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National Train Your Dog Month Training isn’t some luxury only wealthy pet owners get the privilege of receiving, it’s a necessity every dog owner should factor into when they purchase a pet. A well-trained dog leads to a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle.  At Equipaws Pet Services, we understand that the hustle and bustle of everyday life can get in the way of consistent dog training in Miami, but we encourage you to take this new year […]
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When Dogs Attack: Florida dog attack laws and what to expect if your dog is labeled dangerous Has your dog been labeled aggressive? Even the sweetest, well-trained dog can be triggered to act out with aggression. Triggers for aggressive acts can vary greatly and can even be difficult for a dog owner to predict or prevent, but knowing your dog and giving them proper training and socialization goes a long way in setting them up […]
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How to Potty Train a Puppy: How often Should My Puppy Go? Bringing a new puppy into our homes can be an exciting experience. The process of learning all their personality quirks and figuring out their basic needs and desires can be an adventure in itself. One of the biggest and potentially the most stressful adventure for you and your new pup can be housebreaking. The good news is it doesn’t need to be stressful! […]
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  Equipaws Goes to Catch Canine Training Academy Our social media specialist and dog walker Kristen Cortese just completed the Catch Canine Trainers Academy taught by Dee Hoult, CEO of  Applause Your Paws Dog Training and one of only 250 Certified Dog Behavior Consultants in the world. We sponsored Kristen for this week-long intensive dog training as part of our overall mission to improve the quality of our clients’ dogs’ lives. We spend a lot […]
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Dog Walkers Help Dogs Beat the Back-to-School Blues Your pups have played with you and the kids all day this summer, but with school starting their happy routine grinds to a halt and pivots back to hectic school schedules. This means many changes for your dogs, who go from being with you all day to being left to a quiet, lonely house for long stretches at a time. Dogs can suffer from such drastic changes […]
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  Tips on introducing new dogs to one another. This month’s Trainer’s Corner spotlights introducing new dogs to one another. This is perfect for a few of you who have adopted new pups into a family already consisting of canine companions. Many of you already know of Dee Hoult, Miami’s Doggy Deeva and owner of Applause Your Paws, one of the premiere dog training companies in South Florida. We refer many of our clients to […]
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Preventing Dog Bites: A lecture in child and dog safety In honor of Dog Bite Prevention Month and families with dogs welcoming new babies, Equipaws Pet Services and Applause Your Paws, Inc. are co-hosting a fun and educational event, “Preparing for Life with Dog & Baby.” Dee Hoult, expert trainer and owner of Applause Your Paws, will give a lecture teaching parents and children how to live and play safely around dogs and prevent dog […]
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Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pet New Year, new you, new routine!  The New Year is a chance for a fresh perspective to better ourselves and our future, but you aren’t the only one in the household who could use a change for the better with fresh New Year’s resolutions. Our pet’s routine, health and overall character deserve a chance at improvement too. Here are ten ways to enhance your pet’s well being […]
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Why Does Your Dog Eat Grass? “Logan! Logan!  Quit eating that!  Logan come on!”  A few gentle tugs on the sweet pup’s leash, and I cannot get him away from a dirty patch of grass he’s chomping on.  After a moment of grazing, I finally pick him up and place him away from the plant, directing his attention elsewhere.  Recently he’s been eating any grass he can get his teeth on.  What is the infatuation with grass?  As a […]
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Is your dog a Canine Good Citizen (or does s/he want to be)? We know a special place that could use her (or his) services! We met Caroline Blankenship, the Manager of Volunteer Services, Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, at the Trinity Cathedral Blessing of the Animals. Seasons Hospice was looking for volunteers, including canine volunteers. Caroline is looking for Canine Good Citizens ready to give of their time. We wanted to share this opportunity […]
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  Taking Your Dog Trick-or-Treating? Pet Safety Tips for a Happy Halloween! We’ve heard a lot of our dog walking buddies are going to be trick-or-treating with their parents on Halloween! And while we love that your fur kids are included in your family plans, Halloween can definitely be more scary than fun for them. Packs of sugar-fueled, screaming mini-humans running around in strange get-ups, constant doorbell ringing, and the temptation of sweets is enough […]
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  Dogs are animals that work by nature; whatever their breed (or mix!), every dog was bred with a working purpose! Because the majority of dogs are naturally active, it’s important that they get the appropriate amount of exercise or be given work. Even those cute lap dogs who make great couch potato companions need to exercise if we want them to stay fit, healthy, and happy for years to come. You owe it to […]
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Training Our Friends, the Goldendoodles! Athletic, energetic, and highly intelligent – these three qualities accurately describe the goldendoodle.  While they are wonderful, these very qualities can make this popular breed a challenge for their owners. Our lovable goldendoodle clients need a LOT of exercise and mental stimulation. Our pet sitters care for quite a few goldendoodles in our pack, so we have recommendations and tips to offer based on experience.   TRAINING: Training is of vital […]
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Happy Fourth of July Weekend! The Fourth of July is one of our favorite holidays here at Equipaws Pet Services. In our humble opinion, taking care of our clients’ pets in between bites of barbecue, watermelon, and sips of lemonade is one of the best ways to spend this weekend. Because we accompany many pets on this holiday, we know firsthand how frightening can be for them. Even the bravest alpha dog may be affected by […]
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Skype Your Pets! Do you ever wonder what your pooch (or kitty!) gets up to while you’re not at home? Wonder no more!  Whether you’d like to soothe your new puppy, check in on your pet post-surgery to make sure s/he is not scratching, solve a behavioral issue, or get an answer to a recurring conundrum, Skype can help you! This lovely infographic (below) we found on Pinterest can help you set up Skype to […]
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