10 Scary Movies (with Dogs!) To Watch This Halloween
As summer comes to a close, so do many summer activities, but soon a whole new world of fun opens up with the fall! When Halloween approaches, you might start thinking of tricks and treats, goblins and ghouls, and of course, a horror movie marathon! If you’re planning an all-night fright-fest with your favorite canine companion, what better way to do it than with a host of scary movies featuring dogs?
If your pup would rather hide his eyes with his paws, don’t worry, some of these thrillers offer more Halloween hilarity than horror, but no matter what, they’re all sure to provide a howling good time!
10 Scary Movies with Dogs
There are tons of scary movies out there, ranging from the truly terrifying to the more comical than creepy. Depending on what kind of horror movie you’re in the mood for, you can pretty much find a frightening flick to fit the bill. Here’s a glimpse at some popular scary movies with dogs. In some, the dogs are the hero, while in others, a dog is very much the villain. Therefore, make sure you know what your preference is before you start the viewing party!
Watch These Films for a Scare
If you’re looking for a few good frights, then these movies deliver some jumps and chills! Pull the covers tight and hunker down, because you might need to hide your eyes now and then!
Cujo -- (1983) This Stephen King classic is perhaps one of the most famous dog horror movies of all time. A big, furry, teddy-bear-of-a-St. Bernard gets bitten by a bat and contracts rabies, subsequently terrorizing a small town, a woman, and her young son. What makes it so terrifying? Maybe it’s the fact that, theoretically, this situation could happen in real life?
Man’s Best Friend -- (1993) A family takes in a seemingly sweet Rottweiler, unaware that the dog is actually a genetically-engineered canine that has escaped from a nearby science lab. The dog's creator, a mad scientist from a genetic-research facility, tries to track down the dog before its killer-instincts start to get out of hand. This movie just goes to show you, make sure you know everything you can about your pup’s breeder.
The Breed -- (2006) After inheriting an isolated island home, a college student invites a group of friends to spend a few days relaxing and having some fun. The friends are soon fighting for their lives against a pack of blood-thirsty hounds. The dogs are supposedly from a training facility shut down across the island due to a rabies outbreak. The pack ultimately surrounds the cabin as the young adults try to find a way to escape.
Dracula’s Dog -- (1977) It just wouldn’t be Halloween without Dracula, right? How about Dracula’s dog? This film follows Igor, servant to Dracula, and Dracula’s hound, Zoltan, a vampire dog, as they travel to the United States, searching for the last Dracula descendant. During their journey, Zoltan creates a few canine-vampire pals as he searches for his new master-to-be.
The Pack -- (2015) A pack of ferocious, wild dogs begin to terrorize a small town. Eventually, the pack makes its way to an isolated farmhouse, where a farmer and his family are then forced to fight for their survival.
Check Out These Movies If You Want More Fun Than Fright
Sometimes, you might want a little fun and laughs mixed in with your thrills and chills. These movies are a great way to celebrate Halloween family-style. So, if your canine companion is a young pup, these movies might be a better fit!
Frankenweenie -- (1984) and (2012) The original Frankenweenie features a real dog, while the remake takes an animated turn, but the plot remains the same. This fun canine-spin on the classic Frankenstein story is full of fun Tim Burton flair (who directed both versions). A young boy, determined to bring the recently-deceased family pet back from the dead, turns to science for the answers.
Spooky Buddies -- (2011) Are you ready to get your fill of adorable, fluffy pups? The famous “buddies” from other films like Air Buddies, Santa Buddies, and Space Buddies are now on a spooky adventure that takes them through a haunted mansion. Bonus? You get to see a bunch of precious Golden Retriever pups in some cute Halloween costumes.
Scooby-Doo (live-action) -- (2002) It’s everyone’s favorite Great Dane and his gang of mystery-solving, meddling kids. The film starts out showing how the members of the famous Mystery, Inc. split and went their separate ways. However, they are reunited when they end up together on the same island to investigate strange happenings.
The Nightmare Before Christmas -- (1993) Halloween movie or Christmas movie? You decide! It’s still lots of fun for a Halloween family-flick! And you just have to love Jack Skellington’s ghost-dog Zero, whose light-up nose helps save the holiday!
Ernest Scared Stupid -- (1991) Jim Varney’s classic Ernest character and his faithful pup Rimshot set out to save the world from an evil troll (that Ernest accidentally set free). The troll is on a mission to transform all of the children in a small town into wooden dolls, but Rimshot and Ernest plan to save the day (albeit in some unconventional ways).
Can’t Stand a Sad Ending?
