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 Yelp; DogBoardingAndTrainingMiami.com.
MAN’S BEST FRIENDS
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.
This sweet mama was rescued from a high-kill shelter, and like her name implies, Disco’s really got the moves! If you’re looking for a fun-loving pet to call your own, she’s your girl; 100PlusAbandonedDogsOfEvergladesFlorida.com.
Alfie, an Australian Kelpie, is above all, a people-pleaser. With inquisitive eyes and an easily trainable nature, he makes a great companion for anyone eager for a loyal hound. He’s also well-trained on the leash and house-broken; Paws4You.org.
Ranger is a dog’s dog. And he loves humans, too. Although he may act rough and tumble in the park during playtime, Ranger’s not too macho to spend the evening cuddling at home; LabradorRescue.net.