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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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If Your Dog is Afraid, He Can Not Learn

Posted by on May 22, 2017 2:15 pm in Training Tips | Comments Off on If Your Dog is Afraid, He Can Not Learn

I was in Coral Springs last Wednesday at a new Home Dog Training client and his Weimaraner named Sergeant.  Sergeant was a big and beautiful dog.  Although Weimeraners are often associated with hunting, going after wild animals, guns, etc., Sergeant was somewhat of a big baby.  Loud noises actually would make him run inside and hide behind the sofa.  The reason that I was called out was because Sergeant never would listen to my client and loved to steal slippers, food, the remote control, etc.  My client said he had dogs in the past and...

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When You Own a “Big and Scary” Dog

Posted by on May 13, 2017 6:19 pm in Training Tips | Comments Off on When You Own a “Big and Scary” Dog

I was in Coconut Creek last Friday working with a new Home Dog Training client and his Blue Nose Pit Bull, Gretchen.  Gretchen was a great dog. But was very excitable.  This caused her to jump on people and she had difficulty giving the appropriate focus and respect to my client.  After a few, short hours, Gretchen understood “the rules” and was on her way to being a great dog.  As we were finishing up, my client asked me why I wasn’t scared when it came to training dogs like Gretchen.  He told me that many of his neighbors always...

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Is It a Good Idea to Get a Second Dog?

Posted by on May 4, 2017 9:46 am in Training Tips | Comments Off on Is It a Good Idea to Get a Second Dog?

Last Friday I was in Tamarac with a new Home Dog Training client and his Boxer named Rosebud.  Rosebud was just a puppy, so we spent most of our first lesson working on potty training, nipping, manners, and socialization.  She was very smart and was making very good progress.  My client also understood what he needed to accomplish in order to be Rosebud’s caregiver and leader.  He was on a long way to building that all important relationship that will last a lifetime.  As we were finishing up, he mentioned that having Rosebud was one of...

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When You Don’t Have Time for Your Dog

Posted by on April 23, 2017 9:04 am in Training Tips | Comments Off on When You Don’t Have Time for Your Dog

Last week we received a call from a prospective client in Miami Beach who was having separation anxiety issues with Jack, her Jack Russel. The family had just brought Jack home from a rescue group about a week ago and he was barking all night long in his crate.  He could never leave a family member’s side as they would leave a room and had a very nervous bladder.  She had contacted us because she needed to do something quickly. On face value, this sounded like a list of standard issues that Robin and I have successfully resolved many...

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Why Your Dog Isn’t Listening When You Talk

Posted by on April 13, 2017 2:38 pm in Training Tips | Comments Off on Why Your Dog Isn’t Listening When You Talk

I was in Boca Raton last Monday with a new Home Dog Training client and his Chow Chow named Lady.  My client called us out to help train Lady because she thought Lady didn’t want to obey her or listen to her.  Lady would jump on my client and the more she tried to get Lady to stop, the more Lady persisted.  The same was true with pulling on the leash, stealing food from the counter, getting on the furniture, not coming; and the list goes on and on.  I got there expecting to find a horrible and spoiled dog.  After just a moment or two, I...

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Easily Control Your Dog When He Goes Nuts with Sounds or Guests

Posted by on April 3, 2017 8:04 am in Training Tips | Comments Off on Easily Control Your Dog When He Goes Nuts with Sounds or Guests

I was in Parkland last Friday working with a new Home Dog Training client and his Cocker Spaniel named Freddie.  I always ask my clients to come up with a list of “A Priorities” for us to work on first.  I normally ask them to fill in the blank “My dog bugs me because …” and that becomes our initial To-Do List.  My client had come up with a list of jumping, stealing, and digging holes.  Well, we got those issues well on the way to resolution at the first session.  As we were finishing up, he stopped and said he just thought of a...

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