Don’t worry, no spoilers here! But, if you’re like many dog owners, you refuse to watch a movie if you know an animal gets hurt or dies. In fact, if something happens to a dog in the film, you might be more devastated than if the main (human) character met a chilling fate. It’s an animal-lover thing.
Well, thanks to the wonders of the internet, you can usually look up the answer to one of the most asked questions from dog lovers when it comes to movies...does the dog die? But, if you simply check out a plot summary or something similar, you risk learning too much about the movie. After all, if you ultimately end up watching it, you don’t want to know how it ends.
Instead, check out this website for the answer to your biggest questions. This site has evolved over the years, now answering a lot more specific questions, not just about dogs, but other animals, humans, and more. You’ll still get some spoilers, but at least you have more control over what information you’re getting instead of scrolling through the entire movie plot. So, if before you can view, you really need to know the answer, or you just can’t enjoy the movie, check this site out first.
What’s a Movie Without Popcorn? (Um, PUP-corn)
If you’re settling in for a flick with Fido, don’t keep all the snacking to yourself. While popcorn might not be a good treat for your pup, you can get him his own special movie chow. PupCorn delivers yummy treats in a low-cal punch, so you can let your pooch nosh on a few throughout the flick without overdoing it.
If you want to make the treat last an extra-long time, crush up some PupCorn pieces and put them inside a Rolly Cannoli! Your dog will love having a long-lasting nibble!It’s time to grab the blankets and pillows, set up the snacks, fill the doggy bowl, and turn off the lights! When you’re ready for more great tips on how to spend Halloween with your pup, check out the rest of our blog! You’ll also find helpful advice and resources so you can care for your pets in the best way possible! Now all that’s left to do is line up your movie night! Happy watching!
- Fernando Becattini
What is Dog Gastric Dilation Volvulus (Canine Bloat), And How Can You Prevent It?
Your pup is a part of your family, so you want to be ready for anything that might cause problems for your pooch. The most significant way to help your dog stay healthy is to know about the different issues that dogs face. Several diseases and conditions can affect your canine companion, and the more you know, the faster you can act if you believe your dog is battling a health problem. One issue that can progress very quickly, making early detection key, is something commonly referred to as canine bloat.
What Is Canine Bloat?
Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV), also known as canine bloat, is a life-threatening disease in canines that typically affects large breed dogs. The condition develops when food and gas cause the stomach to dilate and expand. This expansion increases the pressure in the abdomen and can cause a myriad of complications and serious issues like:
- Decreased blood flow to the stomach lining
- Rupture of the stomach wall
- Inability to breathe normally because of pressure on the diaphragm and lungs
- Reduced blood flow from the abdomen back to the heart
If the expansion in the stomach becomes severe enough, it can cause the stomach to twist, which is a condition known as volvulus. This rotation of the stomach can cause a blockage of blood flow to the stomach and spleen and ultimately put your pup in shock. Dogs can have gastric dilation with or without volvulus.
What Are the Risk Factors of GDV?
Dog gastric dilation primarily affects large breed dogs, although any dog can suffer from it. The disease kills roughly 15% to 30% of the dogs that have it. There is still a lot to learn about this condition. Still, there are several factors that seem to make particular pups more susceptible, including a deep chest, older age, eating large meals, eating too quickly, elevated feeding, and genetics. In some cases, it is believed that stress can also contribute to GDV as well as dry dog foods with high oil content, but studies are ongoing in these areas.
How Can You Prevent Dog Gastric Dilation?
Once you know the risk factors, you can implement specific practices to help reduce your dog’s chances of developing GDV. Ensuring your dog doesn’t eat too fast is an essential component to helping prevent gastric dilation. Slow feeders are an excellent way to help your pup eat slowly and safely. A slow-feed bowl like the Neater Slow Feeder Double Diner can improve digestion, reduce overeating and vomiting, and make your pup’s meal an overall more pleasant experience.
It’s also essential to set your dog up on a proper feeding schedule so he can spread his food intake out over two or three smaller meals during the day. Also, look for high-quality dry dog foods that don’t have oils listed as one of the first four ingredients.
Since genetics is a factor that plays into your dog’s susceptibility to GDV, whenever possible, make sure you know your pup’s ancestry. A good breeder should provide you with all of this information and the necessary paperwork that shows your dog’s family tree. If you adopt your dog, you might also be able to get some insight, although more than likely, you won’t have access to your dog’s lineage.
What Are the Signs of Gastric Dilation Volvulus?
The faster you identify GDV, the more likely your dog can get all of the help that he needs. The earliest signs of GDV often involve abdominal issues and pain. Watch your dog for some of these signs:
- Your dog seems nervous and looks toward his abdomen area.
