Cuddly Cutie

Did you know that the term “three dog night” refers to the olden days without central heating when humans had to cuddle up with a trio of dogs to keep them warm? Humans and dogs have been cuddling for thousands of years. Now it’s your turn.
Words by Morgan Lindsey | Photo by Max Norman Pet Photography | June 26, 2019 | Lifestyle


Mahi makes you fall in love with him the minute you see his big goofy ears. A 3-year-old, 70 lb. Mix Breed, he’s fully trained and would make an excellent dog for both a first time dog owner or a seasoned dog lover. He’s social with other dogs, loves all people and knows how to cuddle up and relax despite his large size;; [email protected].

“I’m quiet, affectionate and love to retrieve my leash for you before we go out and play!”

Pronged Collars

Q:  “Someone told me the other day that my dog’s pronged collar is abusive because it stabs the dog in the neck, is this true? I don’t want to be hurting my dog.”

A:  I want to start off by saying that you are a wonderful dog owner who is trying to do what is in your dog’s best interest. Many times other dog owners, and even some trainers, seem to forget this. As your dog’s guardian, I highly doubt you would be doing anything to your beloved dog if you really felt it was abusive in any way. Do pronged collars cause dogs discomfort? They absolutely do. In fact, that is exactly why they are so effective at stopping leash pulling and why many dog owners continue to purchase and use that type of collar. As a trainer who has built her career on doing fear-free, reward-based dog training, I’m much more partial to training tools that don’t inflict discomfort or pain as the motivation to stop unwanted behavior. Yet, ultimately it is up to the dog (the learner) to decide what they perceive as aversive or punishing. I’ve met many dogs that find wearing head-halters extremely uncomfortable. One could argue that using a head halter on a dog who is stressed is more abusive than using a pronged collar! And that is, overall, the biggest issue right now facing the dog training industry. My answer? Look at the dog! The dog will tell you everything you need to know about how he feels about being trained with certain tools. If a dog doesn’t show repetitive signs of fear or stress during training, then you know you’re on the right track, no matter what people want to say or do. That’s just my opinion, of course!


› 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 [email protected] or send a DM on Instagram @ApplauseYourPaws.