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  1. The 12 Best Dog Movies of All Time

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    Who doesn't love a good dog movie? We have narrowed down the list of our favorite dog movies and we are deeming them "The 12 Best Dog Movies of All Time!"

    Who doesn't love a good dog movie? The plots and genres might vary, but movies that incorporate dogs' good qualities and the bonds between a dog and his owner are almost sure to make you laugh, tug on your heartstrings and give you that warm fuzzy feeling inside.

    Dozens of movies have been made starring dogs, but some are more powerful than others. Fortunately, we have narrowed down the list of our favorite dog movies and we are deeming them "The 12 Best Dog Movies of All Time!" (Dramatic, right?) Here goes nothing:

     

    Iron Will

     

    This film from 1994 is action-packed for you adventure/dog lovers out there. The story follows a man who enters a dog-sled race in hopes of saving his family's farm. Freezing temperatures, physical exhaustion and other hardships test the will power of both the young man and his team of dogs, led by Gus - a beautiful Siberian Husky with one blue and one green eye. Iron Will shows the real inner strength both men and dogs possess as the team fights to win their race from Winnipeg to St. Paul.

    Benji

     

    Benji is the story of the cutest little mutt who roams around a small town in Texas. He has a pretty normal life - getting handouts from a local shop owner and badgering one of the town's resident cats - until two of his favorite children are kidnapped. Benji sets out on a mission to save the kids and even finds love along the way. It's an adorable story, told through the eyes of one loveable pup. Benji was filmed in 1974.

    All Dogs Go to Heaven

     

    This animated fantasy/drama is pretty intense for a kids movie, but it is no doubt a classic tale. Charlie B. Barkin is a canine casino owner who is killed by Carface (a canine gambler). As luck would have it, he is able to return to Earth from heaven where he decides to seek his revenge. Things get complicated though, as Charlie grows to love a little orphan girl named Anne-Marie. This 1989 movie is funny, dark and hopeful all at once.

    Homeward Bound

    Who doesn't have some amazing childhood memories of Homeward Bound? This 1993 movie follows the story of three pets who, thinking they have been abandoned when their owners go out of town, leave behind their comfortable domestication and strike out into the wild on a search for their owners. The main pet

    101 Dalmatians

     

    This 1961 classic, was one of Disney's most successful films. Pongo and Perdita are perfectly happy with their 15 puppies and charming owners, Roger and Anita - that is, until the evil Cruela De Vil decides she wants to turn the dogs into a fashionable fur coat. This familiar story is one that will keep you in suspense and make you laugh out loud, even if you've seen the movie before.!

    The Adventures of Milo and Otis

    This 1986 film was originally released in Japan, and later Dudley Moore recorded the narration in English. The movie documents an unlikely friendship between a pug and a cat, who are tragically separated. A live action aspect adds interest to the story and film style as you follow the two as they attempt to find each other once again.

    My Dog Skip

    The cast of this movie from 2000 is incredible - Diane Lane, Kevin Bacon and Frankie Muniz take the stage along with two Jack Russell Terrier actors named Moose and Enzo. The story line includes drama, comedy and even historical events, which makes for an interesting plot and a heartwarming story about the friendship between a boy and his dog.  

    The Fox and the Hound

    In 1981, The Fox and the Hound was released, telling a tale of true friendship. The story is light-hearted most of the time, but it tackles some deep issues along the way, such as how society breeds prejudice. It is a Disney classic that will pull your heart in all directions.

    Lady and the Tramp

    In 1955, Lady and the Tramp stole the show with one of Hollywood's most memorable date scenes. (I mean seriously, how many people have tried the spaghetti trick since?) This classic story deals with forbidden love between a well-bred, beautiful cocker spaniel and her street dog boyfriend. Considering its romantic theme, it's an excellent choice for date night.

