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Why do people dress up their dogs?

dog face yellow jacket frenchie

There have been multiple discussions on whether dog owners should dress up their pets.

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What are the key concerns of increasing demands of dog clothing?

Shiba inu with green jacket in the woods

The demand for dog tailors has been increasing steadily since 2012 in the US and UK.

The increasing disposable income, exponentially growing urbanization and pet humanization are the main points of the rising demand of dog apparel in the global market. Various market resource studies show by 2028 the pet clothing market is expected to grow between USD 7 – 16 billion globally¹

Global pet clothing market share by product category​, 2021

Coats & Jackets
Sweaters & Hoodies
Shirts & Tops

The graph indicates that the larger proportion of consumers chooses shirts and tops segment over the coats and jackets. However, the growing preference for various reasons, such as weather protection coats and jackets of different categories including  windbreakers, raincoats, snowsuits, etc. is expected to contribute to the growth of the coats and jackets segment in the coming years².

Top 3 reasons why people dress up their dogs

Many dog owners choose jackets simply to protect their pets from various weather conditions

1. Health

One of the most important reasons why dog owner dress up their pets is health related issues. Some dog breeds due to their genetic physiognomy are advised to have clothing during colder weather. For instance, Chihuahuas, Labradors, Greyhounds, and even Norfolk Terriers are susceptible to the rough outdoor elements, so they need to wear a dog coat or a sweater to stay happy and warm³.

Canine clothing is also essential when we are talking about dog mental health issues, especially in treating separation anxiety. One of the most popular methods is to use a compression wrap or an anxiety vest. Separation anxiety is thought to affect one in every four to six dogs, and is even more common in older dogs⁴. Read more about how to deal with separation anxiety in our previous blog “7 Ways to Treat Dog Separation Anxiety”.

2. Safety

 Reflective jackets are a highly effective protection from car accidents during night-time.

The FDA in 2021 reported that approximately 10,000 dogs are involved in car accidents each year, getting either injured or killed⁵. Accordingly, a large proportion of dog owners purchase reflective jackets and other accessories in order to avoid car accidents during evening strolls.

3. Style

Some dog owners choose dog apparel simply to express themselves or to add style to their pets.

Studies show that pet humanization rate is driving the demand for stylish dog jackets, windbreakers, sweaters, hoodies and shirts. Dog owners feel welcomed and encouraged to be unique and to express themselves in the contemporary society.
In addition, expressing the uniqueness with dog apparel usually leads to finding like-minded friends. There are multiple blog posts, tweets and discussions on the internet regarding dog fashion, thus creating a distinctive community between dog and fashion lovers.

Perhaps the aspiration to express oneself and to belong to a community is one of the main reasons why designer made dog apparel is growing each year.

The Popular Paw-Tex® (The Dog Face) line

The original line-up of the Dog Face jacket Paw-Tex®: Black, Red, Green-Camo.

Our fashion journey started in 2019, together with The Dog Faceteam we created the first Paw-Tex® windbreakers for dogs. Originally we started with red, black and yellow (by any treats necessary), which were successful and inspired us to move forward.

In 2020, we introduced additional colors: Green and Winter camouflage, which were specifically designed for mountain-forest walking in the winter and spring/summer seasons. However, the Green Camo was a success as an urban style outfit.

In 2021, we decided to create three separate new lines: Mex®, Laika® and Rex®. The first one was dedicated to our clients, purposing to expand the original Tex® yellow (by any treats necessary) color variations. The Laika® jacket was crafted as a tribute to the first dog in outer space. Finally, the creation of the Rex® windbreaker was inspired mainly to protect our canine friends (and their owners) during night-time walks with a full on reflecting coat.

This year, we wanted to accomplish something even greater by expanding the dog apparel with 4 separate lines: Liberty®, Supreme®, Tex-Winter® and Precious®. Without going into great details: each new line has unique features and traits. To learn more about the new arrivals, please check with the products below or click here.


1. Million Insights (2021): Dog Clothing & Accessories Market Size To Reach $16.61 Billion By 2028, Owing To Enhanced Demand For Innovative & Fashionable Accessories From Pet Owners, PRNEWSWIRE, retrieved March 2nd, 2022;

2. Fortune Business Insights (2021): The global pet clothing market size was USD 5.01 billion in 2020. The global impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with pet clothing products witnessing a positive demand shock across all regions amid the pandemic, Fortune Business Insights, retrieved March 2nd, 2022;

3. Inside Dogs World (2018): Top 5 Reasons Why Your Dog Need Clothes, InsideDogsWorld, retrieved March 4th, 2022;

4. The University of Melbourne, Pursuit (2020): Dealing with separation anxiety in dogs, Dr. Diane van Rooy, retrieved March 5th, 2022;

5. Petpedia (2022): How many dogs die in car accidents? Milica Stojanovic, retrieved March 5th, 2022;

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Top 10 Most Googled Dog Questions

10. Why are dogs’ noses wet?

About 10,510,000 results found on Google

black retriever dog wet nose
Many people think that a healthy dog has a cool wet nose and a sick pup has a warm.

The scientific explanation states that a thin layer of mucus clings to the nostrils, enhancing the absorption of scent chemicals and improving the dog’s ability to smell. The special mucous glands inside the nostrils also produce clear, watery fluid that aids the cooling process through evaporation. Also, dogs’ noses are wet because they lick their noses.

