Nita’s Happy Hounds winner of the 2015 Best of Aliso Viejo Award

Nita’s Happy Hounds winner of the 2015 Best of Aliso Viejo Award

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Nita’s Happy Hounds Receives 2015 Best of Aliso Viejo Award

Aliso Viejo Award Program Honors the Achievement

ALISO VIEJO November 13, 2015 — Nita’s Happy Hounds has been selected for the 2015 Best of Aliso Viejo Award in the Other Business Services category by the Aliso Viejo Award Program.

Each year, the Aliso Viejo Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Aliso Viejo area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Aliso Viejo Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Aliso Viejo Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Aliso Viejo Award Program

The Aliso Viejo Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Aliso Viejo area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Aliso Viejo Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Aliso Viejo Award Program

Aliso Viejo Award Program

Giving Thanks this Holiday Season, 2014

Giving Thanks this Holiday Season, 2014

We here at Nita’s Happy Hounds just want to take a moment to wish each and every one of our beloved Clients a happy, healthy, and prosperous Thanksgiving. Each of you are so very valued and appreciated!   We do not take for granted the fact that you not only entrust your beloved fur-baby into our care, but that you also trust us with access to hearth and home!  We are nothing without your trust and faith and we’re very aware of this now, and always.  THANK YOU, and Happy Thanksgiving! Warmest regards.


Juanita, Barbara, Joanna, Whitney and Crystal


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More Americans living alone and have greater number of pets

More Americans living alone and have greater number of pets


The number of Americans living alone is growing and so is the number of who have pets, show.

But while the benefits of animal companions are well documented, there’s also a potential downside, experts say. To avoid it, single dwellers need to think through their impulse to pair up with an animal and be ready to provide a pet with healthy environment, they add.

Let’s start with the numbers.

More than one quarter of the U.S. population now lives alone, according to a recent article in Forbes magazine. Thirty years ago that figure was 17 percent. The trend has momentum and is not likely to reverse, the article says.

The American Veterinary Medical Association’s 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook indicates that pet-owning singles have begun to close the gap with pet-owning families in the last five years. While the number of families with pets showed less than 1.5 percent growth, single adults with pets increased more than 16 percent.

The Denver metro area appears to be part of the demographic trend. Forbes named Denver-Aurora as the 11th best metro area in the country for singles. It said Denver is the 7th best city for millennials – people between 25 and 34 years of age.

There are flesh and blood issues behind the dry numbers. Is the pet you’ve chosen suitable for your living space? How about your lifestyle? Can your pet handle it when you have to go out and leave it alone?

Make a mistake and it may mean a miserable life for your pet and a giant headache for you.

“Be realistic,” says Jai Michaud, supervisor of animal training and behavior at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. “Is the pet a good fit for your lifestyle? Can you spend the time and money it takes?

“Dogs need more exercise and they’re more likely to have separation anxiety when you leave,” Michaud says. “They can tear your apartment apart.” has published “10 things you should know and consider before choosing your canine friend.” including whether you should get a dog at all.

Some dog breeds are not tolerant of being left alone, according to, which has published a list of them. Among the less tolerant are Yorkshire Terrier, Toy Fox Terrier and Pug. Some considered more tolerant are Boston Terrier, Brussels Griffon and Llasa Apso.

Indoor life can be tedious for some cats, according to All Things Pet.“They lack aspects of daily life in the wild, including the freedom to hunt, mark, protect and defend, and to interact with others of the same species.”

So what’s a pet guardian do to ensure success?

“For lonely pets, giving them mental stimulation helps,” says Dr. Rhea Dodd, a Denver-area veterinarian and animal behaviorist. “Food treats, interactive toys, puzzle cubes, a dog walker, animal scents. For cats, climbing towers, hiding places like bags and boxes, dangly toys, feather toys, toys that move, food toys that dispense treats, bird feeders, fish tanks and catnip.”

Kim Sporrer, a Denver public relations specialist who lives in a loft with her cat Zoie, has gotten the message about providing an enriched environment for her pet.

“Find ways to have them move around, like scratching posts,” Sporrer says. “Play with them when you’re here. Give them lots of toys. Find outlets for their energy.”

Cats are vertically inclined, loving to climb. “The nice part is I live in a loft with lots of stairs. Zoie likes to be up high,” she adds.

