Timonium, MD

January 29-31, 2021

Hampton, VA

February 19-21, 2021

800-882-9894

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ultimate guide WOP VA expo

WHO

This event is perfect for pet owners, animal lovers, families, teens, toddlers, couples,

and just about anyone looking for something fun and exciting to do this weekend in the Mid Atlantic!

 

WHAT

The World of Pets Expo & Educational Experience is the largest East Coast pet expo of its kind.

This longstanding gathering of the animal lover and pet enthusiast communities is truly a staple event.

Attendees will find entertainment, hands-on experiences, workshops, special guest speakers,

educational displays, demonstrations, shows, exotic animals, shopping and more!

 

WHEN

THIS WEEKEND → February 21-23, 2020

Hours:

Friday, Feb. 21st: 2:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Saturday, Feb. 22nd: 10:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Sunday, Feb. 23rd: 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

 

WHERE

Hampton Roads Convention Center

(by the Coliseum)

1610 Coliseum Drive

Hampton, VA 23666

Directions:

Heading East on I-64 (from Richmond):

Merge toward Exit 263 (Mercury Boulevard), getting into the far right lane toward Coliseum Drive. Stay in the right turning lane.

Turn right onto Coliseum Drive. Continue straight through the intersection at Pine Chapel and Coliseum Drive.

Turn left into the parking lot at Hampton Roads Convention Center, located at 1610 Coliseum Drive.

Heading West on I-64 (From Norfolk):

Take Exit 263B (Mercury Boulevard). Stay in the right lane. Turn right onto Coliseum Drive.

Continue straight through the intersection at Pine Chapel and Coliseum Drive. Turn left into the parking lot

at Hampton Roads Convention Center, located at 1610 Coliseum Drive.

North-bound on I-664 (from Suffolk/Portsmouth):

At the crossroads of Interstates 664 and 64, follow traffic for I-64 west, staying in left and center lanes.

Continue on flyover as lanes merge onto I-64. Stay in the farthest right lanes. Take Exit 263 B (Mercury Boulevard).

Stay in the right lane. Turn right onto Coliseum Drive. Continue straight through the intersection at Pine Chapel and Coliseum Drive.

Turn left into the parking lot at Hampton Roads Convention Center, located at 1610 Coliseum Drive.

 

TICKETS

https://wop.tixonlinenow.com/hampton/

Order & print your tickets in advance or purchase them at the door!

General Admission: $10.00

Children (Ages 5-12): $5.00

Children (0-5): FREE

Tickets purchased at the event go on sale at the door 30 minutes prior to the event time and are CASH ONLY.

There will be a military discount for those with proper ID. 

 

PARKING

The Hampton Roads Convention Center and The World of Pets Expo are

happy to be able to offer all guests FREE PARKING at the event site.

 

SCHEDULE

FRIDAY:

friday schedule

SATURDAY:

Saturday 1

Saturday 2

SUNDAY:

Sunday 1

Sunday 2

EXPO MAP

There’s a lot going on at the World of Pets Expo!

Easily find your way to your favorite demos, shows, seminars, and more with our event map:

floorplan-VA-20

VENDORS

Check out our vendor list to find great eats, drinks, shops, and everything else that World of Pets Expo exhibitors have to offer:

FULL VENDOR LIST for VA WORLD OF PETS EXPO 2020

 

GUEST SPEAKERS

There will be plenty of special guest speakers who will be holding seminars,

demonstrations, workshops, and exhibits at the VA 2020 World of Pets Expo including:

 

»  Shorty Rossi – Pit Boss (Keynote Speaker)  «

Shorty will give a presentation each day in the Main Arena on various animal rights issues, spay and neuter

programs, breed awareness. Shorty will also be on-site all weekend long to interact with our attendees.

Stop by his booth near the Main Arena for a Meet & Greet.

 

»  Debbie Pearl of  “A Dog’s Way Home” – Paws For Effect  «

Hollywood veteran Debbie Pearl, the owner of Paws For Effect, a full-service movie animal company, is now the author

of an exciting children’s book series “The Furtastics” starring real celebrity dogs who have been animated but will come to life

to meet you and your family! Attend the World of Pets Expo 2020 in Hampton, VA to witness “The Life of a Hollywood Dog”

where you’ll go behind the scenes on what it takes to become a Hollywood Dog, from start to the set

and meet the famous dog Shelby from the #1 family film in America “A Dogs Way Home”.