9. Why do dogs bury bones?

About 18,200,000 results found on Google

dog ruining backyard
Dogs have a primal instinct to hoard food.

Your dog is just practicing the canine instinct of food hoarding. Also, it is amazing that our dogs seem to always remember exactly where they buried their bones. Unless their bones are buried quite deeply, it is your dog’s keen sense of smell that will help him locate his stash.

8. Why do dogs lick you?

About 28,600,000 results found on Google

why do dogs love licking people?
By licking dogs show their affection

One of the most common reasons why dogs love to lick their owners is simply to show their affection. Since you’re the one taking care of them, you’re essentially their world! When dogs lick, pleasurable endorphins are released into their blood which makes them feel calm and comforted.

7. Why do dogs lick their paws?

About 54,500,000 results found on Google

why do dogs lick their own paws?
Dogs may lick their paws for various reasons

As with other dog behaviors, there can be several reasons that lead dogs to lick or chew their paws. These include injuries; skin problems; environmental, parasite, or food allergies; and boredom or anxiety.

6. Why do dogs eat grass?

About 88,400,000 results found on Google

why do dogs eat grass?
Most experts say that letting your dog eat grass poses no real risk.

There are a number of reasons why dogs eat grass. Dogs eat grass to add fiber to their diet, to induce vomiting if they feel unwell, as a distraction from boredom, or to fill a void in their nutrition.

5. How come dogs are so loyal?

About 99,500,000 results found on Google

owner hugging his golden retriever dog
“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” – Andy Rooney

There is a scientific basis for this: domestic dogs are descended from wolves, which man once took in and tamed with shelter and food in return for them acting as guard dogs. This reciprocal relationship remains in your dog’s genes and their loyalty is a by-product of it.

4. Why do dogs sleep so much?

About 342,000,000 results found on Google

dog beagle sleeping on the couch
the average dog sleeps between 12 and 14 hours per 24-hour cycle.

Dogs only spend about 10 percent of their snoozing time in REM because of their irregular sleep patterns. Since they tend to doze off whenever they want, often out of boredom, they also wake up quickly and jump to alertness. As a result, dogs require more total sleep to compensate for their lost REM.

3. Do dogs see color?

About 491,000,000 results found on Google

can dogs see color?
Dogs have dichromatic vision.

Color is discerned by the nerve cells in the eye. The retina of the eye has two main types of cells—rods, which detect light levels and motion, and cones, which differentiate colors. Dogs possess only two types of cones and can only discern blue and yellow – this limited color perception is called dichromatic vision.

2. can dogs eat….?

About 876,000,000 results found on Google

most google dog stuff

Can dogs eat apples or watermelon?

Apple slices make a delicious, healthy snack for your dog and can help keep your dog’s teeth clean and their breath fresh. However, the core of the apple and the apple seeds especially can be harmful to dogs.

Can dogs eat avocados?

Avocados contain persin, a fungicidal toxin, which can cause serious health problems — even death — in many animals. … Persin is present in the avocado fruit, pits, leaves, and the actual plant, so all of these parts are potentially poisonous to your dog.

Can dogs eat mushrooms?

Mushrooms sold in large and chain grocery stores are generally safe for dogs to eat. However, we rarely serve up plain mushrooms. Unless the mushroom is served plain, it is generally safer to avoid feeding dishes with mushrooms to dogs

Can dogs eat grapes?

Grapes and raisins are known to be highly toxic to dogs, though research has yet to pinpoint exactly which substance in the fruit causes this reaction. Because of that, peeled or seedless grapes should also be avoided

Can dogs eat cheese?

While cheese can be safe to feed to your dog, there are some things to remember. Cheese is high in fat, and feeding too much to your dog regularly can cause weight gain and lead to obesity. Even more problematic, it could lead to pancreatitis, a serious and potentially fatal illness in dogs.

Can dogs eat nuts?

Generally speaking, nuts are safe for dogs to eat, but they’re not the healthiest choice. Nuts and legumes, like peanuts, are high in fat and dense in calories. Many dog owners use peanut butter as a training tool or treat, which is fine in moderation.

Can dogs eat raspberries?

Yes, raspberries are safe for dogs to eat, but they should be given in moderation. The fruit contains antioxidants, which are great for dogs, especially senior dogs due to anti-inflammatory properties that can help alleviate joint pain.

Can dogs eat potatoes?

Your dog can have a healthy snack of carrot sticks, green beans, cucumber slices, or zucchini slices. Even a plain baked potato is OK. Don’t let your dog eat any raw potatoes or any potato plants from your pantry or garden.

You should never feed your dog a raw potato. White potatoes belong to the nightshade family of vegetables, which includes tomatoes. Like tomatoes, raw potatoes contain solanine, a compound that is toxic to some dogs.

Can dogs eat chocolate?

Absolutely not, because chocolate is toxic. It contains a chemical called theobromine, as well as caffeine. Theobromine is the predominant toxin in chocolate and is very similar to caffeine.

1. Can dog gets the corona virus?

About 2,950,000,000 results found on Google

german boxer dog with a medical mask
A boxer wearing a surgeon mask.

According to the World Organization for Animal Health, dogs have tested positive for the virus after exposure to a human with known or suspected SARS-CoV-2.

It is advisable that pet owners and veterinarians strictly observe hand-washing and other infection-control measures, when handling animals. Do not let your dog interact with people outside the household. If you are sick with COVID-19, you should treat your pet like you would any person you interact with and minimize interactions as much as possible.

