Bark Heard Round The World

Where in the world are all the dogs?

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We have the answer! Maybe this has been the question keeping you up at night… or maybe not. Well we did the research on dog demographics and found out where all the dogs are.

Whether traveling with your pup or trying to decide where to move, it is great to know the cultures and places that are best for your pooch. Using statistics brought to us by statisticbrain.com, we see the most popular countries dogs:

Most Popular Countries of Residence for Dogs Number of Registered Dogs
United States 403,760
Canada 23,068
Philippines 13,232
United Kingdom 7,835
Australia 5,301
Singapore 2,688
Malaysia 1,726
Indonesia 1,537
Brazil 1,085
New Zealand 868
India 747
Mexico 702
Germany 683
Netherlands 594
South Africa 583

http://www.statisticbrain.com/dog-statistics/

The US seems to have the most pups by a landslide! Lets see which states within the US are in the dog state of mind? Can you find your state?

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Most Popular States of Residence for Dogs Number of Registered Dogs
California 52,051
Texas 31,011
Florida 23,116
New York 21,717
Pennsylvania 15,191
Ohio 13,841
Illinois 12,918
Washington 11,383
Michigan 11,180
Georgia 10,929
New Jersey 10,638
North Carolina 10,604
Virginia 9,608
Massachusetts 8,281
Ontario 7,965

Within these states, we have found the top ten friendliest cities for dogs. Does your city welcome dogs with open paws? Find out which do:

1. Austin, Texas

10 Awesome Dog-Friendly U.S. Cities to Visit in 2015AustinDoga

2. Bar Harbor, Maine

10 Awesome Dog-Friendly U.S. Cities to Visit in 2015Crusoe The Celebrity Dachshund/Flickr

3. Cape Cod, Massachusetts

10 Awesome Dog-Friendly U.S. Cities to Visit in 2015El Condor/Flickr

4. Carmel, California

10 Awesome Dog-Friendly U.S. Cities to Visit in 2015Vicki and Chuck Rogers/Flickr

5. Chattanooga, Tennessee

10 Awesome Dog-Friendly U.S. Cities to Visit in 2015Michael Hicks/Flickr

6. Chicago, Illinois

10 Awesome Dog-Friendly U.S. Cities to Visit in 2015Chris Bentley/Flickr

7. Colorado Springs, Colorado

10 Awesome Dog-Friendly U.S. Cities to Visit in 2015Andrew Doak/Flickr

8. Key West, Florida

10 Awesome Dog-Friendly U.S. Cities to Visit in 2015Anna Val

9. Portland, Oregon

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10. Sonoma Valley and Napa, California

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Do you think your city is dog friendly?

What do you think can be added to your city to make it more dog friendly?

August 15th is Check the Chip Day

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Friday August 15 has been declared as “Check the Chip Day,” by the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

What is the day?

Check the Chip Day serves as a good reminder to make sure your dog’s microchip contact information is correct.


What are the benefits?

Microchips greatly increase the chances that you’ll get your pet back if he/she is lost or stolen…but a microchip only works if its registration information is accurate.


What steps do I take?

Step 1: Make an appointment with your veterinarian for microchipping if your pet isn’t already microchipped (then make sure that your pet’s chip is immediately registered)

Step 2: Check your already-microchipped pet’s registration information in the microchip manufacturer’s database, and make sure it’s up-to-date.

*To check your pet’s registration information go to AAHA’s Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool


How do I spread the word?

Celebrate and join Check the Chip Day event on Facebook

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Where can I hear more?

American Animal Hospital Association‘s President Dr. Kate Crumley talks about the importance of microchipping. Listen HERE from Steve Dale’s Pet World about the importance of proper pet identification, most importantly microchipping.

Grab your kleenex for this emotional video of a reunion between a dog and dad thanks to the chip:


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How to Make Your Dog Happy

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I don’t know about you guys but I spend far too much time staring into my dogs eyes trying to understand if she is happy.

I know a few things for fact:

  • She loves snuggles
  • She loves treats
  • She loves elephant the toy she’s had since the day I got her 13 years ago (Who I have managed to not lose, which I consider a feat, even though he may have been damaged slightly by a curling iron once and years of her playing with it..)

