Spay/Neuter: Don’t Litter

Rocco’s Pack is participating in this year’s Great Grove Bed Race.  This is a community event, and because one of our guiding principles is connecting with and educating our local community, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be there and send a message!  A very important message that is near and dear to us…the Spay/Neuter message.

You might be asking, “what exactly will happen?”  On September 2, 2012, Rocco’s Pack and the “Spay/Neuter Pack” team will race down a 1/8 of a mile strip in the beautiful Coconut Grove while pushing our bed which will be fully decorated with the Spay/Neuter theme.  Our runners will be in Spay/Neuter attire and EVERYTHING about us will emphasize the importance of Spaying and Neutering.

Now you’re probably asking, “how important is spaying and neutering?”  In 2010 there were 35,924 dogs and cats taken in to our county shelter.  Fifty-six percent, 20,112 of those were euthanized.  In 2011, this number was lower, but we still need work.

Don’t Litter: You can help us make a difference by making a donation that will go toward funding a mobile spay/neuter clinic.  Funding this initiative will offer 2 days of low cost spay/neuter services to members of our community that may not otherwise have the means to spay or neuter their pets at the regular price.  Make your donation securely via PayPal using the link below.

Your support matters and every little bit helps!  Save lives by preventing births!

Miami Doggy Style Pet Grooming and Spa

Cute PoodleIf you can picture the nicest groomer; talented, knowledgeable and personable, then you’re probably picturing Jose, from Miami Doggy Style Pet Grooming and Spa.  From the first day I met Jose, he’s been nothing but welcoming and pleasant.  And when I saw the kind of work that Jose does, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to share with all “pack” members.

Jose’s grooming salon, Miami Doggy Style Pet Grooming and Spa is the official pet grooming salon of Aventura and he’s located in the Waterways Shopping Center at 3575 NE 207 Street, Suite B-2, Aventura, FL 33180 and its telephone number is 305-933-4003.  Jose’s services include everything from baths to full premium grooming services to make your baby look absolutely fabulous.  One of my favorite things about Miami Doggy Style Pet Grooming and Spa is that in addition to a great service, your doggy will also be able to roam around and socialize with the other dogs that are either waiting to be groomed, or waiting to be picked up.  So if your dog is not so social, this is a great way to socialize him/her.  And if your dog is not a big fan of being in a kennel, then this is the perfect place for him/her.

A true professional at work
A true professional at work

Jose is extremely professional and knowledgeable so when you leave your pup with him, you can rest assured she/he’s in good hands.  Call him today to schedule your appointment and tell him Rocco’s Pack sent you to receive $5.00 off your total service.  Go ahead; give your dog a spa day!

And as an added bonus, we do our obedience training classes here at the salon.  So, come on by get groomed, get trained and get LOVED!

Who Let the Chihuahuas Out?

Sometimes you want to meet someone just like you.  At least the Chihuahuas do.  Okay, maybe the Chis don’t really care, but Chi owners do.  I mean really, if dog breed is at all indicative of anything about you, then there should be some similarity among you and other people that own the same breed.  Right?!?!  Ahhh, that’s a question for Wanda.

So I’m guessing that even the most unengaged owner has looked online at least once to learn something about their dog’s breed.  Well that’s what Wanda did.  Eight years later she’s the organizer of the Dade County Chihuahua Meet up Group.  How cool is that?  For the past eight plus years Chihuahua owners have been gathering monthly with their Chis and 300 others to share stories and allow the Chihuahuas to play.

Check out what some people are saying about it:

I think others should join the group because it’s fun to take your dogs to a place where they can socialize with other Chihuahuas.  It’s a good experience.

Good place for your dog to socialize and meet other people who love the same kind of dog you do.  You can make play dates with others.

The more, the merrier I say.  It’s not about the people.  It’s about the dogs.  They all sniff each other and play with each other, you can’t do that for your dog, so see you at the next meet.

 

A Story About a Golden

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Here she is retrieving and then effectively guarding.

Since I’ve been thinking a lot about resource guarding and trying to understand it a little better.  I started to think about ways I could make Goldie willingly, on her own give me her toy.  One thing that occurred to me is that she first has to trust and like me.  So we spent the days in the park going for walks.  I would walk, call her and when she came, I would reward her.  The whole time that she walked by my side, I’d verbally mark her behavior with a high, happy pitched “Goooood”!  Constantly using the same verbiage, which consisted of “Goldie, Come”, “Gooooooood” and “Let’s Go”.  Remember, English as a second language for these guys.  She did well with that.

Next step was bringing out the frisbee.  The first few times she got the frisbee, she was clear with Stella and Rocco that they weren’t gonna have it.  I tried going over several times and she ran even further and shoved the pups away.  So I turned the other way, called Rocco and Stella and created fun for us away from her.  Pretty soon she found herself all alone with the frisbee.  Yikes!  What fun is that?  Meanwhile, Rocco and Stella are over here having all sorts of fun, running and getting praise and rewards for doing all kinds of neat things.  She soon realizes she wants to be part of that and rejoins us.  When she does, frisbee-less, she is welcomed, praised and reinforced for following using the same verbiage of “Goooooood”, “Let’s Go” and “Goldie, Come”.

The next step…drumroll please!  I introduced a game of trade.  I gave her the frisbee and asked her to trade for a treat.  And SHE DID!  So I gave it to her again, and asked to trade for a treat.  SHE DID AGAIN.  So I did it again and again .  You may know the drill.  If you’ve heard me say it once, you’ve heard me say it a million times.  Two times two is four.  Two times two is four.  They made you do it so much, you learned it.  Someone asks you now, “what’s two times two”?  You don’t even think about it.  “Four”.  IMHO repetition is key when you work with your dog.

As we drove home on Goldie’s last day with me, I thought she came along way and did really well with these exercises.  I could say that for her, holding on to toys is a very emotionally charged experience, but suffice it to say that it’s just a very big deal.  And this game of “trade” is certainly a better alternative to being rough and helps to develop a nice bond and a trusting relationship.

Rocco’s Pack Out ‘n’ About: West Kendall Dog Park

So we ventured out looking for some new places to hang out and we found this fun spot in the heart of West Kendall.  It’s called West Kendall District Dog Park at 11255 SW 157TH Ave, Miami, FL 33196.

Our new hangout
Our new hangout

The goods: Plenty of space, lots of doggy exercise equipment.

The bads: No poop bags…Please people, don’t steal the poop bags.  The county is already being super generous by letting us have this big space for our dogs!!

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