Pounds and shelters are not happy places for dogs to stay in for a long time, though. So everyone tries to find an unwanted dog a new home as quickly as possible.
Different councils and different rescue organisations can have different rules about how long they can keep animals.
Be careful what you feed your dog.
Raw meat dog food products are growing in popularity. But a new study warns of the risks of bacterial contamination not only to your pet but also to yourself or others in your house.
Some dogs may associate car travel with trips to the beach or park - while others only remember trips to the vet. Flickr/Linda Colquhoun, CC BY-SA.
Travel can come with danger, so dogs have mostly evolved to avoid being over-adventurous. That said, dogs may see some kinds of travel as a chance to find things they want -- like food or a mate.
I’ll try to be there for you 100 percent.
Many dog owners have tales of their faithful companion licking away their tears. Researchers investigated whether, beyond being comforting, canines would actually take action to help an upset owner.
You can’t resist the yawn.
Everybody does it, but why? Scientists aren't really sure if exhaustion, stress or some other social factor is at the root of yawning – and how it can be so contagious.
A bark in the park.
Dog walking has health benefits for children - but it's not a straightforward fitness boost.
Yes Niles, but are you really happy?
Molly Glassey/Staff dog
Here are ten common misconceptions about what dogs need and how they communicate with us. Plus, a gallery of reader and staff dog pictures!
A new study raises concerns about raw meat based dog food, but not for the reasons you think.
The author’s dog, Zipper, as a puppy.
The average owner spends between £21,000 and £33,000 on their dog in its lifetime.
Puppies are at the highest risk from a new strain of canine parvovirus discovered for the first time in Australia.
A new form of the highly contagious canine parovirus has been found in Australia. The strain has been found in vaccinated dogs.
A feral dog chasing a wild boar, Banni grasslands, India.
Cats have a bad reputation as wildlife killers (deservedly so). But dogs aren't off the hook: new research shows domestic dogs have contributed to the extinction of at least 11 species.
Are you listening?
New research confirms puppies respond better when we talk to them in a certain way.
How safe is a dog lick, anyway?
AAP Image/Mark Graham
It's possible -- but rare -- for a lick from the family pup to transmit bacteria that can cause dangerous blood poisoning.
Social media has fuelled a trend for foreign dogs being rehomed in the UK, hampering domestic rescue efforts and increasing disease risks.
Accusations of animal cruelty at this year's Crufts have reminded us of the mostly hidden dark side of pedigree breeding.
Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images
An animal science expert explains why Crufts teaches us so much about man's best friend.
The answer lies in the history we share with our canine companions.
Dogs being dominant (left) and submissive (right).
Joanne van der Borg
Researchers have homed in on a number of behaviours that are associated with dominance and submission amongst groups of dogs.
Studies have, in the past, suggested that dogs appeal most to people who are extroverted, conscientious, agreeable and conventional.
Pets inspire powerful emotions and strong attachments. They comfort the sick, console the lonely and entertain the children. We invite them into our families, pay their human-sized medical expenses and…