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Souffie happily asleep after getting hours of cuddles

The there’s all those human things I think I project on her- her need for having more dog friends her desire to sniff a new scent. So even though she is not exactly what you would call friendly towards other dogs, I still feel she needs to socialize and keep trying to help her make friends. This is a losing battle. I’ll also try and spice up our walks and take a different path so she’s not bored by the usual smells and sights on our walks.

But all this wasn’t enough for me. Because doing this once in a while wasn’t going to make her happy in the long run.

So I’ve devised a method to measuring Souffie’s happiness. While not a direct formula (snuggles x treats x 20 minute walk) this at least makes me feel like I am taking care of all her needs. And I’m sharing it with you, because I’m sure I’m not alone in this!

After a bit of research, I found Tamar Geller’s Loved Dog. And I love it. In the book she talks about the 7 needs a dog has. Building on that I’ve broken it down into 3 main elements that I call the Doggie Happiness Index, DHI, which address a dog’s needs: physical, mental and social.

Physical- pretty straight forward… but happiness starts with health right? Here I look at all health, exercise and nutrition. Making sure she is moving enough, not eating too much and not getting over spoiled with treats

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Mental– dogs crave routine and security for peace of of mind. So I try to make sure Souffie has a built and established routine (which is not always easy). Also I make sure she is mentally stimulated. She spends a lot of time on her own so I like to get her games that require some thinking, like puzzle toys and treat balls and when we are together try and play more challenging games or teach her a new trick (it is possible to teach and old dog new tricks!)

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She demands to be the center of everyone’s attention

Social– well obviously snuggle time falls in this category. And we can’t forget that dogs are pack animals and like hierarchy (which is also linked to their sense of security) so I make sure to get her around other people (and dogs when possible) and make sure she feels loved all the time.

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In fact she wouldn’t even let me write this post since it was Souffie time!

So that’s my DHI. This is still a work in progress and would love to hear from you if you have any more ideas or improvements!

I love using Hachiko to help me track all of this! I can set goals for Souffies activity, with an added bonus of knowing how active she was on her own, so I know for how long we need to talk. Also I make sure to log her food and treats so I can both set a routine and also make sure I don’t over feed her (she is getting a bit well… huskier lately!).

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Souffie with her Hachiko Sensor. Stylish and fun!

Hachiko Smart Sensors are a great way to keep track of your dog’s activity and behavior. To set routines and make sure they are receiving the care they deserve. Learn more about it and how it can help you keep your dog happy on their website. And to make you happy use the promocode HAPPYDOG to get $5 off!

9 Things to do this National Mutt Day July 31

Happy National Mutt Day!!

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What is a Mutt?

A mixed-breed dog is a testament to nature. Without any input from humans, the mixed breed defies description. Available in all sizes, shapes, colors, and patterns, he might have a long snout or a short nose. He may display prick ears or floppy ones. He could have a stubby tail, spindly legs, a giant spot over his left eye or all three. Drawing from a broader, more diverse gene pool, his intensity is softer than his pedigreed cousins, his drives and compulsions mercifully muted.

Or in simpler terms just the cutest dogs ever! Proof:

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How can you celebrate national Mutt day?

1. Adopt a Mutt from your local shelter or rescue organization. Volunteer at your local shelter and offer to walk a Mutt or play with a  Mutt, clean cages or anything else they need help with.

2. Are you prepared for a new Mutt? Make sure you have all the items necessary when bringing a new mutt home.

3. Donate blankets, food and toys to animal welfare organizations.

4. Offer to walk the Mutt of an elderly neighbor.

5. Write your Congressman and ask that he/she support the ban of Puppy Mills and Gas Chambers in your state.

6. Buy some all natural, organic dog shampoo and give that Mutt a bath!

7. Have a National Mutt Day party and invite all your friends and their dogs!

8. Join the Facebook page and post pics of your  Mutt for the world to ooh and ahh over!

9. Order your collectible National Mutt Day tee here!

For more celebration ideas check out nationalmuttday.com

What did you do for National Mutt Day?

Share your beautiful dogs with us on Instagram @hachiko.me #hachikome

Comment below!

Hot Dog? Not Cool!

Walking on the street and see a poor pooch melting away in a sauna of a car?

Call to action: What would you do?

By now we all know the rule: do not, by any means, leave your dog in your car- especially in the summer! According to the Humane Society of the United States, when it is 80 degrees fahrenheit outside, the inside of a car can rise up to 99 degrees fahrenheit within only 10 minutes! This can be life threatening for your dog!

