The Best Dog Walks In Sebastian And Vero Beach For A Sniffari

The Best Dog Walks In Sebastian And Vero Beach For A Sniffari

Best Dog Walks in Sebastian and Vero Beach

Can you keep a secret?

I’m about to share my favorite dog walking spots in Sebastian and Vero Beach with you… but we don’t want them blowing up with too many other people and dogs – so will you keep these awesome dog walking areas to yourself?!

Before we get into them, let me explain what a sniffari is and why they’re so good for your dog! Then we’ll get onto the epic dog walking spots that you’ll want to check out with your buddy.

What is a sniffari?

Sniffaris are nature walks on a long leash where your dog is allowed to wander and sniff to their heart’s content.

I recommend using a leash of at least 10-15 feet, and if you can, choose a biothane one as they’re much easier to keep clean!

Use caution if you’ve never handled a long leash. You don’t want your dog to take off running or tie you up in knots! Check out the video at the bottom of this page for some great tips. 

Sniffaris are a brilliant activity for any dog because they allow for putting their powerful noses to work while staying calm.

So whether you have an over-excitable puppy or a tearaway teenage dog, sniffaris are a fantastic way to enjoy some time together, minus the chaos!

Right, let’s get onto the best places to visit with your dog for a sniffari!

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Awesome dog walking spots in Sebastian

Finding places to walk with your dog that are less busy than your local dog park makes it much easier for your dog to relax and focus on the environment rather than other people and dogs. It’s a great way to encourage your dog’s inner calm.

Stormwater Park, Sebastian

Stormwater Park has several nature trails, which are great for a sniffari walk with your dog. You may encounter other people and dogs at the front gate, but it’s easy to walk without seeing many other dogs once you’re inside.

The area spans 163 acres of walking trails with varying habitats, including wetlands and dry upland areas.

Parking: You’ll find the entrance to the area and parking on the south side of Englar Drive, between Barber Street and Schumann Drive.

 Hardee Park, Sebastian

Hardee Park offers a ½ mile walking trail, which is ideal for a shorter sniffari walk with your dog.

Despite it being only a small park, there is plenty of wildlife here, from white ibis to squirrels which leave plenty of interesting scents for your dog to explore!

You’ll see people walking here and a few dogs, but it has a really nice walking park – plus restrooms on-site!

Parking: On the north end of Barber Street

Riverview Park, Sebastian

Riverview is a beautiful park situated along the shores of the Indian River. However, it is a busier park, so I’d save this one for when your dog has practiced and honed their skills of paying attention to you around distractions!

Riverview Park acts as an entry point to many scenic walkways, which offer some beautiful shoreline walks along the Riverfront District.

Riverview Park is also home to tons of fearless squirrels, so it’s a brilliant dog walking spot to practice your recall and focus games with your dog.

Parking: at 600 U.S. Highway 1, on the corner of U.S. Highway 1 and C.R. 512 /Sebastian Boulevard

Awesome dog walking spots in Vero Beach

Vero Beach is home to lots of great dog walking spots. Here are three of my favorites. The third may surprise you!

Captain Forster Hammock Preserve, Vero Beach

Captain Forster Hammock Preserve offers 110 acres of nature reserve to explore with your dog.

You’ll find several different habitats as you walk from the shoreline of the Indian River Lagoon to the Coastal Scrub, making it a great location for a sniffari nature walk with your dog.

This park has several nature trail paths that you can take, many with shade, making it a great pick for hot sunny days.

Some of the trails are narrow, so watch out for people with their dogs off-leash in these areas.

Parking: 8650 Jungle Trail, Vero Beach, FL 32963

Riverside Park, Vero Beach

The walking trail here is pretty long, with some beautiful spots overlooking the water.

There’s a lot to explore at Riverside Park, and I’d highly recommend visiting the Cole Coppola Memorial Fishing Pier, where you might spot dolphins and manatees!

There are nice sidewalks, a big grassy field, and lots of covered picnic tables to rest. You will usually see some people, but there is enough space to get further away if needed.

Parking: ​​3200 Riverside Park Drive

Vero Beach Outlets

You may wonder why I’m suggesting an outdoor mall as a local dog walking spot?!

Vero Beach Outlets is a brilliant spot for an early morning sniffari – there are so many smells for your dog to explore.

Any opportunity to gently introduce novel experiences to your dog is a chance for some good dog training! If you want a dog that you can take anywhere, then visiting new places is a big part of your training.