    Old Yeller

    This classic was released in 1957, which means it's been tugging at heart strings for a half a century already. Old Yeller is a story of how we come to love our pets, the responsibility they give us and how we deal with their loss. Just be warned, if you haven't seen it yet, bring the tissue box because it is a real tear jerker. 

    Marley & Me

    Most pet owners can relate to this film, which came out in the late 2000s. The movie makes viewers crack up at Marley's disobedient puppy antics and then makes you appreciate that despite all the troublemaking, puppies can really bring a family together. This one will make you love your pooch even more than you thought you could. 

     

     

     

     

     

    Turner & Hooch

     

    Most pet owners can relate to this film, which came out in the late 2000s. The movie makes viewers crack up at Marley's disobedient puppy antics and then makes you appreciate that despite all the troublemaking, puppies can really bring a family together. This one will make you love your pooch even more than you thought you could.  

     

     

     

     

  2. Why Does My Dog Do That ?

     

    Have you ever watched your dog as he spins in circles before lying down, or listened as he howls at sirens, and just thought, “WHY”? We’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked questions and answers about your dog’s behavior and health.

    Read on to learn more about some of the fascinating quirks that help define our four-legged friends.

     

    Why Does My Dog Rip Apart His Squeaky Toy?

    Dogs enjoy playing with (and gutting) squeaky toys because it satisfies their natural hunting instincts. When a dog captures small animals in the wild, they vigorously shake them to kill them - and, small animals will make squeaking noises as they are being shaken. While savage to us, the primal hunter inside of your dog may like this sound. Dogs enjoy ripping apart and shaking their stuffed toys because it gives them a satisfaction similar to that of hunting and killing their prey. Many dogs will remove the squeaker before discarding the toy, while others enjoy “gutting” the entire thing and leaving the stuffing lying around on the floor.

     

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    Why Does My Dog Hump Things?

    Mounting, thrusting, and humping are all normal behaviors exhibited by most dogs, both males and females alike. While this conduct can be sexual, there are several reasons why your dog may try to mount you, another dog, his bed, the air, or a guest in your house.

    • It’s a reaction to stress or excitement. Many dogs resort to humping as a response to anxiety or new experiences such as meeting an unfamiliar person or dog, loud noises, or other overstimulating circumstances.

    • He’s trying to be playful. Some sexual behaviors such as mounting are considered normal play behaviors in dogs. Some canines, however, are not socialized well and can easily become overstimulated, trying to mount other dogs in playful situations.

    • He’s communicating dominance. Some dogs will often hump people and each other to assert their dominance or establish social status.

    • Why Does My Dog Paw At Me?

      He’s trying to get your attention. This is one of the most common ways that dogs are known for requesting the attention of their owners. When your dog paws at you, he is trying to direct your focus onto him. An occasional tap from your pup’s paw should not lead to any issues, however, if he learns that pawing at you will grant him what he demands - your attention - then you may have the beginnings of a behavioral problem on your hands.

    Why Does My Dog Have a Wet Nose?

    • The better to smell you with, my dear” - a dog’s nose discharges a thin layer of mucus that helps absorb scents (odor molecules). A dog can then lick his noses and draw the molecules onto the roof of his mouth where sensitive olfactory (sniffing) glands process the scent before sending it to his brain for interpretation.

    • It helps keep him cool and regulate his body temperature. Dogs are covered in fur, and they are unable to sweat through their skin as humans do, so their bodies are equipped to “sweat” through their noses and the pads of their paws.

     

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    Why Does My Dog Eat Grass?

    The last time you checked, your furry friend did not resemble some type of livestock!! So why, then, is he grazing in the yard like a cow?

    First, rest assured that it is not uncommon for dogs to eat grass. The term pica is used to describe behavior that involves eating things that are not food. However, this particular type of pica has been seen in all types of dogs, both wild and domesticated, and does not indicate any evidence of a problem. Dogs can eat grass for a variety of reasons, most of which are completely normal.

