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Compass P e t s
A canine-human mismatch is likely why nice dogs so often end
up homeless. Often underestimated is the time and training
requirement needed to raise a dog. When adopting a dog, don’t
make your decision solely on physical appearance, size or sex.
The temperament of a dog or puppy should be the #1 factor in
determining a pet’s suitability for your lifestyle. How dependent
a dog’s need is for human attention dictates whether or not your
new dog will be comfortable spending time alone when you have
to be out. I often see adopters more attracted to dogs who eagerly
jump up, lick their face and beg to be petted. This kind of dog
is likely to be anxious staying home alone if you’re out for long
periods of time. Often overlooked is the more reserved, older dog
that is laying down calmly, chewing on a toy instead of begging
for your attention. This type of dog is no less loving or loyal and
makes an excellent companion who can self-entertain when you’re
not available. Ask yourself which type of dog better suits your
lifestyle: Always Active Rover or the Netflix & Chill Canine.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dee Hoult, MBA, CDBC, CPDT, CTDI, is CEO & Head
Trainer of Applause Your Paws, South Florida’s largest
privately owned pet dog-training company, and one of
Miami’s leading user-rated dog-training companies on
Below are some furry friends one could call their own.
Submitted from shelters in the Miami-Dade area, these
canine companions are eager and able to go home with a
caring owner ASAP.
TEX T BY RYAN JARRELL
OZZY Ozzy is a 7.5-year-old Chocolate Lab
male that was surrendered by his
owners, but nobody can figure out
why. From recalling when off leash
to staying off the furniture, this
people-pleaser is sure to become the
pet of your dreams; LabradorRescue.net.
SASHA Sasha is an adorable Pointer Mix
who, up until being rescued, had
lived her entire life inside. Help her
bask in the delights of domestic bliss
by welcoming her into your family;
The Beagle is an American breed
that has always attracted unfettered
loyalty, and Lana is no exception. A
distinguished middle-aged lady with
plenty of pep in her step, she’s perfect
for a young family; Paws4You.org.