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Ready for the summer season, and eager to hit the beach? Why not bring one of these canine companions
along for the ride?
TEX T BY RYAN JARRELL
KATEY A true “people puppy,” Katey’s an
affectionate Lab willing to do everything
an adventurous family enjoys — from
short walks around the block to thrilling
trips to new locations. A mature and
majestic example of her breed, Katey
would be perfect for anyone wishing to
reap all the Retriever benefits without
committing to the time and energy a
puppy requires; LRROF.org.
BEANY A brave and loyal cute little beagle every
bit as adorable as his epithet implies,
Beany’s a smooth and sedate senior
looking to celebrate the autumn of his life
in a loving home. Waggish when walked
and a chowhound if there ever was one, if
you’re looking to add a little excitement
and a whole lot of love to your South
Florida homestead, look no further than
this pup; Paws4You.org.
PRINCESS Endowed with the excellent manners,
temperate nature and obedient bearing
of any truly regal personage, Princess
is simply looking for a castle to call her
own. A housetrained Cattle Dog Mix of an
indeterminate middle age, raise the tenor
of your home with this cordial canine
companion. Best of all, she is equitably
tolerant of all manner of housemates;
Most humans have a fear of being trapped in a crowded elevator. So
why does it surprise us that some dogs share the same anxiety while
riding from our apartment to the ground floor during a routine walk?
We often set the unrealistic expectation that all dogs are going to be
comfortable in all settings around all other animals and people all of
the time! It’s simply not true! Although the motion of an elevator ride
is something to which your dog can become desensitized, some dogs
have trouble acclimating to the unpredictability of what each open
door on an elevator ride will reveal. Will it be another dog? Kids? A
lady with a big scary bag? You can train any dog to be confident
when the magic portal doors open by taking your dog’s favorite
36 treat with you on the ride. Every time the door opens, you should get
excited and tell your dog “Yes!” or “Good!” and then offer a reward.
Your dog should remain sitting, preferably between you and the
wall where he is safest to eat his treat. With enough repetition, your
dog will anticipate looking up at you to get a treat every single time
the elevator opens, which will also reinforce sitting and staying as
opposed to lunging toward the door. Over time, you won’t need the
treat anymore, just verbal praise and petting will do just fine. Being a
responsible dog owner means having good control of your dog, even
in tight spaces!
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.