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Top 5 Tips On Traveling With Dogs

french bulldog in the car wind
french bulldog in the car wind
Boston Terrier enjoying the breeze through a car window

Do dogs even like to travel? And should you take your dog on a trip? Well, the answers may vary on many factors. For example, did the dog travel from early puppyhood or became a couch potato? Also, a crucial part is played by the dog’s breed, structure, size, age, and characteristics.

According to what was stated you may ask yourself: should I travel with my dog? Yes, if everything checks out. Going on hikes or picnicking is also considered a trip for dogs. So if you and your dog are novice travelers consider starting from short hikes and increase your journeys gradually.

2020 turned out to be one of the hardest years for travelers. Nevertheless, the restrictions can not last forever, and eventually, everything will be back to its normal pace.

However, to some extent traveling is still possible with minor adjustments. So we arranged Top 5 Tips for Traveling with Your Dog.


german boxer with white spots sitting in a car
Dogs can contract coronavirus but is believed to be harmless to dogs.

Covid-19 – the curse word that everyone is tired of hearing about.

Whether you live in North America, Australia, or Continental Europe it is necessary to abide by your government rules. At this moment of time, most countries allow traveling within the state. However, we advise you to frequently check travel restrictions with your government.

Nevertheless, if you are still planning to travel abroad we recommend being up to date with the latest guidance and developments of the state or city that you will be visiting with your pet.

Also, be aware of entry restrictions, screening, or quarantine requirements. In addition to that, it is a good idea to check with your accommodation provider for more detailed information.


beautiful golden retriever background in a boat
Golden retrievers enjoy the great outdoors and are great companions

Before you go out…

It is advisable to schedule an appointment with your local veterinarian for a fundamental checkup and to make sure your dog’s vaccinations are up-to-date prior to your trip.

In addition to that, we suggest asking the veterinarian for ways to relax your dog if you suspect he or she may become afraid, anxious, or uncomfortable during the trip. Please note that it is not recommended to use tranquilizing medications on your pet. The medication can hamper his or her breathing.

After the vet checkup or even prior to the checkup it is mandatory to adjust safety questions with the transportation method. We will review a few classical types of transportation.


family hiking with a dog wearing back pack
Hiking with your dog has multiple health benefits

Going on trails can be very pleasurable and healthy for your dog. To be completely stress-free we have a couple of safety tips to look into while going on hikes.

1. Area restrictions. Make sure that the land or trail where you will be traveling allows you to bring your dog or is accessible for dogs.

2. Keep your dog on a leash. It might seem like a no big deal to let your dog run freely. However, it is crucial to prevent your dog from chasing wildlife and going into “hunt mode”. In addition, having full control of your dog makes other hikers feel less stressed and irritated.

3. Pack only the essential needs. Traveling ergonomically, i.e. lightly is mandatory for feeling comfortable on longer trails. Be sure to pack food, water, and accessories that will keep your dog energized, hydrated, and comfortable. Read below to know more about the right accessories.

The right dog gear can be very useful while traveling

If you admire hiking with your dog without a leash it is advisable to get a GPS tracking device. These location trackers work very accurately. It would momentarily help in finding your dog if it should get lost.

Just as humans have footwear for hiking so do dogs. If you are planning to go on a long-distance hike, you should keep in mind that dog paws are also very sensitive to the rough and uneven surfaces. The best solution would be to get protective dog shoes. In addition to that, traveling ergonomically is the key to complete those long distances. Our recommendation would be to get a special harness with expandable pockets to fill it with snacks or water.

Road tripping

jack russell terrier in car with red glasses
Car trips can be a lot of fun when precautions are taken

Road trips with your dog can be adventurous and exciting, but there are a few key safety elements to review before the journey. Also, if you decided to go on a road trip with your canine friend for the very first time it is advisable to go on shorter trips and increase them gradually.

Safety in a moving car should be a priority for you and your passengers, including your dog. The Highway Code states that “pets should be suitably restrained, so they cannot distract you while you are driving, or injure you, or themselves if you stop too quickly. A seat belt, harness, pet carrier, dog cage, or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars”

So what should you do?
  1. Suitably restrain your dog so that he or she would be comfortable and would not distract the driver.
  2. Schedule plenty of stops when on a long journey. Let your dog stretch its legs, go to the toilet, and burn off some energy.
  3. Always have the air conditioner on. Cars can get very hot for dogs fairly quickly, so keep the car well ventilated and do not leave your dog in the car without proper ventilation.
What should you not do?
  1. Don’t feed whilst driving. Feed your dog at least two to three hours before your trip. Or face the consequences of an upset stomach and unpleasant car cleaning.
  2. Don’t let them hang out of the window. Also, it’s not good for dogs’ eyes as it can dry them out fairly quickly.
  3. Don’t give them treats on the journey. The chances of your dog chocking while the car is moving are extremely high.

Most dog owners travel by car. If you also choose to travel this way, it is mandatory to take care of your dog’s safety. Depending on the available space that you have in your car you can choose from a single seat belt to a car seat basket or to a back seat hammock.

Railway traveling

beagle dog with owner on a train

Can you even bring your dog on a train? The short answer is yes. Most of the train operating companies in the world allow dog owners to bring their canine friends. However, some of them require a fee and some are free.

