The Many Ways Kids Benefit From Having a Dog

Want a smarter, more empathetic, possibly healthier child? Who wouldn’t?


Study: Dog Walks Help Seniors Stay Active

We may not need another reason to call our dogs “man’s best friend,” but thanks to a new study, we have one. Researchers in the United Kingdom found that mature dog owners (age 65 and older) walk an average of 22 more minutes a day than individuals of the same age who don’t have dogs. For Fitbit fanatics, that adds up to about 2,760 steps.


Dogs May Have Social Skills Similar to Toddler, Study Shows

It’s possible the key to understanding social intelligence in humans might be sniffing his own butt at this moment.


Fun Dog tricks You'll Love to Show Off

Has your dog mastered the basics? If he has, it's time to check out these fun tricks. Once you've got them down, you'll be dying to show them off.

And don't forget, teaching your dog tricks is a great way to build upon and reinforce his skills. They are also good exercise and an invaluable bonding opportunity for you and your pup.


Why does my dog lick me?

Dogs lick their owners for a number of reasons, and each situation requires individual interpretation. In your case, the most likely explanation is that your dog is displaying an affectionate behavior that signals his close bond with you. Wild dogs often greet each other with affectionate displays of face-licking.