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Welcome to our Blog.  Home Dog Training of South Florida has designed this site to provide our friends and neighbors in South Florida with valuable training and safety information for their dogs.  We hope you find the information contained here helpful and informative.  As you are aware, our goal is maintaining the safety and well being of your dog.

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Understand Your Leadership Style for your Dog

Posted by on November 3, 2017 11:13 am in Training Tips | Comments Off on Understand Your Leadership Style for your Dog

I was in Weston last week at a Home Dog Training Session with a new client and his Dutch Shepherd named Drachen.  The Shepherd was having a hard time focusing and respecting my clients.  Although headstrong, Dutch Shepherds are easy to teach once you get their attention.  We got Drachen’s attention and he quickly understood that he had to pay attention to my clients.  During the session, my client asked if I could give him some insight as to the proper leadership style he should display with Drachen.  He had read a lot of different...

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Keep Your Dog Safe this Halloween

Posted by on October 27, 2017 2:39 pm in Training Tips | Comments Off on Keep Your Dog Safe this Halloween

I was in Wilton Manors last week at a Home Dog Training Session with a new client and his Toy Poodle named Margaret.  The toy poodle had a problem walking on a leash and running out the front door when my client had guests over.  After just two hours, those issues were solved and we had moved on to come simple obedience issues such as sit and come.  As we were finishing up, he asked me about Halloween.  This would be the first Halloween he would be sharing with Margaret and he wondered if I had any tips for him to make sure Margaret would...

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Understanding How to Show Affection to Your Dog

Posted by on October 18, 2017 1:27 pm in Training Tips | Comments Off on Understanding How to Show Affection to Your Dog

Last Thursday I was with a new Home Dog Training client and his puppy Cane Corso, Missie, in Fort Lauderdale.  Being such a big dog, he wanted to make sure he was doing everything right from the start.  Luckily, Missie is a calm and respectful puppy and my client quickly understood his role of resolute leader and provider.  He was quickly able to maintain Missie’s focus and respect and could easily guide her to calm and correct decisions.  One thing the we discussed during our session was the appropriate way that humans should show...

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Prepare for the Loss of a Dog

Posted by on October 3, 2017 6:16 pm in Training Tips | Comments Off on Prepare for the Loss of a Dog

Last week I was at a new Home Dog Training client in Parkland to help him with his Golden Retriever named Dakota.  All Dakota needed was a little direction to understand that she needed to give my client respect and focus.  All my client needed was a clear understanding of how to communicate his wishes with Dakota.  As we were finishing up for the day, my client mentioned that he had another Golden Retriever that was thirteen years old and nearing the end of his life.  His older Golden had been with the family since he was a puppy and the...

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Dog Training Starts with The Family (And Not the Dog)

Posted by on September 15, 2017 3:11 pm in Training Tips | Comments Off on Dog Training Starts with The Family (And Not the Dog)

We were recently at a Home Dog Training session with new clients in Southwest Ranches and their Catahoula named Lurch.  We were called in to help because our client told us that their dog was just really crazy and never listened to a single thing they said.  They had taken him to one of those special dog “boot camps” and he was there for three weeks.  The boot camp trainers had told them that Lurch was a great dog, listened to them, and would respond to their commands and properly socialize with the other dogs they had.  My client told...

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Keep Your Dog Safe for the Elevator Ride

Posted by on September 4, 2017 10:22 am in Training Tips | Comments Off on Keep Your Dog Safe for the Elevator Ride

We were at a Home Dog Training session with some clients and their Border Collie named Sagebrush in Bal Harbour on Friday afternoon.  They had arrived here early for the season from their farm in upstate New York.  They had leased a great condo in a high rise on the beach with beautiful views and great amenities.  This was all great for them, but there was one, big problem. Sagebrush, their dog, was frightened to go in the elevator if there was another dog already there.  One of the reasons they leased in that building was because it was a...

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How to Train Your Dog When Your Family is Crazy

Posted by on August 26, 2017 2:47 pm in Training Tips | Comments Off on How to Train Your Dog When Your Family is Crazy

  We were at a Home Dog Training revisit session with a family and their Australian Shepherd in Boynton Beach last week.  Their dog that was fine when we had left at the end of the first session and we were returning because the family said he had reverted to his old ways.  The first time we were there, only the parents were available for the training. This time, the entire family was there We observed that the family dynamics was “nuts”.  Everyone was all over the place.  At one point the mother looked at us and asked, “Can our...

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Prepare Your Dog for Back to School Time

Posted by on August 13, 2017 9:49 am in Training Tips | Comments Off on Prepare Your Dog for Back to School Time

I was in Deerfield Beach last Wednesday with a new Home Dog Training client and his Morkie named Mischief.  Mischief really wasn’t that mischievous and we corrected his issues of focus, barking, and stealing very quickly.  As I was finishing up the session and writing some training notes for my client, he had one more question.  He reminded me that school was starting in about a week or two and their kids were no longer going to always be around the house to play with little Mischief.  He wondered if this was going to be an issue and, if...

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Never Use an Extension Leash to Walk Your Dog, Never

Posted by on July 23, 2017 6:28 pm in Training Tips | Comments Off on Never Use an Extension Leash to Walk Your Dog, Never

I was at a new Home Dog Training client in Plantation for his first lesson with their family and their great, German Shepherd, Alex.  Alex was a very smart and mostly good dog.  He was just a little headstrong.  The family was, unknowingly, giving into Alex’s wishes and were not gaining the proper leadership position.  After a few hours, Alex was completely on board with the family being the boss and his role as a “family member”.  They had a great dog and were very pleased with the results we were able to achieve by the end of the...

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Have a Great Bike Ride

Posted by on July 18, 2017 9:06 am in Training Tips | Comments Off on Have a Great Bike Ride

I was over Sunny Isles last week working with a new Home Dog Training client and her Visula named Twain. The big, “A priority” problem we initially tackled was Twain’s jumping problem and his consistent habit of running out the front door.  We solved those issues pretty quickly. As I was finishing up the lesson and planning what we would to at the next lesson, my client said that she had a “dog problem” of her own.  She loved to ride her bicycle around the neighborhood, but the neighborhood dogs always chase her and make the bike...

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