To make your dog feel safe on a train here is something to be aware of:

  1. Avoid rush hour. Traveling in busy time periods will only result in your dog becoming more anxious and stressed.
  2. Go for a walk and burn some energy, a tired dog is a calm dog.
  3. Find a quiet seat with a minimal amount of people around. Also, try to avoid other canines if you can.

Sea traveling

Boat travels are not that bad as they seem in the first place

Cruise trips are usually less common with dogs. However, if you would plan such a trip we advise you to choose the Queen Mary 2 cruise. Your dog will be treated like royalty as he or she should be.

If you are a modest traveler and your journey has a ferry crossing we advise you to act similarly as if you would travel by train. However, it is still necessary to check your ferry’s rules and regulations. Usually, longer ferry trips will require your dog to have a pet passport, microchip and necessary vaccinations.

Also, as it is mandatory for humans to wear life vests on a boat trip the same rule should apply to dogs as well. In case of an emergency, a life jacket for your dog can truly be a life-safer.

Air traveling

white dog looking from plane window
Going by plane with your dog is fast, but it has its own downsides as well.

Boarding a plane with your dog is still considered one of the most difficult travel methods. We suggest booking a flight when all other transportation methods are not an option or for other serious reasons.

If you choose to travel by plane, here is something you should find helpful:

  1. Check your dog’s health. Visiting your vet for a checkup before the flight should be mandatory. Please note, that brachycephalic dogs like Pekingese, Bulldogs, German boxers, Bullmastiffs, Dogue de Bordeaux, and others that have breathing problems should not travel by air.
  2. Check your airline’s rules and regulations. Airlines usually have different rules when it comes to breeds that they allow on the flight. Because larger dog breeds usually travel in the cargo area, which according to PETA is dangerous and even fatal.
  3. Reduce food in advance. Before the flight (12 – 24 hours) try to give your dog less or none food, however do not exclude water. In addition, take your canine friend for a long walk before the flight so they have plenty of time to relieve themselves.
  4. Get the right travel crate. Usually these crates have a“airline approved” mark, but to be sure check with your airline. Note that crates and carriers should be in good condition upon arrival at the airport.

To conclude the travel methods

On the one hand, traveling with your dog is fun and exciting, but on the other hand, be aware of your dog’s safety issues and be prepared to resolve them. However, getting ahead of these issues will make your travels a lot easier.


Sometimes the simplest trips can be the best ones.

Traveling should not be a commodity only for the wealthy. Everyone should be able to pack their tents, backpacks, some food, and go on a hike with their beloved dog.

However, wherever you may travel it is always crucial to know beforehand where are you going, what would you like to see, and if that destination is dog friendly.

We recommend browsing Pinterest and Google for inspiration. Also, a great source for ideas is Instagram, and especially the Instagram account @voyaged. There you will find beautiful and amazing places on Earth.


a Russian terrier dog keeps a smartphone
Smartphone apps for dogs can save you a lot of time from the usual “googling”.

Is it possible to make your travels easier when you have a dog? Absolutely. One of the greatest 21st-century creations is smartphones and applications that come with them. Here are the three most useful apps for traveling dog owners:

Pet First Aid App logoPet First Aid App

The American Red Cross Pet First Aid app puts veterinary advice for any emergency that may occur while traveling in the palm of your hand. With videos, interactive quizzes, and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know Pet First Aid.

Download it on App Store or Google Play

bring fido app logoBring Fido

Looking for a dog-friendly hotel? Or for an awesome dog park, trail or beach? BringFido is one of the best resources for dog owners. You can find the lowdown on the best hotels, attractions, and restaurants that welcome dogs.

Download it on App Store or Google Play

Pet First Aid App logoAll Trails

Explore the most popular Dog Friendly trails with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Download it on App Store or Google Play


owner hugging his golden retriever dog
Travels with your dogs can be a lot of fun.

Journeys with your canine friend can be fun, exciting, and adventurous. However, you must understand that not every dog is built for one or the other types of travels.

You have to take into consideration your dog’s breed characteristics, structure, size, and age.

For instance, a Siberian Husky, Border Collie, or a Labrador Retriever would be a far better hiking companion rather than an English Bulldog, Pug, or a French Bulldog. We are not stating that an English Bulldog would not finish the trail, it would just take a couple of naps longer than usual.

With all joking aside, only you and your veterinarian can determine which travels your dog can handle and which should be avoided.

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Dog Health and Safety Tips in Autumn

german boxer in fallen autumn leaves

Autumn is a fantastic season for dogs. It is the time when you can enjoy some apple or pumpkin pie whilst having lots of fun with your dog. The temperature may cool down, but the fun is just heating up. To get the best of autumn we’ve gathered some amazing tips on how you can make sure your dog is safe and healthy during this colorful season.


Sad dog waiting alone at home

Rainfall is one of the inseparable symbols of Autumn. It is almost impossible to enjoy the great outdoors during rainy days. So what activities can you do indoors with your dog when it is raining outside?

Our advice: Play indoor games like hide & seek or hidden treats, or better yet try tug of war. Try to learn new commands or tricks. Arrange a doggie play date. Last but not least, spend some time cuddling with your dog.


paw tex jacket pugs
Group of cute pugs wearing Tex® raincoats

If you are an optimist and rainy days do not bother you (nor your dog), we recommend buying yourself and your beloved dog a raincoat and a pair of rubber boots. So no matter the weather, outdoors can always be an option for you and your dog.


hungarian vizsla sniffing a mushroom

Autumn undoubtedly is considered to be the best season scouting for wild mushrooms. After the first rain, when necessary conditions are met the forests are overwhelmed with these gifts.