 

»  Ladean & Dezarai Gordon – CFMGs, Purrocious Styles Feline Designs  «

This cat-loving mother-daughter duo offers the highest quality groom possible for felines in Hampton Roads

with a “by appointment only” location in Yorktown. It’s not only cat-centric, but it also has a strict

no-dogs allowed policy, making this grooming salon a truly unique setting to help facilitate

a relaxed and attentive environment that any cat owner can appreciate.

 

»  Dori Mayer of Critter Cozy – Pet CPR & First Aid Workshop  «

Over the years, Dori has amassed a wealth of training and experiences regarding these techniques and their

applicability to animals. She continues to share that knowledge by teaching others how to leverage these

and other healing modalities with the pets they love.

 

»  Chris Persons – Assistant Fire Marshall + K-9 Pyper  «

To help combat arson fraud and increase community awareness of the problem, State Farm has been providing financial support

for the acquisition and training of an arsonist’s worst nightmare: accelerant detection canines, better known as the arson dog.

Since 1993, the State Farm Arson Dog Program has put more than 400 dogs and their partners to work in 45 states,

the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces.

Come meet Chris Persons, Assistant Fire Marshall of the Hampton Fire Marshall’s Office,

and learn all about K-9 Pyper, the arson dog!

 

»  Merrimac Dog Training Club  «

Merrimac Dog Training Club will offer agility demos and give you a chance to try it with your dog.

Is your dog an agility dog? Find out if you would like to compete in this sport with your dog.

 

ATTRACTIONS

 

TICA Cat Show

The World of Pets Expo proudly announces the TICA Cat Show!

Whether your feline is competing or you’re just there to enjoy the fantastic collection of cat breeds

from around the East Coast, this Expo feature is a must-see. This is a 3-day cat show so come Friday, Saturday or Sunday

and enjoy the fun. Pedigree breeders and educators will be on-site to answer questions about specific breeds.

This is an all-breed and household pet cat show. Some breeders at the show will have kittens to

view and rescues may be available for adoption.

 

Dog Lovers Days’ Lure Course

How do you satisfy your dog’s high-energy inner instincts? Lure Coursing may be the perfect answer!

It’s an exciting way for him to do what comes naturally, but in a safe, controlled environment. Dogs chase a mechanized lure

around a course that simulates the unpredictability of chasing live prey. Zig-zagging across an open arena is simply

heaven for these dogs! At the same time, it helps improve their focus, agility, and sportsmanship.

There is a Fee of $5.00 per dog to run the course.

 

DockDogs®

Showcased on ABC, ESPN, The Outdoor Channel and Animal Planet, DockDogs® has found its way into the homes

and hearts of millions and is currently the fastest growing sport on four legs. Come watch nonstop action as Chesapeake DockDogs®

compete in Wave after Wave of events, with finals on Sunday.

 

Most Talented Pet and Fashion Show Contest

Hosted by Z Morning Zoo Z104 + 94.9 The Point

Think your pet has what it takes to be Z104 + 94.9 The Point’s “Most Talented”?

Register your pet in the fashion show and pet tricks contest on Saturday, February 22nd!

Registration is at 12 noon and the contest starts promptly at 1:00 PM!

 

Bill Troiano & Goliath the Amazing Rottweiler

Goliath is a 5 year old who loves to collect his favorite toys, in fact he knows them all by name. He retrieves his toys, tools,

sports items, food, and many other miscellaneous objects. Goliath is trained by his owner, Bill Troiano.

They perform at many events in the Mid Atlantic region. Goliath and his owner

made a television appearance on the local Channel 6 news last April.

 

Langley Kennel Club’s Parade of Breeds

Watch, listen and learn as AKC, All-American and Rare Breeds are escorted through the arena.

These narrated parades presented by “groups” will highlight the various aspects of each breed.

 

Expo Bird Education Area

Brought to you by our partnership with Peninsula Caged Bird Society

Founded in July 1983 to bring together those interested in exotic caged birds for education, friendship and mutual

assistance in proper care, latest aviary management techniques and health alerts, for involvement in state

and national aviculture, pet industry, veterinary, aviculture and conservation research.

PCBS is a working part of Bird Clubs of Virginia.

 

Cat Health & Grooming Center

Stop by our Question & Answer area to learn about your cats health.

See demos of professional grooming throughout the day.

Demos may include:

»  Proper combing techniques for cats along with the right combs to do it efficiently.