Socialization and training aren’t all about meeting other dogs and having a playfest, so an outdoor mall is actually a pretty good place to take your dog for a field trip!

You can read more about good puppy socialization here.

What to take on your nature walks with your dog

Insect repellant
Water for both of you
Your long leash (10-15 feet)
Dog treats

I hope you and your dog enjoy exploring some new dog walking spots together. I’d love to hear what you think and which one is your new favorite dog walking area.

Pop on over to my Facebook or Instagram page and let me know!

Essential Supplies To Get Through Puppyhood

Essential Supplies To Get Through Puppyhood

Essential Supplies to Get Through Puppyhood – From Treasure Coast Puppy Training Expert

If you have a puppy on the way and you’re reading this, kudos to you for researching ahead of time!

If you already have a puppy and hope to make your life easier, you’ve found the right article!

When starting life with a new puppy, here are the supplies that will help you manage your pup’s behavior and reduce your stress:

Essential Supplies to Get Through Puppyhood

  • Exercise Pen: Always buy taller than you think you need. I prefer metal. This is your puppy’s new bedroom. Keep their toys in here, so it’s a fun place to be. Please keep them in when they aren’t being directly supervised.
  • Crate: This is your puppy’s safe sleeping space. I like to put the crate in the pen, but it depends on its size. You can buy a big one but make sure it has a divider to be able to reduce the size to suit your puppy.
  • 1-2 Cheap Dollar Store leashes: So you won’t mind if they get chewed: You’ll leave one of these on your puppy when they are out of their pen and running around.
  • A 6-foot leash: Use this for potty walks and short neighborhood walks. I prefer biothane leashes; they are fantastic!
  • Martingale Collar with ID Tags: Keep on your puppy when they are out of the crate/pen.
  • Harness: Once your puppy goes through a growth spurt or two, invest in a well-made harness with a leash connection on the chest. Two popular brands/styles are Freedom No-Pull Harness and Balance Harness.
  • Water Bowl: If you have a messy drinker or a dog with a beard (doodle), I like the LumoLeaf bowl on Amazon. Make sure your pup knows how to use it, of course.
  • Toppl Food Toy by West Paw: Stuff it with your puppy’s meal and freeze. Suddenly, you will have about 20-30 minutes of free time!
  • Loads of Edible and Non-Edible Chewable Items: Check out puppy teething rings, Benebones, Nylabones, CET chews, and Enzadent chews, to name a few. Make sure you have plenty and rotate them weekly to keep them fresh.
  • Flirt Pole Toy: Help satisfy your pup’s urge to chase and tug.

Of course, you can always buy more things, but these are the items that I recommend as basic essentials for almost every puppy. I use all of these essentials with the pups that come through my house.

If you have any questions about using any of the above, please reach out, and I’ll be happy to help!

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Treasure Coast Puppy Trainer


Gerry-Anna is the leading puppy trainer on the Treasure Coast, and would love to support you through your puppyhood journey and beyond!

If you want a dog that will be an absolute joy to share your life with, who’s a pleasure to be around, then it all starts with early puppy training.

As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure, and that is so true when it comes to raising a well-mannered dog who is a wonderful addition to your family.

Fixing problems takes a lot more time, effort, and support.

But if you learn how to prevent problem behaviors from developing and how to communicate with your puppy so they understand exactly what you want – you have an incredible foundation for the road ahead.

Book your FREE Puppy Training Consult with Gerry-Anna today! 

Puppy Training Treasure Coast – Does Your Puppy Like To Chew?

Puppy Training Treasure Coast – Does Your Puppy Like To Chew?

Puppy Training Treasure Coast

Puppy Teething Can Be Painful

If you live with a puppy, you’ve learned that they nip and bite and use their mouth to explore the world (and you). It is natural and normal, but it also hurts! When your puppy is young, you become familiar with their terrible little needle teeth. By managing your puppy’s mouthy overtired behavior, you will likely see improvement in how often they gnaw on you.

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Five Months Old Habits

However, you may notice an uptick in your puppy’s chewing and biting habits around five months. It is when they begin losing some of those big teeth like the canines and molars. It can be painful for them and may affect their behavior as well. Some pups may seem needy or cranky for a day or two as the teeth move in. You may notice your puppy trying to chew hard objects or furniture that they didn’t chew before. I’m talking hard like concrete blocks in the yard or coffee table legs. And don’t be shocked if you find some blood on a tug toy one day! You’ll usually find a tooth on the floor soon after. Although frequently, the teeth end up swallowed, so if you don’t see them, don’t worry.