- Your pup is standing and stretching frequently.
- Your pooch is drooling excessively.
- Your pup’s abdomen is distended.
- Your dog is dry-heaving.
If the condition persists, you might also notice your pup panting more, growing weak, or even collapsing. Your dog can also experience elevated heart rate, a low or poor-quality pulse, and rapid breathing. The longer GDV goes unchecked, the more full-body effects your dog will experience. Toxins can spread throughout the body, causing an array of severe complications like kidney failure, liver failure, sepsis, and cardiac arrhythmias.
How Do Veterinarians Diagnose GDV?
If you suspect your dog has GDV, make an appointment with your vet. The first thing she will do upon examining your dog is order blood work to get a complete blood count (CBC), perform a urinalysis, and do a few other initial tests. These preliminary assessments help your vet rule out other potential issues and narrow down the problem. If these tests point to GDV, then your vet will use abdominal x-rays to confirm the diagnosis. Your vet may also perform an electrocardiogram (ECG) to look for possible cardiac arrhythmias.
How Do You Treat Canine Bloat?
Depending on the severity of your pup’s condition, treatment can vary. But, stabilization is vital, and surgery a strong possibility.
First things first, the vet will relieve the pressure in your pup’s stomach. Your pup might need oxygen therapy to help with potential breathing issues. The vet will also use IV fluids to help stabilize your pooch. Then she’ll position a tube down your dog’s esophagus into the stomach to relieve air and fluid. She might also use water to flush out food particles.
If your pup has a lot of air in his stomach, your vet may also put a catheter into his stomach from outside of his body to provide additional relief. If your dog’s stomach is twisted or his stomach wall or other organs compromised, surgery is a definite possibility, as long as your dog can handle it.
Your dog might have a partial gastrectomy, where the surgeon removes part of the stomach wall, or the doctor may remove the spleen. The surgeon will manipulate the stomach back into the correct position and fix it to the abdominal wall in a procedure known as a gastropexy. This procedure is to prevent the stomach from twisting again if future dog gastric dilation redevelops.
Life After GDV
After your dog has surgery, it’s vital to attend to his post-op care carefully. Ensure you make every follow-up appointment with your vet. The first 48 to 72 hours after surgery are usually when most complications can occur, so monitor your pet very carefully.
During this period, your dog most likely should not eat and have very little water. Your vet will instruct you on the exact steps you need to follow for your pup’s unique situation. Once your dog resumes eating, start him off with tiny, preferably bland meals spread throughout the day.
Administer any medications your vet prescribes, and don’t miss a dose. If you have any concerns about the medicine or your dog seems to be having adverse effects, contact your vet immediately; don’t just stop giving your pup the prescription.
No matter what problems your pup faces, it’s your responsibility to learn all you can to care for him in the best way possible. At Neater Pets, we’re always adding more helpful information and tips to our blog, so you can find what you need to give your dog everything he deserves! Here’s to being the best pet parent that you can be!
- Fernando Becattini
20 Great Gadgets Every Dog Owner Needs (Updated 2020)
Nowadays, technology is king. There are gizmos, gadgets, and apps for practically everything! You undoubtedly have a smartphone that you can’t live without, and depending on your hobbies, you might have an array of fancy tech devices to assist you in your endeavors. Plus, there are tons of advances in non-electronic products that have made our lives easier (think no-spill snack bowls and snuggies).
Well, when it comes to dogs, the gadgets keep on coming! Technology is supposed to improve your life, and if you’re a dog owner, there are several gadgets designed to make caring for your canine companion a breeze (plus, they’re just fun)!
Whether you want to know how many steps your pooch takes in a day, track his health, monitor his behavior when you’re away, provide him with non-stop playtime, or take fantastic photos of your pup, there’s an easier way to do it!
Here’s a look at 20 great gadgets for dogs that you need to add to your pup checklist!
Dog Gadgets for Lifestyle
Dogs add a ton of joy to our lives, but they also add a lot of responsibility. Anything you can use to make life easier is a win-win for you and your pooch!
This camera is designed specifically for dogs, and it even distinguishes between dogs and people. This sleek cam sends you notifications when your pup barks, plus it lets you engage with your dog remotely via a fun treat dispenser and a two-way-chat feature. You can even snap a “selfie” of your dog when he faces the camera.
This interactive pet camera has built-in Amazon Alexa and allows you to play with your pup (there’s a cool built-in laser pointer), and keep tabs on your pooch when you’re away from home. Chat with your pup, snap some pics or take video of what your dog is up to. You can even reward your pooch with a treat.
