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Ever concerned about the plight of homeless animals in our area, we’ve collected some of the city’s most
affectionate adoptable dogs from local shelters.
TEX T BY RYAN JARRELL
WRIGLEY An active young pup perfect for the
athletically inclined Miamian, Wrigley
is the ultimate personal trainer that
will help you keep off the extra lb’s
while adding a little love to your life.
As enthusiastic about his tennis ball
as he is about lovingly snuggling up at
night, Wrigley is an A+ Labrador with
all the noble characteristics of his
loyal breed; LRROF.org.
CALI A tender, two-toned Dachshund Mix eager to fill
a home with love, Cali, pictured here, and her
sister Abby, were abandoned as a pair and would
prefer to be rehomed together. You’d hardly
believe these perfect little pups are only a year
old! Ideal for a family looking to add a couple
of fun-loving young ladies to their homestead;
A purebred Shortcoat Bulldog, one
look at this pup’s smiling face and all
your worries and wants will melt away.
A communal canine happiest when
surrounded by people and pooches
she loves, Violet’s affable talents are
wasted when locked up in a shelter. If
you’re eager to add a dog that loves
nothing more than to give love, she’s
GO GET IT!
in the ball grows, it’s likely he may get excited and try to pick it up.
This is the moment you’ve been waiting for! Offer bonus treats for
a job well done. Once he’s picking up the ball, you should add the
command “Bring it” anytime he has it in his mouth. Once it’s clear
he understands how to pick up the ball and let you take it from his
mouth, you can start placing it farther and farther away from you.
With enough practice in a low-distraction environment, you’ll soon
be able to throw the ball a short distance and eventually play fetch!
Contrary to the popular belief that only retrievers can fetch, I’m
here to tell you that any dog can learn this age-old pastime. All it
takes is the right set-up and a little patience. First, get a tennis ball
that you can cut a large slit in. You’ll use the slit to insert a piece of
hot dog (it has to be really worth it!) that only you can shake out.
Next, let your dog see you put the hotdog inside, before putting the
ball down for him to sniff and interact with. As soon as your dog
shows any interest in the ball, you should praise him and give him
the treat. By showing your pooch that only you can get the treat
out, you’re giving him incentive to bring the ball to you. Continue
to reward any interaction your dog has with the ball. As his interest
42 ABOUT THE AUTHOR
› Dee Hoult is the CEO of
Applause Your Paws, South
Florida’s largest privately
owned pet dog training
company, and Miami’s leading
company on Yelp.com.