Kongs & Toppls Are your Friends!

To support your puppy through this time (and save your antique armoire), try using frozen food stuffed toys like Toppls or Kongs. You should also provide plenty of chewable items like teething rings, Enzadent chews, or puppy-safe Nylabones. And as always, supervise your puppy with these objects to ensure they don’t swallow them whole. And remember, if your puppy seems bitey and inconsolable, time for a crate nap!

Treasure Coast Puppy Trainer

Goldstar puppy training programs offer a revolutionary blend of in-person private puppy training, home-study tutorials, and group puppy classes.

We provide puppy training in Vero Beach and all areas of the Treasure Coast, Florida.

Through years of experience, we’ve discovered that this is the most effective way to train your puppy successfully. Your puppy progresses their new skills easily, with the optimum conditions to promote powerful learning that lasts.

So that you can enjoy life with a dog who is confident, well behaved, and an upstanding member of doggy society!

Check out some of Gerry-Anna’s amazing reviews.

Book your FREE consultation today for expert puppy training advice and find out how Gerry-Anna can help you and your puppy live stress-free.

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Problems With Puppy Socialization

Problems With Puppy Socialization

Puppy Socialization Treasure Coast 

Do you ever notice the dogs that can walk through a busy park and stay connected to their pet parent? They can pass by another dog without a second glance. They can walk by people without becoming overexcited or pulling. If this is the type of dog, you wish to have, read this article!

I’ve noticed a trend lately. There’s a big push for all dogs and puppies to interact and play with other dogs. The narrative is so strong that you may even feel like a crappy dog parent if your dog doesn’t have dog friends! After all, how could you deprive your dog of “socialization”?!

With this in mind, you begin to make puppy playtime a priority for your new dog. It takes precedent over establishing a good training foundation with the pup. You start letting your enthusiastic puppy greet every dog on a leash in the neighborhood in the name of socialization. You may go to a group class that encourages puppy romping and roughhousing. You may even take their puppy to a dog park (which I strongly discourage for various reasons, including disease risk).

Puppy Trainer Vero Beach Florida Puppy class is a brilliant opportunity to begin progressing your puppy training in more distracting environments, so your puppy can behave wonderfully wherever you go together.

Puppy Socialization Treasure Coast

At first, you relish your puppy’s excitement and joy when they see another dog. I mean, what’s more fun than watching puppies wrestle? But as the puppy grows, it becomes more apparent that your puppy’s excited behavior towards other dogs is problematic. He used to pull toward other dogs, but now he gets up on two legs and starts vocalizing. He’s totally forgotten that you exist and has a one-track mind. He WANTS TO GET OVER TO THAT DOG. And he thinks that the harder he pulls, and the more he whines, the sooner he can drag you over there. After all, this is what he’s (accidentally) been trained to do! He sees something he wants, he pulls towards it, and you walk him over there. He’s also learned that playing with other dogs is WAY more fun than whatever you have to offer. You soon have a teenage puppy that gets highly frustrated on the leash and is a pain in the butt to walk.

On the other hand, perhaps you have a more timid puppy. You hear from a friend that getting your pup around other dogs will fix this problem. You begin encouraging people to walk their dog up to your puppy. Or maybe you take him to an area with loose dogs running around. Your puppy attempts to hide behind you, perhaps even cries in fear when the other dogs come up to him. You don’t realize that overwhelming your puppy in social situations like this can backfire. It can make his fear worse instead of better. As your puppy ages, he learns that his passive, fearful signals aren’t being heard, so he begins to growl, bark or lunge at other dogs offensively. It often looks similar to the excited/frustrated dog I described above, but the internal motivation is different.

So how do we avoid accidentally creating these problems but still socialize our dogs?

Avoid letting your pup interact with every dog or person that crosses their path. It’s not necessary for them to physically touch every person or dog, but they still benefit from the exposure of seeing other people and dogs.

Build up your relationship with your dog. Building your relationship can be done through fun play sessions and training. I love using a tug and fetch game to keep a dog engaged with me. Play also helps nervous dogs gain confidence. If your dog thinks you’re fun, he’ll be more likely to pay attention to you in public or while walking.