However, are mushrooms poisonous to dogs? The short answer is yes and no. There are thousands of mushrooms species out there and over 100 can be fatal to dogs. It is difficult to identify mushrooms.

Our advice: Don’t risk it with mushrooms, keep a close eye on your dog while hiking in the forest.


golden retriever scratching

The increased precipitation and lower temperature are not only a great environment for mushrooms to grow, but for fleas to surge as well. It was discovered by Kansas State University that fleas are 70% more active in Autumn than in the Spring.

Our advice: Be aware because fleas can hide in leaf piles, tall grasses, and trees. Brush your dog’s hair accordingly to the breed recommendations. Use natural washes, sprays, dips, and rubs according to your veterinarian’s advice. Watch if your dog scratches excessively or has developed skin problems in that case schedule an appointment with your vet.


The lower temperature also indicates car owners to get ready for the winter season, including a change of antifreeze. Is antifreeze dangerous for dogs? Absolutely, even small amounts can be fatal. It is estimated that about 90,000 pets a year suffer from ethylene glycol poisoning, which is the main toxic chemical of antifreeze.

Our advice: Clean up any spills of antifreeze on driveways and other surfaces. If you catch your pet drinking antifreeze or may have had access to it, contact your veterinarian immediately.


corgi dog and mouse

When the weather gets colder, rodents commonly try to seek indoor shelter for warmth. Some people try to get rid of them by using highly toxic chemicals such as rodenticide. These chemical agents can be fatal to dogs as well. The worst part of rodenticide poisoning in dogs is clinical signs start to shop up from 3 to 5 days after ingesting the poisonous substance.

Our advice: Get rid of all the chemical rat poison and try something like humane live mousetraps. However, if your dog is feeling unwell and your dog may have had ingested the rat poison, visit your vet as soon as possible.


brasileiro dog sneezing

You may ask can dogs have autumn allergies? The answer is yes. Just like springtime allergies, Autumn season allergies are just as common. They can come up for various reasons. Some of them may come up from harvest mites, mold, and fungal spores, ragweed, mugwort. Other allergies can be a sign of a weak immune system.

Our advice: As usual keep a close eye on your dog for skin redness or irritation. Depending on the situation a veterinarian can prescribe skin-soothing shampoos, medication, or even desensitization therapy.

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Most Popular Cartoon Dogs (TV Series)

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Old School TV

There is no doubt that dogs and humans have a millennia-long history of close relations, and since the dawn of television, countless dogs have appeared on the big blue screen. Cartoon dogs are even more special. They can solve puzzles, talk to babies, walk on their hind legs, and will remain loyal no matter what hair-brained scheme their owner gets them into. Let’s take a look at the most loyal, interesting, and awesome tail wagers around the TV world.

1. Brian (Family Guy)

brian from family guy

Brian Griffin is a fictional character from the American animated television series Family Guy. An anthropomorphic white labrador voiced by Seth MacFarlane, he is one of the show’s main characters as a member of the Griffin family. He primarily works in the series as a less-than-adept writer struggling to find himself, attempting essays, novels, screenplays, and newspaper articles.

Breed: Labrador Retriever

2. Snoopy (Peanuts)

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Snoopy is a major character in the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. He is the pet beagle of Charlie Brown (his best friend) who cares for him. Snoopy is blessed with a rich, Walter Mitty-like fantasy life.

Breed: Beagle

3. Santa’s Little Helper (The Simpsons)

santas little helper simpsons dog

He is the pet greyhound of the Simpson family. The dog was introduced in the first episode of the show, the 1989 Christmas special “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”, in which his owner abandons him for finishing last in a greyhound race. Homer Simpson and his son Bart, who are at the racetrack in hope of earning some money for Christmas presents, see this and decide to adopt the dog.

Breed: Greyhound

4. Scooby-Doo (Scooby-Doo)

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The title character in the Scooby-Doo animated television series created by the popular American animation company Hanna-Barbera. Scooby-Doo is the male dog and lifelong companion of Shaggy Rogers and in many iterations, including the original series, is regarded as a unique Great Dane dog who is able to speak in broken English, unlike most other dogs in his reality, and usually puts the letter R in front of words spoken.

Breed: Great Dane

5. Scooby-Dum (Scooby-Doo)

Scooby-Dum is a supporting character in The Scooby-Doo Show, voiced by Daws Butler. Scooby-Dum, a Blue Merle Great Dane with spots and buck teeth is Scooby-Doo’s slow-witted cousin/brother (his lineage is dubious because Shaggy has said that he is his brother on one occasion but also his cousin, though it is most likely that they are cousins). In the episode “The Chiller Diller Movie Thriller”, his cousin Scooby-Dee stars.

Breed: Great Dane

6. Scrappy Cornelius Doo (Scooby-Doo)

Scrappy Cornelius Doo

A puppy created by Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1979, with the famous catchphrase “Let Me At ‘Em” and is the nephew of the already mentioned cartoon star Scooby-Doo. Scrappy has appeared in a number of the various incarnations of the Scooby-Doo cartoon series.