»  Nail trims offered for a donation to Heritage Humane Society.

»  How to get your feline used to nail trims.

»  Learn to do a dental exam to look for gum and teeth issues.

»  How to give a cat medication.

»  How to examine the ear and what issues to look for.

 

Muttville Comix – Johnny Peers

Johnny Peers and his personality-plus canines are coming to tickle your funny bone!

A Ringling Brothers Clown College graduate, Johnny Peers has been working with dogs since he got his first puppy,

Freckles, a Beagle mix, from the Humane Society in 1972. Since their 1980 debut, the Muttville Comix

have appeared on David Letterman, Primetime Live and Circus of the Stars, and at Disneyland,

Busch Gardens, the Big Apple Circus, the Royal Hanneford Circus, even The White House!

 

World of Reptiles

Is a reptile the right pet for you? Come see many species and learn from the experts.

Make an informed decision and find out what is needed to keep your new pet comfortable and healthy.

Available all three days of the event.

Features:

»  Reptile Experts and Educators

»  Educational displays and materials

»  Reptiles and supplies offered for sale

 

Cat Agility Demos

You’ve all heard about dog agility competitions and have thoroughly enjoyed watching the dogs whip through

the obstacle courses with determination and speed. It’s amazing how they can climb up and down those high steps

and race through those weave pole areas with such ease and speed. Now, can you actually imagine a cat lowering

its dignity enough to do that? But, of course! Cats are definitely trainable and most are willing

to follow a feather or dangling toy anywhere!

Feline agility competitions are rapidly growing in popularity at cat shows around the world.

CFA started planning agility competitions late in 2004 and numerous clubs have jumped at the chance to set up an agility

course at their cat shows. Exhibitors are standing in line to put their cat through its paces. And spectators are just loving it!

Interactive demos will be going on all day! Give it a try with a trained agility cat and an expert teacher.

 

IJA Dog Grooming Competition

It was the quest for a panel system of judging, a system for training judges, including continued educational programs,

and the need to standardize judging and ring procedures, that motivated two industry icons, Vivian and John Nash,

to create the International Judges Association for Dog Grooming Competition.

The International Judges Association for Dog Grooming Competitions offers a Professional Division and a Pet Lovers Division

to create a place for everyone in the IJA Competition Arena.

 

Adoption Events, Petting Zoo, & Pony Rides

There will be multiple adoption events taking place in different areas of the Expo.

Check out our extensive animal petting zoo for only $2 (plus the price of admission).

Don’t forget to give your kids a chance to pet and hold all of the animals!

Pony rides are available as well for an additional fee.

 

To see the full schedule of demos, exhibits, attractions, and more, click here:

World of Pets – Virginia Schedule

 

Check our Facebook page for day-of-event updates about the Expo:

World of Pets on Facebook

 

Can’t wait to see you there!

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The Ultimate Guide

WHO

This event is perfect for pet owners, animal lovers, families, teens, toddlers, couples,

and just about anyone looking for something fun and exciting to do this weekend in the Mid Atlantic!

 

WHAT

The World of Pets Expo & Educational Experience is the largest East Coast pet expo of its kind.

This longstanding gathering of the animal lover and pet enthusiast communities is truly a staple event.

Attendees will find entertainment, hands-on experiences, workshops, special guest speakers,

educational displays, demonstrations, shows, exotic animals, shopping and more!

 

WHEN

THIS WEEKEND → January 24-26, 2020

Hours:

Friday, Jan. 24th: 2:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Saturday, Jan 25th: 10:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Sunday, January 26th: 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

 

WHERE

Maryland State Fairgrounds / Cow Palace

2200 York Road,

Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093

Directions:

From Interstate 83, take exit 17, making a right off of the exit ramp and follow the signs

to the Maryland State Fairgrounds.  Interstate 83 is easily accessible from many points including Interstate 95

via the Baltimore Beltway – Route 695 East and Route 70 via the Baltimore Beltway – Route 695 West.

 

TICKETS

https://wop.tixonlinenow.com/timonium/

Order & print your tickets in advance or purchase them at the door!

General Admission: $12.00

Children (Ages 5-12): $5.00

Children (0-5): FREE

Tickets purchased at the event go on sale at the door

one hour prior to the event time and are CASH ONLY.

 

PARKING

The Maryland State Fairgrounds and The World of Pets Expo are

happy to be able to offer all guests FREE PARKING at the event site.