Teach your dog what a clicker means by clicking and then giving a treat. Once your dog understands that the click means a treat is coming, you are ready to start using it on walks.

When out walking with your pup or dog, watch his body language and click as soon as you see him notice a dog, person, squirrel, whatever. Then quickly deliver a treat to him. Be sure to click before he pulls or vocalizes. Move farther away from the oncoming distraction if needed to prevent your dog from barking. After some practice, you’ll notice that your dog looks at a distraction but then turns back to check in with you. This is what you want! This behavior creates a dog that can walk through a busy park without making a scene!

Other passive puppy socialization ideas include:

      • Take your dog on a car ride and spend about 5 minutes parked in a busy store parking lot or animal hospital parking lot. Stay in the car and click and treat your dog for watching people walk by the vehicle.
      • Find a low traffic park and sit on a bench. Place a mat next to you and have your dog lie on the mat and drop treats down to them for calm behavior. When a person or dog walks by, give your dog treats quickly to keep them down and relaxed. Just make sure you don’t allow someone to step up to your dog in this situation.
      • Sit in your front yard or driveway and click and reward your dog for watching people walk by.

The main idea here is to EXPOSE your dog to new places and things but reward them for checking in with you and being calm. Just click and treat! Do not allow them to pull you over to something they’re excited about and if they are afraid, don’t force them to interact.

This will help you create a polite dog that can pass by another dog without overexcitement or fear.

Once this behavior pattern is ingrained, you may consider teaching your confident dog to say hello on cue. But that’s a topic for a different day!

If you’d like more help with socializing your puppy contact me now for a free consultaion


So You Just Brought Home a Dog

So You Just Brought Home a Dog

Bringing a new dog home can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it’s important to take some steps to help your new furry friend feel comfortable and settle into their new environment. 

Whether you just brought home a brand new puppy or adopted an adult dog from a local shelter, these tips will help you start right!

Before bringing the dog home, acquire a crate and ideally an exercise pen. You may “puppy-proof” a small room with a baby gate in the doorway like a laundry room or bathroom, as an alternative to the pen. However, you may find that the dog chews on whatever is available in these areas, so be sure to supervise! These confinement zones will provide a safe space for your new dog to spend time and prevent them from engaging in unwanted behavior. It also lets other pets adjust to the new dog’s presence and allows you to monitor interactions.

Establish a routine: Dogs thrive on routine, so try to establish a regular schedule for feeding, exercise, and playtime.

Give your new dog several days to decompress and settle in. It is essential for newly adopted adult dogs. Please don’t take them to the pet store or on big adventures yet. Let them spend time in your house and yard learning about their new home.

When your new dog is out of the safe space, let them drag a regular leash and supervise them at all times. The leash helps you keep track of where they are and allows you to redirect them if needed without grabbing their collar quickly. It also helps prevent accidental slips out the door! Your goal is to prevent them from engaging in bad habits like counter surfing, chewing up objects, peeing on the rug, etc.

Use the dog’s regular food or treats throughout the day to reward good behavior and BE GENEROUS! This is the fastest way to get your dog to understand what you want them to do. When you notice them lying calmly, walk by (quietly) and place a treat right before their nose. Do this A LOT, and you’ll have a dog that offers to lay calmly and quietly way more often.

Spend quality time: Spend time bonding with your new dog through playtime, walks, and cuddles.

Feed the new dog meals in the crate and/or pen, so they are separated from other pets. It also helps them associate the confinement spaces with positive experiences. It would help if you also tossed treats into the crate and pen throughout the day to reward the dog for going inside.

Consult a veterinarian: Take your new dog to the vet for a check-up and to establish a healthcare plan.

Start training: Begin training your new dog right away to establish rules and boundaries. Start with basic commands such as “sit,” “stay,” and “come.”

Most importantly, if you struggle with a new dog’s behavior, get some help from a professional! The sooner you get help, the less time your dog has to practice unwanted behavior, and the easier it is to get back on track!

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Puppy Training Treasure Coast

Puppy training is an essential part of ensuring that your furry friend grows up to be a well-behaved and obedient dog.

Here are some first steps for puppy training:

  1. House training: The first step is to house-train your puppy. Start by establishing a regular routine for feeding and taking your puppy outside to eliminate waste. Praise your puppy when they go outside, and be patient if they have an accident indoors. Be consistent in your training and give your puppy plenty of opportunities to go outside.