Do you want to let your dog have the freedom to come and go when he needs to, but you’re worried about other critters getting in or maybe your pet getting stuck? This motorized door uses a high-frequency sound sensor that interacts with an ultrasonic key that goes on your pup’s collar. This means, only your dog can go in and out, and it won't close until your pet passes through the door completely.
This auto-feeder brings doggy-dining to a whole new level. It connects to your smartphone via an app that lets you know when your pet has been fed. Plus, you can control when your dog eats and how much food he gets from wherever you are. Now, if you get stuck at the office, you can still feed Fido without leaving an abundance of food at his disposal like with most standard auto-feeders.
PetSafe CozyUp™ Folding Pet Steps
These steps might not be electric, but they still fill a valuable need. Whether you have a small pup or a dog with mobility issues, it can be hard for your canine companion to get up and down from high places without assistance. However, you’re probably not a fan of always having to keep bulky pet stairs on display. The sturdy CozyUp™ is portable, lightweight, and folds up easily so you can get it out of the way when you don’t need it.
Humans have FitBit, dogs have FitBark. Track your pup’s activity level, see how many steps he’s getting, and determine what changes if any, you need to make for your pal to be as healthy as he can be.
Track your pup’s behaviors so you can monitor changes and act at the first sign of anything amiss. Plus, powerful GPS tracking lets you find your dog if he gets away from you. Whistle also features virtual vet support right at your fingertips!
This uniquely designed dish features protective walls to help keep splashes and spills in the bowl instead of on your floor. Food stays put in the upper dish, while water flows through a filtering system into the lower reservoir. No more wasted food (and money)! This is the perfect dish for excited pups and messy eaters!
Keep your hands free, and walk your pup safely at night with this classic, reflective leash that features a designated spot for a Neater Bag dispenser. The dispenser showcases a tissue-box style that makes it super simple to grab one bag at a time, and it comes in a variety of color styles. This leash is the perfect option for nighttime walks!
PetGear Booster Car Seat
A thrilling car ride is like a rite of passage for a dog, but if your dog is standing up to get a good view, it’s not the safest thing. Using a booster seat to keep your dog strapped in safely, enables your pup to see the view and relish in all of the sights, sounds, and smells, without fear of injury.
Ruffwear Cooling Vest
A cooling vest can be a great way to ensure your pup doesn’t get overheated when engaging in outdoor activities or other warm environments. These vests protect your pooch from the sun while providing refreshing cooling relief through evaporation. Let your dog have some fun in the sun!
Waterdog Automatic Pet Drinking Fountain
Another great way to keep your pup safe in the heat is to make sure he has access to fresh, cool water! Installing this drinking fountain on your outside faucet or hose tap lets your pup get a cool drink whenever he needs it! The fountain senses your dog’s presence and turns on, then shuts off when your pup walks away.
Wigzi Tangle-free Dual Dog Leash
If you’ve got two pups, walking them can become a little frustrating, if not comical. If you’re tired of doing a tangled-leash-tango with your furry pals every time you go for your walk, then you need to try this dual leash. It’s non-tangling, retractable, and makes it easy to control your pups, instead of them controlling you!
Gadgets for Grooming
Step up your grooming game with these helpful tools:
If your pup sheds, you probably deal with dog hair on your clothes, furniture, and everywhere else on a daily basis. It’s important to brush your pup daily, but ordinary brushes can make the process time-consuming and yield lackluster results. Get the hair at the source and brush your pup with the Furminator. Find the right tool for your pet and start brushing!
Keep your pup’s paws AND your floors and furniture clean by getting rid of the mud before your dog has a chance to track it through the house! The Dexas Mudbuster is available in different sizes so you can find the one that is the right fit for your dog’s paw.
Does your dog shed like crazy? Check out this vacuum-assisted grooming tool from Dyson. The best part? It captures the loose hair as you groom, so there’s no clean-up! Just make sure your dog is okay with the noise from your vacuum.
Gadgets for Play
No doubt you cherish playtime and participating in various activities with your pooch, but sometimes, your schedule demands your attention. Or, maybe time gets away from you. Well, with these nifty items, your play sessions can extend past sundown, or you can even serve up some automated playtime for your pup.
Hyperfetch Ultimate Throwing Toy
Could your dog chase balls all day long? The answer is probably yes, but can you? Probably not so much, so luckily, there’s this awesome automatic ball-tosser that can help keep your dog entertained and active when you’re too pooped to play.
Who says you can’t play outside when it’s dark? If your busy schedule made you miss playtime with your pooch, grab this durable, glowing LED ball for some nighttime fun!
You’ve heard of remote-controlled cars, but remote-controlled critters? Keep your dog on his toes with these fun, interactive motorized dog toys. These clever contraptions also make a great solution for owners with mobility issues that still want to engage and play with their canine pals!
