1. Beat The Heat

    The Florida sun is always shining, but you can feel the heat rising as we head into the summer months. Before you make plans to head outdoors with your family, consider if it is a smart and safe decision for your furry friend to tag along. Dogs do not handle heat the same way that humans do. Even if you feel comfortable at a certain temperature, your dog may be on the verge of overheating. Becaus…Read More

  2. Why to Avoid Pee Pads & Other House Breaking Tips

    Puppies are sweet and adorable, but there is no doubt that bringing a new furry friend into your house comes with a lot of work. Housebreaking a new puppy can be one of the most challenging aspects of dog ownership. Potty pads (or pee pads) are marketed as a one-and-done solution for housebreaking a dog. They are a quick way to encourage your dog to do his business. Many potty pads on the market …Read More

  3. Advocating for your Dog

    When you adopt a dog, you acquire a best friend. With the loyalty and companionship you’ll receive from your new furry pal, it is only fair to reciprocate by being just as devoted to them. Advocating for your dog is the one of the most compassionate decisions you can make, as it will not only strengthen your bond, but will ensure a safe, healthy, and happy lifetime for your pet. Pet advocacy me…Read More

  4. The Importance of Socializing Your Dog

    Does your dog bark at people or other dogs when you’re taking a walk? Does your dog get skittish when new friends come into your home? Does your dog show signs of aggression or fear around other animals? These can all be signs of poor socialization and training. Whether you have a puppy or an adult dog, it is important that they are properly socialized. Dogs that have not been socialized are mo…Read More

  5. How to Tell if Your Dog is Stressed

    It is important to understand how your dog is feeling. Dogs communicate their emotions through behavior and body language. By recognizing signs of stress in their early stages, you can take control of the situation to ensure their behavior does not escalate to one that is potentially dangerous. Dogs react to fearful situations with fight or flight. Your response to their behavior can have long-te…Read More

  6. Why Not to Get Someone a Puppy for Christmas

    ‘Tis the season to be jolly! We’re busy crossing items off of our shopping lists as we anxiously await Christmas morning with our family and friends. One thing we definitely won’t be getting for our loved ones this year is a puppy. While that may shock you at first, hear us out! As cute as it might be to surprise someone you love with a furry friend for Christmas, it’s important to remem…Read More

  7. Knowing When To Let Go

    One of the hardest things we deal with as dog owners is knowing when it’s time to let go. Whether facing old age or illness, accepting the impending loss of our best friends can be hard to swallow especially when confronted with having to make the decision to have your dog humanely euthanized. How do we know if it’s time? How do we separate our needs from theirs? Having the power to choose li…Read More

  8. Thanks-giving: Dog Edition

    Happy Thanksgiving! We hope that you enjoy your time with family and friends ... and your dogs! One of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions at Sarasota Dog Wizard is to spend some time reflecting on the things we are most thankful for in our lives. Being surrounded by our favorite furry friends every day makes that pretty easy. Here are the top 10 things we’re thankful for (dog-edition)! 1. Afte…Read More

  9. Halloween Pet Safety

    Halloween is here! The spooky decorations, haunted houses, and trick-or-treaters in creepy costumes are all of the things we love about this fun holiday. These festivities, however, can make Halloween a stressful night for your dog if you’re not prepared. The changes in sights and sounds can disturb your dog’s sense of security, as they tend to thrive on routine. The commotion of the night ca…Read More

  10. Boarding Options: Who Watches Your Dog While You’re Away

    There is so much to think about when planning a trip out of town. On top of coordinating your own travel arrangements, if you have pets you’ll need to consider a care plan for them while you’re away. It is not always possible for a family member or friend to look after your pet, so a professional in-home sitter or boarding facility can be great options. Our team at Sarasota Dog Wizard provide…Read More