    • Upset stomach - Many pet parents assume that their dog is eating grass to induce vomiting, but evidence suggests that more than 90% of dogs who eat grass are not unwell, to begin with, and less than 25% of the dogs that eat grass throw up. It is possible, however, that dogs eat grass because of gastric upset, as research shows that grass-eating does tend to facilitate vomiting6 in dogs who are already showing signs of illness.

    • Hunger - one particular study shows that dogs see grass as a food source7 and are more likely to eat grass when they have an empty stomach rather than after they have eaten their regular meals.

    • Purging intestinal worms - research conducted on wild wolf droppings finds evidence of grass in 11 to 47% of the stool samples studied, indicating that eating grass could help purge parasites from the animal’s intestines. As the grass passes through the intestinal tract, the fibrous matter causes intestinal contractions and wraps around the worms or nematodes which may be infecting the dog.7

    • It tastes delicious - while there is no evidence to support this claim when all other factors are considered and ruled out as possible reasons for your dog’s lawn-munching, it is possible that he could just like the way that it tastes.

    Another common belief is that dogs eat grass because of nutritional deficiencies, however, no evidence has been found to support this claim. Grass eating is just as frequent in dogs who have their diets supplemented with plant matter as those who are fed a carnivorous diet.

    While most experts agree that eating grass isn’t harmful to dogs, keep in mind that that certain lawn pesticides and herbicides can be toxic to your pup. It is essential to keep a watchful eye on your dog while he is munching on the grass, and always make sure that the plant life that he is eating is non-toxic and chemical-free.

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    Why Does My Dog Have Cloudy Eyes?

    While your dog ages, you may notice that his pupils take on a cloudy, grayish-blue appearance. Nuclear sclerosis, also known as lenticular sclerosis, is the most common cause of cloudy eyes in dogs over the age of six. It is a normal change experienced by dogs as they age. It is characterized by both a hardening and clouding over of the lens. It is painless, comes on gradually and affects both eyes equally so your dog should be able to adjust to any minor changes in his vision over time.

    Other causes of hazy blue eyes can be more serious and require veterinary attention including:

    • Cataracts - clouding of the eye’s lense

    • Glaucoma - increased pressure in the eye due to fluid buildup

    • Corneal dystrophy - an inherited disorder which causes the abnormal deposit of substances on the cornea

    • Anterior Uveitis - inflammation in the iris and front of the eye

    Why Does My Dog Follow Me Around?

    He’s your biggest fan, so he’s stalking you - or at least it may feel like it. Your dog lies on your feet, follows you to the bathroom, watches every move that you make. From the very beginning of their lives, dogs instinctively follow their littermates around in search of food and adventure. Dogs are pack animals by nature, and even as adults they are hard-wired to stick with the members of their community, particularly the alphas who provide them with food, shelter, and affection. Whether you find it annoying or endearing to have a furry companion constantly underfoot, rest assured knowing that this is a sign of your dog’s loyalty and camaraderie.

     

    Why Does My Dog Chase His Tail?

    • He may have fleas. Dogs with flea infestations typically bite or chew the area at the base of their tail.

    • It is possible that his anal glands (sacs) are irritated. Anal glands are small pouches under your dog’s skin, near his anus. They secrete an unpleasant-smelling, fatty substance when your dog passes stool and can become impacted or infected.

    • He may be bored, and his tail serves as a mobile form of entertainment.

    • He may have been confined too long in a crate or cage.

    • He could have Canine Compulsive Disorder. Not unlike Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, found in humans, CCD occurs when a dog displays one or more compulsive and repetitive behaviors, over and over again, to the point where it interferes with its normal life and functioning.

    • It could just be in his genes. Heredity can play a role in tail chasing, and certain breeds such as German shepherds, Australian cattle dogs, bull terriers, and Doberman pinschers show a greater propensity for the behavior.

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    Why Does My Dog Spin in Circles Before Pooping?