Bradley Joseph, owner of a Denver marketing and branding firm, shares a townhouse with his golden retriever, Moses. Like Sporrer, he understands how his pet fits in.

“I was careful to adopt a rescue dog with a good temperament,” Joseph says. “I have an advantage because I work at home. And when I have to be gone my parents or a neighbor look in.”

The bottom line, according to Joseph: “You need to really be there for your dog. Make it a priority.”

Sporrer and Joseph both understand the payoff when the human-animal bond works.

“Moses is a wonderful companion,” Joseph says, “a huge stress reliever.”

“When I’m here,” Sporrer adds, “Zoie is like my shadow.”

Do Owners Influence a Dog’s Behavior?

Do Owners Influence a Dog’s Behavior?


Although inherited genes form a great part of how a dog behaves, outside influences can have a bearing on their behavior too and this includes how they think and reason things through as well as how they may react to things. Outside influences can even mould a dog’s attitude. It would be fair to say that no two dogs which boasts similar inherited genes would lead the same type of life. This is because they are bound to be exposed and come into contact with different things in their own particular environments. What dogs learn from an experience will be filed away in their minds which means each one will have a bearing on future behaviour.


Each Dog is Different


Each and every dog is different with their own unique personalities. Some dogs are braver than others and some dogs are quicker to learn things than others. The differences might be slight but they exist and as such all dogs learn things and remember things in different ways depending on their characters. The earlier a dog is introduced to things and situations, the more chance they have of remembering a good experience and therefore they will be braver and more confident mature dogs.


In short, this means people do have an influence on how a dog’s character will turn out. If your dog has bad experiences at an early age this will have a negative impact on their personalities. However, should they have good experiences they will be happier more outgoing characters all round.


Dogs Have Their Own Logic


Our lovely canine companions have their own logic, they are unable to work things out the way a human does. With this said, a dog will develop their own unique logic which can be due to inherited genes but it can also be due to what they have learnt through past experiences – whether these are good or bad. Very often, dogs develop both in conjunction with each other namely an inherited logic and one that’s learnt and which has been influenced by their owners.


The Art of Positive Reinforcement Training


All puppies need to be well trained and socialised from a young age but this external influence has to be positive so they grow up to be well balanced dogs. More importantly, they will behave in such a way that fits in and is appropriate to their environment and their owner’s lifestyle. It goes without saying the earlier an owner starts to influence the way a dog reasons, the better their responses will be to them.


However, if you are thinking about adopting a rescue dog from an animal shelter, the chances are you would have no idea of how they were treated or indeed trained when they were puppies. The good news is that dogs continue to learn and absorb new things throughout their lives although the process is that much slower and trainers need to use a lot more in the way of positive incentives.


Routine and Habit are Your Best Friends


Dogs much like people, develop behavioural patterns which as they get older become ingrained and which have been instilled in them by their owners. Routine and habit are a dog owner’s best friend because consistent training and reward works wonders with our canine friends. However, the reverse is also very true so if a dog is allowed to habitually get away with things they should not do, the result is typically unwanted behavioural problems which are that much harder to correct.


The problem is that certain breeds like the Border Collie are so strongly wired genetically to do what they are very good at doing which is to herd that even with the best outside influence, this behaviour can be hard to curb. They are not being “bad” dogs, they are simply carrying out what they have been bred to do over a very long period of time which is why they do not make a great choice of pet for people who lead more sedentary lives or who live in cities.


Understanding the Best Character Traits in a Dog


It’s really important to understand the best character traits a dog might have inherited and then build on these to suit your lifestyle. If you have decided to offer a rescue dog a second chance, it’s important to understand your new canine friend may not just “turn out” the way you had hoped and that you need appreciate their limitations, weaknesses as well as all the positives they will bring into your home.


It is also crucial to differentiate between inherited behaviours and those which have been developed through outside influences – whether good or bad. It can take quite a bit of time getting to know what a rescue dog likes and dislikes, what they are afraid of and what they feel confident with which means you would need to show them lots of patience being careful not to tell them off in a harsh way when they get it wrong.




A dog’s character and the way they behave is strongly influenced by both inherited genes and experiences they have throughout their lives, beginning when they are puppies. A well trained and socialised dog has been influenced by the people they spent time with so when it comes to whether owners do influence their pet’s behaviour, the answer is definitely “yes” and this includes both the good and the bad!