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American Kennel Club Not Doing Its Job To Help Protect Dogs!

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With the American Kennel Club's National Championship dog show approaches, there are many questions the AKC must answer.

For starters…why have they been so negligent in their duties to protect America's dogs?

The Humane Society of the United States is imploring the AKC to help take a stand against animal abuse.

According to the HSUS, the American Kennel Club is not protecting dogs, and over-breeding and puppy mills still dominate pet sales in this country.

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Labrador Retriever Is STILL The Most Popular Dog In America!

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Will no one dethrone this champion of all things CUTEz?!!

The Labrador Retriever has been named the American Kennel Club's Most Popular girl in school Breed for the 22nd time in a row!

We wonder who the Lab is going to take to prom??? LOLz!

The breed beat out

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Quick Tip Of The Day

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Humans aren't the only ones who tend to gain weight during the winter months.

Our dogs can too.

Except a few extra pounds on a dog can cause some pretty serious health problems.

So the American Kennel Club (AKC) has some tips on how to help your dog shed more than just their winter coat.

- Check with your dog’s veterinarian before starting any new exercise routine. Have your dog “weigh in” at the vet to determine how much weight he needs to lose. You need to consider your dog’s age, health, and current activity level, and a vet checkup will start your dog on the right track.

- Simply letting your dog out in the backyard doesn’t qualify as exercise. Try playing a good game of fetch with him.

- American Kennel Club (AKC®)

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The Most Popular Dog Breed In The U.S. Is…

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The Labrador Retriever!!

The American Kennel Club (AKC) has announced that the Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog in the U.S. and it has been that way for the past 21 years.

So the lab may still be the favorite but some surprising changes have happened.

Beagles overtook Yorkies to claim third place and the Rottweiler beat out the Shih Tzu, pushing it out of the top ten for the first time since 2000!

The top ten are as follows:

1. Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherd
3. Beagle
4. Golden Retriever
5. Yorkshire Terrier
6. Bulldog
7. Boxer
8. Poodle
9. Dachshund
10. Rottweiler

No Goldendoodle??

This is an outrage.

We'll have to try harder next year we guess.

Congrats to all the top breeds and don't worry other breeds, you're all the most popular to us!

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How To Spot Anxiety In Your Dog

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Many of us dog owners can tell when our pooch is feeling afraid.

The telltale pacing and tucking their tail between their legs is a dead giveaway.

But dogs can also feel anxiety just like humans do, except with dogs, it's harder to tell.

So the American Kennel Club (AKC) has a list of signs that might help you spot if your dog is feeling anxious.

Panting: A common misconception is that dogs pant only because they’re hot. Actually, many dogs will pant when they’re stressed or anxious. This happens because your dog’s adrenaline is released in response to a scary situation, and his pulse quickens and his breathing speeds up.

Yawning: Dogs may yawn as a sign that they are conflicted or uncertain about the situation they’re in. For example, your dog might want to jump off the groomer’s table because he’s anxious or afraid, but he’s been trained not to do that. Yawning signifies the conflict of continuing in the uncomfortable situation.

Lip tension: Dogs often pull their lips back slightly when they’re anxious. It can appear as if he’s smiling or just some creases as the corners of his mouth.

Displacement behaviors: Your dog may display inappropriate behavior because they are anxious or excited about something else. Such behaviors include your dog humping your leg when a visitor comes to the house – he is displacing his feelings about the guest arriving.

So just look for these signs and you'll be able to spot anxiety and help calm your dog down, keeping your pet happy and healthy.

[Image courtesy Wikipedia/Gopal Aggarwal.]

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