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How Well Do You Really Know Your Dog?

Keep reading for a chance to win a spooky treat!

You know your dog better than anyone else right? While that may be true, there are still a lot of things to learn about your four-legged best friend.

Unfortunately, conversations with your dog are likely–ehem–always one-sided. Using a device like the Whistle GPS Pet Tracker gives your dog a voice. He can tell you where he is when he's lost, if he’s not sleeping well at night and if he's getting the exercise he really needs. While your pup still can't ‘talk’ to you, you'll be able to understand your dog better.

Besides knowing more about his location, sleeping and activity habits, what do you think your pet would want you to know if he could talk? How about what lies behind his ‘mixed breed' classification.

If you adopted your pup from a shelter that branded him as ‘Terrier Mix’ or something similarly vague, not to worry, there's a doggie DNA test for that.

The genius scientist peeps (aka geneticists) over at Wisdom Panel have created a DNA test for dogs that covers 250+ breeds, types and varieties. The test uses 1,800 markers for breed and disease detection and a proprietary algorithm that makes more than 18,000,000 calculations before assigning a final family tree – whoa.

So why do you need to know your dog's specific DNA makeup? Knowing the breeds in your mixed breed pup can help you determine what kind of medical issues he might be prone to, which means you and your vet will be able to be more proactive about your dog's health.

Wisdom Panel tests provide breed ancestry back to the great-grandparent level, a predicted weight profile and trait analysis. Additionally, the test also provides Exercise-induced Collapse (found in Labs – a common breed in mixed-breed dogs) and drug sensitivity MDR1 screening.

As scientific as all this sounds, the test is easy to do from home. It comes with two swabs you'll use to gather your dog's DNA and then you send it off to the lab— they even provide free shipping. You'll get results in about 2-3 weeks.

Try a doggie DNA test and get spooked by what you find. Maybe your dog's related to someone famous – kidding.

Since we want you to be ‘spooked' by your dog's origins this Halloween, we're giving away 3 Doggie DNA Tests by Wisdom Panel for you to try at home!

What do you have to do for a chance to win a Dog DNA Test?

1. Take a picture of your dog in a Halloween costume

2. Post your pic on Instagram with the hashtag #DogsGoBoo and tag @whistlelabs

We will pick our top three favorites. The winner will be selected and notified by November 4, 2016.

Ready, set, GO!

See giveaway Terms & Conditions

Oct 25, 2016

Tags:   pet parenting   dogs   dogs and holidays  


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