PetZen Dog Treadmill
Why not let your dog go for a jog on a rainy day...indoors? With this durable, programmable treadmill, designed with dogs in mind, your pup can stay active no matter what the weather! Plus it’s quiet and low-to-the-ground, simulating an outdoor run.
Are you ready to do some dog-focused shopping? Which of these cool devices will you use the most? For more great resources and fun finds for your pups, check out the rest of our blog!
- Fernando Becattini
Doglingo: A Guide to Dog Internet Jargon
Have you ever heard of a doggo or a pupper? How about a bork, a blop, or a mlem? If all of this sounds like gibberish, well, it might not be too far off, but if you’re a dog lover, it might sound a bit familiar. These words are just a handful of examples from an entire dog-focused language that permeates the internet -- Doggolingo.
What Is DoggoLingo?
Put simply, Doggolingo is a unique language that has evolved from a combination of converted words, dog memes, onomatopeias, and the imaginations of dog lovers everywhere. You can call it dog-jargon, dog-terminology, or dog-slang. It's basically the words that show up alongside pics and videos of pups that have evolved into a way humans talk to their dogs.
You can find examples of Doggolingo throughout social media, Reddit, and other internet sources. Humans apply this dog-speak to their canine companions as a way to give the pups a voice. In other words, it's humans' interpretation of what dogs are thinking about different situations.
No doubt, your pup already speaks his own language through various barks, growls, tail wags, expressions, and body language. But, if your pup could talk using words, he might use Doggolingo. The best thing is, you don't need fantastic grammar skills or have to be a master of punctuation or spelling. In Doggolingo, well, anything goes!
How To Decipher Dog Internet Jargon
Even though this canine conversation style is pretty forgiving, there are still a few standard terms that are worth noting. If you want to learn dog vocabulary, you need to understand what these crazy-sounding words mean.
Here's a rundown of some of the most popular dog lingo terms:
Types of Dogs
These are several words used to refer to different types of dogs. Many of these words’ exact origins are unknown, but they can be found throughout the internet. And you thought all you needed to know was your dog’s name!
Doggo/Doge -- This term refers to any type of dog. The doge version originated from a specific dog meme of a Shiba Inu but has since evolved to encompass all pups.
Woofer -- If you’re talking about a large dog breed, then you use the term woofer. Another variation is boofer.
Pupper/Pupperino -- What you call a puppy in dog-speak. “What a cute little pupperino!”
Boi -- This means a boy dog. This word is most commonly found following an adjective. For example, “You’re a smart boi.”
Yapper -- This word is sometimes used to refer to a small breed pup, like a Pomeranian or Chihuahua.
Pups do some of the cutest and silliest things, and sometimes, it can be hard to find the perfect words to describe their zany antics. Doggolingo has you covered with some go-to words for some of the most recognized and loved doggy actions.
Blop -- When your pup sticks his tongue out, just a little, and lets it stay out, it’s a blop. It’s especially for those times when it seems your pup might have forgotten his tongue is still out of his mouth. Blop also represents the sound of your pup sticking out his tongue.
Blep -- This is another variation of blop, although this version is often applied to cats.
Mlem -- This refers to when a dog sticks out his tongue and licks his nose. It’s also for any type of lapping, sloshing, or other slobbery situation. Mlem also represents the sound of your pup’s licking tongue.
Bork -- A word for bark. Often, in this fascinating dog-terminology world, words are created by switching out one vowel for another. In this case, the “a” was simply changed to an “o.”
Awoo -- When your dog howls, this is the sound that humans use to represent the howl -- think “Awoooooooooooo!” It can also be used as a verb, such as “My doggo sure knows how to awoo!”
Sploot -- This term refers to a particular sitting position. It’s when a dog sits in such a way that its hind legs make it look like he’s doing a split.
Boop the Snoot -- This phrase means to press on a dog’s nose lightly. For example, “He’s so cute, you just have to boop the snoot!”
Things Dogs Might Say
Oh, if dogs could talk...they'd use Doggolingo! Ever wonder what your pup would say if he could speak what was on his mind? These words result from dog owners who ventured to guess their pup's thoughts and decided to put words to them.
Fren -- If your dog could talk to you, he’d likely call you his best friend, or fren.
Heck/Heckin’ -- This is about the closest a dog gets to swearing. It’s used as an exclamation in a variety of situations.
Hooman -- Your pup might also refer to you as a human, but your pooch would call you hooman. “Hey, hooman, get my leash, it’s time for our walk!”
Chimkin -- What dog doesn’t like chimkin (or chicken)? “Hey, fren, please put some chimkin in my dish!”
