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Paws For Applause In-home consultations and basic obedience training for dogs and puppies in the UAE by a licensed and US-qualified force-free dog trainer
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Meet Bo Catan, the little furball with a tale to tell! At approximately 7 months old, healthy, spayed and fully vaccinat...
19/02/2024

Meet Bo Catan, the little furball with a tale to tell! At approximately 7 months old, healthy, spayed and fully vaccinated, she's ready to take on the world (and maybe your couch!). Bo's origin story? Well, its a bit of a mystery- found by the roadside during a stroll with our dog, and she decided to tag along with us! She did not have a microchip either so we don't know from where or how she ended up there. We suspect she was abandoned, but don't worry, she holds no grudges. Bo is now ready for her forever home where she can lounge around like a sweet little cotton ball- or a pampered potato! Drop me a message if you're interested in adopting Bo and I'll send over the adoption questionnaire faster than Bo can chase a laser pointer! Adoption fees apply.

Please meet the Star Wars kittens- Luke (fully white) and Leia ❤️🐾These little nuggets, along with their 3 siblings (who...
24/10/2023

Please meet the Star Wars kittens- Luke (fully white) and Leia ❤️🐾
These little nuggets, along with their 3 siblings (who sadly passed away), were destined for death when their owner instructed their maid to put them in the garbage bin.
They urgently need a foster or forever home, and they must go together. Sadly they lost their foster home through no fault of their own, and deserve a life in a good home environment.
They are approx 5 -6 months old, have both been microchipped, fully vaccinated, de-wormed and spayed and neutered.
If you can offer to foster or adopt them both, please get in touch. Adoption process will be followed and an adoption fee covering their chips, vaccinations and sterilization will apply.

Finally managed to trap one of our compound cats for TNR. Meet Gambit, everyone! It took a few months to get him to trus...
19/09/2023

Finally managed to trap one of our compound cats for TNR. Meet Gambit, everyone!
It took a few months to get him to trust my husband and I. Even though he'd keep his distance and scream and hiss at us, he'd always be around at feeding time. Today was the day we finally got him and we couldn't be more relieved! TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) is humane and ethical, prevents unwanted litters, and reduces fighting and roaming behaviors. I know this is only a drop in the ocean right now but it's a good start! ❤️🐱🐾

The faces I come home to everyday. Doesn't matter how bad of a day it may be, as long as I always have this ❤️🐶🐾
03/09/2023

The faces I come home to everyday. Doesn't matter how bad of a day it may be, as long as I always have this ❤️🐶🐾

Chase and Nova visited us today! I so missed these 2. Gave them lots of hugs and got slobbery kisses in return! Best vac...
31/05/2023

Chase and Nova visited us today! I so missed these 2. Gave them lots of hugs and got slobbery kisses in return! Best vacation ever! 🐶🐾❤️

Meet Ozzy and Lulu who are going through my Anything is Pawsible Puppy Training Program. We're combining obedience with ...
05/03/2023

Meet Ozzy and Lulu who are going through my Anything is Pawsible Puppy Training Program. We're combining obedience with plenty of fun enrichment activities to help build confidence and encourage calm, good behaviors.
They've been doing so well so far, especially with leash walking despite the many distractions around. Super proud of these puppies and their fur-mom who is so dedicated and committed to their training and development 🐶🐾❤️🐕

Happy 4th birthday to Paws For Applause!! 🎊🥳🎉I'm over the moon that I'm able to share this awesome milestone with you al...
21/01/2023

Happy 4th birthday to Paws For Applause!! 🎊🥳🎉
I'm over the moon that I'm able to share this awesome milestone with you all 😃
To have come this far and trained so many wonderful doggies and their guardians was a dream come true. 🐶🐾
So I just want to say a special thank you to all my clients, partners, family and friends who have supported Paws For Applause over the last 4 years. I look forward to serving you and your doggies for many more years to come.
Last but certainly not least, a massive thank you to my wonderful husband for being my rock, and supporting me over these years and encouraging me to give my very best! I wouldn't be here without you! ❤️

I decided to upload this infographic as a post and not a story as it is such an important message that I'd like to reite...
09/01/2023

I decided to upload this infographic as a post and not a story as it is such an important message that I'd like to reiterate for those who have and do not have dogs.

I cannot stress enough that dogs are not public property, and that it is not okay to go up to any dog you see and pet it without first checking with their guardian.

For those with reactive or nervous dogs, please know that it is completely okay to tell people, and yes even kids, not to approach or attempt to pet your dog. In this way, you are ensuring to not only keep your dogs safe, but those around you as well.

thank you for this extremely important messaging

Here's wishing you and your loved ones a happy and blessed New Year! May this year bring you all good health, happiness ...
01/01/2023

Here's wishing you and your loved ones a happy and blessed New Year! May this year bring you all good health, happiness and peace. A huge thank you to my family, friends, clients and followers for your continued love and support over this past year.

