Train your dog to hug like hugging golden retrievers Kylo and Vader

Train your dog to hug like hugging golden retrievers Kylo and Vader

Kieran Lehane only uses positive training methods — such as offering a treat as a reward — with his beloved dogs, Kylo and Vader.“I like the idea that they’re golden retrievers, which are the most kind, loving, beautiful dogs, and that juxtaposition of having these Dark Side names,” he said.

Meet the people who view their pets as 'substitute children'

Meet the people who view their pets as 'substitute children'

Emma explains that pets have a huge benefit for our mental health and wellbeing – and often provide a place for people who are looking for somewhere extra to put their love, but can’t have, or don’t want children.

Fran Drescher shares why every human needs a pet

Fran Drescher shares why every human needs a pet

Fran Drescher is a proud member of camp “must love dogs.”.Chester passed away 22 years ago, and since then Drescher has adopted a new furry friend.“I have a dog now, Angel Grace, and I rescued her just days before lockdown.

My heart catches when I see my children care for Odie – the puppy I resisted for so long

My heart catches when I see my children care for Odie – the puppy I resisted for so long

The gratification of an Indian mother at the words “I love your food” is matched by the dread of hearing “I am leaving home”, so when my 10-year-old wistfully announced that he couldn’t wait to move out, my maternal guilt peaked as I tried to figure out why.

Ruff sketch: animal portraits in the style of old masters – in pictures

Ruff sketch: animal portraits in the style of old masters – in pictures

Since then, the Dutch graphic designer and visual artist has turned hundreds of cats, dogs and guinea pigs into works of art for his website L’animorphe.“The portraits are not meant to be anything other than a remembrance of the love of a dog or a cat.

‘We don’t have to command them – it’s a relationship’: meet Britain’s top dog whisperer

‘We don’t have to command them – it’s a relationship’: meet Britain’s top dog whisperer

The decision to bring Pip into their lives perfectly illustrates what Glazebrook preaches most fervently – it’s vital to analyse and understand your circumstances before you choose a dog, rather than picking a breed you think looks cool, and ending up with a dog that is incompatible with your lifestyle, making everyone miserable.

The Dog House at Christmas review – bark the herald angels sing

The Dog House at Christmas review – bark the herald angels sing

At the Cambridgeshire animal charity Wood Green, the staff are wondering whether dogs know it’s a special day while giving extra back scratches and the occasional new toy, and promising a pooch-friendly Christmas dinner.But The Dog House brings goodwill to humanity all year round anyway.

Dog abandoned days before Christmas makes incredible recovery

Dog abandoned days before Christmas makes incredible recovery

‘When you looked in her eyes she seemed broken like she’d given up hope’ (Picture: RSPCA) It took six months for Molly-Moo to recover enough to be adopted (Picture: RSPCA)‘I’m glad she can’t talk because I don’t think I could face hearing what she’s been through.

Lonely dog has spent nearly all her life in kennels – can you give her a home?

Lonely dog has spent nearly all her life in kennels – can you give her a home?

Sue is described as sweet and affectionate, but needs an experienced, patient owner (Picture: Bath Cats & Dogs Home / SWNS)‘She is an affectionate girl, that loves a cuddle on the sofa just as much as she loves playing with her toys.

What did I learn from my lovely pet rabbit? The truth about mortality

What did I learn from my lovely pet rabbit? The truth about mortality

They rarely reported what the questions were, but you can guess: “How much love will ever be enough for this dog?”; “How can I tell if my cat’s being sarcastic?” In fact, the most regretted pet was a rabbit.

Westminster dog of year title goes to David Amess’s French bulldog

Westminster dog of year title goes to David Amess’s French bulldog

The Dogs Trust, which runs the annual award celebrating the bond between parliamentarians and their pets with the Kennel Club, said Vivienne was a fitting winner “in memory of Sir David Amess, a devoted animal lover”.The three-year-old French bulldog had won the backing of both the judges and tens of thousands of members of the public after appeals on social media to pay tribute to the murdered MP by casting online votes.

Lance Bass on how his dogs will adjust to newborn twins

Lance Bass on how his dogs will adjust to newborn twins

Bass, who joked that this was the most “Hollywood” way to rescue puppies after being first introduced to them by actress Kate Beckinsale, believes that Chip and Dale were the perfect fit for his now growing family.“Yeah, they were definitely meant to be, I mean, you know fate definitely brought us the puppies that, that we needed and they are perfect.

ASPCA Kid of the Year works to help shelter dogs get adopted

ASPCA Kid of the Year works to help shelter dogs get adopted

"The story is about a dog that was placed into the shelter and got adopted," Evan said.ASPCA Kid of the Year Evan Bisnauth creates animations of shelter dogs to help increase their chances of getting adopted.

Reuniting the pack: it took 16 months and a journey through six cities to bring our dog Luna home

Reuniting the pack: it took 16 months and a journey through six cities to bring our dog Luna home

The first few months adjusting to a new country were tough; my middle child missed her friends and bawled her eyes out almost every night, convinced that she would never be able to feel at home in the US without a dog.

'Ugly' one-eyed dog no one would adopt has finally found a home

'Ugly' one-eyed dog no one would adopt has finally found a home

The Australian Cattledog and American Staffordshire Terrier cross spent a lot of time in the shelter as many people passed up ‘ugly’ Mia due to her scars in favour of other pups.

Just got a puppy? Here’s what a terrier called Arthur taught me about love

Just got a puppy? Here’s what a terrier called Arthur taught me about love

Arthur was never my baby, but people love to love, and if my options were him or that dickhead comedian – which is how it felt when I was single – choosing my dog was not tragic, it was good taste.

Tinder for gen z: International Dog Day: Furry friends play cupid in the dating world

Tinder for gen z: International Dog Day: Furry friends play cupid in the dating world

So if there is a special pet in your life be sure to introduce them to that special match on Tinder just like Himanshu and his lucky charm Golu who found love on Tinder.Responses shared by daters on the app suggest that 67% users would either love to have a furry friend, or already do.

Responsibilities every pet parent should take

Responsibilities every pet parent should take

And so, we have listed down a few responsibilities every pet parent should always be aware of.If you are a pet parent, you have to allot a certain time period for your pet’s exercise.

Besotted pugs celebrate getting 'married' with wedding celebration

Besotted pugs celebrate getting 'married' with wedding celebration

Going down the aisle (Picture: Emily Bailey-Mitchell/SWNS) The newlyweds (Picture: Emily Bailey-Mitchell/SWNS) The 24-year-old teaching assistant stresses that Percy has only ever had eyes for Mabel – even when they go on their walks with up to 30 other dogs.

Hero dog stops traffic during owner's seizure in video footage

Hero dog stops traffic during owner's seizure in video footage

A dog named Clover is being hailed by Canadian media as a hero for helping her human, Haley Moore, survive a seizure that struck her suddenly during a walk.Dryden Oatway, a driver who stopped thanks to Clover's heroics, said, "It was really impressive, the dog actually blocked my way.