- There are more than 78 million owned dogs in the US.
- 21% of owned dogs were adopted from an animal shelter.
- The most dogs owned by one person was 5000 Mastiffs owned by Kubla Khan.
- The most popular male dog names are Max and Jake; the most popular female dog names are Maggie & Molly.
- Petting dogs is proven to lower blood pressure of dog owners.
- Learn more about the history, temperament, intelligence and other characteristics of more than 400 breeds in our breed guide*
CARE & HEALTH:
- Choose a food for your dog - dry or canned - that fits into your budget, and that your dog thrives on. There's no one 'best' food - it depends on your dog's activity level, taste, and any special needs (weight management, joint health, etc.).
- Be sure your dog always has access to fresh, clean water. A fun water bowl will make the water taste better to your pet...not really, but you'll like it!
- There are many options for pets with high quality supplements and vitamins to help enhance your pet's life.
- You will want to find a veterinarian in your area to care for your pet - In addition to regular checkups, dogs should be immunized for common diseases and issues. We encourage our neighbors to have their pets spayed or neutered. Ask friends, family members and neighbors for recommendations.
- Regular bathing and grooming are activities that can be enjoyable for you and your dog and make living together more tolerable for all. There are shampoos, brushes, nail clippers as well as specialty grooming items available for every size dog and type of hair.
- Your dog is a friend and companion who will faithfully love you for years to come. Your commitment, in return for this unconditional love, is to keep your pet healthy and safe.
- Be sure to always have a collar for your pet with necessary tags attached; having your dog ID micro-chipped is an excellent way to ensure your dog is returned, if ever lost - ask your Vet.
- Always keep your dog on a leash when outside of your home or fenced yard. Even the best-trained dog can sometimes become distracted or get separated. A leash is a good way to keep track of your pet and to make sure that you are always in control.
- Fleas and Ticks can be a dogs worst enemies, at worst carrying dangerous disease and at best, annoying, itchy pests. Prevention is of the utmost importance and there are many, many options out there. Treatment options are also abundant.
- Riding in a car can be one of the most dangerous activities for a pet. We recommend a restraint, which can save your best friends life.
- Home is where the heart is - and where your dog lives. It is best if your dog can have a fenced enclosure for outside play. Strong fences make good neighbors and keep pets safe.
- Your pet's safety is also something to consider even when at home. Confining your dog to an area free of hazards (and objects you treasure) is something you can achieve in many ways, using gates, crates and doors.
ENVIRONMENT & ENRICHMENT:
- Dogs are highly social beings and really enjoy interacting with their pet parents. Find opportunities for play. Playing fetch is a great way to stretch your legs, and your pet's.
- Dogs typically enjoy toys, both hard and soft. Always watch your dog while playing with toys. Any cracked or broken toys should be discarded promptly to avoid choking hazards.
- If you're the nautical type, try taking your dog along boating. However, dogs need life jackets or other floatation devices as well. So, don't leave home without Fido's life preserver!
- Training your dog can be enjoyable for both you and your pet. Dogs enjoy the socialization and attention. Your pet will also become a better neighbor once trained to obey a few simple commands like sit, stay and come. Small, low-calorie training treats can be a big help in rewarding the desired behavior.
*Licensed from ContentOro, Inc. and used under license from Moseley Road Inc.?Dogs Unleashed, by Tamsin Pickerel