With all our love always, Lesley, Sandy and Bluebell ❤️🐾🐶

Sandy, Bluebell and I would like to wish you and your puppers a very Merry Christmas. Have a blessed one everyone! ⛄️🎄 🎅...
25/12/2022

Sandy, Bluebell and I would like to wish you and your puppers a very Merry Christmas. Have a blessed one everyone! ⛄️🎄 🎅 🐾

I'm so proud to announce that Paws For Applause has been nominated for Favorite Dog Trainer as part of Animalia Pet Indu...
12/10/2022

I'm so proud to announce that Paws For Applause has been nominated for Favorite Dog Trainer as part of Animalia Pet Industry Awards 2022.
My small training business is founded on force free principles, and I strive to educate guardians on better and safer ways to train their doggies to get healthy behaviors.
Please vote for me as your Favorite Dog Trainer so that may continue to serve you and your doggoes in the best way possible 🐶❤️
Voting link as follows:
https://www.judgify.me/public-voting/petawards/submissions/585830?lan=en

21/09/2022

21/09/2022

Meet Fluffy and Snowy! These little munchkins are currently going through the Smarty Paws Obedience Program with me, and...
05/09/2022

Meet Fluffy and Snowy! These little munchkins are currently going through the Smarty Paws Obedience Program with me, and I have to say, are doing their guardians (and me!) very proud! 😍🥰
They're learning good home manners and how not to run to the door or bark at new faces when they come over, and are walking so well on a loose leash. Absolute rockstars! 🐶🐾❤️
Well done to their guardians for putting in the time and effort in training them! 👏 👏

Meet Rio! Isn't he just the sweetest little muffin you've ever seen?? Rio was rescued off the streets of Musaffah by the...
21/07/2022

Meet Rio! Isn't he just the sweetest little muffin you've ever seen?? Rio was rescued off the streets of Musaffah by the wonderful team at The Mussafah Dog Project
He is currently enrolled in my Anything Is Pawsible Puppy Training Program, and boy is he the smartest little pup! He's nailed Sit and Come, and enjoys his daily enrichment activities. He also happily settles on the couch and plays with his favorite stuffed toys. Such a sweetheart! ❤️
Stay tuned for more updates on my new star puppy! 🐶❤️🐾🥰

Almost across the finish line!! 😃🐶🐾
13/07/2022

Almost across the finish line!! 😃🐶🐾

Hang tight everyone! We're almost there. Something super cool in the works! 🐶❤️🐾
11/07/2022

Hang tight everyone! We're almost there. Something super cool in the works! 🐶❤️🐾

I've been working on an exciting project, and I cannot wait to share it with you all. Stay tuned and watch this space!! ...
05/07/2022

I've been working on an exciting project, and I cannot wait to share it with you all. Stay tuned and watch this space!! 🐕❤️🐾😃

11/06/2022

Put your hands together for Gloria who graduated her Smarty Paws Obedience program like a champion! 🎊
Her guardians did a fantastic job practicing their homework every day, as well as providing Gloria the enrichment she needed to help boost her confidence especially when out on walks.
Well done Gloria and family, you guys are superstars! 🐾🐶❤️

Meet Wolf, Layla and Snoob. These 3 rockstars are part of my Smarty Paws Obedience Program and are absolutely nailing it...
23/05/2022

Meet Wolf, Layla and Snoob. These 3 rockstars are part of my Smarty Paws Obedience Program and are absolutely nailing it! We're currently working on good manners, loose leash walking and recall. I am so proud of how well they're doing and how far they've come.
This just goes to prove that no matter how old, what breed and temperament your dog is, and the challenges they may have, training is the right way to go and does so much for human - dog relationships.
Well done to Wolf, Layla and Snoob and a round of applause for their guardian for being committed and dedicated to their ongoing training! 😀🐶❤🐾

09/05/2022

Happy 1st Gotcha-versary to my little monster, Bluebell ❤🐾
Rescued off the streets as a young puppy, we took her in as a foster, and she never left!
She settled into our home with Sandy and our 6 cats pretty much overnight. She ended up imprinting on the cats and now thinks she's part cat! 🤣
We love this silly goofball and look forward to many more years of goofiness to come!

