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What makes our idyllic island summers even better? Someone to share them with! Which is exactly why we
recommend the below furry friends, sourced from select local shelters and rescues throughout the city.
TEX T BY RYAN JARRELL
JAX The soulful and seriously loveable inheritor
of a “ruff” life, Jax has, for reasons entirely
unknown, been cycled back and forth
between shelters for years. Loving nothing
more than a warm-hearted walk with
a loving owner, Jax would be a perfect
addition to any sized family looking
to spread some of that summer love;
A spirited and sprightly Shepherd Mix in
the first year of his life, Jasper would be the
ideal companion for an active family looking
for a 4-legged friend to go that extra mile!
Although not comfortable around cats,
Jasper’s jocular nature and foundational
obedience training make him a perfect
match for a family with kids or another dog;
An affable, adorable pup every bit as
sweet as her name, this is one cupcake
you’ll never have to regret picking up!
Ecstatic to enjoy any part of family life
and eager to join in even the most taxing
of aerobic routines, Cupcake would make
a perfect addition to any fitness-focused
family looking to get totally “pupped up”;
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
38 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.