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Success P e t s
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