05/05/2022

Meet Gloria, the superstar! This lovely lady is currently building her basic obedience skills and her confidence through my Smarty Paws Obedience Program.
Her guardians are doing a fantastic job providing her a variety of enrichment activities, as well as practicing their homework with her diligently.
Well done Gloria and family, keep up the good work! 🐶❤🐾

Eid Mubarak everyone! Wishing you all abundant blessings, peace, good health and prosperity.
02/05/2022

Eid Mubarak everyone! Wishing you all abundant blessings, peace, good health and prosperity.

A very good analogy on how using aversive methods as part of your training can completely ruin the bond you share with y...
21/04/2022

A very good analogy on how using aversive methods as part of your training can completely ruin the bond you share with your dog.
If a trainer advises you to use any sort of correction on your dog, find yourself a better trainer for the sake of your dog.

Imagine this.
Your 3 year old child is scared of spiders.

Perhaps one ran over your child’s hand one day whilst playing in the garden and from then on your child has developed a strong negative reaction.

Now whenever they see a spider, even at a distance , no matter how small the spider is.. they feel frightened.

They panic. 😰

This fear presents itself as panicky squealing, flapping hands, running away and crying.

You are trying to help them but not sure how.
You want the behaviour to stop. 🛑

So one day you decide to buy a pair of percussion Cymbals.

You keep them ready in the shed.

One day when you and your child are in the garden you notice that your child sees a small spider 🕷 and starts to panic.

They start to flap their hands and squeal!

You quickly go into the shed and grab your Cymbals.
You creep up behind them and crash the Cymbals as LOUDLY as possible! 💥

Your child jumps!
They are quite clearly startled by the noise!
They stop squealing and stand still in shock.

Good, You think to yourself. Well that’s worked!!

I’ll do that again.

But then you notice your child’s bottom lip starts to quiver.
They look at you with betrayal and confusion in their eyes. 🥺

A little bit of trust. Vanished.

Why did mummy do that? I needed her support and reassurance.
Not for mummy to scare me even more.

You don’t care.

As far as you’re concerned the behaviour of squealing at the spider stopped.

And quickly.

Okay..

How unfair and cruel does that sound??!

The outward behaviour may have stopped but now your child is now scared of the spider AND YOU.

Now, of course, NO-ONE with any ounce of sense or empathy would do this to their child!

BUT WE DO IT TO OUR DOGS.

Replace the spider with another dog.

Replace the Cymbals with a can of Pet Corrector that you spray or a can/jar filled with pebbles or coins that you violently shake.

Or even a sharp sq**rt of water to the face.

Startle IS going to stop the behaviour immediately.
Of course it will! Its a shock to the system.

But the underlying emotion is STILL present.
And now, your dog is feeling scared of the noise.
And probably very unsure of you.

If the startle method is repeated, it will (most probably) work to SUPPRESS the behaviour that you don’t want.

But your dog won’t be ‘fixed’.

Emotionally your dog now has added worries.

Can they trust you?

Because YOU make scary noises happen. 😩🕷

19/04/2022

Happy 11th Barkday to my beautiful Sandy! To celebrate, I put together a special enrichment treat- an Activity Snuffle box! Super easy and took only a few minutes to prep. I filled a cardboard box with paper, empty toilet rolls, sprinkled in some kibble along with yummy, smelly, dehydrated ostrich and buffalo esophagus treats, and it was ready to go!
Bluebell also got an activity box of her own, and boy did they both enjoy it!
Check out the video to see how creative they got in sniffing out and finding the treats 🐶❤🐾

06/04/2022

Put your hands together for Rainbow who graduated his Anything Is Pawsible Puppy Program with flying colors 🌈 🐾
An absolute rockstar and an adorable little munchkin, he did his guardian proud by excelling in his puppy basic obedience skills.
A super fast learner and ever so eager to please, training this little guy was an absolute pleasure!
Well done to Rainbow and his guardian! 😃❤🎊🐶

Paws For Applause wishes you and your family a blessed Ramadan.
01/04/2022

Paws For Applause wishes you and your family a blessed Ramadan.

Absolutely loving this sign made especially for me to help with our doorbell training.Bluebell goes nuts each time someo...
21/03/2022

Absolutely loving this sign made especially for me to help with our doorbell training.
Bluebell goes nuts each time someone knocks or rings the door bell, and then Sandy decides to join the party too, because why not??! 🤣
So to prevent all hell breaking loose whenever a delivery arrives, I got this to help Blue while we patiently work on her home manners, and also hopefully the delivery people will be trained too! Win win! 🐶🐾❤
Many thanks to for creating this exactly the way I wanted! ❤

Here's to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.Happy International Women's Day ladies!! ❤  ...
08/03/2022

Here's to strong women.
May we know them.
May we be them.
May we raise them.
Happy International Women's Day ladies!! ❤

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