  2. Socialization: Socialization is crucial for your puppy’s development. Introduce your puppy to different people, dogs, and environments to help them become comfortable with new experiences. Puppy classes can also be a great way to socialize your puppy and teach them basic obedience.

  3. Basic obedience: Start teaching your puppy basic obedience commands such as “sit,” “stay,” “come,” and “heel.” Use positive reinforcement techniques, such as treats and praise, to encourage your puppy to obey your commands.

  4. Crate training: Crate training can help your puppy feel safe and secure, and can also aid in house training. Introduce your puppy to the crate gradually and make it a positive experience by giving them treats and toys inside the crate.

  5. Exercise: Puppies have a lot of energy and need regular exercise to stay healthy and happy. Take your puppy for walks and play games with them to help burn off excess energy.

Remember, puppy training takes time and patience, but it’s worth it to have a well-behaved and happy dog.

How To Reduce Jumping

How To Reduce Jumping

How to Reduce Jumping – Puppy Training Treasure Coast

One of the most common complaints from pet parents is that their dog jumps up on people. It may include jumping on the pet parents, kids in the home, or on guests that visit. This behavior is annoying, but it can also be dangerous if your dog knocks someone over or accidentally scratches Grandma with those toenails.

Now, you may not like what I’m going to write next…
You and the people around you have likely trained the behavior of jumping up on people. Yes, that’s right, you have accidentally trained your dog to perform this behavior. But don’t worry, this is a common occurrence, and you can improve things!

I often see puppy owners touch and love their cute little puppy when it jumps upon them. Then suddenly, it’s no longer pleasant when their rowdy 40-pound teenage dog puts their paws up for affection. Ouch! Those nails!!

But wait! You adopted your dog as an adult, and they came to you as a jumping bean; there’s no way you contributed to this behavior!

Okay, but how did you respond the first few times your dog jumped on you? Did you make eye contact and say “get down”? Or did you touch them and give them attention because you were so in love? Maybe you even let them put their front paws on your lap while you pet them on the couch sometimes at night?

It may surprise you to learn that any touching, eye contact, attention, or even scolding can be enough to reward this behavior. And suppose you do so intermittently, meaning sometimes you give attention when they jump and sometimes you get annoyed. In that case, the behavior will become even more persistent.

Google “intermittent reinforcement schedules” if you want to learn more about that concept.

Bear in mind that jumping up is somewhat natural for a dog because they want to get closer to your face to greet you and show affection. You can rest easy they aren’t just trying to annoy you.

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How to Reduce Jumping

However, we can do a couple of things to reduce the jumping or at least reduce the intensity when it happens:

  • Implement a “4-on-the-floor” rule. It means that your dog only receives attention, petting, doors opening, etc. when they have all 4 feet on the floor. Make sure your whole family is on board and tell your guests when they arrive.
  • If your dog jumps up on you, immediately turn away, so they get off of you. Turn back towards them and ask for a sit once they have 4-on-the-floor. Once they sit, you may address them. Begin to anticipate when your dog is about to jump and step out of the way right before they touch you with those paws!
  • When greeting a familiar friendly dog, bend at the waist and turn slightly sideways so you can pet them with both hands hanging down lower (about level with their back). Just be careful that they don’t accidentally clock you in the jaw with their head when in this position. Sometimes I will gently hold their collar with two fingers to make sure they can’t suddenly jump up and surprise me. Bonus points if you have a treat in your hand that they can nibble on while keeping 4-on-the-floor.
  • Keep a leash on your dog so you can step on it if needed to reduce your dog’s ability to continue jumping up on you or others. Once they stop, ask for a sit and release the leash. If they are really worked up, you may need to take the leash and direct them to another activity or their crate for a nap.

Practice teaching your dog to relax and stay on a mat so you can use this skill when guests enter your home.

It is not an exhaustive list, but these tips should get you started to reduce this annoying behavior. Remember, this behavior didn’t just appear overnight, so it will take time to diminish.

The dog always tells! After changing your response to this behavior, you may notice over time that your dog doesn’t jump on you as often but still jumps on someone else in your household often. It can be a signal that something that person is doing is still rewarding the behavior. Put on your detective hat to figure it out.

Puppy Training Treasure Coast – Happy Dogs Start with Puppy Training

You’re probably excited to get your puppy out, mingle with other dogs, and learn new things. The puppy stage is one of the most important times in a dog’s life. It’s a time when they’re learning about the world and how to interact with other dogs and people.

