Today is National Dog Day, an annual celebration of man's best friend observed in the US and around the globe. To mark the occasion, we've collected the most useful dog posts from the Lifehacker archives -- from canine photography tips to lifesaving pet CPR. Plus: seven reasons dogs are better than cats.
I'll confess: I've always been more of a cat person. A pet cat is like a conscientious roommate: they like keeping to themselves, can be relied upon to clean up any mess they make and are happy to chill when you want some companionship. By contrast, a dog is like an emotionally needy, noisy and smelly toddler who constantly craps and urinates everywhere. But they are loyal -- and loyalty goes a long way.
With that in mind, here are our favourite dogs posts for any canine lovers out there. (JUst ignore the last one on the list.)
According to recent research, most dogs do not enjoy being hugged or cuddled by their owners. But they put up with it anyway because they love you. This infographic lists seven scientific facts about canines that support the "man's best friend" colloquialism. In short, they might hate hugs, but they're still better than cats.
Picture the scene: you're strolling down the street on a hot summer's day when you spot a dog locked in a car, clawing pitifully at the window. It is clearly in distress and the temperature is rising rapidly. Is it legal to break the window, or does the law dictate you allow the dog to die?
People usually fall into two camps: Those who like getting kisses from their dog, or those, like me, who can't stand it. Here are the reasons why dogs want to lick your face, and why you might want to avoid that kind of affection, even if you do enjoy it.
Owning a dog is a priceless experience, but it also takes a lot of hard work. Getting started is the hardest part, especially if you've never owned a dog before. Here are some things that you'll need to do when you decide you want a dog.
You probably know that you shouldn't feed chocolate to your dog -- but maybe your dog got into your lolly stash anyway, and came out fine. Meanwhile, your vet is more concerned that you admit to feeding him raisins. Confused? Let's take a look at what the dangers really are.
You want the best for your dog, and that includes finding the right type of collar for them. Since they will wear it often, you want something that is comfortable, but also safe and secure. Here are the best collars for most dogs as well as which collars you may want to stay away from.
You already know it's good to keep your CPR chops up to date so you can help a human, but dogs and cats can benefit from CPR too. The guidelines in this video might just save your furry friend's life.
Kerry Martin is a professional dog photographer and founder of Melbourne's Akemi Photography Studio. According to Martin, Australia Day is the perfect opportunity to capture some lasting memories of your furry friends while (hopefully) also getting some exercise and sun. Here are ten photography tips that will make your snaps stand out from the pack.
Dog enthusiasts will frequently tell you that certain dogs have certain characteristics: Golden Retrievers are friendly, German Shepherds are protective, and Corgis are smarter than a fifth grader. But is a dog's breed really such a great predictor of its personality?
Dogs are widely regarded to make the best pets -- they're protective, affectionate and loyal to a fault. But did you know they have the potential to improve everything from your blood pressure to your sex life? This infographic explains all the ways canine companionship can make you a healthier and happier person.
Some dogs delight in nothing more than running away from you when it's time to leave the park. Rather than chasing them, consider running in the opposite direction.
Houzz Australia is a home renovation and design-based website that specialises in connecting customers with architects, designers and contractors. The platform includes interior and exterior home photos, product reviews and guides written by renovation experts. We recently visited the company's new Sydney digs which were carefully constructed to evoke feelings of homeyness; complete with BBQs, kid's paintings and even an office dog! Here are the photos.
The controversial Yulin annual dog meat festival in China was held last month and every year the event causes widespread condemnation from animal rights groups. Cat and dog meat are considered delicacies in many Asian countries and while most Australians would regard the practice as vile, is it legal to consume these kinds of meats in Australia? Let's find out.