Henlo -- Your dog’s way to say, “Hello.” In this case, instead of switching out a vowel, a consonant is switched.
You are doin' me a scare -- This is your pup’s way of saying you’re scaring him.
You are doin' me a concern -- Similar to the above; this phrase is your pup’s way of saying that he’s concerned about something you are doing. You can really insert any type of emotion into this phrase. For example, you are doin’ me a happy would mean your actions are making your pup smile.
There’s also a collection of adjectives used to describe your adorable pup pals. Here are some of the more commonly used ones:
Floofy -- This is the adjective version of floof or floofer. It’s how you describe a fluffy pup. “That Chow Chow is one floofy woofer!”
Smol -- This word means small.
Thicc/Chonky -- If your dog is on the chunky side, you might refer to him as thicc or chonky, but you use it in an absolutely loving way.
Goob -- This word is another result of a switched letter. This word means good. “You’re such a goob doggo!”
Have you noticed a pattern yet? Many of these words are simply the result of a switched letter or an added suffix or ending like “ino” or “er.” (Pupperino, fluffer) You can create your own words to enhance your dog-jargon; there really is no right or wrong way to do it!
Who Uses DoggoLingo?
People who adore dogs are prone to use this dog-speak, and if you spend a lot of time online posting about your pups, the odds are you use it too. Whether you have one dog or ten, stay up-to-date on all the latest dog apps and gadgets, or just love your pup to pieces old-school style, you’ve probably used Doggolingo without knowing it.
Many of the words within this internet language can also apply to other animals, like cats and even snakes. However, dogs seem to be the favorite focus of this quirky lexicon. Ultimately, this language is meant to be endearing and a way to celebrate cute and crazy canines.
Are you looking for more helpful tips and resources that can help you understand your pets better? Make sure to check out the rest of our blog! At Neater Pets, we strive to provide proud pet parents like you with the very latest and best information and incredible products, so you can give your pets everything they deserve!
- Fernando Becattini
How Smart Is My Dog? The Dog I.Q. Test
Different breeds of dogs are known for specific qualities. For example, some dogs are known for their fierce loyalty and devotion, others are known for their playful natures, and many are known for their keen sense of intelligence. Of course, every dog is different, and if your dog’s breed isn't known for being intelligent, that doesn't mean your pup isn't a smarty pants. But how do you gauge how smart your dog is?
Humans measure their intelligence level with an IQ test, so it makes sense that dogs have a test that is just for them. There are several different things you can do with your pup to see how quick-witted your pooch is.
The Dog I.Q. Test
If you're curious to discover your dog's intelligence level, it's time to put him to the test. Try out these four quick assessments with your pup and see how he fares. Make a note of how well (and how quickly) your pup responds to each trial, and you will have a better idea of your pup’s mental prowess. You will need a towel, some treats, plastic cups, and a stopwatch or timer for some of these tests.
The Towel Test
For this test, all you need is a towel that will completely cover your pup. Let your dog smell the towel so he is used to it. Then, in one motion, toss the towel over your pooch.
Now, here’s where the test comes in -- you need to see how long it takes your pup to get from under the towel.
If your pup escapes within 30 seconds, award him 3 points. If it takes him between 31 seconds and 2 minutes, then he gets 2 points. Once 2 minutes have passed, if your pup has tried but can’t get from under the towel, take the towel off for him. He gets 1 point for effort.
What if your pup doesn’t try at all? Well, he gets 0 points, but he could also just be having a real lazy moment and not care. Luckily, there are other tests to try out before you make your final determination about your pup’s I.Q.
The Treat Test
Keep the towel for this next test and grab one of your dog’s favorite treats. Let your pup see the treat and place it under the towel as he watches you. Now, see how long it takes your pup to recover the treat.
If your dog snatches the treat easily within 30 seconds, he gets 3 points! If it takes him between 31 seconds and 1 minute, he gets 2 points. Once again, if he tries but fails, he gets 1 point for effort, and not trying at all lands him 0 points.
The Treat Test - Part Two
Now, you need to get three opaque cups and one treat. It’s best to use a treat that does not have a strong scent for this test. Let your pup watch you put a treat under one of the cups, then take your dog out of the room.
Wait for about 30 seconds and then return to the room with your pup and have him retrieve the treat. This is a memory test for your dog. You want to see if he remembers which cup you put the treat beneath, and then if he can get the treat quickly.
If your pup goes to the right cup immediately and gets the treat within 30 seconds, he gets 3 points. If he checks all the cups but gets the treat within one minute, give him 2 points. If he simply knocks all of the cups over and gets the treat, give him one point. If he can’t get the treat, he gets 0 points.
