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 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

  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. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  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. 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 rememb…Read More