School is about to start in Miami, and for many pups that could mean a change in routines that may not be easy if they’re not used to being home alone. Many pet parents report an increase in their pets’ stress levels around September, which can be helped with a few precautions.
First, how do you know your pet is stressed? There are several ways your pups could communicate their discomfort, including:
Being clingy (or more clingy than usual)
Changes in appetite
Accidents in the home
Increase in destructive behavior
Pet owners can make this transition easier by making sure they exercise their pet more. Dogs get less walks and exercise when things are hectic at the beginning of the school year. Hiring one of our dog walkers or runners to take your pups out for sunshine and adventure is a great way to help your dog get used to the new routine. You can also leave fun food activities behind for your pooches- be it Kongs stuffed with treats, or a food puzzle. Make sure you dedicate some time for some quality interaction with your pups daily- be it playing fetch, practicing obedience, and cuddling.
Have you noticed that your dog gets anxious when you leave? Practice not making a big deal of coming and going if your dog is exhibiting anxiety when they hear keys and see shoes being put on. That means getting ready to go, staying outside for a few minutes, then coming back in to show them you are not leaving forever. You can extend the amount of time you spend outside with these practice departures to train them to be comfortable with you being gone.
Try these things out and let us know how your dog feels!
Join us for three Miami dog-friendly events in December!
We believe the best month for Miami dog-friendly events is December (and January isn’t bad, either!). The weather is gorgeous, the dogs are happy, and the mosquitoes are gone, so let’s take advantage of it!
Dog-friendly pack walk in South Miami
Join us and other like-minded dog lovers as we go on our monthly pack walk in South Miami. The whole family is welcome to attend. We will be meeting promptly at 9 AM in front of Town Kitchen and Bar!
We’ll walk for an hour into the beautiful adjacent neighborhoods and then return to our starting point where water bowls will be waiting for our doggies. Pack walks are a great opportunity to enjoy the weather, spend time with your dog, and a good way to provide essential exercise. This walk is also appropriate for dogs who are recovered reactive rovers. Town is dog-friendly as long as you eat outdoors- you can choose to stay for a delicious brunch after (we love their avocado toast and we’re not ashamed to say it).
When: Sunday, December 2, 2018
Time: 9-10 AM
Where: Town Kitchen and Bar- we meet by the manatee across from Town.
7301 SW 57 CT
South Miami, FL 33143
Are your dogs LOVING this cool weather? Then join us for an on-leash walk session starting and ending at DIRT in Mary Brickell Village. We meet up with fellow dog parents and their pups on a 2-mile guided walk throughout the Brickell area.*
When: Sunday, December 9th, 2018
Time: 9 AM
Where: Meet at DIRT inside Mary Brickell Village, West Courtyard near Elevators
The Shops at Mary Brickell Village
901 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33130
*Coffee provided by DIRT. Water and potty bags for pets provided by Equipaws Pet Services. This is a guided walk with a dog trainer from Applause Your Paws, Inc.
Dogs will be kept separate from each other to keep energy low and ensure an enjoyable experience. Please avoid retractable leashes. Not all dogs are on the same fitness level or expected to complete the full walk.
Bring your furry good boys and girls and join us for Santa Paws Pet Photos on Thursday, December 6th and meet Santa! In partnership with Equipaws Pet Sitters, Applause Your Paws, and Miami-Dade Animal Services, Santa Paws will feature pet photos with Santa for $5 (proceeds to benefit Magic City K9), a holiday market of pet products, adoptable pets, and more!*
WHERE: Mary Brickell Village, West Courtyard (near elevators)
WHEN: Thursday, December 6th from 6PM-8PM
WHAT: $5 Donation required for Photos with Santa.
Admission is free for the Holiday Market.
*Professional Photographer will be onsite. All images will be provided via Facebook album. Feel free to bring your camera for photos as well.
Dogs who love playing with other well-behaved pups are in luck in Miami. We have plenty of dog-friendly parks for them to choose from, from the beach to the more residential areas in Miami. Our dog walking clients have asked us to take their pups on little excursions, and we’ve come to love several dog-friendly parks, which we list below. Give your pup a treat and take them out for a fun play date and healthy socialization!
Amelia Earhart Bark Park
The Amelia Earhart Dog Park has a separate area for small dogs, benches, exercise equipment, shade, and gardens. There are also picnic tables, human and doggie drinking fountains, poop bag dispensers, and trash cans. The bark park is open from 8am to sunset, seven days a week. Parking is free during the week, but there is a fee on weekends.
Many pet parents take their pups to this popular park. Expect a big dog and a small dog park near Applause Your Paws and Lincoln’s Beard Brewery. There is an obstacle course, a small water fountain for dogs, plenty of poop bags, and of course an off-leash area. There is a lot of dirt so expect your pups to get dirty!
Where: 7900 SW 40th ST, Miami FL 33155
Chapman Field Dog Park
This beautiful nine-acre dog park can be found between Deering Estate and Matheson Hammock. The dog park runs from the entrance at the canoe launch to the open-field area within the turn-around at the eastern edge of the property. This park also had poop bag dispensers. Perfect place for residents living in the south of South Florida.
Coconut Grove doggies love Blanche Park (and prefer it to Kennedy Park, so keep that in mind!). It’s a small, well-kept doggie park that has astro turf instead of grass, nestled in the middle of the Grove where your pup can run free off leash. The park isn’t divided into large/small dog park because there is no room, so small dogs may not like it if there are many large dogs the day you go, and maybe vice versa. The parking can be tough, so walking there is your best bet.
Where: 3070 Virginia ST, Miami, FL 33133
Small and large dogs can run together off-leash in this cute little park sprinkled with a few obstacles for your pup’s entertainment. There is a gazebo hut, two benches and a water fountain for both pups and their owners, as well as poop bag dispensers and garbage cans. Parking can be challenging, but it’s nice to walk to if you live in the neighborhood!
Where: 6380 SW 78th ST, South Miami, FL 33143
South Pointe Park: Dogs must be leashed at this oceanfront park, but it’s gorgeous. This is the City of Miami Beach’s only off-leash park, but you must bring your pup in on leash, and your dog can be off-leash only at designated hours.