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A guide to Cavoodles: Friendly family pets

A guide to Cavoodles: Friendly family pets

The Cavoodle, also known as a Cavapoo or Cavadoodle, is a cross between two beloved and popular dog breeds, the Poodle and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Intelligent, gentle and affectionate, this little ball of fluff is a perfect family dog that gets along well with children and other pets. Despite their small stature, they make great guard dogs, too. Thinking about adding a Cavoodle to your brood? Here are some facts to help you decide if the breed is right for you.

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Purrfect affection: 9 signs your cat loves you

Purrfect affection: 9 signs your cat loves you

Cats can be mysterious creatures, and according to the Washington Post, they’re one of the world’s most popular pets. Some say it’s because cats are self-reliant, low maintenance and still display affection. However, some owners don’t see their cat as affectionate for the sake of being affectionate, and believe their cat only acts cute and cuddly when they want something. Like any mammal, cats are unique in their own right. While fluffy and fascinating, many are thought to be aloof, communicating their emotions and desires in ways others may not understand.

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Life with a bulldog: What new pet parents need to know

Life with a bulldog: What new pet parents need to know

The jowly, grumpy face of the bulldog makes it one of the most distinctive dogs out there. Whether a bulldog is your pet of choice, or the breed occupies a sizable slice of your mutt’s DNA pie chart, life with these dogs means having a strong, loyal companion by your side.

If a bulldog is a breed or blend you’re considering, take a look at this essential information.

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Canine behavior explained: Why dogs beg and how to end it

Canine behavior explained: Why dogs beg and how to end it

Begging can be pretty cute in the beginning of your life with your dog. Those staring, soulful eyes, and that keening whine just have the effect of turning the heart into goo. But the pleas can get annoying and even disruptive. Begging is normal dog behavior, but when it becomes a distraction to your daily life, it’s a sign that it’s gotten out of hand.

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5 fun winter activities to try with your dog (and one to avoid)

5 fun winter activities to try with your dog (and one to avoid)

If you want to get more time outside during the winter, your dog can be the perfect outdoor companion. That’s especially true if your dog is a cold-weather breed. (If you’re not sure, look for a double coat and thick paws, along with a tendency to bound happily outside to burrow and roll in a fresh blanket of snow.) Spending time together outside provides the perfect way to burn off some pent-up energy. Plus, playing and running through snow can provide extra toning for your dog’s body. As long as you’re out there playing with him, you’ll both enjoy the benefits of fresh air and perhaps a bit of fleeting winter sunshine.

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Why cats pee in unexpected places and other things to know about managing a litterbox

Why cats pee in unexpected places and other things to know about managing a litterbox

There’s nothing that sparks joy like bringing your cat home for the first time. You likely got a cat because they require much less training and maintenance than a dog. However, some training may be necessary, as you may find your new feline friend likes to pee outside of their litterbox. Cats can be a bit stubborn at times, but training them to use their litterbox regularly is relatively easy.

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How do dogs see?

How do dogs see?

Almost every dog owner in existence has had the same, singular question cross their mind at some point: What does my dog see? It’s a simple-enough question on the surface, but it turns out a dog’s sight is quite complex and different from that of humans. Understanding those differences can help us better understand why our canine companions do the quirky things they do.

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Does your dog love you? Here’s how you can tell

Does your dog love you? Here’s how you can tell

We all express love, affection and admiration. We understand these expressions from person to person. But the love language between you and your dog may be a bit different. We show our pups we love them in many ways: we pet them, give them treats, rub their bellies and ask them “Who’s a good boy?” in a high-pitched voice. However, it’s hard to speak the same language when you’re two separate species, which can make it a little harder to get your message across.

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Hair, hair everywhere: Why is my dog shedding so much?

Hair, hair everywhere: Why is my dog shedding so much?

Most pet owners enjoy the tactile sensation of running their hands over their pet’s soft, cuddly fur. In fact, studies show petting a cuddly animal can actively reduce stress. That said, we’re generally not as enthusiastic about encountering their abundant fur once it’s fallen out, turned into a gazillion individual hairs and become attached to our furniture, our cars, our clothing or even our food.

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Hashing out healthcare: Is pet insurance worth the money?

Hashing out healthcare: Is pet insurance worth the money?

If you’re among the many dedicated pet owners who end up shelling out hundreds of dollars in veterinary care every year, you may be wondering whether pet insurance would be a good future investment. The answer to that involves a lot of different factors, including your location, the age, size and breed of your pet and his preexisting conditions. Another consideration could be his projected lifespan; after all, with better pet foods and pet care, our furry friends are living longer and they’re more likely to face an age-related illness.

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Silence is golden: Which dog breeds bark the least?

Silence is golden: Which dog breeds bark the least?

Most of us understand that barking is a dog’s natural mode of communication, and that dogs bark for a number of different reasons — to ward off perceived threats, to express emotions such as fear, excitement, anxiety or boredom, to greet others, etc. But that doesn’t make a relentlessly barking dog any easier to take when we’re tired, stressed, longing for peace and quiet and/or trying to listen to someone or something else.

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Does your dog or cat like to lounge in the sun? Here’s why

Does your dog or cat like to lounge in the sun? Here’s why

On any given day, you may notice that Fluffy continually seeks out a beam of light in which to sunbathe for her afternoon nap. Similarly, Fido may find the warmest, sunniest patch in your yard in which to lay down and relax after a long walk or a morning of play.

Why? Like humans, many animals simply like the soothing feel of the sun on their skin and fur. But there are likely other reasons related to their physiology and their instincts for self-preservation.

Here are some of the most common reasons dogs and cats like to lay in the sun.

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