This helpful infographic created by Dr. Marie Haynes illustrates the danger and effects of leaving your pooch in a hot car:

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Want to relate? PETA enlisted Arizona Cardinals player Tyrann Mathieu to illustrate just how sweltering a vehicle can become after sitting for just a few minutes in the sun. Watch the video here:

Also check out this article from BarkPost on what to do if you see a dog locked in a hot car.

Comment with any stories or experiences you’ve had:

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What Food is Dangerous for your Dog and Why?

Brought to you in honor of Pet Safety Month: DANGER FOODS

We’ve all heard it before:

“This food is bad for your dog…”

“Don’t feed them that…”

Do we know exactly what foods to steer clear of, and better yet, what harm they could cause to our precious puppies?

The photo brought to you by www.caninejournal.com shows what foods to place up high on your shelves away from your dog to keep them safe.

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An extended list of foods that are dangerous for your dog include:

  • Alcohol
  • Apple Seeds
  • Avocado
  • Baby food
  • Cooked Bones
  • Candy and chewing gum
  • Cat food
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus oil extracts
  • Coffee
  • Corn on the cob
  • Fat trimmings
  • Fish
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Hops
  • Human vitamins
  • Liver
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Marijuana
  • Milk and dairy products
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions and chives
  • Persimmons, peaches, and plums
  • Rhubarb, and tomato leaves
  • Raw fish
  • Salt
  • String
  • Sugar
  • Tobacco
  • Xylitol
  • Yeast (on its own or in dough)

For a fun printout to hang on your fridge check out our previous blog post!

Some healthy dog foods to stock up on at the supermarket are:

  1. Peanut butter. Protein, heart healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin, and vitamin E. Choose raw, unsalted peanut butter.
  2. Cooked chicken. Add it to your pup’s dog food for extra protein.
  3. Cheese. If your dog isn’t lactose intolerant (check before feeding) cheese is a great snack that is high in protein.
  4. Baby carrots. Great for your canine’s teeth, carrots are low calorie and high in fiber and beta carotene/vitamin A.
  5. Yogurt. High in calcium and protein and good for your dog’s digestive system.
  6. Salmon. The omega 3 fatty acids found in salmon keep your dogs coat nice and shiny while also boosting their immune system.
  7. Pumpkin. Fiber as well as beta-carotene/vitamin A. Helps with digestion.
  8. Eggs. An extra boost of protein in the morning. Like chicken, this can be added to dog food to up the protein level so when your scrambling up yourself an egg, make one for your furry friend as well.
  9. Green beans. Beans are good for the heart, and very low in calories.
  10. Apple slices. Freshens dog breath as it cleans your pups teeth as he chews. High in fiber, vitamins A and C, an apple a day will most certainly keep the doctor vet away.
  11. Oatmeal. When cooked, this breakfast food can be a great grain alternative that is super high in fiber and great for your dog’s digestive system.

In case of emergency:

If your dog eats something you aren’t sure about or starts to show symptoms of being sick after eating something Call your local vet or call the ASPCA animal poison control center at 1-888-426-4435.

If you know of anything that needs to be added to this list, leave us a comment:

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Chic Canines

 While diamonds will always be a girl’s best friend, dogs are giving all sparkly gems a run for their money in the fashion world. Some of fashion’s biggest models have been photographed with furry little accessories and the results are beautiful:

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Photo: Platon for Garage Magazine

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Photo: Henry Clark for Vogue

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Photo: Herb Ritts for Vogue

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Photo: Emily Shur for Paper Magazine

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Photo: Karen Radkai for Vogue

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Photo: Mario Testino for Vogue

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Can’t get enough of these fashion-forward pups? You can purchase the full book of dog’s in Vogue here.

Take any fashionable shots with your dog? Pupload them in the comments below:

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Translate that Bark

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Language barriers are hard! Especially between species! Understanding your dog’s wants and needs can be ruff. How can a dog be man’s best friend if they cannot understand one another?

It is imperative that every dog parent communicate with their dog and learn to understand what it means when their pup runs to the door or wags their tail. Our dogs have minds of their own and it is our job as parents is to try and understand the speechless conversation that goes on every day between pups and their parents.

