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This Valentine’s Day, why not make a lasting relationship with someone who needs it the most? Collected
below are some eligible suitors from nearby shelters who could really use a companion.
TEX T BY RYAN JARRELL
NEWTON A spirited and conveniently pint-sized
pooch eager to share the lingering love
floating around this Valentine’s Day, this
Chihuahua/Terrier Mix is a bouncing
bundle of joy who would be happy to call
any duplex, condo or apartment home.
Fully grown and house-trained, he’s a
great starter-dog for a single person
looking for a playmate; Paws4You.org.
SNICKERS Abandoned in The Redlands by his previous
owner, Snickers is a sweet Akita Mix who
deserves a loving place to call home. At 5 years
young, she would be an excellent pick for anyone
looking for a loving companion without all
the patience required for a puppy. Completely
trainable, huggable and eager to please, this
pooch satisfies like none other;
Charlie is a loyal, affectionate and
intelligent companion looking for a
high-energy home to call his own.
A deft paw at fetching, bike walking
and leashed strolls, he’s perfect
for someone interested in a puppy
whose already had all that difficult
training and is ready to learn a few
new tricks; LRROF.org.
continue to give your cheek a “kiss” in order to earn his favorite treats
in your hand. Once your dog is performing at 90% proficiency, you
can add the cue “give me a kiss.” It’s important that when teaching
a dog any new command you don’t add the verbal cue until after
the dog has been reliably demonstrating the behavior you want. By
waiting until your dog is performing the behavior at least 90% of the
time, you are ensuring that your dog matches his behavior with the
word you’d like to use. Have your dog use his awesome new trick to
show his favorite human friends some Valentine’s day love!
There are a few steps necessary to teach your pooch to deliver some
A+ puppy love this month and all year long. First, use a small dab
of peanut butter or cream cheese on your cheek to encourage your
dog to lick your face. Have a handful of your dog’s favorite treats
nearby. With your dog in a sitting position in front of you, lean in to
your dog, offering your cheek. As soon as your dog gets interested in
licking your cheek, you should say “yes” and offer one of his favorite
treats as a reward. Next, it’s important to repeat the steps until your
dog shows a high proficiency of leaning in to lick your cheek. Even
as all the peanut butter or cream cheese disappears, your dog should
32 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 #1 user-rated dog-training
company on Yelp.com.