Puppy Love

There are many important reasons why dogs are known as man’s best friend. The minute you welcome a new pup into your life, you are changed for the better.


“My ‘Italian’ side makes me a sweet, gentle, affable pup who definitely wants attention!”

This 3-month-old Italian Greyhound Mix is simply a doll. She’s very playful and needs another dog in the home to play with. She would do fine in a home or condo and is good with kids over 8. We tried to beg, but Gianna wouldn’t give us a tongue-out photo;

A Dog’s Purpose

Working lines vs. pet dogs: There’s a difference. Researching the breed you want is always a must when choosing a new family member. People have the misconception that every dog can be a family dog. Well that is not the case when talking about working lines. Working line dogs can range from German Shepherds to Cattle dogs. These dogs are purposely selected in breeding programs to produce top-notch dogs, meaning they want intensity, prey drive and eagerness to work. They are not meant for your everyday family and unfortunately it’s because of these types of situations that we see more and more of the breeds being dumped at the shelter. Working line dogs need constant mental and physical stimulation and training everyday. We see many first-time dog owners get a Belgian Malinois because they saw it in a movie and want a dog like that. We see many cases that the dog gets put up for adoption or dumped because their owners could not handle them. These are not dogs you can just put in your backyard and expect they will be happy. If they are not given a job, I assure you they will find one. If you’re looking for a dog for a specific work purpose or sport, working line dogs have it all. If you’re looking for a family pet, these are not the dogs for you. Do your research, find out where they come from, what the parents’ temperaments are like, and most importantly, see if this puppy can match your lifestyle. 


› 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 or send a DM on Instagram @ApplauseYourPaws.