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This holiday season, why not give the gift that keeps on giving? Consider adopting one of these perfect
pups from a local rescue.
TEX T BY RYAN JARRELL
ARLO An ideal companion every bit as cute as he
is courageous, Arlo is a young Mixed Breed
who suffers from blindness, but don’t think
that means he’s not eager to participate
in all the pugnacious play a pup his age is
meant to enjoy! Especially trainable and
eager to find a caring permanent home, if
you consider yourself a compassionate friend
of animalkind, then make Arlo’s Christmas
wish come true; GoodKarmaPetRescue.org.
PIE A Terrier Mix found wandering the streets of
Miami during Hurricane Irma, this ruff-living
refugee is every bit as sweet as his name
suggests! Luckily suffering no ill effects,
mental or physical, from the storm, the only
thing this rugged rover needs is a loving
place to call a permanent home. Equipped
with a short coat that won’t cause shedding-
related nightmares, Pie’s the missing piece of
the perfect holiday season; Paws4You.org.
NALA A cute concoction of Labrador & Terrier
characteristics, Nala is named for
the loving lioness of Lion King fame.
Perfect for a family looking for that first
family dog (you’ve never seen a pup as
play-ready with young children as this
responsible rover), Nala’s loyalty, levity
and loving addiction to snuggling have the
potential to make this holiday season one
you’ll never forget; Paws4You.org.
When living in a space that’s close to other people and animals,
having a reactive dog — one that barks, lunges or growls at others —
can quickly become stressful. Before you know it, you’ve joined the
midnight dog-walkers club or spend early mornings sneaking out of
the apartment to take your pooch for his walk. Reactivity can stem
from many things but is most likely a fear-based response from a lack
of early socialization or a traumatic experience during puppyhood.
The good news is that a classical conditioning exercise can quickly
improve your dog’s reaction to other dogs. Pair the trigger for your
dog’s reactivity with something they love, like a treat. With enough
repetition your dog will start to associate the once “bad” thing with
46 what they love the most, and in turn they actually start to like the
“scary” thing. If they’re no longer afraid of it, they stop reacting
to it! If your dog reacts out of excitement, something as simple as
capturing calmness and making relaxation his/her gateway to goodies
is enough to nip the bad behavior in the bud. Although it’s easier to
rehabilitate younger dogs who are becoming or are already reactive,
there’s no age limit on when an adult dog can be trained. Despite
popular belief, you can teach an old dog new tricks, even when it
comes to reactivity toward other dogs, people and excessive stimuli
in your dog’s environment.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ashley Lambert is a
professional dog trainer at
Applause Your Paws . She
competes in multiple dog
sports, including agility, with
her rescue dogs and loves
sharing her passion for dog
training with her clients;