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Success P e t s AWW-SOME ADOPTIONS Feel like something’s missing in this pre-holiday season? A hole that social media feuds and quick- swipe dating apps can’t fill? Consider acquiring one of these amazing pups from one of our local shelters and nonprofits. TEX T BY RYAN JARRELL BOBO A particularly adoptable Lab looking for his forever family, Bobo is a proper southern gentleman solely interested in providing love, comfort and affection to any home. Graced with those lovably Labrador interests (fetching, running, and being a sterling emotional support for you through life’s hard times) this pooch is one eager-to-please pup; LRROF.org. BERNARD A heart-lifting hound regarded as a “volunteer favorite” at his current residence, we’re sincerely surprised this buoyant Beagle hasn’t already been snatched up as an early Christmas gift! A fan of exploring, cuddling and snacks, Bernard would be perfect for the space- restricted condo-dweller looking for some puppy love; Paws4You.org. LUKE A majestic Mixed Breed ideal for any cut of Magic City resident, if you’re into trailblazing across our byways or cycling the more scenic sites of our waters, stroll- loving Luke is the perfect pooch for you! Rescued from Animal Services by Paws 4 You and eager to find a more permanent place to lay his head, this is one doggie you’ll go gaga over; Paws4You.org. END OF THE LEASH The standard buckle collar and 6-foot leash have become a staple for the average dog owner. However, in a trainer’s world, what we use at the end of our leash can vary depending on the dog. It’s becoming more ordinary to observe dogs in your neighborhood on all types of walking devices: Head harnesses from Gentle Leader; front-clip, no-pull harnesses like the Balance Harness and Easy-Walk Harness; and also the effortless slip lead. Each of these tools are applied based on a different training need or situation. Larger dogs who have issues with pulling, but can be too strong or resilient for the harness, are much easier to manage in a device like the Gentle Leader. Just like a large powerful animal such as a horse, this device allows us more control over the head which aids in turning the dog in whichever 52 direction is necessary. A teenie dog with the urge to pull might be better suited to the front-clipping harness, which stops forward motion and doesn’t trip them up. The slip lead, in my opinion, is for safety just as much as it is for training. Slip leads are commonly used in rescues, vet offices and boarding kennels because the noose-like end makes it so the dog cannot slip out and easily escape. If you’ve ever owned a dog that pulled backwards out of its collar, this might be a better tool for you. Slip leads are also extremely versatile in their design. They can be made into a calming harness and even a makeshift muzzle. So the next time you’re out for a walk with your furry companion, take a look at his pals around you and pay attention to what’s on the end of their leash! ABOUT THE AUTHOR Ashley Lambert is a Professional Dog Trainer at Applause Your Paws in Miami. She competes in multiple dog sports, including agility, with her rescue dogs and loves sharing her passion for dog training with her clients; ApplauseYourPaws.com. ›