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Success P e t s
SHAME A canine-human mismatch is likely why nice dogs so often end
up homeless. Often underestimated is the time and training
requirement needed to raise a dog. When adopting a dog, don’t
make your decision solely on physical appearance, size or sex.
The temperament of a dog or puppy should be the #1 factor in
determining a pet’s suitability for your lifestyle. How dependent
a dog’s need is for human attention dictates whether or not your
new dog will be comfortable spending time alone when you have
to be out. I often see adopters more attracted to dogs who eagerly
jump up, lick their face and beg to be petted. This kind of dog
is likely to be anxious staying home alone if you’re out for long
periods of time. Often overlooked is the more reserved, older dog
that is laying down calmly, chewing on a toy instead of begging
for your attention. This type of dog is no less loving or loyal and
makes an excellent companion who can self-entertain when you’re
not available. Ask yourself which type of dog better suits your
lifestyle: Always Active Rover or the Netflix & Chill Canine.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dee Hoult, MBA, CDBC, CPDT, CTDI, is CEO & Head Trainer of
Applause Your Paws, South Florida’s largest privately owned pet
dog-training company, and one of Miami’s leading user-rated dog-
training companies on Yelp; DogBoardingAndTrainingMiami.com.
MAN’S BEST FRIENDS
Below are some furry friends one could call their own.
Submitted from shelters in the Miami-Dade area, these
canine companions are eager and able to go home with a
caring owner ASAP.
TEX T BY RYAN JARRELL
DISCO This sweet mama was rescued
from a high-kill shelter, and
like her name implies, Disco’s
really got the moves! If you’re
looking for a fun-loving pet to
call your own, she’s your girl;
Alfie, an Australian Kelpie, is above
all, a people-pleaser. With inquisitive
eyes and an easily trainable nature,
he makes a great companion for
anyone eager for a loyal hound. He’s
also well-trained on the leash and house-broken; Paws4You.org.
RANGER Ranger is a dog’s dog. And he loves
humans, too. Although he may act
rough and tumble in the park during
playtime, Ranger’s not too macho to
spend the evening cuddling at home;