Miami Breed Specific Legislation Irony

Pit Bull discrimination

Miami Breed Specific Legislation Irony   At Fun Paw Care we tend to hear some pretty off-the-wall, contradictory and uneducated dog training, behavior and breed advice but breed specific legislation (BSL) is high up on the totem pole. How ignorant and ironic is it that Miami-Dade commissioners defer to the better judgment of the UKC […]

Throw Away Your Dog’s Food Bowl

No Dog Bowl

Pros & Cons of Stuffed Toys & Interactive Food Games Should you throw away your pet’s food bowl as Fun Paw Care, contemporary ethologists and educated dog trainers advocate doing? I was with one of my clients and their gorgeous Portuguese Water Dog named Charlie (name changed) who is a highly motivated, energetic, young working […]

Pet Ownership: Right or Privilege? (part 1)

Is Dog Ownership a Right or Privilege?

Is Dog “Ownership” a Basic Human Right or a Privilege? I was speaking with a Los Angeles dog training friend of mine and we got to talking about traditional or balanced dog “trainers” with regards to corrections (typically used as a euphemism for leash popping, force, abuse, and punishment) in the plethora of dog sports and […]

Pets’ Trust Blog/Vlog: Dog Training Miami

Does life mean something to you? It does also for our animals! Don’t be a fool, vote Yes on # 240 Pets Trust Miami

Pets’ Trust Follow Up: Dog Training Miami   It doesn’t happen very often that I feel there is something to be proud of here in Miami, but this is one of those rare moments and a great first step for Miami, a municipality that is not known for its progressive nature, animal rights laws or […]

The Pets’ Trust : Miami Dog Training

Does life mean something to you? It does also for our animals! Don’t be a fool, vote Yes on # 240 Pets Trust Miami

Pets’ Trust Miami   While you are sitting back, relaxing, drinking your coffee and deliberating, 70+ friendly puppies and kittens just got killed by poisonous injection in Miami and will never have the opportunity to live, love, and to share their joy for life with a family.  This is why you must vote yes on […]

Dog Joy or Dog Pain: Miami Dog Training

Dog Joy or Dog Pain: Los Angeles Dog Training I appreciate science and facts because even the most pugnacious, intransigent, ignoramus will be hard pressed to argue. If the data changes, so do scientists. Many pet parents may not realize this, but they have the power to choose a relationship with their dog built on […]

“Random” Canine Aggression (part 2)

(Part two of a two part series) (Dog owner and guardian are used interchangeably through this article)   In our first article about “Random” Canine Aggression, we discussed issues not only pertaining to Miami dog training, but training, behavior and dog aggression at large and how it initiates, propagates and flourishes.   Here are some changes […]

“Random” Canine Aggression (part 1)

(Part one of a two part series) (Dog owner and guardian are used interchangeably through this article)   Is there such thing as “random” canine aggression?  In the dog training world “good” advice gets passed around like a bottle of whisky in a homeless shelter.  To the untrained eye it may appear that canine aggression […]

Money, Happiness, Nature and Pets

Dog Training in the park

Money, Happiness, Nature and Pets A day does not go by when an animal or element of nature does not put a smile on my face.  As a young boy living in New York, making pilgrimages to central park was my idea of nature.  I always felt so at home, a sense of peace, calm […]

Pit Bull Fears

Irrational Pit Bull Fears There’s an ignoramus among us.  While volunteering to educate residents of Miami Dade before the recent elections to rid this county of discrimination and the killing of innocent dogs, you wouldn’t believe what the predominant response was.  It went something like this, “If we allow ‘Pit Bulls,’ all of these gang […]

End BSL – BDL in Miami Today (lack of results)

Shame is brought to Miami Dade Residents   From a dog training in Miami perspective and a human perspective I am sick to my stomach!  Ignorance combined with a horribly worded ballot, asking a double negative (we wonder the motive) gave Miami Dade voters no chance of eradicating prevailing stupidity.  I am thoroughly embarrassed and […]

Dog Park Etiquette (part two)

Dog Parks Miami

Dog Parks Etiquette (Part 2) Here are some more dog park Miami etiquette guidelines for pet parents and their dogs. Inappropriate Dog Behavior While in the dog park, how often do you watch your pup playing and having a great time when the chronic humper comes along and is hip thrusting your dog and every […]

Fireworks and Dogs

Miami dog training

Fireworks and Dogs *Updated July, 1st 2018 Fun Paw Care sees many separation anxiety, fear and phobia cases where loud noises and inanimate objects are high on the list or scary stimuli. Natural disasters, earthquakes, thunderstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, fireworks and loud noises are disconcerting for most dogs. Many dog breeders don’t, but should, socialize, enrich, habituate and […]

What Dog Is Right for Me

Dog trainer Miami

What Dog Is Right for Me So, you have concluded that you would like to share and enhance your life with a dog and you would like to know what dog to get?  Where do you begin now?  There are numerous things to prepare for and research before bringing your new puppy or older dog […]

How to Stop my Dog from Jumping on People

Service Dog Training Miami

How to Stop my Dog from Jumping on People Do you come home after being out for a while to find your dog jumping all over you?  When you have guests come over is your dog the first one to greet them at the door with a welcoming display of annoying jumps?  This is undoubtedly […]

How do I Stop my Dog from Chewing Everything

Miami Dog Training

How do I Stop my Dog from Chewing Everything?   Do you ever walk in the door after a long day of work and you just want to cuddle up with your dog and have some peace and quiet?  But instead, when you walk in the door your house looks like it was burglarized. Your […]

Black Dog Syndrome: Dog Training in Miami

Canine Good Citizen

Black Dog Syndrome (BDS) Why are there so many black dogs and cats in shelters?  Is there also discrimination towards black dogs in dog training? Miami shelters kill over 20,000 adoptable pets each year, many of which are black. More black dogs and cats get killed each year than any other colored dog based simply […]

Dog Training Certification, Certificates & Affiliations (part 3)

Dog Training Certification What does a dog training certification mean and what are the barriers to entry to become a dog trainer? Sadly, there are no barriers to entry in the field of dog behavior or training, therefore anyone can hang a sign on their door or put up a website and purport to help […]

Dog Training Certification, Certificates & Affiliations (part 2)

(Part 2 of a 3 part series) How To Choose A Dog Trainer & Behavior Specialist Indicators that should tip you off to move on and find another dog trainer in David Letterman fashion: If your dog trainer and behavior specialist is not certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and the […]

Dog Training Certification, Certificates & Affiliations (part 1)

What Differentiates One Dog Trainer & Behavior Specialist From Another?  Fun Paw Care is keenly aware that anyone can call themselves a dog trainer, behaviorist or make a website, so what differentiates one dog trainer from another? The world of dog training is rife with fly-by-night startups, people dog training part-time, people watching a dog […]