Breed: Great Dane

7. Droopy (Droopy)

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Droopy is an animated character from the Golden Age of American Animation. He is an anthropomorphic dog with a droopy face, hence his name. He was created in 1943 by Tex Avery for theatrical cartoon shorts produced by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon

Breed: Basset Hound

8. Goofy (Mickey Mouse)

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Goofy is a funny animal cartoon character created in 1932 at Walt Disney Productions. Goofy is a tall, anthropomorphic dog who typically wears a turtle neck and vest, with pants, shoes, white gloves, and a tall hat originally designed as a rumpled fedora. Goofy is a close friend of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.

Breed: Coonhound

9. Pluto (Mickey Mouse)

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He is a light brown (most recently yellow), medium-sized, short-haired dog. Unlike Goofy, Pluto is not anthropomorphic beyond some characteristics such as facial expression. He is most often the companion of Mickey Mouse, although he first appeared as Minnie Mouse’s dog Rover in the film The Picnic (1930).

Breed: Bloodhound

10. Spike (Tom and Jerry)

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Spike, occasionally referred to as Butch or Killer, is a stern but occasionally dumb grey American bulldog who is particularly disapproving of cats, but is gentle towards mice (though in his debut appearance, Dog Trouble (1942), Spike goes after both Tom and Jerry), and later, his son Tyke.

Breed: American Bulldog

11. Hong Kong Phooey (Hong Kong Phooey)

Hong Kong Phooey cartoon network

This goofy cartoon is one of Hanna-Barbera’s more original efforts. Hong Kong Phooey is the alter ego of Penrod Pooch (voiced by Scatman Crothers), the janitor at the police station. When a crime is committed “Penry” leaps into his file cabinet to change into the famous Hong Kong Phooey. In his Phooey mobile, the kung fu-fighting superhero sets out to save the day – which generally amounts to bumbling and leaving mayhem in his wake while his loyal cat sidekick, Spot does the real work. Invariably, Phooey awakes from whatever damage the villains have done to him and is stunned to see that he’s triumphed after all.

Breed: Anthropomorphic mutt (has spaniel-like look)

12. Huckleberry Hound (Huckleberry Hound)

Huckleberry Hound

A blue dog that speaks with a Southern drawl and has a relaxed, sweet, and well-intentioned personality. He first appeared in the series The Huckleberry Hound Show and was also a star of a television film The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound. Huckleberry Hound’s southern drawl and laid-back mannerisms bear a close resemblance to the character “Southern Wolf” in the MGM cartoons including those produced by Hanna and Barbera.

Breed: Bluetick Coonhound

13. Muttley (Wacky Races)

Muttley laughing Wacky Races cartoon network

Muttley is described as a mixed breed dog, identified in the Wacky Races segment “Dash to Delaware” as a mix of a bloodhound, pointer, Airedale, and hunting dog; best known for his distinctive snickering laugh, he is owned by accident-prone villain Dick Dastardly.

Breed: Mix of bloodhound, pointer, Airedale, and hunting dog

14. Courage (Courage the Cowardly Dog)

courage from courage the cowardly dog

An overly frightened pink beagle dog who lives in Nowhere, Kansas, Courage was abandoned as a puppy after his parents were sent into outer space but were adopted by Muriel Bagge. Her husband Eustace regularly mistreats him.

Breed: Beagle

15. Gromit (A Grand Day Out)

Gromit A Grand Day Out

Gromit is a beagle who is Wallace’s pet dog and best friend. He is very intelligent, having graduated from “Dogwarts University” (“Dogwarts” being a pun on “Hogwarts,” the wizard school from the Harry Potter books) with a double first in Engineering for Dogs.

Breed: Beagle

16. Astro (The Jetsons)

Astro from The Jetsons cartoon network

Clumsy and dim-witted, but loyal to the Jetsons. He is more advanced than present-day dogs, in that he had a rudimentary grasp of the English language, albeit with r’s in many places they shouldn’t be, or replacing other letters. For example, “I love you, George” would be “I ruv roo, Reorge”.

Breed: Great Dane

17. Ren (The Ren & Stimpy Show)

ren png The Ren & Stimpy Show

Ren is a scrawny, violently psychotic, emotionally unstable Chihuahua dog who lives together with his best friend Stimpy, a Manx cat.

Breed: Chihuahua

18. Odie (Garfield)

odie Garfield

Odie is a yellow-furred, brown-eared dog. In the live-action/animated films based on the Garfield franchise, he is depicted as a wire-haired dachshund/terrier mix. He has a large tongue and slobbers in his appearances. After October 1997, he began walking regularly on two feet, instead of all fours, like Garfield.

Breed: Beagle – Dachshund – Terrier mix

19. Bolt (Bolt the movie)

bolt dysney the movie

Bolt is a fictional White Shepherd and the eponymous protagonist of the 2008 animated feature film Bolt. In the film, he is voiced by John Travolta. His journey and the personal evolution it provokes in him is core to the film’s main themes. In the film, he has spent his entire life from early puppy-hood on the set of a television show, kept isolated from the outside world. In the show, Bolt must use his superpowers to save his owner and co-star Penny, whom he loves dearly, from the evil Dr. Calico.

Breed: German white shepherd

20. Slinky Dog (Toy Story, Toy Story 2, & Toy Story 3)

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Slinky Dog. Slinky, often referred to as “Slink,” is a toy Dachshund with a stretchy Slinky as his middle. He’s Woody’s sidekick and willing to go to great lengths to help his toy friends.

