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This spring, why not greet the warm weather with a brand new walking buddy? Below are some furry
friends from surrounding shelters who’d love to start a new life with you.
TEX T BY RYAN JARRELL
SPARKY A young Black Labrador Mix just as
energetic as his name implies, Sparky
is an affable young pup perfect for the
athletic Miamian ready to pump. It. Up.
Not just another costly exercise aid,
Sparky’s gentle demeanor and obedience
training make him one gym buddy you’ll
always want to text back!; LRROF.org.
ALBERT A beach-loving Bulldog perfect for any family that
loves to Hang 10, Albert is a 3-year-old American
Bulldog Mix whose favorite activities include just
about anything, as long as it includes the occasional
belly rub! Due to lingering health issues from
abandonment, he’s only available to local adopters;
Proof that big hearts come in small
packages, this spunky little pooch
packs a lot of spirit into a little frame!
Some adorable amalgamation of Pug
and Terrier stock, Benny is ideal for an
apartment or condo dweller — he’s truly
a well-behaved roommate you’ll never
How embarrassing! You have an important houseguest come to
the door, and before you can offer to take a coat or offer a drink,
here comes Fido, everywhere he’s not supposed to be! In order to
train your dog not to jump on visitors when they arrive, try using a
raised pet cot or platform for training and make it clear to the dog
exactly where he is expected to stay. Using treats, spend several
days luring your dog into this designated space and rewarding him
for going there. You should practice having your dog stay at his
space while you go to the door and pretend to let someone inside.
If your dog has a hard time staying, put a leash on him so that you
can easily lead him back every time he gets away. After several days
44 of rehearsal, going to and staying in “place” with pretend visitors,
it’s time to introduce a real guest! The first real guest who arrives
may be challenging, so be ready to grab his leash and take him back
to home base. Getting to greet a guest is highly rewarding for our
furry friends, so you can’t let your dog say hi to the visitor unless he
does a great job staying calm and controlled. Don’t forget to offer
treats when your dog chooses to stay in his place, and make sure to
quickly release him to come say hello as a reward for great behavior.
The more guests you have over, the more opportunities you have to
practice polite greetings, so this is
a great chance for you to increase
your social skills as well!
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.