Puppy training classes are often a popular choice to begin puppy training, especially if you want a well-socialized dog.

Imagine trying to teach a kid algebra in the middle of a buzzing playground full of kids running wild and having fun together. Better to start learning new skills and building confidence somewhere a little quieter and more favorable for learning, right?

We teach your puppy some foundation skills BEFORE they’re ready to step into puppy class.

All training starts with teaching new behaviors & skills in a low distraction environment.

We gradually increase the difficulty of training.

Start puppy training today so that you can take your adult dog everywhere. Simply book your FREE Consult at a time to suit you. 

Help, My Puppy Pees In The House!

Help, My Puppy Pees In The House!

Housetraining New Puppies

Dear New Puppy Owners,

Housetraining can be frustrating. It feels like you are constantly taking your dog out, yet you still find pee on the bathroom rug. Let’s say you’re NOT alone, puppy owners of Vero Beach, FL.

I understand the struggle, and I’m here to give tips on the best ways to start getting ahead of the problem. When a puppy comes to my house for training, I first set up a “potty log” note sheet by the back door. Each time the pup goes outside, I note the time and whether it urinated (UR) or had a bowel movement (BM). If the puppy has an accident in the house, I also note it on the sheet. Pretty soon, you can see a pattern developing that tells you how often and when your pup needs to potty.

Data Is Your Friend when Housetraining Puppies!

The potty log method is beneficial when multiple people take the dog out because you know exactly how long it has been!

It’s also crucial not to let your puppy roam free in the house when you aren’t actively supervising, especially if they haven’t pottied in a while. They should be confined by a playpen, crate, or tether when you are not actively playing with or training them to avoid accidents. It helps them learn to hold it longer because they shouldn’t want to potty where they rest. Although if you wait too long, your puppy may still potty in the confinement area, so pay attention! Set the alarm on your phone for every hour if needed.

I recently kept a potty log sheet for an 11-week-old puppy that stayed at my house for two days. I took her outside fourteen times in one day in the muggy rain! But I’ll tell you; she didn’t have one accident in the house, and each time she went outside, I rewarded her for pottying in the right place with either praise, yard play, or a treat.

The point is that when your pup is young, you should expect to take them out about every hour until they develop the ability to hold it longer. And the more active your puppy is, the more frequently they will need to go, sometimes even every 30-45 minutes. And yes, it is a royal pain in the bum! But it’s normal.

Red Flags To Watch For!

If you see your puppy peeing every 15-20 minutes or going multiple times in one trip outside, those are red flags for a urine infection; you should contact your vet for a urine test.

Several puppies came to me for training with unidentified urine infections that I found by keeping my potty log! Data for the win!

Another housetraining tip is to designate a “potty zone” in the yard.

DO NOT let them walk you around the yard! When it’s time to go out, walk your puppy to the potty zone and stand in one place for up to 5 minutes, be boring. If your puppy urinates or defecates within 5 minutes, PRAISE them and then drop the leash for playtime (if you have a fenced yard) or walk them around the yard as a reward. But they must potty before the fun begins!

If your puppy does not potty within 5 minutes, bring them back inside and put them in the crate for about 20 minutes. Then try the whole thing again. Repeat if necessary. Your puppy will learn quickly that to play and have fun, they need to potty when given a chance. And don’t forget, there is HELP out there.

Please shoot us a message on how we can get your puppy on a housetraining schedule that works.  Contact Now >>

How to Choose a Dog Trainer in Vero Beach

When choosing a trainer, it’s important to ask about their training methods, experience, and credentials. Look for someone who uses positive reinforcement techniques and has a good reputation in the community. You can also ask for recommendations from other dog owners in the area. Good luck with your puppy training!


Does Your Dog Bark More Than You’d Like?

Does Your Dog Bark More Than You’d Like?

Tips to reduce barking

Maybe they bark at the neighbor’s dog or people walking down the street. Or perhaps even at random sounds they hear in the house.
I’m sure you’re tired of scolding or telling your dog to hush. Maybe you’ve even tried a bark collar (which I do NOT recommend for several reasons).

Excessive barking can get annoying fast!

Barking can be a fun pastime for the bored dog. But it’s important to understand WHY your dog is barking to make lasting change. It’s also important to remember that dogs’ barking is a natural behavior. Some breeds even more so than others. And some dogs learn that barking at you gets your attention, making it extra reinforcing! However, the barking is often rooted in feelings of insecurity.

