As dog lovers, we make decisions all the time that we believe will make our dogs “happy.” What we buy for their use or consumption, what we choose to do (or not do) with them, how we touch them–indeed, I’d bet that there are very few actions which you take for the purpose of having […]
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Working dogs serve modern society in a variety of diverse ways — as search and rescue operatives, as guards and protectors, as trackers, and as drovers, just to name a few. We rely on them in these capacities and we have every interest in ensuring that they perform their duties to their full potential. It should […]
Last week we spilled some ink on the subject of military working dogs (“MWDs”). We reported that both David Petraeus and the Pentagon itself have gone on the record stating that dogs are more effective bomb-detectors than any technological solution currently within our capabilities.
Greetings, Varsity Team! Things are pleasantly busy here as we continue building-out the Varsity Pets online store and developing products that will help busy folks like you efficiently contribute to the health and happiness of your pets. Updates on all that coming very soon. For now, let’s heap some well-deserved attention on this month’s Haunches […]
Want to be impressed by the natural athletic abilities of your dog? Try this: first focus her attention on a favorite ball or other bouncing toy while positioning yourself at least several feet away from her. Make sure that the dog is happily agitated, displaying signs of excitement and interest. Then throw the ball towards […]
The Science of Dehydration in Dogs All mammals require adequate hydration to maintain optimal functioning in a number of the body’s most important systems. For starters, it helps us to remove toxins from the body. Additionally, almost all metabolic reactions — the events through which nutrients are converted into fuel in the bloodstream — occur […]
“Summertime and the livin’s easy.” Summer is a great time to be a dog owner, there’s no doubt about it. Winter’s dreary mornings and frosty evenings are things of the past. Now the days are long, the sun is shining, and the grass is green–the conditions are perfect for getting outside and being active with […]
The purpose of the Varsity Report is to promote good pet health by calling attention to fun and informative pet health and fitness topics. And one of the most enjoyable aspects of this “job” is getting to hear stories about exceptional pets doing amazing things. In an effort to bring those often-incredible stories to you […]
According to a recent study conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, approximately 53% of cats and 55% of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese. (That’s about 93 million cats and dogs, for those of you keeping score at home.) In other words, if you randomly pick a dog or cat on an American […]
Hello. Thanks for stopping by to read the Varsity Report. This is a blog about pet health and fitness topics. The writers are animal enthusiasts and recreational athletes who have experienced firsthand the joy of incorporating healthy habits and fitness training into our relationships with our pets. We started a company (Varsity Pets) and started […]
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