1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Why Dogs Chew Everything

    Have you ever wondered why your dog chews everything ... including things they aren’t supposed to? For dogs, chewing relieves anxiety, aids in managing stress, and provides a source of mental and physical stimulation. Some dogs have a stronger need to chew than others and will do what it takes to satisfy that need, including gnawing on your favorite pair of shoes. Puppies have a tendency to chew…Read More

  4. Dog Parks: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

    Dog owners, now more than ever, are taking to dog parks as a way to socialize and engage with their pet. Dog parks offer a safe and fun way to get outdoors and spend time with our furry friends, as well as meet other dog-lovers in the community. According to a study by the non-profit Trust for Public Land, dog parks are the fastest-growing segment of city parks". Most dog parks offer enclosed area…Read More

  5. How to Keep Your Dog Safe on Independence Day

    We posted this last year but it's important that we post it again. Fourth of July and other activity filled, "loud" holidays are some of the highest intake days at pet shelters around the country. We want to help ensure your dog doesn't become a statistic this year. Happy 4th of July! To many Americans, celebrating Independence Day means family, fun and fireworks. But for many dogs it’s one of …Read More

  6. 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. Because…Read More

  7. 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 h…Read More

  8. 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 mea…Read More

  9. 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 mor…Read More

  10. 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-ter…Read More