriever named Hudson started visiting classes […] The post Class Acts: Therapy Dogs Work Full Time in Classrooms appeared first on American Kennel Club.
A French breed, the Barbet gained full recognition by the AKC in January 2020. Despite being introduced in the United States in 1994, this breed is anything but new. In fact, it dates back centuries. There are a few things you may not know about this friendly, versatile breed. Barbet Club of America 1. The […] The post 7 Fun Facts About the Barbet, France’s ‘Mud Dog’ appeared first on American Kennel Club.
Apollo, the Greek god of sunlight, music, and poetry, was credited with a bright, shining countenance of great beauty. At the reins of his fiery chariot, Apollo drove across the sky, bringing the life-giving warmth of the sun. Fittingly, the tall and handsome Great Dane is called “the Apollo of dogs,” with a gentle temperament […] The post Great Dane History: The Apollo of the Dogs appeared first on American Kennel Club.
Somehow, it’s difficult to equate the endearing, low-key Basset Hound with speed. But Angelique, a 4-year-old, 34-pounder has defied expectations and has been on a fast pace since December 2020 at the American Kennel Club’s inaugural Fastest Dogs USA in Orlando, Florida. The Fast CAT competition, where dogs chase a lure in a 100-yard dash, […] The post Basset Hound Inspires Hope By Running in Fastest Dogs USA appeared first on American Kennel Club.
On show days, Clapton stalks points. The Standard Poodle champion is a seasoned competitor, knowing when to move out and when to freeze like a majestic statue. Out of the ring, Clapton continues his hunt, but for birds at field competitions where his talents have taken him to the top level. Clapton recently became […] The post Meeting the Standard in the Breed Ring & Field: Clapton appeared first on American Kennel Club.
The AKC does not recommend co-ownerships of dogs, but for many owners it works out very well. It can be a way for friends and family to share the expenses of showing and breeding, making it possible to enjoy the sport of dogs to a far greater extent than one owner alone could do, and […] The post Co-Ownership Pros and Cons appeared first on American Kennel Club.
The AKC Breeder of Merit program was introduced in October 2010. Since that time, almost 16,000 breeders have been enrolled. The program was developed to recognize those breeders who are the foundation of our sport through their participation in various AKC events and dedication to selective breeding of healthy purpose-bred purebred dogs. The basic requirements are Minimum […] The post AKC Breeder of Merit: Recognizing Breeder Success with Multiple Levels appeared first on American Kennel
Who is the fastest dog in the country? You’re about to find out. At Fastest Dogs USA, an AKC and ESPN production, the country’s speediest canines gather for the third annual, invitation-only event. Dogs of all breeds participate year-long, around the country, in AKC Fast Coursing Ability Tests (Fast CAT) – the 100-yard dash for […] The post How To Watch AKC Fastest Dogs USA 2022 appeared first on American Kennel Club.
Can your dog eat blackberries? In short, yes. This sweet, juicy berry can be as much of a treat for your dog as it is for humans. The key word here is “treat.” A dog’s nutritional needs should be met by their regular food, and treats should only comprise ten percent of their diet. And, […] The post Can Dogs Eat Blackberries? appeared first on American Kennel Club.
With passing of Queen Elizabeth II, 96, much attention has been paid to the ruler’s lifelong passion for Pembroke Welsh Corgis. During her 70 years on the throne, the Queen became practically synonymous with Pembroke Welsh Corgis. Not only did she develop a stellar Pembroke breeding program, but she also brought worldwide focus to the […] The post How Queen Elizabeth II Popularized the Pembroke Welsh Corgi appeared first on American Kennel Club.
In Aesop’s ancient fable about the hare and the tortoise, the flashy, fast, head strong rabbit lost the race to the slower but steady turtle. The moral demonstrated the virtues of a methodical, well-thought-out approach to life. In the canine sporting world, flash and speed certainly play an important role, but it can also be […] The post Spinone Italiano History: A Hardworking Hunter appeared first on American Kennel Club.
A family I know recently decided to get serious about spending quality time together. It began with banishing cell phones at meals in favor of face-to-face communication. The husband is a high-powered lawyer, the wife a university professor, and their kids own every electronic device on the market. One set of grandparents got tired of […] The post Allan Unleashed: Productive Ways to Decompress appeared first on American Kennel Club.
Moving from a house to an apartment, condominium, RV, or tiny home can be challenging for dogs. These tips and skills will make the transition easier. The post Moving to an Apartment? How to Prepare Your Dog for a Downsize appeared first on American Kennel Club.
Dog fur can be a real annoyance for humans. It gets on our clothes and furniture, forms giant dust bunnies under the bed, and sometimes even finds its way into our food. But have you ever thought about putting all that hair to good use? Here are seven ways you can creatively upcycle it. Knit […] The post 7 Things You Can Do With Your Dog’s Fur appeared first on American Kennel Club.
The shortage of bomb-sniffing detection dogs in the U.S. and across the world is increasing, while demand is on the rise. In 2021, global terrorist attacks increased to 5,226. In many of these situations, explosive (bomb-sniffing) detection dogs could serve as a deterrent. The problem is there are not enough dogs to meet the growing […] The post Demand Booms for Bomb-Sniffing Detection Dogs appeared first on American Kennel Club.
When humans are reunited with their pets, owners might shed more than a few tears. But do dogs do the same? Until now, most evidence has indicated that, while they do exhibit empathic responses to humans in need of comfort, dogs do not cry. But a new study from Japan, published in the journal Current […] The post Do Dogs Cry? New Study Indicates Dog Tears Facilitate Canine-Human Bond appeared first on American Kennel Club.
A close training relationship with your dog develops over time. But one of the easiest ways to achieve tight turns for Rally and Obedience, or close attention for Trick Dog skills, is to teach your dog to pivot. This exercise can build your pet’s confidence and improve coordination and their ability to pay attention. Rear […] The post What is Dog Pivot Training? Teaching Tight Turns appeared first on American Kennel Club.
Queen Elizabeth II was an animal lover since she received her first Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Susan, as a gift for her 18th birthday in 1944. The Queen had more than 30 Pems in her lifetime, but she stopped breeding in 2015 to not leave any young dogs behind after her death. “This devoted breeder and […] The post What Will Happen to the Queen’s Beloved Dogs? appeared first on American Kennel Club.