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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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Prepare Your Dog for a Summer Vacation Plane Flight

Posted by on July 8, 2017 12:23 pm in Training Tips | Comments Off on Prepare Your Dog for a Summer Vacation Plane Flight

I was at my first Home Dog Training session with a new client and his Yorkie named Mork in Victoria Park.  In most respects, Mork was a pretty good dog.  He knew his commands, didn’t steal food, walked on the leash well for my client, and was a generally well behaved member of the family.  Because he was a rescue and had been from home to home to home; he had some separation anxiety issues.  I explained to my client that separation anxiety in dogs was one of the more challenging issues to resolve.  But, I also said that it can be cured...

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Words Are Not Important in Training Your Dog

Posted by on June 26, 2017 2:10 pm in Training Tips | Comments Off on Words Are Not Important in Training Your Dog

I was in Dania Beach last week at a new Home Dog Training client working with the entire family and their Olde English Bulldog, Margaret.  I just love Olde English Bulldogs because of their personality and looks.  Well, Margaret was a handful and the family was having a hard time directing and controlling her.  The most important point that I focused on during our first training was communication and focus.  Margaret responded immediately and the entire family was amazed at how we could achieve such a radical change in such a short period...

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Believe it or Not, You Are Your Dog’s Best Dog Trainer

Posted by on June 16, 2017 9:59 am in Training Tips | Comments Off on Believe it or Not, You Are Your Dog’s Best Dog Trainer

I was in Margate yesterday with a current Home Dog Training client and his rambunctious Goldendoodle named Brodie.  Like many Goldendoodles, Brodie was a little animated and loved to jump on people.  At our first session, we had trained everyone what to do to stop her from jumping and actions they should do to discourage it in the first place.  The problem was not with Brodie, but with my clients two sons; nine years old and seven years old.  They were still encouraging her to jump.  My client and I spent about an hour with all of them,...

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Stop Babying Your Dog and Have Him Eat from His Bowl

Posted by on June 2, 2017 1:26 pm in Training Tips | Comments Off on Stop Babying Your Dog and Have Him Eat from His Bowl

I was in Pompano Beach the beginning of this week at a new Home Dog Training client and his Bichon named Mary.  Mary was a pretty good dog, but had some obedience issues and liked to bark at other dogs while on a walk.  The main issue that we worked on during our first session was respectful focus and the establishment of a strong bond and relationship between my client and Mary.  Both Mary and my client responded very well and we even started to resolve the barking problem with dogs outside on a walk.  As always, I gave my client some...

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