Like in the case of the German Shepherd puppy in the video we posted on our Instagram on May 15th, 2021. She fears other dogs, and the barking dog next door is frightening.

In the video, you’ll see the puppy respond to the verbal signal “leave it” even when she is in the middle of charging/barking at the fence. Pretty impressive! She turns on a dime and makes her way back to her handler for further instruction. But it didn’t start this way. She first learned the “leave it” skill indoors in various contexts before she understood it outside.

Additional tips to reduce barking

Increase mentally stimulating activities by feeding your dog with puzzles and food toys.
You can also hide food or treats in your house for your dog to find when you aren’t around.
Anticipate your dog’s needs and intervene before they bark.
Apply contact paper to your front window to prevent your dog from looking out and waiting to bark at something.
Give your dog daily exercise in the form of sniffer walks, structured walks, tug games, or swimming.
Build your dog’s confidence with various enrichment games.

Please do not give your dog attention when they bark. Instead, remove your attention from your dog immediately. When they are quiet, you may look at them again.

Choosing The Right Dog

Choosing The Right Dog

Dog Training Sebastian

Puppy training expert Gery-Anna and the training team at Goldstar Puppy Academy see a lot of soon-to-be dog owners wondering exactly which dog is right for their family. Here Gerry-Anna explains all of the things you should look at when deciding to add a fur baby to your family. 

The other day I was scrolling through Facebook and saw a post in a group for one of the authors I follow. The post asked if anyone knew where they could get a dog like the one in the book series “bred and trained.” It struck me as odd because not only is it a fantasy series, the dog in the book is a mastiff. Mastiffs are a giant breed and certainly not for everyone. Personally, I would love a house elf or a dragon, but I would not pick my next pet based on a book character.

Each dog breed has its typical characteristics and health challenges. Some dogs need lots of space and exercise, love water, and thrive in high-activity environments. Other dogs don’t need as much space or exercise and do well in a smaller living area. Depending on your habits and your family’s habits and activities, it’s best to choose a dog that’s energy level matches yours. In my experience, the best matches are made based on the dog’s personality, not just breed or looks.

Another thing to consider is your time and lifestyle. Regardless of breed, dogs, and puppies need time, attention, and exercise. They should not be kept in a crate 12+ hours a day, six days a week, because you have a crazy work schedule.

Consider your family situation. Do you have young children or babies? Puppy raising can be highly challenging with young kids because puppies get wild and nip and bite. It requires A LOT of management.

Do you live in an apartment downtown or on acres of land? Puppies turn into dogs that may need more space to run than an apartment can offer.

So based on experience and a lot of research, you need to consider a few things when getting a new dog.

The average dog lives 10-13 years, but this can be longer depending on the breed. Are you prepared to commit for the next 15 years? If not, this may not be the time for a dog.

How much time do you have to spend with a dog?

  • How much time can you spend with a dog each day if you look at your schedule over the last few months?
  • How much time would they spend in a crate or alone?
  • Dogs need social interaction with their humans, and we must make time for them. You may have a crappy day at work, but when you get home, your dog will still need exercise and attention from you, whether you feel like it or not!

How much space do you have?

  • In my twenties, I moved from apartment to apartment. They were small spaces, and when I decided to get a dog, I got a small dog for my small apartment. A 90lb Labrador in a 600 sq foot apartment may be a challenge, especially if you can’t take them to exercise a few times a day.
  • Speaking of apartments, be sure to consider your budget. If you are a renter, you will have to pay a pet deposit every place you live. Having a pet also limits your options as many landlords don’t accept pets. A well-behaved dog is much easier to keep! And don’t forget to budget for medical issues, monthly heartworm/flea prevention, and the cost of training in case you need some help.

What travel does your job require?

I currently live overseas as a civilian connected with a military base. Whether you are home or abroad, if you have to travel for months at a time, it may not be the time to get a dog. If you have a family at home, consider the amount of time and responsibility that will land on your family without you being available to help with the dog. I see weekly, if not daily, posts from families on base trying to rehome dogs because they realize they don’t have time to take care of the dog and their family. It’s also costly to get your pets back to the USA with you.

In conclusion, make sure you think things through before adding a pet to your household. Do your research, assess your budget and make the best choice for yourself. Don’t make an impulse decision that you may regret later. Dogs require time and dedication, but you will find the best furry friend for you and your family with that investment.

