1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  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-ter…Read More

  6. 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 provides…Read More

  7. Creating A Disaster Plan For Your Pets

    As Hurricane Matthew came barreling toward Florida a couple weeks ago, Sarasota Dog Wizard staff couldn’t help but worry about all the dogs – and other animals – on the east coast that were likely to lose homes or be effected by the monster storm. Many pet owners wait until the last minute to think about disaster plans and how to ensure not just their own safety but also the safety of their …Read More

  8. The Important of Grooming

    Sarasota Dog Wizard has worked with many dog owners to address issues related to grooming. It can be challenging to make a dog cooperate at the groomer if they’ve not been properly exposed. Nail clipping and ear trimming are two routine grooming tasks that can be especially stressful. It is helpful to introduce the process and tools used early on and begin grooming as a puppy. We always incorpo…Read More

  9. To Crate Train Or Not To Crate Train

    One of the most common questions we get asked is whether or not to crate train a dog. There are many opinions about this method of training and we love to educate our clients on the benefits of proper crate training, as it can be an extremely impactful way to introduce boundaries and instill obedience when done correctly. Opponents may argue that crate training is sad, or that dogs don’t like t…Read More

  10. 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