Are you canine whipped?

Lo and behold, Urban Dictionary has a term it’s dubbed “canine whipped.” And no, it’s not some 50 Shades of Grey sorta dealie. I think we’ve all heard of another “whipped” term used to describe a man that sounds like it would have to do with a feline (but doesn’t) and this is much the same – except the entity doing the “whipping” is a dog.

 Are you canine whipped?

When I think about my household in particular, I have to admit that my dogs pretty much have us wrapped around their little paws. Sure, they have a bit of discipline, but a cute little swish of their nugget tail or a lick on our hand and they practically get away with murder. But unlike the definition above, I think at some point we became aware of our being canine whipped, and either no longer care, or are so accustomed to the little insubordinate beasties that we forget.

Sometimes it’s amazing to me, especially with small dogs, that the dog can have the audacity to try and be the boss of an adult human. I mean, if there was something that was 10 times bigger than me, I sure as hell would do what I was told and know my place. Right? But not dogs. A fifteen pound dog can freely and expertly try to herd you through the house, “tell” you in no uncertain terms when it wants something, and have the nerve to ignore you when you tell it to do something. So cheeky!

But I guess we bring being “canine whipped” upon ourselves every time we willingly give over even a bit of our power to a little brazenly crafty fluffy face.

How about you? Do you ever feel canine whipped?

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If dogs wrote personal ads…

With Valentines Day just around the corner, we’re feeling a little romantic over here at DogSplendor. And when it comes to love, more and more you’re hearing of people finding their soul mates online. So, because I have a twisted curious mind for all things canine,  I wondered what it would look like if dogs wrote personal ads? According to my dog Izzie, success lies in being cute and sweet!

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And hopefully my husband doesn’t look at my browser history to see phrases like “what is in a personal ad” and “how to write a great personal ad.”

Here’s to hoping you find love in all the right places this Valentines Day!

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Why do girl dogs hump?

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There is no demure way to put this. My petite flower Izzie is a dog that likes to hump other dogs. She has been doing this for years, and no amount of correction seems to deter her from this apparently fun activity. Thank goodness her enjoyment of mounting other dogs has not extended to humping human legs, but it’s embarrassing enough when it’s done to another dog, especially in public.

So, why does a girl dog hump other dogs and/or animate or inanimate objects? Here’s what I found out.

Expression of Sexuality. An unaltered (not spayed) dog may hump on things as an expression of her sexuality. I’ve seen chicks in a bar act like this, but didn’t really know dogs expressed their sexuality so blatantly. At any rate, Izzie has been spayed, so this is not the cause.

Dominance. Humping another dog may equate to “I’m the boss of you.” Hmm…this is right in her wheelhouse.

Playing. Sometimes when playing, humping can be an attention-getter (I’ll say!) – especially when a dog has less than wonderful social manners (oh, you noticed?). This can extend to humping toys, furniture and the like. To be honest, I’d almost rather Izzie humped a toy than her sister Maddie.

Sensory overload. If a dog is feeling overwhelmed, with, you know, all the feelings, it may hump. These feelings can include feeling confused, frustrated, anxious, etc. Glad people don’t do this, it would make for awkward lines at the DMV. Or would it?

dog hump doll 150x150 Why do girl dogs hump?And in my research on this topic, I discovered that people in the deep recesses of the internet have a soft spot for Spot trying to mount things. So much so, that there was apparently a dog sex doll on the market at one point (pictured). None of the links to the site work, so I’m assuming it wasn’t a big seller.

So, truth time, does your dog like to mount things? Sound off with your most embarrassing stories in the comments!

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Thanksgiving tips from a food obsessed dog

With Thanksgiving coming up next week in the U.S., Izzie put together these five handy dandy Thanksgiving tips to make food go from the table to a dog’s mouth.

Enjoy!

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The DogSplendor Holiday Gift Guide

At this point there is no avoiding that the holidays are right around the corner. Without a doubt, many discerning dog parents will take the time to buy a present (or two or five) for the favorite furry faces on their list.

So, without further ado, I present the 2013 DogSplendor Holiday Gift Guide – with fun items for dogs and the people who love them. We’re getting this guide out early so you have plenty of time to order.  Make sure you check out the special deals for DogSplendor readers!

Enjoy!

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Click the image above for the full holiday guide in PDF format, or open the direct link.

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