News Release

Contact:                Rick Ingram

DogSmith Franchise Services

1-888-Dog-Smith (364-7648)

Dining For ‘PAWS’ lists Florida as one of the “Best states for Outdoor Dog-Friendly Restaurants” placing Fort Walton Beach Fl restaurants ahead of the pack.

Fort Walton Beach, Florida, July 9, 2010 – Increasingly across the US, motels, hotels, restaurants, and watering holes are hanging out the “pets welcome” sign to help their bottom line and offer more options and dining choices for pet owners.  Fort Walton Beach, Florida is ahead of the pack when it comes to doggy friendly dining venues like local eatery Tijuana Flats Burrito Company. Tijuana Flats also plays host to dogs and their owners during regular “Yappy Hours” with the proceeds going to, most recently, the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).  “Yappy Hours” even include a free doggy dining workshop presented by The DogSmith, Dog Training and Pet Care Company.

Local dog owners enjoy dinner with their four legged family members

According to local DogSmith owner Christina Horne, “These events are a fun way to raise money for PAWS and help educate the public on the importance of socializing dogs.  Well mannered dogs and an informed public are the best way to keep the privilege of pet friendly venues alive.  Responsible dog ownership opens doors to new and fun opportunities where we can enjoy our pets in our community.”

Horne invites everyone to join one of her Doggy Dining workshops and to bring your dog if it is well socialized and up-to-date on vaccinations.

Horne also adds that there is some basic doggy etiquette you should always observe while dining out with your dog.  “The most important thing is to make sure your dog is well socialized and comfortable in a variety of environments.  Also, always call ahead to make sure your dog will be welcome.  And to avoid creating a trip hazard you should always keep your dog as close to your table and chair as possible and away from other diners and restaurant staff.  But don’t tie your dog to a table.  You can imagine the mess if your dog decides to take a walk.  This is where reliable obedience pays off.  Finally, be prepared with your own dish and water bowel so your dog can enjoy their meal with you.”

To find your next furry family member or to donate to PAWS visit

For a free guide to puppy socialization or to enroll in a free puppy class go to

About The DogSmith - The DogSmith Franchise Services Inc. is a Florida based company whose mission is to enhance the lives of pets and their owners by improving their relationship, and the quality of the life they share, through providing professional support and training to pet dog owners, supporting and assisting animal shelters and rescue organizations to minimize the number of unwanted animals and offering affordable and professional care to family pets so that pet ownership is never a burden. To learn more about The DogSmith or to become a DogSmith Dog Trainer, visit or call 1-888-364-7648.