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The Dog Days of Summer

Everything you need to make the most of the very best season with your very best friend

Training

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A good dog is an exhausted dog. Here's how to wear them out every single day.

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Expert tips for keeping your dog healthy, happy, and keen for any type of outdoor activity

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Socialization is the most important thing you can do to create a good dog. But how do you create new experiences when you can’t leave your house? 

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If you want to make an adventure buddy, the first few weeks are critical

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How to raise an adventure companion who will keep up with you mile after mile

Travel

From miles of accessible trails to nearby boarding services to dog safety, these are the best (and worst) parks to visit with your best friend

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The ins and outs of keeping Fido safe, comfortable, and happy while on the go

There are hundreds of scenic trails for you and your BFF to explore together

Safety

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Do I worry about my dogs? Absolutely. Do I let that stop us from bringing them on outdoor adventures? Absolutely not.

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Cars are designed to keep humans safe, but at what cost to our canine companions?

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A few simple steps to follow to keep your pets from getting infected with Lyme disease

Rattlesnakes bite 150,000 pets each year in the U.S. These innovative rattlesnake training courses could save you and your canine companion.

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A detailed list of what you need to treat common injuries and ailments

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The Gunner G1 is the most useful dog kennel ever made

Gear

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Fur, dingleberries, and dog claws are no match for a Harbor Freight moving blanket

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Once it's safe to get back out there, you and your pups will be long overdue for an adventure. Here's what you need to keep them comfortable—and you sane—on your next road trip.

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When it comes to safety, training, and exercise, gadgets and apps can’t beat old fashioned consistency and patience

How do you design something for a user whose only feedback is incessant tail wagging?

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Here are the best human- and dog-tested accessories that make running trails together easy, comfortable, and fun.

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Turning a puppy into an adventure companion is hard. This stuff will help.

Jim Merithew

Keep your best friend comfortable and well fed on your next adventure

Love

When my yellow Lab died last spring, I was flattened by an overwhelming sadness that’s with me still. And that’s normal, experts say, because losing a pet is often one of the hardest yet least acknowledged traumas we’ll ever face.

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What man's best friend can teach us about being content

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The messed up rugs, destroyed childhood mementos, and complicated travel plans? Completely worth it.

Spitfire excels at the curious sport of dock diving, or, in other words, jumping really, really far. That skill has landed him and his owner, 13-year-old Sydney Mackey, five world records—and counting.

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In a new memoir, the photographer digs into the most meaningful moments of a remarkable human-canine connection

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Spoiler: there are a lot of naps

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It’s tough to beat the ranch dog’s daily grind: They run around all day, swim in water troughs, and, of course, keep the crazy cows in line. Anyone who's lived with one cannot live without.

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Meet Gideon, the ten-year-old boy who has pet 600 dogs and counting—and is making the internet a better place, one pat at a time

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Turning puppies into full-fledged dogsledding athletes is a tough endeavor, but all the hard work melts away on that first winter run

Adding to the Pack

Last year, Annette McGivney lost her beloved yellow Lab, Sunny, and was overwhelmed by sadness. Since then she’s built a new life with a challenging rescue dog, and she’s learned a lot about the healing power of human and animal bonds.

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Living your best #packlife is easier than it looks

Donovan Webster

How to find and train the ultimate outdoor companion—because you want so much more than just another pet

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This is a longterm relationship that will have a major impact on your lifestyle. It pays to choose wisely.

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The products and approaches that make #packlife possible

Tioga

What is a good boy anyway? How do you become one? These are the questions that keep me up at night.

Trying to figure out how to show both of your dogs—with different energy levels—exactly how much you love them? We have answers to this dilemma and more in this week's lightning round.

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Five breeds that fit your lifestyle—and your condo

The megapopular breed is possibly the worst city dog. But adopt these practices (and warning: they just might uproot your life) and it can also be the best.

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Beyond just the breed, this is about the individual