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Dogs and Valentine’s Day

Dogs and Valentine's DayValentine’s Day is quickly approaching and I am here to tell you to stop daydreaming about flowers, chocolates, and the cute little hearts proclaiming “Be Mine” when the perfect valentine has already given their heart and soul to you, but you already know that. Yahoo News recently reported that one in five people would prefer to spend this sacred love day with their pet over their partner.

I think we can all agree with that! So here are some reasons why dogs make the best Valentine’s Day companions.

– Dogs are super easy to talk to and they don’t talk back. Well, not in human.
– Doggie slobber is cute. Human date slobber is disgusting.
– You don’t have to share your dessert with a dog or buy them flowers and chocolates (and shouldn’t).
– Dogs don’t care if you are “presentable” or not. You don’t have to buy expensive clothes or wear painful but beautiful shoes to hang out with your dog. You don’t even have to shower or put on pants.
– Dogs are funny and goofy, and gladly clean food right off the kitchen floor when you drop it.
– Pup snuggles are literally the Best. Thing. Ever. And when your dog nuzzles into you and sighs a bit, you will stay still in that exact same position for hours while your arm falls painfully asleep as not to disrupt their comfort.

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8 Great Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe this Halloween.

Doggie Bubble BathHalloween is upon us once again. It’s tons of fun; homes are decorated in hopes of scaring little children dressed up as angels, pumpkins, and vampires, and who could forget the CANDY!!!!

Unfortunately, Halloween is also one of the most dangerous time of the year for our pets and the busiest for Pet Poison help lines and veterinarians who typically see a 12 percent spike in calls over the holiday. Most often, the calls are due to food related Halloween hazards like chocolate, raisins, and candy wrappers which are incredibly dangerous for dogs.

As parents (of the human and canine kind), it is important to sit down with your children and talk to them about the importance of keeping candy off the floor and out of reach of pets before they go out to collect their bounty. Continue reading

Dealing with Dog Aggression in a Home with Two Dogs (Akita and Siberian Husky)

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Zeus the Siberian Husky

Kathy lives in Land O ‘ Lakes, Florida. She has 2 dogs, a male Siberian Husky named Zeus and a female Akita named Mika. Zeus was an adult dog when the family got Mika as a puppy. Both dogs were fixed when they were puppies.

Zeus was always the top dog and Mika accepted Zeus as alpha. They originally played very well together. However, when Mika was 9 month old, she realized that she was bigger and stronger than Zeus.

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Mika the Akita

One day the dogs started fighting and this time Mika would not back down. The fight sounded vicious and Mika had Zeus pinned on the floor with her mouth around Zeus’s neck. The fight was immediately broken up  and the dogs were put in separate rooms. Thankfully, neither dog was seriously injured. Continue reading

Tampa Dog Trainer Offers Free Socialization and Group Training Course

(PRWEB) May 15, 2005

Canine Campers features a free dog training lesson and canine socialization class and meets every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lake Park just off Dale Mabry in Lutz, Fla. (NOTE: Location and Times of Canine Campers has changed.  Click Here for details.) Dog owners must make reservations to attend the free class, which has seen an overwhelming response. Dogs of all ages and breeds may attend the session, where pooches are encouraged to socialize, learn and have fun. Socialization is the key to a happy and secure dog, according to Scott, who recently moved her popular business from New Jersey to Florida. “It goes beyond training for me,” said Scott, 37. “My relationship down the road with the dog never ends.”

The Florida Dog Training School of Tampa’s motto, “We Can Train Any Dog,” certainly rings true for Scott, who is comfortable training even the most aggressive dogs other trainers won’t touch. The backbone of her business, which offers an initial free evaluation, is Basic Obedience, designed to produce a well-trained house dog. Scott will drive directly to a dog owner’s home and work with family members to develop a customized dog training plan. “Every dog is different and I customize lessons based on a client’s needs,” she said. “I’m not stuck on using one certain method.”

Scott has an inspiring story to tell. After being laid off from her desk job back in New Jersey, she took a risk and attended dog training classes at the Academy of Canine Education in New York under the tutelage of Master Dog Trainer Anthony Jerone. “I’ve always been a dog person, but I never thought I’d make a business out of it,” she said. “I take a lot of pride and care in what I do. It’s great because I have the opportunity to have connections with other people.” Potential clients are encouraged to visit http://www.fl-k9.com to learn more about the variety of dog training programs she offers.

About Florida Dog Training School of Tampa: (http://www.fl-k9.com)

Helene Scott is the founder of Florida Dog Training School of Tampa and has been involved with dogs since childhood. Scott is a graduate of the Academy of Canine Education in New York. The school services Hillsborough and Pasco counties and specializes in private in-home dog training and provides housebreaking, puppy kindergarten, basic and advanced obedience, behavior modification, and help for aggressive dogs and homes with multiple dogs.

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