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Compass P e t s
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
PACO Already bearing an oh-so-Miami
namesake, Paco is one loving Latino
pup who can’t wait to snuggle the
night away with a loving familia. Dog-
friendly, housebroken and firm on all the
foundations of obedience (sit, stay, please
don’t eat that whole rotisserie chicken!),
this is one puppy that will easily fit into
any home; ApplauseYourPaws.org.
PEBBLES Although abandoned in a South Florida rock
quarry, the way this loving Labrador bounds
about you’d think she’d never had a glum day
in her life! Eager for obedience with a zesty
taste for exploration, Pebbles would be perfect
for the active Miami family willing to include a
furry friend on any and every outdoor adventure;
Don’t let the epic epithet fool you…the
only thing giant on this polite pooch is
his heart! Abandoned for reasons yet
undetermined, this shortcoat American
Bulldog would be a fantastic addition to
any family. Just as comfortable breaking
records at the Miami Marathon as he is
watching a movie, Titan is a perfect pet
for any animal lover; Paws4You.org.
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
50 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.