Breed: Dachshund

21. Dug (Up)

the dog Dug from the movie up pixar disney

Dug is a golden retriever who belongs to Charles Muntz. He is a fun-loving dog who speaks English via a special collar that translates his thoughts into speech, invented by his former master, Charles Muntz.

Breed: Golden Retriever

22. Dog (Catdog)

catdog dog

Caninius “Canine” Dog is one of the two protagonists in CatDog. He is very fun-loving and enjoys chasing garbage trucks, chasing cars, and exploring many things in which Cat does not want to take part. He is voiced by Tom Kenny who also voices the legendary SpongeBob SquarePants.

Breed: American Foxhound / Jack Russel Terrier

23. Dante (Coco)

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Dante is Miguel’s best buddy and his companion to the land of the dead. He’s a street dog in the neighborhood and he helps Miguel conceal his love of music from his family. Dante is a Xolo dog, the national dog of Mexico.

Breed: Mexican Hairless Dog (Xoloitzcuintle)

24. Kyle (Despicable Me)

Kyle from despicable me gru dog

Gru’s ferocious, black, grey-eyed pet dog of an unknown species, which has the personality of a bulldog and the fang-like teeth of a piranha. At first, Kyle won’t hesitate to take a bite of anything that looks food to him, also hates to be hugged by Agnes. Along with Gru, Kyle warms up over the course of the film; in the end, Kyle ends up not minding about sleeping with the girls, especially Agnes.

Breed: Unknown (speculated that it is altered Brussels Griffon)

25. The Beagle boys (Scrooge McDuck universe, DuckTales)

the terrible beagles boys from walt disney
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The Beagle Boys are a group of comic book criminals from the Donald Duck universe. Created by Carl Barks, they are a family clan of organized criminals who constantly try to rob Scrooge McDuck.

Breed: Beagle

26. Brain (Inspector Gadget)

brain inspector gadget

Brain is the tritagonist in the Inspector Gadget franchise. He is Penny‘s dog who is the only one that knows Penny is the one who solves Gadget’s missions.

Breed: Unknown (speculated that he’s a Beagle-greyhound mix)

27.  Bandit  (Jonny Quest)

bandit from Johnny Quest

Bandit is Jonny’s pet bulldog, so named because he is white with black markings – including what appears to be a black domino mask around his eyes. This coloration is occasionally instrumental in foiling adversaries. Bandit is unique among his fellow Hanna-Barbera dogs (such as already mentioned Scooby-Doo, Huckleberry Hound, and Hong Kong Phooey), as he is a regular non-anthropomorphic dog. Still, he seems uncannily able to understand human speech and is capable of complex facial expressions.

Breed: Bulldog

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7 Ways to Treat Dog Separation Anxiety

boston terrier puppy chewed door
boston terrier puppy chewed door
A tiny Boston terrier puppy chews a hole in the bathroom door in an attempt to escape

Do you frequently come home to scattered trash, pillow massacres, or “unwanted presents” in the house? Your pet could be suffering from separation anxiety.

What is Separation Anxiety?

Separation anxiety is a condition in which dogs suffer severe mental or emotional distress when separated from their owner or primary attachment figure. 

Common Signs of Separation Anxiety:

  • Urinating and defecating in the house (if they don’t normally)
  • Chewing, digging, and other destructive behavior (especially to windows and doors)
  • Escaping / running away
  • Pacing
  • Coprophagia

Some of these signs can be due to other behavior problems, so check with your vet if you are unsure if your dog has separation anxiety.

Why Do Some Dogs Develop Separation Anxiety?

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Black Golden Retriever

There is no conclusive evidence showing exactly why dogs develop separation anxiety. However, because far more dogs who have been adopted from shelters have this behavior problem than those kept by a single family since puppy-hood, it is believed that loss of an important person or group of people in a dog’s life can lead to separation anxiety. Other less dramatic changes can also trigger the disorder. The following is a list of situations that have been associated with development of separation anxiety.

Change of Guardian or Family

Being abandoned, surrendered to a shelter or given to a new guardian or family can trigger the development of separation anxiety.

Change in Schedule

An abrupt change in schedule in terms of when or how long a dog is left alone can trigger the development of separation anxiety. For example, if a dog’s guardian works from home and spends all day with his dog but then gets a new job that requires him to leave his dog alone for six or more hours at a time, the dog might develop separation anxiety because of that change.

Change in Residence

Moving to a new residence can trigger the development of separation anxiety.

Change in Household Membership

The sudden absence of a resident family member, either due to death or moving away, can trigger the development of separation anxiety.

What NOT to Do When Treating Separation Anxiety

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Jack Russell Terrier Police dog holding a “other danger sign”
  • Punishment. Punishment isn’t effective for treating separation anxiety and can make the situation worse.
  • Another dog. Getting your dog a companion usually doesn’t help an anxious dog because their anxiety is the result of their separation from you, not just the result of being alone.
  • Crating. Your dog will still engage in anxiety responses inside a crate, and they may urinate, defecate, howl or even injure themselves in an attempt to escape. Instead, create other kinds of “safe places” as described above.
  • Radio/TV noise. Leaving the radio or television on won’t help (unless the radio or TV is used as a safety cue).
  • Obedience training. While formal training is always a good idea, separation anxiety isn’t the result of disobedience or lack of training.

