I Love My Mutt: Five Perks to Owning a Mixed-Breed Dog

Ace the mutt

My mutt Ace is a big, drooly black Lab mix with long legs and a blocky head.

Most people think he’s some sort of great dane or hound mix, but all his mixed-breed DNA test could tell me was “50 percent Labrador.”

When I adopted my dog, I wasn’t set on any particular breed or mixed breed, but I did know I wanted to adopt a dog in need.

This allowed me to choose a dog based on personality, temperament and energy vs. the dog’s appearance, which is the best advice I can give anyone when choosing a dog.

I have to admit, I will have a much harder time ignoring a dog’s appearance the next time I head out to adopt. Like most of us, I’m now drawn to all the dogs that look like my current dog – the big, shorthaired, black dogs.

And while I love purebred dogs, mutts will always be special because of my first dog Ace.

In my opinion, here are some of the perks to owning a mutt:

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5 Tips for Bringing Your Dog to an Outdoor Restaurant

Tips for bringing your dog to outdoor restaurants

Do you ever bring your dog along to outdoor coffee shops or restaurants? Or do you wish you could?

It’s one of my favorite things to do with my dog Ace, but he’s had lots of training and practice. I know it’s not so easy for some dogs to remain calm when out and about.

If you like to bring your dog along out in public, please share your tips in the comments. The following are some suggestions from two dog trainers on how to make outings with your dog more successful.

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Meet Four Dogs That Go to Work Every Day

Friday June 26 is Take Your Dog to Work Day! Will any of you be taking your dogs to work?

The dogIDs team definitely understands the benefits of having dogs in the office. You might remember our post about the company office dogs and why they’re so important to the overall business.

This year, we decided to feature several other businesses that benefit from dogs in the office.

Here are four lucky dogs that get to go to work every day:

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5 Tips to Keep Your Senior Dog More Active

5 Tips to Keep Your Senior Dog More Active

If you have a senior dog, you might have noticed he’s having a harder time keeping up while walking or running. Or maybe he’s stiff and sore after playing at the park, chasing a ball or doing agility.

My own Lab mix is 9 years old. He used to be my running buddy, but today we stick to short walks because longer exercise sessions are hard on his joints.

Obviously, dog owners want to keep their senior dogs as fit and active as possible, but sometimes it feels like options are limited.

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6 Tips for Introducing a Puppy to Your Adult Dog

So you’re planning on adopting a puppy or younger dog, but how will your current dog react?

Maybe she generally loves other dogs but you’re worried she’ll be jealous or that a puppy will be too playful for her.

How can you help the introduction go as smoothly as possible? The following are some ideas that should help.

two beagle dog on a green grass

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