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Furthering Your Doggie Knowledge: Nine Great Online Canine Resources

Part of the Dogs All-In-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The online world is full of great resources aimed at keeping you up-to-date on doggie developments, whether it’s about finding and socializing a dog, health issues, or locating someone to dogsit or groom your pooch.

Here are nine of the most useful Web sites for dogs and those who love them:

  • American Kennel Club: The official breed organization for the U.S. maintains a large repository of all sorts of dog information. A great place to explore all the different breeds the club recognizes.

  • American Veterinary Medical Association: A huge resource for vets and dog owners, with sections covering finding vets, scientific education issues, and a huge amount of information related to animal health.

  • The Bark: Online version of this New Yorker-for-dogs publication, featuring high-quality articles about all things related to what they call “dog culture.”

  • Dogfriendly: A must for those planning to travel with a dog. Features state-by-state and city-by-city links to pet-friendly hotels, motels, and activity centers all over the U.S.

  • Dogster: A kind of social networking site for dogs, where your dog can strut his stuff with pictures and info you write — and meet other pooches in your area and beyond.

  • Dogster’s For the Love of Dog Blog: An entertaining read for those wanting dog news and such, brought to you by the people at Dogster.

  • Petfinder: This service matches homeless animals with prospective adoptive owners, boasting 13 million adoptions since 1995. You enter your ZIP code and get a list of adoptable dogs in your local area.

  • Pet Sitters International: Going strong for 15 years, this site aims to match up pet sitters with those needing that service. Entering your ZIP code connects you to pet sitters near you.

  • National Dog Groomers Association: A great way to discover information on grooming your dog — and find dog grooming professionals in your area.

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