    A recent study, published in 2013, found that dogs prefer to eliminate with their body axis aligned with the Earth’s magnetic field3. The researchers discovered that dogs prefer the North-South axis and will spin in a circle until they align their bodies accordingly. While the study did show a definite preference for the North-South axis and a clear avoidance of the East-West axis, researchers were unable to understand the reason why dogs use the Earth’s magnetic fields to determine where to eliminate.

    However, in a more recent study that was published in 2016, researchers in Germany learned more about this particular sense which is known as magnetoreception. They have found evidence that magnetoreception is also linked to the visual systems of dogs and other mammalian species—meaning that dogs (and certain other mammals) might have the capability of seeing these fields, not just sensing them for the purpose of relieving themselves.

    The German researchers discovered a light-sensitive molecule called cryptochrome 14 in the eyes of dogs as well as in other mammals. They examined 90 different species of mammals and determined that cryptochrome 1 was present in the blue-sensitive cones of the eyes of dog-like carnivores such as dogs and wolves, bears, badgers, foxes, and even in some primates.

    Cryptochrome 1 bears a striking resemblance to the cryptochrome 1a molecule which is present in migratory birds and gives them the ability to recognize magnetic fields. The research team concluded that the presence and location of the cryptochrome 1 molecule within the dogs’ retinas might provide them with the ability to recognize magnetic fields in much the same way.

  3. Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses?

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    You're sitting quietly on the couch when you feel a cold, wet nose nuzzling your face or hand. Your dog is trying to tell you something, but you don't know what it wants. All you know is that his nose feels like an Antarctic snow storm — a sign of good health — or so you've been taught. Frankly, whether a dog has a wet nose is not a signal, one way or another, of good health. It's an old wives' tale that has no basis in fact.

    So, why are dogs' noses sometimes dry and sometimes wet? No one knows for sure, but there are myriad theories. One suggests that because dogs are always licking their noses, their salvia helps paint their snoz with mucus produced in the nostrils. As a result, all that mucus-licking improves a dog's ability to smell things.

     

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    How does that work? When dogs sniff the air — they are always sniffing the air — they inhale tiny suspended particles. These particles get trapped in their nasal mucus, which helps the dog figure out what they are smelling. As a dog licks his or her nose, it picks up some of the scent-laden goop. The tongue then brushes against an olfactory gland on the roof of the mouth, which helps our four-legged companions figure out what they are exactly smelling.

    Another reason, some have suggested, is that a wet nose helps keep a dog cool in warm weather. When we humans sweat, the perspiration our sweat glands produce evaporates, cooling us down. Dogs, however, do not sweat. That's because they have no sweat glands, except on the bottom of their paw pads. Instead they pant to cool off.

    However, a dog's nose, unlike the rest of its body, is not covered in fur. It also brims with blood vessels. When a dog licks its nose, the theory suggests, it is cooling itself down as saliva, like human sweat, evaporates. That leaves the surface area of the nose cool, along with the blood circulating in and around Fido's snout. Consequently, cooler blood flows through the dog's body, keeping our best friends a bit cooler.

    Still, why are dogs noses often dry? For one thing, they might not be licking it much. Touch your dog's nose in the morning. Chances are, it'll be as dry as the Sahara. That's because as a dog sleeps, it rarely licks its nose. Certain breeds, like bulldogs and pugs, also have noses that are mostly dry. Age also tends to make a nose dry.

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    The bottom line is that if your dog has a dry nose, chill out. The dog isn't sick. Wait a few hours and it will be wet again.

  4. How do I know if my dog is in pain?

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    1. Antisocial or aggressive behaviour

    Dogs might stop running to greet you at the door, try to avoid contact, or even become aggressive. If your dog is hiding away or appears to be unusually antisocial, it could be an indication that they’re in pain. Any noticeable change in behaviour can be cause for concern.

    2. Changes in eating, drinking, and sleeping habits

    Dogs that are in pain often sleep more – they may be trying to heal, or it might even be difficult for them to move around and be active. A loss of appetite and noticeable differences in the amount of water they’re drinking are often common symptoms. Difficulty eating, particularly dried food or firm chews, can indicate dental pain.

