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Shockingly, Hugs May Give Dogs Anxiety. What are the Alternatives?

Leslie Tander

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Most people consider dogs to be a member of their family. Like other members of their family, people want to give dogs hugs. After all, hugs are one of the universal signs of care and compassion. Unfortunately, dogs may not see it this way. Experts who research dogs and their emotions actually believe that dogs are made anxious by hugs. Analyzing some of the images of dogs before and after they are hugged, researchers have found signs of stress after the event. For sure, it is hard to read the mind of a dog; however, the research is fairly conclusive that dogs do not want to be hugged. It can derail their comfort and security. Of course, there are people out there who believe their dog is somehow special or different. On the other hand, those who truly want their dog to feel comfortable, there are plenty of other ways to show a dog how much they are truly loved. This starts with giving them a sense of purpose! Research has shown that dogs are fulfilled when they have something to do!

Go on an Adventure

The first way to show a dog they are loved is to go on an adventure with them! Take the dog on vacation! This might be camping, hiking, kayaking, or simply a walk to the park. Dogs love checking out new places with all the new smells for them to explore. They want to see what else is out there, just like humans. Therefore, make this happen for them. Take the dog on a walk and consider taking them on a vacation as well. Dogs love being in the outdoors, so think about a way to incorporate this into the adventure as well. Furthermore, frequent walks and adventures can keep dogs under control, preventing hyperactive behavior while also fostering a strong bond.

Think About Adoption

There are lots of dogs out there who are looking for a home and one of the great ways to show a dog some love is to adopt. While many people go to breeders, a shelter dog is just as capable of showing love and compassion to its owners. Furthermore, a shelter dog is also far less expensive. Animals just want to be loved and shelter animals fall under this category as well. Those who truly want to give animals a sense of purpose and demonstrate compassion should adopt an animal.

Listen to Music

Research has shown that dogs love music. Dogs have sensitive ears, which anyone who has ever owned a dog can certainly attest to. Therefore, take advantage of this and listen to music. Dogs will even respond to dancing. With this in mind, don’t be afraid to get up and dance a little bit. When dogs realize just how much fun it can be to listen to music and dance with other people, they are instantly going to get into it as well.

Teach a Dog New Tricks

This is a great way to provide some mental stimulation for a dog. There are lots of tricks out there that dogs can learn including sit, stand, roll over, shake, and more! This will also go a long way toward improving their physical stimulation. These tricks will also be helpful when dogs need to hold still at the vet or groomer. 

Get the Dog a Job

Dogs love to be fulfilled and one of the ways to do this is to get a job. Dogs love to chase sheep, fetch golf balls, detect medical conditions, and more. Don’t underestimate the fulfillment that comes with a hard day’s work!

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These Incredible Hybrid Dog Breeds Will Have You Ready To Adopt!

Lea Lomas

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If you are considering adding a new pet to your family, you have quite a few options available to you! While some families like purebred pups, and who can blame them, there are so many other breeds to consider. Today, we are going to introduce you to several fascinating hybrid breeds that make great family pets. By the end of our discussion today, you’ll be ready to adopt them all!

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Owner Returns from 6 Months Overseas to the Delight of Adorable Dog

Sherry Rucherman

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Many people have seen the heartwarming videos that get posted of soldiers returning from a tour of duty overseas to the delight of their loving children. These videos are enough to bring tears to the eyes of nearly everyone. In addition to these fantastic videos, the same principle is true with pets as well. Recently, a video was published showing that dogs truly are a man’s best friend. A video was posted recently of a young lieutenant who has stationed overseas in South Korea. When he left, he left behind his wife as well as their young dog. One of this young soldier’s biggest fears was that when he returned, his dog would not remember him. Even though people love their dogs and their dogs are obviously happy to see them, it can be a challenge to get inside the mind of a dog.

This is why this young soldier made time in his busy military schedule to connect with his dog. When the young soldier would FaceTime his wife, he made sure that his dog was around as well. The dog clearly recognized his face and his voice when the dog ran over to the phone. This provided for some heartwarming moments during what was surely a stressful time overseas.