When treating a dog with separation anxiety, the goal is to resolve the dog’s underlying anxiety by teaching him to enjoy, or at least tolerate, being left alone. This is accomplished by setting things up so that the dog experiences the situation that provokes his anxiety, namely being alone, without experiencing fear or anxiety. So here are our 7 tips to help overcome dog separation anxiety.

What to DO When Treating Separation Anxiety

1. Exercise your dog before you leave

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Jack Russell Terrier with dumbbell.

A tired dog will have less energy to get into trouble, and may even just nap while you are gone. Try to wrap up your exercise session at least 30 minutes before you leave so they have time to calm down.

2. Re-examine your routine

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Border collie with a alarm clock

Before shelling out for any products that promise to soothe your pup’s stress, consider how you might be able to help him feel calmer. “Most of the time, pet owners do have to do something different to help manage and improve their dog’s anxiety,” explains veterinary behaviorist Meredith Stepita, DVM.

For instance, having a predictable daily routine that helps your dog anticipate when he’ll get to eat, go outside, and spend time playing with you could help him feel more confident and less nervous. That’s especially true if his stress seems to stem from separation anxiety, Stepita says.

3. Try a compression wrap

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French bulldog wearing Anti stress-vest

Those anti-anxiety vests might make your pup look funny, but they really can make a difference. (And not just during thunderstorms or fireworks.) The wraps work by swaddling your dog and applying gentle, continuous pressure, which is thought to help reduce fear, says Stepita.

4. Play some music

Jack Russell Terrier with headphones
Jack Russell Terrier with headphones

Reggae and soft rock aren’t the only genres that can encourage your pooch to relax. Classical music like Mozart and Beethoven has also been shown to reduce stress in dogs, and even encourage them to bark less.

5. Treat your pup to a massage

Anecdotally, physical touch is thought to ease anxiety and aggression in dogs. And though there’s not much research to support this, gentle petting seems to help dogs stay calmer during stressful or uncomfortable situations like getting shots or having their blood drawn, suggests one small Applied Animal Behavior Science study.

6. Ask a neighbor or a friend to help out or hire a dog walker

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border collie with heterochromia

If you’re struggling to handle your dogs separation anxiety you can always call up a friend or a neighbor to help out for those short moments when you have to leave your puppy. However, if you have a tight schedule every day consider on hiring a professional dog walker.

7. Seek professional help

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Little Puppy with vet

If you’re still struggling to find the key to calm, don’t give up. It’s important to pinpoint the source of your dog’s stress and find ways to manage it. Chances are, he won’t just learn to get over whatever’s upsetting him — and his anxiety will likely get worse, Stepita says.

Consider meeting with a board-certified veterinary behaviorist or certified applied animal behaviorist, who can help you put together a specific plan to change your dog’s underlying emotional response— so he can get back to his happy, tail-wagging self.

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Is COVID-19 dangerous for dogs?

In early March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the COVID-19 novel coronavirus is now a global pandemic. In the panic over the spread of the virus, people are worried not only about their own health but the health of their dogs.

Dogs wearing face masks have popped up in photos across social media, causing pet owners everywhere to ask: can dogs get coronavirus?

Can dogs contract or spread coronavirus COVID-19?

Dogs can contract certain types of coronaviruses, such as the canine respiratory coronavirus, but this specific novel coronavirus, aka COVID-19, is believed to not be a threat to dogs.

The World Health Organization has stated, “While there has been one instance of a dog being infected in Hong Kong, to date, there is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19. Coronavirus is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently and thoroughly.”

We Must Take Precautions

Li Lanjuan, an epidemiologist and representative of China’s National Health Commission cautioned pet owners in China to be vigilant about their own health and the health of their pets: “If pets go out and have contact with an infected person, they have the chance to get infected. By then, pets need to be isolated. In addition to people, we should be careful with other mammals especially pets.”

The CDC says that “while this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person.” The CDC recommends that people traveling to China avoid animals both live and dead, “but there is no reason to think that any animals or pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this novel coronavirus.”

There is Currently No Evidence

While the one dog in Hong Kong has shown a “low-level infection” with COVID-19 that is “likely to be a case of human-to-animal transmission,” local government health officials emphasize that “there is currently no evidence that pet animals can be a source of infection of COVID-19 or that they become sick.”

Dr. Jerry Klein, Chief Veterinary Officer for the AKC, says, “The CDC has not reported any cases of pets or other animals becoming infected with COVID-19 in the United States or anywhere else in the world, including hotbeds like Italy.” Dr. Klein urges common sense best practices when it comes to our pets: “If you have children, you wouldn’t have them touch a puppy and put their fingers in their mouth, because they can have fecal contamination,” he says. “The general practice of washing our hands after touching a puppy or a dog—that’s normal hygiene.”

How can dog owners protect dogs from coronavirus?

For now, healthy pet owners in the U.S. don’t need to do anything other than follow basic hygienic precautions such as washing their hands with soap and water before and after contact with any animal, including dogs and cats. If you test positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, experts recommend that you should “restrict contact with [your] animals — both to avoid exposing the pets and to prevent getting the virus on their skin or fur, which might be passed on to another person who touches the animal.” To reduce the spread of all germs, you may consider wiping your pet’s paws when they come in and out of the house with a paw cleaner.

Dogs do not need a face mask to protect themselves against the novel coronavirus COVID-19. If you are still concerned or notice a change in your dog’s health, speak to a veterinarian. And the most important protection of all: Under no circumstances should owners abandon their dogs, cats, or other pets because of COVID-19 fears.

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