    3. Being more vocal

    Dogs that are experiencing pain tend to be more vocal. Excessive yelping, growling, snarling, and even howling could be your dog telling you that something isn’t right.

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    4. Excessive grooming

    If your pet is licking their paws constantly, it’s likely they’re trying to soothe themselves. When a dog is hurt, its first instinct is often to clean and care for the wound by licking it. Cuts are more obvious, however, sometimes the pain can be internal.

    5. Heavy panting or altered breathing

    Panting is normal. However, a dog that is panting heavily even though they have not been exercising is a warning sign. Also, breathing that is more shallow means that it could be painful to take a breath.

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    6. Mobility issues

    Stiffness and limping are two of the more obvious signs of pain in dogs and are likely a result of injury, sore paws, or even arthritis. Your dog might be reluctant to climb stairs or is noticeably slow when getting up. This can also manifest itself as reduced interest in exercise, or not being as active as usual.

    7. Signs of agitation

    Restlessness is an indicator of pain in dogs. If your dog is pacing back and forth repeatedly, difficulty getting comfortable, or is sleeping a lot less, there could be an underlying issue.

    8. Changes in their body and posture

    Swelling of the paws, legs, and face is a sign of pain that could be caused by inflammation, infection or even cancer. When in pain, some dogs have a very rigid and hunched stance while others assume the ‘prayer’ posture with their front legs on the ground and their bottom in the air. Dogs often take the ‘prayer’ position when they are suffering from abdominal pain as it allows them to stretch this area out.

    9. Shaking or trembling

    Don’t assume trembling or shaking is just your dog feeling cold or, indeed, getting old. Both can be a sign of pain — or a symptom of something more serious such as poisoning, pancreatitis, or kidney disease. Dogs who have swallowed large amounts of chocolate, mouldy compost or sugar-free sweetener xylitol, for example, often suffer severe muscle tremors.

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    10 Signs Your Dog Is Happy

    1. His eyes and eyelids are relaxed, he blinks a lot, his gaze is soft and his brow is smooth. His ears are also relaxed, not cocked or pointing. His mouth is open a bit with a few teeth visible (but not bared), his tongue may be lolling and he may even appear to be smiling.
    2. She's holding her body in a relaxed posture versus a tense or stiff stance. She's holding her tail high and wagging it with such gusto her whole body is wiggling. Alternatively, her tail may be in a more neutral position, with a softer, slower wag.
    3. He has no destructive behaviors, even when he's home alone. Happy dogs generally get plenty of physical and mental stimulation. Bored, under-exercised, under-stimulated dogs are more likely to become destructive, along with dogs who suffer from separation anxiety.
    4. She loves to play. Happy dogs are always up for a game or a walk or a ride in the car. Since exercise and play are so natural for dogs, if your canine companion doesn't seem interested, she may be dealing with some pain or an illness, and it's time to make an appointment with your veterinarian.
    5. He's belly-up and tongue out. Happy dogs tend to show their bellies and tongues as they wriggle around on their backs. Happy belly displays are different from submissive belly rolls in which the dog's mouth is usually closed and his body is stiff.
    6. Her appetite is good, which indicates she's both happy and feeling physically well. A noticeable decrease (or increase) in your pet's appetite can be a symptom of an underlying condition.
    7. He's happy barking. Some dogs rarely bark, but those who do tend to have a higher-pitched bark when they're happy that usually doesn't last long.
    8. She play bows. Many happy dogs raise their backsides in the air and lower their chests to the ground as an invitation to play with either their favorite human or a doggy friend.
    9. He leans into you. A happy dog will often lean into your hand when you pet him, and lean into or keep contact with your body whenever the opportunity presents itself.
    10. She's thrilled to see you. Happy dogs are without fail excited to see their human come through the door, even if said human has only stepped outside for a minute to check the weather!

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