 

SCHEDULE

FRIDAY:

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:

EXPO MAP

There’s a lot going on at the World of Pets Expo!

Easily find your way to your favorite demos, shows, seminars, and more with our event map:

Event Map

VENDORS

Check out our vendor list to find great eats, drinks, shops, and everything else that World of Pets Expo exhibitors have to offer:

FULL VENDOR LIST for MD WORLD OF PETS EXPO 2020

 

GUEST SPEAKERS

There will be plenty of special guest speakers who will be holding seminars, demonstrations, and exhibits at the 2020 World of Pets Expo including:

» Shorty Rossi, Pit Boss (Keynote Speaker) «

When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

» Skye Anderson, MS, CPDT-KA, CTDI, AKC CGC Evaluator «

When: Sunday, January 26th @ 3:00 P.M.

» Sally Morgan, PT CST «

When: Saturday, January 25th @ 4:00 P.M.

» Jesse James, CAS, – BIRDWHISPERER «

When: Friday, January 24th @ 3:00 P.M. + Saturday, January 25th @ 11:00 A.M. + Sunday, January 26th @ 11:00 A.M.

» Dr. Judy Morgan – Holistic Pet Therapy «

When: Saturday, January 25th @ 5:00 P.M. + Sunday, January 26th @ 12:00 P.M.

» Amanda Fuller – Founder of Keller’s Cause «

When: Friday, January 24th @ 6:00 P.M. + Saturday, January 25th @ 4:00 P.M.

» City Ranch – Equine Experiences in Baltimore City «

When: Saturday, January 25th @ 3:00 P.M.

» Rebecca Armentrout – Hawks Hollow Farm  «

When: Saturday, January 25th @ 3:00 P.M.

» Leigha Schrader – Days End Farm Horse Rescue «

When: Sunday, January 26th @ 11:00 A.M.

» Michael J. Soler – Master Dog Trainer and Owner of Blue Line K-9 «

When: Saturday, January 25th @ 1:00 P.M. + Sunday, January 26th @ 1:00 P.M.

» Chelsea Whitaker – Taking The Lead, Inc. «

When: Saturday, January 25th @ 3:00 P.M. + Sunday, January 26th @ 1:00 P.M.

» Dori Mayer of Critter Cozy – NeuroModulation and Pet First Aid «

» Brenda von Rautenkranz, M.S. LCPC, NCC, EAGALA Certified, Psychotherapist «

ATTRACTIONS

Muttville Comix – Johnny Peers

See It: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Johnny Peers and his personality-plus canines are coming to tickle your funny bone! A Ringling Brothers Clown College graduate,

Johnny Peers has been working with dogs since he got his first puppy, Freckles, a Beagle mix, from the Humane Society in 1972.

Since their 1980 debut, the Muttville Comix have appeared on David Letterman, Primetime Live and Circus of the Stars,

and at Disneyland, Busch Gardens, the Big Apple Circus, the Royal Hanneford Circus, even The White House!

 

DockDogs®

See It: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Showcased on ABC, ESPN, The Outdoor Channel and Animal Planet, DockDogs® has found its way into the homes and

hearts of millions and is currently the fastest growing sport on four legs. Come watch nonstop action as Chesapeake DockDogs®

compete in Wave after Wave of events, with finals on Sunday.

 

100.7 The Bay’s ‘Top Pet’

See It: Saturday, January 25th @ 12:00 P.M.

Think you have what it takes to be 100.7 The Bay’s ‘top pet’ in town?

Compete in the Pet & Owner Talent and Beauty Contest.

Open to all pets of all kinds.

Prizes too!

 

BIRDWHISPERER Jesse James

See It: Friday, January 24th @ 3:00 P.M. + Saturday, January 25th @ 11:00 A.M. + Sunday, January 26th @ 11:00 A.M.

Jesse James is known for educational and behavioral counseling to Psittacines (the scientific name for all three-hundred-and-fifty

species of Parrots worldwide). Whether a bird bites, flees, threatens or quakes with fear; whether it’s a one-person bird or

prefers one gender and/or nips at strangers, the BIRDWHISPERER can help. People watch in amazement as Jesse turns

frightened, neglected, aggressive hard-to-handle birds into happy, loving pets.

 

The AFCA Cat Show 2020

See It: Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

The World of Cats Show is presented by Hidden Paw Cat Club and features an all-breed championship and household pet cat show.