If your dog has a usual sleeping or resting spot, whether it’s his bed, a pillow, or a particular blanket, move it to another location while your pup is not looking. You can also do this with his food or water bowl.
Observe how long it takes your pup to find the new location. If he finds his relocated bed or bowl within one minute, give him three points. If he locates it within two minutes, award him with two points, and if he finds it between two and three minutes, he gets one point. If he gives up or just stays in the usual spot without looking for the moved items, he gets zero points.
How Smart Is Your Dog?
How did your pup do? Add up the points and see where your canine companion lands on the scale.
10-12 -- Your dog is the canine version of Einstein. In fact, sometimes you wonder if he’s the one that’s pulling the strings.
6-10 -- Your pup is one smart pooch. He might have his moments, but overall, he can figure things out for himself and get out of a jam when he needs to.
1-5 -- Well, your dog might not be breaking any records anytime soon in the intelligence department, but he sure is one cute pooch.
0 -- Hey, dog intelligence is way overrated, right? What matters is you love your pooch, and he loves you, and he has your back when you need him.
Tips for Testing Your Pup’s Intelligence
When a person takes a test, there are several factors that can throw off the results. For example, if someone is not feeling well, really tired, or feeling hungry, he probably won’t concentrate as well during test time. The same concept applies to dogs.
Here are a few things to keep in mind before you start testing your pup’s smarts:
- Make sure to conduct the assessment after a walk or some other activity, so your pup is not overly active.
- Find a distraction-free place for the test.
- Ensure that your pup has had a potty break before starting the test.
- Keep the entire process upbeat and positive for both you and your pup.
- Use some of your pup’s favorite treats, so the motivation level is high.
What Are Some of the Smartest Dog Breeds?
Even though every dog is different, several breeds are known for their intelligence. If you own one of these breeds, the odds are very high that your pup will be one clever canine.
Here's a quick list of some of the smartest dog breeds around:
- German Shepherd
- Doberman Pinscher
- Golden Retriever
- Border Collie
- Shetland Sheepdog
- Australian Cattle Dog
Why Should You Test Your Pup’s I.Q.?
It’s a good idea to have a concept of your dog’s intelligence because it can give you insight into what you need to do to keep your dog adequately stimulated. For example, if your pup scores very high in the test, this can signal that he needs more opportunities to exercise his cognitive abilities. You can get him some problem-solving toys like treat puzzles and other interactive toys like the Rolly Cannoli to help hold his interest and keep him engaged.
Knowing your dog’s intelligence level can also give you a heads up on what to expect with training your pooch. This can help you devise the best way to approach your training sessions. If your pup is super smart, you can also research different types of doggy events in your area like agility training, tracking competitions, and other similar activities for your pup to really flex his mental muscles.
For more excellent resources and information about your faithful, furry friends, check out the rest of our blog! At Neater Pets, our goal is to give you access to great products and helpful tips that can give you the tools you need to be a wonderful pet parent!
- Fernando Becattini
20 Rarest Cat Breeds in the World
When it comes to cats, you might picture a regal looking kitty perched upon the back of your sofa, nibbling daintily out of a decorative bowl, or perhaps a frisky feline playfully swatting at the red dot of a laser pointer (cats are obsessed with those things)! Cats are known for having unique personalities and dispositions, but many cats take unique to the next level. These cats are the rare breeds like the Peterbald, Korat, and Chartreux that aren’t kitties you see often.
20 of the Rarest Cat Breeds in the World
What makes a cat rare? Is it the way it looks? Is it the fact that there are only a handful in existence, or maybe it’s just found in a particular part of the globe? Whatever the reason, rare cats are exceptional, and most of these breeds are recognized by the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA). If you decide to get a rare cat, make sure to find a reputable breeder, which is good advice no matter what type of cat or dog you want to bring home.
Here is a look at 20 of the rarest cat breeds from around the world:
This playful and intelligent feline loves to be a family member and is extremely devoted to its human companions. American Bobtails were developed initially via natural selection; experienced breeders found domestic bobtails throughout the USA and produced this loving breed. This cat also does well with other animals, including dogs, and can even be leash trained!
- American Wirehair
This short-haired, even-tempered kitty has a springy coat and resulted from a spontaneous mutation in a litter of farm cats in 1966. Its distinctive coat is what makes it stand out from other breeds. This cat is quiet and loving and makes an excellent pet.
This glossy-coated black cat looks like a small panther, with its sleek coat and copper eyes. The Bombay is a hybrid, produced from breeding a sable-coated Burmese with a black American Shorthair. This cat loves to fetch and is an affectionate, intelligent companion.