Use this handy infographic to decipher your pooch’s body language:

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Unfortunately no dog-human translator exists just yet but until then we’re loving October Jone’s blog Text From Dog. Check out his book being sold on Amazon!

Until doggy translator’s exist, Hachiko is the closest we’ve found to giving your dog a voice!

Remember, to listen to your pup:

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Do Dogs Dream?

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Man’s Best Friend. One of the smartest mammals on the planet. They eat, they sleep… but do they dream?

Have you ever spotted your pup taking a snooze and suddenly let out a woof as his legs twitch? Is he dreaming? What is really happening when dogs move and make noises in their sleep?

While no dog has ever woken up for a dream to tell us about their crazy nightmare, there is tons of scientific evidence to prove that our dogs are in fact dreaming!

Researchers have compared brain activity and sleep patterns between humans and canines. Like people, dogs enter what is called the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage of sleep in which dreaming occurs in humans and seemingly in dogs as well. During this deep sleep your pup may move their legs as if running, whimper or bark, or change breathing patterns from deep to rapid breathing.

Check out this cute dog dreaming away:

Now lets answer a few questions:

Q: What could they be dreaming about?

A: They’re most likely dreaming about their doggy days like running, digging, chasing, or chewing at their favorite bone.

Q: Do all dogs dream the same?

A: Research has shown that smaller dogs actually dream more than larger dogs. Puppies dream a ton as well! Incidentally, adult dogs spend about 10 to 12 percent of their sleeping time in REM sleep. Puppies spend a much greater proportion of their sleep time in REM sleep, no doubt compacting huge quantities of newly acquired data.

Q: Are dogs the only animals that dream?

A: Recent evidence suggests that animals even simpler and less intelligent than our genius dogs seem to dream

Q: Is this normal?

A: It is perfectly normal and healthy for your dog, and means that they’re in a deep sleep. It is best not to wake them up, just cover them with a blanket and “let sleeping dogs lie.”

Share your best doggy dreaming story with us in the comments below:

Want to know more? Here are some great sources from:

Cesar Millan 

Psychology Today

Dogster 

Pet Place

And we just couldn’t get enough of these dreamy dogs:

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4th of July: Have Fun, Stay Safe

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Ah, July, a month known for its beach days and summer nights. But lets focus on the most important aspect of July: Pet Safety Month of course!!!

In the spirit of both national and puppy independence heres a few tips on how to keep your dog safe while celebrating the 4th of July

1. Skip the fireworks– Is your dog afraid of thunder and lightening? They’ll probably have a similar reaction to the loud volume and bright lights of this fine tradition. So while you enjoy the muse of Katy Perry’s hit song, it may be best to leave your dog at home.

*If you feel strongly about bringing your dog along, check out Cesar Millan’s tips for how to prep your pup.

2. Identify your dog– Because the 4th can be a crazy time with tons of people and dogs, it is super important to have your dog’s information up to date so in case they decide to walk on the wild side, they can be safely returned back home. Get a colorful custom dog tag to match your dog’s Hachiko!

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3. Dog’s want to celebrate too– Red White and Blue bring out your dog’s eyes… Play dress up with your pup. Doggy dressup is fun for all and keeps your pup the center of attention. Check out Bloomingtails (we love the clever name) for some apparel and accessories you’ll want to wear yourself.

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4. Keep em cool– It can get hot out there in this summer heat. Visit our tips for how to keep your dog cool on these hot summer days.

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5. Stick to waterCheers to the weekend and drink up but be sure to keep the alcohol to human consumption only as alcohol is poisonous for dogs and is very dangerous. Read more here.

6. Food danger– It is not only the drinks that can be bad for your dog’s health. There are lots of foods at those delicious BBQ’s that your dog should steer clear of. You may think it’s ok to sneak your dog a bite of burger but beware because they might grab an onion or chive which could be harmful. Check out a complete list of dangerous foods here. Keep it festive and feed your dog some made in the USA dog food.

7. Celebrate Dog Health!- If you’re in the NYC area, enjoy a post 4th safety celebration with low cost vaccinations.

BONUS: Patriotic pup saluting the American flag

Read more from our dog sources:

Top Ten Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips from PetMd
Fourth of July Safety Tips from ASPCA
Pet-Friendly 4th of July Tips from American Kennel Club