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Having a dog who misbehaves, barks like crazy, or jumps all over people can be quite a struggle. Nobody wants to be running across the beach after an unruly pup or to find themselves buying fruit basket after fruit basket to placate their irritated neighbors!

You want a dog you can take everywhere, who’ll turn heads in all the right ways. Not a dog who attracts all the wrong attention and eye rolls!

With our unparalleled puppy training program, you’ll be equipped with all the skills and support you need to raise the dog of your dreams.

Goldstar puppy training programs offer a revolutionary blend of in-person private puppy training, home-study tutorials, and group puppy classes.

Through years of experience, we’ve discovered that this is the most effective way to train your puppy successfully. Your puppy progresses their new skills easily, with the optimum conditions to promote powerful learning that lasts.

So that you can enjoy life with a dog who is confident, well behaved, and an upstanding member of doggy society!

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Want To Take Your Dog Everywhere?

Most people don’t think about all of the continued long-term efforts that go into raising a dog that can go anywhere and not embarrass you.

When you see professional service dogs in public, you may not realize that most are raised with specific training and socialization objectives. They usually train for about 18 months before even beginning their service task training!

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Puppy training expert Gerry-Anna helps humans and their dogs live together in harmony. Book a call today and start receiving support right away.

When it comes to raising adventure dogs, it’s all about the long game with training.

You’re not going to have a dog that can reliably relax in public after just a couple of sessions or group classes. You need a training lifestyle! But don’t worry, it’s more fun than you think. You’ll have a fantastic relationship with your dog based on trust, understanding, and shared joy.

I want to shine the spotlight on one of my awesome clients and their pup, Lola. Within two weeks of bringing home their new little Havanese puppy, Lola, Mom asked me about training. It was her first dog, and they needed to do everything possible to set Lola up for success. After all, Lola’s Mom and Dad travel a lot, and they want Lola to be comfortable in new situations so she can accompany them on life’s adventures. They also do a lot of entertaining in their home, so Lola needs to mind her manners at dinner parties.

In this case, Lola came to Gerry-Anna’s home for Goldstar’s version of board and train, Puppy Sleepaway Camp. Lola was introduced to new environments, people, and animals during her stay. She also began learning essential life skills like coming when called, sitting, leave it, etc. After her visit, Lola’s parents continued working with Goldstar Puppy Academy to build up Lola’s skills in various settings, including public parks, restaurant patios, and even the airport!

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The photo above was taken in the middle of baggage claim at Newark airport after 9-month-old Lola took her first airplane ride. She was in her carrier under the seat during the flight. She was allowed out of her carrier once they were through the airport.

Long waits at the airport can lead to anxiety and stress for humans and dogs. Still, little Lola decided to lie on her mat and relax, one of the keystones of Goldstar Puppy Academy’s training. All this while people were bustling around her with rolling luggage.

Many puppies her age would be highly overwhelmed and unable to perform known behaviors. It can make travel more stressful for everyone involved. However, Lola’s Mom invested the training time and energy early in Lola’s life. Now she’s set herself up for a lifetime of easier travel!

When Lola and her parents arrived at their northern home (where Lola had never been before), she found her mat and took a big nap!

We love seeing our clients and their pups blossom and shine! Thanks to modern technology, Lola’s parents continue to work with Goldstar Puppy Academy virtually even though they are thousands of miles away. It helps ensure that Lola stays on track with her training and allows us to offer guidance if she has any trouble adjusting.

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All of your puppy training foundations are covered in short home-study video tutorials that you can watch at your own pace.

You’ll receive instant access to 10-15 minute puppy training tutorials you can start right away, around your daily schedule.

Consistency is key to your puppy training success, so you can share your training tutorials with your whole household to ensure everyone is on the same page.

 Treasure Coast Puppy Trainer – What you can Expect

All dog trainers are dog people, but not all dog trainers are people-people! While I love working with animals, I also love working with the human end of the leash!

I pride myself on designing the best educational programs that are super effective for both my dog and human learners. I know you are busy, and it’s my job to make training easy and fun so you can build it into your routine without it feeling like a chore.

I want you to enjoy your training experience with me. I’m a geek about education, and my main goal is to teach YOU the skills you need to have a great relationship with your dog based on trust and shared joy.

I help puppy parents navigate the challenges of puppyhood and raise well-mannered, confident companions. By starting with an early foundation of good behavior, my clients and their dogs can enjoy a stress-free, happy life together!