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Top 20 Smartest Dog Breeds

Posted by Daniela Lopez on September 13th, 2023

mixed breed dog follow tunnel command agility
Marco Reggi / Stocksy
All dogs have a great capacity to learn, perform tricks, and, of course, convince you they deserve another treat. A “smart dog,” however, is often thought of as a dog who is highly trainable. But according to dog trainer and behaviorist Karen London, Ph.D., a dog’s intelligence can be measured in many different ways, and the characteristics that make a dog smart can vary widely. Some of those qualities include being highly trainable (including being able to learn new commands quickly), adaptable, able to learn complex tasks, and possessing good problem-solving skills. Smart dogs are also emotionally intelligent and able to interact positively with humans and other animals.
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Fostering a Dog

Posted by Daniela Lopez on September 13th, 2023

By Savannah Admire
Woman petting foster dog on ground
Shava Cueva / Stocksy
Deciding to foster a dog, which involves temporarily taking care of a dog from a shelter or rescue organization, is a huge commitment, but it can make a major difference in the life of not just the dog you take into your home but also other animals in the shelter. Fostering helps prepare dogs for life with their forever family and frees up space for the organization to take in and care for more animals, saving lives one pet at a time.
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How to Adopt a Therapy Dog

Posted by Daniela Lopez on September 12th, 2023

By Savannah Admire
woman and her therapy dog being comforted on couch
Jimena Roquero / Stocksy
If you’ve spent much time with a dog, you likely already know how soothing their presence can be. Research has shown that animals can have a therapeutic effect on people who are stressed, anxious, or suffering from conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Therapy dogs are dogs who are trained to provide comfort and support to people in need and have become common volunteer workers in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, care facilities, and even disaster areas.
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What is Pet Adoption Transport?

Posted by Daniela Lopez on September 11th, 2023

By Savannah Admire
Dog in transport car to pet adoption
Alvaro Lavin / Stocksy
Pet adoption transport is the process of moving adoptable pets from shelters in areas with high pet overpopulation to sites with a demand for pets. This process allows overpopulated shelters in other regions of the country, such as the South and Midwest, to send adoptable animals to shelters with a high demand for — and low supply of — pets. Pet adoption transport organizations provide transportation by air, ground, or rail and offer food and medical care for pets during transport. Pet transport ultimately ensures that as many animals find forever homes as possible.
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How to Make Your Home More Cat Friendly

Posted by Katya on September 8th, 2023

By Julie Zeilinger
tuxedo cat lying one cat-friendly bed
Huy Phan / Pexels
There’s plenty to do before adopting a cat, from buying the necessary supplies to prepping to introduce your cat to your home or any resident pets. But perhaps one of the most important is to cat-proof your house.
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Why is Fostering Animals Important?

Posted by Katya on September 6th, 2023

By Julie Zeilinger
woman holds orange foster kitten
Gabi Bucataru / Stocksy
There has never been a better time to consider fostering an animal: Animal shelters across the country are at capacity to overflowing and understaffed. Fostering, or temporarily taking care of an animal in need, not only provides animals with safe homes and the attention and love they need to be more adoptable until they find their forever homes, but also frees up space in already crowded shelters.
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How to Introduce a New Kitten to Your Cats

Posted by Jennifer

woman introducing her fluffy cat to kitten
Ivan Ozerov / Stocksy
If you’re a cat parent who is considering bringing a new kitten into the home, or if you’ve already adopted one, you’re likely wondering how best to introduce your resident cat to their new family member. Introducing a new kitten to a resident cat can be challenging, and, depending on the cats’ ages and personalities, it may take days or months to do so successfully. However, it’s important to introduce cats slowly and carefully to prevent aggression or fighting.
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Renting With Pets: What Renters Need to Know When Adopting Pets

Posted by Jennifer on September 1st, 2023

woman with birds and dog calling rental office looking for pet-friendly apartment
ZQZ Studio / Stocksy
One of the top reasons shelters are given by those who surrender their pets is that they are moving to a place that does not allow pets or due to a landlord’s pet restrictions. It’s true that finding a rental apartment or house when you have pets can take extra time, patience, flexibility, and effort, but isn’t keeping your pets worth it?
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Should You Adopt a Puppy When You Have an Older Dog?

Posted by Jennifer on August 30th, 2023

By Julie Zeilinger
Puppy and older Labrador Dog playing in the grass together
Samantha Gehrmann / Stocksy
It’s a thought many pet parents of older dogs have: Should I adopt a puppy for my dog? It’s a well-meaning and valid question, but one that should be carefully considered. While bringing home a young dog or puppy might “liven up” your older dog and help them stay young, this is not always the case. Sadly, the reverse is often true.
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How to Cure Single Kitten Syndrome

Posted by Jennifer on August 28th, 2023

single kitten being held by foster mom
Melanie DeFazio / Stocksy
If you adopted a single kitten under the age of six months, you may begin to notice some troubling behavior over time. If your kitten is excessively vocal, destructive, and/or aggressive, they are likely experiencing “single kitten syndrome,” a condition that can develop in kittens who are not raised with other kittens or cats.
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