“You’re probably staring at my dreamy eyes and already realizing we might be a match. Before you sink any deeper, I want to tell you my story — unfortunately, it wasn’t always filled with happiness.”
Addison was abandoned in a Walmart parking lot. She needed urgent medical attention that her rescuers couldn’t afford, so they desperately looked for help. Thankfully, Paws4You stepped up and saved her life. Through it all, this 8-year-old, 60 lb. Terrier Mix has never stopped loving humans, even if they failed her in the past. Her dream is to find a family where she can snuggle on the couch or bed with all the adults and children. She’s a people-pleaser, an excellent toy-fetcher and your future best friend; Paws4You.org.
A muzzled dog? He must be aggressive! It’s a common misconception that a dog in a muzzle automatically means he’s a killer. More often than not, dogs who are on muzzles are the nicest dogs that may just have some fear issues, play a little too rough with others, or have a habit of picking up inappropriate items on walks. A lot of trainers recommend that dogs be conditioned to the muzzle even if they never need it. For example, when taking our dog to the vet, if they have to do an uncomfortable procedure, the vet may muzzle the dog as a safety precaution even if the dog has never shown any signs of aggression. Situations like this happen more often than one may think, and it’s better to always be prepared rather than put your dog through unnecessary stress. Muzzle conditioning is something that can be done using purely positive reinforcement! Most, if not all, dogs that are conditioned properly, have no issues wearing muzzles if needed. It’s a great tool to keep both dogs and humans safe!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
› Dee Hoult is the owner of Applause Your Paws, South Florida’s largest privately owned pet dog training company. Want to ask Dee a question about your dog? Email Dee@ApplauseYourPaws.com or send a DM on Instagram @ApplauseYourPaws.