Whether your feline is competing or you’re just there to enjoy the fantastic collection of cat breeds from around the East Coast,

this Expo feature is a must see. There will be breeders of Bengals, Birman, Russian Blue, Sphynx, and Oriental Shorthairs.

Some breeders at the show may have kittens to view and rescues may be available for adoption.

 

World of Birds

See It: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

All things feathered can be found here. If you have feathered friends at home, you won’t want to miss stopping by the World of Birds area!

Features: Rare and Exotic Birds on Display, Educational Materials, Hands-on Bird Experts

 

World of Reptiles

See It: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Scales and tails! This exotic and interactive experience is one of our most popular attractions, especially for curious children.

When you enter the World of Reptiles, it’s like taking a trip to the exotic areas of the rain forest and other parts of the world.

You’ll be able to take in reptiles from across the globe, learn about our wild friends and even get to interact with snakes and more… if you dare!

Features: Reptile Experts and Educators, Educational Displays and materials, Reptiles for sale including habitats and supplies

 

AKC Dog Agility Trials

See It: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Hosted by Oriole Dog Training Club, Dog Agility is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country where after many months, even years,

of practice, dogs and handlers test their abilities. Dog agility is a full-speed run through a course where the dog has to perform accurately

and safely on A-Frames, Dog Walks, See-Saws and a wide variety of jumps and tunnels.

American Kennel Club (AKC) trials are open to recognized AKC breeds.

 

Horseland

See It: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Horseland is designed to introduce new people to horses and the horse industry. MHIB’s three primary functions are –

Regulatory: To license and inspect the state’s commercial lesson, boarding, rental and rescue facilities that solicit business from the public.

Advisory: To brief the Maryland Department of Agriculture and other state officials on issues regarding the Maryland horse industry

Promotional: To market, bring awareness to and help grow the state’s equine industry.

 

IJA Dog Grooming Competition

See It: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

It was the quest for a panel system of judging, a system for training judges, including continued educational programs,

and the need to standardize judging and ring procedures, that motivated two industry icons, Vivian and John Nash, to create the

International Judges Association for Dog Grooming Competition. This competition offers a Professional Division and a Pet Lovers Division

to create a place for everyone in the IJA Competition Arena.

 

Pet Health & Training Center

See It: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Stop by our Question and Answer area to learn how easy it is to cook healthy meals for you and your pets.

There will be hands-on live cooking demonstrations throughout the day. The meals are so healthy you’ll want to share them with your pet!

You can also get training and behavioral questions answered here as well.

 

Adoption Events, Petting Zoo, & Pony Rides

See Them: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

There will be multiple adoption events taking place in different areas of the Expo. Included in the price of admission

is our extensive animal petting zoo. Don’t forget to give your kids a chance to pet and hold all of the animals!

Pony rides are available for an additional fee.

 

To see the full schedule of demos, exhibits, attractions, and more, click here:

World of Pets – Maryland Schedule

 

Check our Facebook page for day-of-event updates about the Expo:

World of Pets on Facebook

 

Can’t wait to see you there!


 

How to Prepare for Adopting a Pet

Adopting a pet is a fun and exciting time for everyone involved.

Make sure you’re ready for it by taking these necessary preparations:

 

Make Sure it’s the Right Time to Adopt a Pet

right time to adopt pet

Adopting a pet is a long term financial and emotional commitment.

It will cost you more than just the initial adoption fee; Adoption means providing a home, food,

veterinary care, emotional care, and much more. If you have a family, make sure that everyone in

the family wants a pet, and is prepared to help take care of it.  If you live alone and are thinking

about adopting a pet, make sure that you have a schedule that allows you to give your pet

the attention that it needs.

 

Do Your Research

research pet adoption

It’s easy to visit a shelter and adopt the pet you find the cutest, but this can

lead to a later realization that the pet you chose isn’t the right fit for you,

your family, or your lifestyle. For example, if you don’t get outside much or don’t

want to find yourself taking multiple walks a day, you’ll want to avoid energetic pets

that require a lot of activity, such as Russell Terriers, LabradorRetrievers,

and English Springer Spaniels. In addition to an animal’s energy levels,

some other things you should research are things like:

– Grooming needs for specific pets

-Common health concerns for different breeds

-Nutrition and dietary needs

-Your community’s policy on pets

 

Modify Your Home

pets in home

Just like you would modify your home if you were bringing home a

newborn baby or a toddler, you should do the same thing when bringing home a new pet.

