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Expert Advice: Common Conditions Lyme Disease in Dogs: Symptoms, Tests, Treatment, and Prevention
Lyme disease, also known as Lyme borreliosis, is a bacterial illness that can be transmitted to humans, dogs, and other animals by certain species of ticks. It is caused by the spiral-shaped bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi that is carried inside a tick and gets into a dog or person’s bloodstream through a tick bite. Once in the bloodstream, the […] | April 20, 2018
Expert Advice: Basic Training Ask Our Trainers: How Can I Help My Dog Handle Attack Trauma?
Meghan Hamlin of Braintree, Vt., asks: My Border Collie, Molly, was attacked by another dog on her walk earlier this week. Thankfully, she's not badly hurt and is being treated by the vet, but we are worried about the effect this could have on her. Is there anything we can do to help her get […] | April 15, 2018
Expert Advice: Health Heartworm in Dogs: What You Should Know About the Mosquito-Borne Parasite
Heartworm is a potentially deadly parasite that is transmitted only by mosquitos, which pick up larval heartworms, called microfilaria, circulating in the bloodstream of infected animals. Dogs and other canids, such as fox, wolves, and coyote, are considered the primary heartworm hosts, but these parasites can also affect other mammals, including cats, ferrets, and, in rare cases, […] | April 12, 2018
Tips to Prevent Dog Bites
Expert Advice: Training Prevent Dog Bites — 10 Tips From AKC Canine Ambassadors
Learning how to be safe around dogs is important for everyone, especially children, regardless if they have a dog at home. In order to make interactions between kids and dogs pleasant for all parties, we recommend teaching children how to approach a dog, what to do when they see a loose one, and the proper way to […] | April 12, 2018
Expert Advice: News Here’s How You Can Stay Connected With AKC on Facebook
For individuals who follow the American Kennel Club on Facebook (if you don't, there's no time like the present!), you may have noticed a change in how many of our posts you see in your news feed. Don't worry, we haven't stopped sharing adorable videos or informative articles, but Facebook has shifted its algorithm to […] | April 9, 2018
love language
Expert Advice: Lifestyle What’s Your Dog’s Love Language? Take Our Quiz to Find Out!
The concept of love languages has been around for more than two decades and subscribes to the belief that there are five definitive ways to express and experience love. They include words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, and physical touch. According to this theory, each individual has one primary and one […] | April 6, 2018
flea and tick prevention tips
Expert Advice: Health Keep Your Dog Safe From Fleas and Ticks With These 10 Prevention Tips
It's that time of year again, folks. Flea and tick season is upon us, and nothing annoys a dog more than those pesky pests. Responsible dog owners know that their canine companion's warm and soft fur is like a personal paradise for these insects. But once they move in — and begin feeding on your […] | April 6, 2018
Heartworm Awareness Month
Expert Advice: Common Conditions Heartworm Awareness Month: 5 Things to Remember From AKC’s Chief Veterinary Officer
April is National Heartworm Awareness month, but not every dog owner is well versed in the potentially deadly parasite. It's only transmitted by mosquitos, which pick up larval heartworms — called microfilaria — circulating in the bloodstream of an infected animal. Dogs with heartworm can be treated, but the best approach to the parasite is prevention. […] | April 4, 2018
national agility champions
Expert Advice: Agility Meet the Winners of the AKC National Agility Championship
The top agility canine athletes in the nation were crowned on March 25 from an overall entry of 917 dogs at the AKC National Agility Championship held in Reno, Nevada. “These dogs are true athletes, and it’s amazing to see them do what they do best,” said Carrie DeYoung, AKC Director of Agility. “Their performances […] | April 3, 2018
Expert Advice: News Most Popular Dog Breeds – Full Ranking List
  Breed 2017 Rank 2016 Rank 2015 Rank 2014 Rank 2013 Rank Retrievers (Labrador) 1 1 1 1 1 German Shepherd Dogs 2 2 2 2 2 Retrievers (Golden) 3 3 3 3 3 French Bulldogs 6 6 6 9 11 Bulldogs 4 4 4 4 5 Beagles 5 5 5 5 4 Poodles 7 […] | March 28, 2018

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