1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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