1. Halloween Safety For Pups

    Halloween may be a treat-filled night for us but for many dogs the spooky far outweighs the fun. From eerie sights and sounds of lawn decorations and haunted houses to kids in costumes knocking on your door, it’s easy to over-stimulate even the most well-balanced and trained dogs. Sarasota Dog Wizard has a few tips to help ensure your dog has a stress-free holiday. Keep dogs inside. Though Hallo…Read More

  2. How to keep your dog safe this 4th of July

    Happy 4th of July! To many Americans, celebrating Independence Day means family, fun and fireworks. But for many dogs it’s one of the most stressful days of the year. While some are simply frightened by the noise of the holiday, others get anxiety from the flashing lights, crowds and general commotion.  In response to the fear they’re experiencing, dogs respond with a fight or flight reaction…Read More

  3. 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

  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. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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 can…Read More

  9. Do You Really Need A Dog Trainer?

    Training a dog is essential to a quality life and happy bond between owner and pet. Attempting to train your own pet is an option, sure, but it can be a lengthy, arduous feat. There is a necessary commitment of time, patience, and consistency that most pet owners struggle to balance. Even if you have read every dog-training manual, magazine article and web site, it isn’t that easy. Dogs’ abili…Read More

  10. Dog Meets Dog: How To Ensure A Safe Introduction

    Much like humans, dogs have different personalities. Every dog has a varying degree of enthusiasm when it comes to socialization. Some breeds are outgoing and playful, while others are more introverted or subdued. Although breed plays a part in their behavior, there are other factors that influence a dog’s response to socialization. There is a period in the first four months of every puppy’s d…Read More