1. The Cost of Not Training Your Puppy

    If you recently got, or are planning to get, a new puppy you may find yourself overwhelmed with all the things you need. A new leash, collar, bed, toys, treats, vet visits ... the list goes on. Having a puppy can be a large financial investment and it's no wonder so many new puppy owners think putting training on hold is an option. But fact is, NOT training your new puppy can cost you a lot more -…Read More

  2. Why Your Well-Behaved Dog Needs Training

    We hear it all the time … “My dog is great so we don’t need training.” But most dogs with behavioral issues don’t start out that way. Triggers can come in the form of a specific event – a scuffle at the dog park or a near hit from a kid on a skateboard that leaves your dog scared – but more often than not, behavioral issues stem simply from boredom! A dog owner’s relationship with …Read More

  3. The Dog Days of Summer

    For many of us, summertime means fun! No school for the kids, family vacations, get together with family and friends, and more. But for dogs, summer can come with a variety of stresses and risks. Here are a few tips on how to ensure your pup stays safe this summer! Keep Them Cool Here in Florida, summer comes with hot temps and high humidity. It’s important to remember that dogs can’t sweat an…Read More

  4. Choosing the Right Veterinarian

    Our dogs are our best friends. When considering options for their veterinary care, the decision should be weighed heavily. There are many veterinary clinics available in most areas and you should to be sure you choose a doctor for your dog that you can trust and count on. After all, you're putting your dog’s health and well being in their hands! The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is…Read More

  5. The Importance of Object Socialization

    Behavioral issues in dogs can range from quirky things, like a pup that incessantly barks at the hair dryer – to more serious behavioral concerns, such as a dog that reacts aggressively when their owner picks up a broom. While the specific cases can seem very different, they are actually surprisingly similar: they are the result of poor object socialization during puppyhood. Our clients reach ou…Read More

  6. How to Stop Your Dog From Pulling on Leash

    Getting a dog to stop pulling on their leash is one of the most common reasons that dog owners reach out to Sarasota Dog Wizard for help. You see it more often than not: dogs are walking their owners, rather than the owners walking their dogs. Going for a walk is not enjoyable when it feels like your dog is pulling you faster than you can walk. It doesn’t have to be that way, though! Any dog can…Read More

  7. Why Dogs Bury Things

    Digging and burying objects is a common thing that dogs do. It doesn’t surprise us to see a dog burying food or a bone in the ground, but many people wonder why. Don’t forget that dogs haven’t always been domesticated. It is part of their instinctual nature to keep their possessions protected from other dogs and predators. In today’s world, dogs don’t have to rely on hidden food for surv…Read More

  8. Choosing a Diet for Your Dog

    It is undeniable that a dog becomes one of the most important companions in our life. For that reason, it is no surprise when loving pet owners reach out to Sarasota Dog Wizard for our advice on the best food to feed their dog. Choosing a healthy food is not as easy as it sounds given the abundance of choices that exist on the dog food market. With the added option of a raw food regimen, the world…Read More

  9. How to Stop Your Dog From Jumping

    A common problem we hear at Sarasota Dog Wizard is owners that are fed up with their dog jumping up on people. It can make their houseguests feel uncomfortable or even frightened. The owner does not understand why the dog continues to jump on people, even when they’re told “down” or “stop” ­ – time and time again. Think of it like this: The most exciting part of a dog’s day is when …Read More

  10. Dealing with a ball (or other item) obsessed dog

    While most dogs can enjoy a specific toy during playtime, other dogs develop an unhealthy obsession with an object that needs to be addressed. Encountering a dog that shows signs of obsessive behavior is quite a common occurrence. Does your dog simply love playing with their toy, or have they actually developed an obsession?  A well-balanced dog will play with other objects and can easily be pull…Read More