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Compass P e t s
Ever concerned about the plight of homeless animals in our area, we’ve collected some of Miami’s most
affectionate adoptable dogs from local shelters.
TEX T BY RYAN JARRELL
REESES Just as sweet as his namesake implies,
Reeses is a 7- to 8-year-old Chocolate
Labrador that is currently sharing a
foster home with several cats and a
couple of other retrievers. Bearing all
the positive characteristic of his breed,
Reeses would be ideal for someone
looking to add all the love and
affection a Lab can provide without
the boundless energy expelled by a
young pup; LRROF.org.
ABBY A dutiful young Dachshund Mix shuffled around
one too many foster homes, Abby, pictured
here, and her sister are simply searching for a
loving home to call their own. Sweet, sensitive,
attentive and loyal, we could list these pups’
positive qualities all day but why bother?
One look into their beautiful brown eyes
and you have all the information you need;
100PlusAbandonedDogsOfEvergladesFlorida.com. GO GET IT!
DRAKE Whether you love or hate the pop star
of the same name, we doubt anyone
can be on the fence about this most
affable of adoptable dogs! A young
Terrier-Retriever Mix ideal for a family
with children, Drake started from the
bottom and is eager to end up in some
lucky person’s home. You only live
once, so make this life a complete one
with a playful pup like this in your life;
Paws4You.org. 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
60 ABOUT THE AUTHOR
› Dee Hoult is the CEO of
Applause Your Paws, South
Florida’s largest privately
owned pet-training company,
and Miami’s leading user-rated
dog-training company on Yelp.