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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Celebrating the (Fur) Fathers

This Father’s Day, we want to give some love to the men out there who love their pets. Whether they have human children or not, we think these doggie dads are pretty great. In honor of this Father’s Day, here’s to you, pet fathers.

We asked a few doggie dads we know what the best part of pet fatherhood is to them.

Ben S. and Audrey

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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.

Here are some ideas to consider for keeping your senior dog active. [Read more…]

Dog Bite Prevention – Statistics and What You Can Do

May 17 to 23 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and we put together this infographic with statistics on dog bites in the United States.

You’ll notice that some of the reasons dogs bite include fear or pain, resource guarding or re-directing their aggression.

A couple of things you can do to help prevent dog bites include educating yourself on dog behavior and learning their nonverbal cues for potential aggression. You can also help by teaching children about respecting dogs and how to read their behavior.

Finally, it’s important to support breed-neutral safety laws and to educate dog owners in general about the importance of proper training and exercise for all dogs. For more, see our post on tips for preventing dog bites.

Dog Bite Prevention Infographic

What tips do you have for preventing dog bites?