VERO BEACH — The world of animal rescue is a difficult place. It's sad to see so many animals finding themselves in need of a safe haven. Due to the over abundance of dogs and cats, there are a wide variety of shelters trying to house and rehome pets. The three main varieties are open admission shelters, limited admissions shelters and rescues.

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VERO BEACH — Recently I had an opportunity to do some training with Michele Pouliot. While not a well known to the general public, Michele is a champion in Canine Freestyle, a sport where you do obedience and tricks in a choreographed routine to music. In addition to her Freestyle Championships, Michele is an international assessor for guide dogs and guide dog training.

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VERO BEACH — At Best Behavior Dog Training, we are always looking for new ways to improve our services. I'm excited to announce the addition of Gerry Anna Jones to the Best Behavior team. Gerry Anna has an interesting background in zoos and bird training and care. Her unique experiences give fresh eyes to our training and behavior programs.

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VERO BEACH — When I think about training dogs, I like to think about cultivating behaviors. I nurture the calm, polite behaviors I like. I weed and block out the behaviors I don't like. I think most people see dog training as teaching individual actions rather than a goal of acceptable behavior.

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VERO BEACH — Register now for The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County's puppy and dog training classes. Registration runs until June 27. Dogs ages eight weeks and up are accepted. Pet parents can choose from Wednesday morning classes beginning on June 25, Thursday evening classes beginning June 26 or Saturday afternoon classes beginning June 28.

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VERO BEACH — Living in Florida presents many unique challenges. Hurricane season is right around the corner. After the 2004 hurricane season, many Florida residents took preparation seriously. Now that some time has passed, the urgency has waned.

Don't be caught by surprise. Start getting ready now!

It is ideal to have a travel pack for your dog.

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VERO BEACH — Nail care for your dog does not need to be a traumatic event. Careful training can teach your dog to accept toe nail trims. Last week I wrote about training your dog to allow his feet to be handled. We are starting with slow, simple steps. Perhaps by now your pup allows you to touch his feet and gently squeeze his toes.

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VERO BEACH — Trimming your dogs toe nails should be a part of routine pet care. From the stories people tell me, it seems nail care is anything but routine. Just as we teach our dogs to sit or come, we can and should teach our pets to accept nail trimming.

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VERO BEACH — Keeping your dog healthy and happy requires a certain amount of regular care. Annual veterinarian visits and grooming are all a part of having a pet. Just as dogs need brushing and ear cleaning, oral care is important too.

I have to confess, I do not brush my dogs' teeth.

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VERO BEACH — Having a pet requires regular maintenance to keep them healthy. Annual veterinary visits and an appropriate grooming routine are vital. Brushing is just one part of sprucing your dog up. Cleaning ears and teeth are also part of good grooming practices.

A dog's ears should be light pink and free of offensive odors.

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