Recently, the young soldier returned home to his family located in Austin, TX. His heart was pounding as he stepped off the plane and rejoined his family. Of course, his wife was waiting with open arms and was excited to see him. Fortunately, there was someone else who was waiting to see him as well. When he started talking, his dog heard his voice. The dog leaped out from around the corner and clearly could not contain his excitement at his owner returning home from more than six months overseas. 

He could be seen jumping up and down because he was so excited to greet this young soldier as he returned home. IN fact, the young soldier ended up being tackled to the floor. The dog spun around in circles. He kept barking. His tail was wagging back and forth as quickly as it possibly could. It was obvious this dog could not believe that his owner had come home. Clearly, they are best friends. Even though the young soldier was unsure of whether or not his dog would remember him, the wife stated that she never had any doubt. It was obvious the dog recognized his owner during the FaceTime videos. Therefore, he would recognize him in-person again as well.

This story serves to highlight the connection that truly exists between dogs and people. Many people think that dogs are just animals; however, there is a true connection there. The love that dogs provide is unconditional. They are very smart creatures with great hearing and a strong sense of smell. They are able to connect with people instantly and do not forget people just because they go away for a few months at a time. The way this dog responded to his owner when he returned home from overseas is evidence of that.

Perhaps this is why people say dogs are a man’s best friend. Perhaps this is why people get so upset when a dog gets hurt, sick, or passes away. People view dogs as members of their family. It was clear that the dog was every bit as excited to see this young soldier return home from his tour of duty as his wife was. It is moments like these that make people appreciate dogs even more.

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Jack- the One-Eyed K-9 Dog for a Day

Mackenzie Freeman

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A 14-year-old unique Parson Russel Terrier named Jack has captured the heart of people everywhere after his story became known online. The one-eyed dog was able to enjoy what may be his final months doing something he always wanted. Jack got to check off another item off of his bucket list, and it was all due to the big hearts and caring hands of the Wilmington Police Department in North Carolina.

A few months ago, Jack, who is showing visible signs of his advanced age, was diagnosed with aggressive cancer in his jaw. Due to his advanced age, the location of the cancer, and the aggressiveness of the disease, surgery or other treatments were not an option. Jeremy Miller and his wife, Jack’s owners.

Understandably were very upset by the news and were devastated at the thought of losing their furry friend. Especially Jeremy as he had adopted Jack when the pooch was just a pup at two years of age.  Jack had lived a long and happy life with the Miller family, and his owners wanted to do all that they could to make sure he lived out the rest of his life in comfort and enjoying every day he had with them. So the couple talked and they decided to create a bucket list for the terminally ill Jack.

In an interview with Inside Edition Jeremey said “We decided to celebrate his life rather than be depressed waiting for him to pass away because of all the years of joy and happiness he’s given us. He’s proving that despite looking down this loaded barrel we call cancer that he too can go out happy and positive rather than sad and scared.”

It did not take long for the local Wilmington Police Department to hear of Jack’s story. In no time at all they decided that they wanted to help Jack and his owners celebrate his long and happy life. They were going to grant one of the bucket list wishes: get to be a K-9 officer for the day. Some of the K-9 officers talked about how touched they were by Jack’s story and how much it made them think back and remember the times with their canine companions as well.  When someone pulled up the actual bucket list, they were excited that there was an easy and special way they could help make Jack’s final days special and memorable.

Jeremy often referred to Jack as his best friend and his wife always told her husband that the tiny dog was his “mini-me”. Jack is now gone but his final months and days were filled with fun and adventure and love. He was a fearless dog despite his size. He never backed down from a challenge, even facing cancer at the end of a long well-lived life. His fight and his story and his courage were a testament to his spirit and continue to serve and inspiration for those who are going through difficult times themselves.

Though Jack is gone, Jeremy and his wife continue to rescue dogs and advocate for dogs who are looking for their fur-ever homes.

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