- British Shorthair
This stocky, short-haired feline has a calm and quiet disposition and loves to be around people. This kitty is considered one of the oldest English breeds, and its lineage can be traced back to Rome’s domesticated cats.
This silvery-hued cat features a beautiful and distinct face and comes in long-haired and short-haired varieties. The first litter of Burmilla kitties was produced from a Chinchilla Persian and a Lilac Burmese back in 1981. This cat is amiable and playful, and it is very rare in the United States.
This muscular cat features a short-haired blue coat and is a historic breed of France. There is some speculation of its exact origin, but one theory is it was the companion to Carthusian monks in France, taking a vow of silence along with the monks, which is why this breed is so quiet today. Whatever its backstory, the Chartreux makes a loyal and devoted family pet.
- Cornish Rex
This short-haired feline is very active and playful, but also extremely affectionate. It comes in many colors and patterns, and its stand-out features are its curly-textured coat, high cheekbones, and large ears perched high upon its head.
- Egyptian Mau
This athletic feline features a short-haired, spotted coat that gives it an exotic appearance. Egyptian pharaohs once worshipped these cats, and today, these kitties enjoy the company of their families but expect a lot of attention and like things done their way. The Egyptian Mau possesses swift reflexes and a definite sense of elegance and grace.
- European Burmese
This affectionate kitty is very intelligent and loves to be around people. It loves to play but also is happy to curl up in your lap and snuggle. The first litter of European Burmese came from the mix of a Burmese named Wong Mau (the first Burmese cat introduced to the Western world) with a Siamese cat in the 1930s in the United States.
- Havana Brown
Featuring a short-haired, chocolate-brown coat, this inquisitive feline features entrancing green eyes and gets along well with people and pets. It originated from England when black cats were mated with Siamese to try and produce a brown cat. The breed came to the USA in the 1950s.
Energetic and playful, but gentle, this cat was first discovered in Thailand, in the Korat province. It features a heart-shaped face and shimmery, blue coat, and is considered one of the “good luck cats” in Thailand.
This curly-coated cat can be short or long-haired, and it is very affectionate but also loves to be active. The basis for this breed was a kitten in a litter of barn cats in Oregon in 1982. The kitten was born with a mutation in which it had no hair, then started to grow curly, soft hair about 8 weeks later. Eventually, cats with these mutations were bred together to create the LaPerm, which means “wavy,” or “rippled.”
This mix between a Munchkin and a Sphynx has a very distinct look, with a body that sits low to the ground, large ears, and big, round eyes. It got its start in Boston in 1988, and there are very few in existence. The Minskin is playful and smart and resembles the Corgi of the canine world.
- Norwegian Forest Cat
This sweet, but active kitty features a long-haired, dense coat and stocky build. Hailing from Norway, this cat has a triangle-shaped head with large, almond-shaped eyes. It is relatively rare in the United States and might have been aboard Viking ships in the days of old in Norway.
This breed originates from Russia, first created in St. Petersburg in 1994. It features a wiry body, large ears, and a short coat (or no hair at all) and is very loving, often seeming very dog-like. The Peterbald makes an excellent family pet and adores to be around its humans.
This breed is native to Russia, and it is very rare to find this cat outside of its home country. Initially used for rodent control, this cat makes a loyal companion. Unlike many other felines, it likes to play in the water and could get used to taking a bath.
This short-haired cat hails from Singapore and is affectionate, but it can also be demanding. It first showed up in the United States in the 1970s, and its intelligent and playful disposition makes it an excellent choice for a pet.
This extremely rare cat’s most striking feature is the fact that it has no hair. It is the product of a natural genetic mutation, first discovered in Toronto, Canada, in 1966. The Sphynx has loose skin, which creates its classic wrinkled look, and it is very playful and affectionate.
- Turkish Angora
Originating in Turkey, this long-haired, curious feline has a distinctive appearance and playful nature. This breed is considered a national treasure in its home country, and it makes a beautiful family pet.
- Turkish Van
This distinctive-looking kitty is all-white with a dash of color on its head and tail. It was first developed in the central and southwest areas of Asia and is very rare. The breed came to the United States in 1982, but it is hard to find outside its home country. This kitty has a sweet nature and likes to play in the water.
Think you would want to own one of these rare breeds? Whether you choose to add one of the more common cat breeds to your family or one of these more unique animals, you’re sure to find a feline friend that has a distinctive personality. To find out more exciting tidbits about cats and dogs, including everything from activities to litter boxes to training, check out the rest of our blog! We’re always adding useful resources and tips to help you learn more about your pets so you can be a fantastic pet parent!
- Fernando Becattini