Make sure that your home is ready for the arrival of a new cat or dog by moving valuables

out of reach from your pet, cleaning up the house, and purchasing as many essential pet supplies

as you can. This will help to ensure a smooth transition and allow your pet to

adapt easily to their new home.

 

Check Out The Shelter Online

check shelter online

Every shelter is different. Save time by looking at the shelter’s website

to see what animals they currently have up for adoption, as well as any pet programs

or resources that they provide. By doing this, you can avoid feeling overwhelmed

when stepping into the shelter for the first time. Sometimes, adoption applications

are available online. Since most shelters vet people that want to adopt before allowing

them to take a pet home, it’s helpful to fill out an adoption application for the shelter

you choose to ensure you are approved before you find the perfect pet for you.

 

Are You Ready to Adopt?

If you’re looking to adopt a pet, attending one of

the largest consumer pet shows on the East Coast can be incredibly beneficial.

The World of Pets Expo is a place to find entertainment, educational opportunities, workshops,

and most importantly, pets in need of a forever home.

With expos happening in Timonium, MD (Jan. 24-26), and Hampton, VA (Feb. 21-23),

you’re sure to find a pet that you’ll love.

 

Tickets are available online and at the door on the day of each event.
Feel free to contact us here or on Facebook with any questions you may have!

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5 Ways Your Dog Says “I Love You”

Wouldn’t it be great if our pets could talk to us? We’d always know when they
weren’t feeling well, we could find out what they do all day while we’re at work, and
perhaps we’d feel a little less crazy when we talk to them if they could actually talk back.

Sure, we’ve seen the adorable viral videos of pets like birds and cats
making noises similar to the sound of a human voice. Unfortunately for us pet lovers,
verbal communication between people and animals is really only a “What If” scenario
that’s simply fun to imagine.

pets talk

What you’ve surely noticed as a pet owner is that domestic animals have their
own way of communicating with us. We’d wager that the majority of pet owners could honestly say
they can tell when their pet is hungry, sleepy, happy, grump, or ready for a bathroom break.

Dogs are domestic pets that are pretty good at expressing their needs and feelings
to their human companions. The species has developed perhaps the strongest ability of all animals
to form affectionate bonds with people.

Let’s take a look at how your dog says “I Love You” in his or her special way:

#1: Your dog greets you excitedly.

dog greeting owner

Does your dog run straight at you full-force when you return home after being away?
Pups often show their love by wagging their tails, jumping up and down, and giving a smothering
affection when their owners reappear after being gone for just about any period of time.

#2: Your dog senses your emotions and responds accordingly.

dog senses emotions

Ever notice your dog cuddling up extra close to you on days where you just aren’t
feeling your best? Dogs are inherently social and possess the instinct to care for their “pack.”
They recognize when you aren’t your normal self and do their best to comfort you the best way they can.

#3: Your dog forgives you.

dog shoe

Remember that time you walked in your front door after an awful day at work, tripped
over a dog toy, and shrieked at your pup? In addition to being confused, your dog probably felt bad.
Dogs pick up on our negative emotions, but just as we forgave them for chewing up our favorite pair of
shoes when they were a puppy, they forgive us back for the way we act when we’re upset.

#4: Your dog gazes into your eyes.

dog owner stare

Have you ever caught your pet staring at you? Unless you’ve got a handful of puppy treats or are causing
a commotion, your dog is likely seeking an emotional connection with you. Studies in canine cognition
have shown that when dogs make and maintain eye contact with their owners, it increases their
levels of oxytocin – the hormone that bonds parents to infants.

#5: Your dog wants to be close to you.

dog on lap

Is your pet a lap dog? Do they follow you from room to room? Some pet owners might think
this shows a dependency or a hint of separation anxiety. In truth, canine affection is
very evident in their desire to be physically close with their human companions.

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Of course, every dog is different, and thus shows love and affection in different ways.
If your dog doesn’t do any of the things listed above, that doesn’t mean they don’t love you.
Just as humans are capable of feeling emotions without physically expressing them, so are
our canine companions.

The best thing you can do for your pup to let them know you love them is to give them
as much of yourself as you can, whether it be through playtime, daily walks, special treats,
fun outings, or any other activity you know they enjoy.

Do you love pets?

Don’t miss the 2020 World of Pets Expo this coming January [MD] & February [VA]!

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