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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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Dog Adoption Versus Buy Your Dog at the Pet Store

Posted by on November 25, 2016 12:11 pm in Training Tips | Comments Off on Dog Adoption Versus Buy Your Dog at the Pet Store

I was in Weston last week working with a new Home Dog Training client and his Yorkie named Suzie.  Suzie had some bad habits like running out the door whenever anyone opened the front door, jumping on the furniture, and stealing stuff like food and fuzzy slippers.  We let Suzie know that she needed to obey and respect my client and not do these things.  She quickly understood and the issues were resolved.  As we were finishing up, a neighbor stopped by to borrow some yard tools.  Seeing that I was a dog trainer, he had a question.  They...

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What to Do When Your Dog is “Too Friendly”

Posted by on November 17, 2016 4:56 pm in Training Tips | Comments Off on What to Do When Your Dog is “Too Friendly”

I was at a revisit training for a South Florida Dog Training client in Wilton Manors that I hadn’t seen for probably six or seven months.  When I first trained him and his Old English Sheepdog, Shiloh; the issues were mainly puppy behavior and pottying.  Everything went great and after two visits; he was very happy.  Shiloh was doing everything he wanted so he hadn’t called me back.  Now, many months later, Shiloh is no longer a puppy and he had become lax in some of the training and behavior routines.  I told my client not to worry...

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Are You Ready for a Dog?

Posted by on November 7, 2016 1:20 pm in Training Tips | Comments Off on Are You Ready for a Dog?

Last Wednesday I was in Fort Lauderdale working with a new Home Dog Training client and his Airdale named Duchess.  The biggest problems that we needed to overcome were Duthess’ constant jumping and pulling on the leash.  These are both actions caused by improper respect and focus.  After a few, short hours, Duchess was no longer jumping and she was long on her way of having a calm and focused walk with her owner.  My client was very excited with the results and we began to discuss what we were going to do at our next lesson.  At that...

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Socialize Your Dog for the Plane Flight

Posted by on November 1, 2016 9:26 am in Training Tips | Comments Off on Socialize Your Dog for the Plane Flight

I was in Parkland over the weekend for the first lesson of a new Home Dog Training client Margaret, his 2-year-old Havanese.  We were working on standard obedience commands as well as some needed improvement in her willingness to pay attention to my client.  Margaret was doing very well and she was giving my client full attention as we were finishing up our session.  My client was very pleased with the initial progress, but had one more question.  He told me that He and his wife, as well as Margaret, were going to Los Angeles over...

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Have Your Dog Potty on the Grass

Posted by on October 25, 2016 1:28 pm in Training Tips | Comments Off on Have Your Dog Potty on the Grass

I was in Southwest Ranches last week working with a new Home Dog Training client and his Dalmatian named Perdita.  She is six months old and, for a puppy, doing pretty well.  We focused on some advanced socialization skills such as fear of the vacuum cleaner broom sweeping as well as standard obedience exercises like come, sit, and walk.  I explained to my client that Dalmatians are normally a little high strung and he should take that into consideration during the teaching process.  He understood and was very happy with the lesson.  As...

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Where Do You Put Your Dog’s Crate?

Posted by on October 18, 2016 9:53 am in Training Tips | Comments Off on Where Do You Put Your Dog’s Crate?

I was in Hialeah last Monday working with a current Home Dog Training client and his Old English Bulldog named Johnnie.  My client got Johnnie as a puppy from a rescue group in Ocala and we have been working together for about a month.  Things have been going very well and Johnnie is getting used to his new home and his new family.  He is no longer nipping and his obedience lessons such as come, sit, and walk; are coming along just fine.  We had worked through most of the training goals for the lesson when my client remembered an unusual...

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Why Yelling at Your Dog Really Doesn’t Work

Posted by on October 10, 2016 6:48 pm in Training Tips | Comments Off on Why Yelling at Your Dog Really Doesn’t Work

Last Wednesday we were in Sunrise with a new Home Dog Training client and Rosie, her Husky.  Rosie was a pretty good dog except for her issues with stealing things, counter surfing, and not paying attention.  These bad habits had been building up since the moment they rescued her.  Until last Wednesday, they had no idea how to manage Rosie and her bad behavior.  They were excited at the immediate results and how simple the process was. I explained to my clients that their problem with their Husky was that they were treating her as if she...

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Keeping Your Dog Out of the Kitchen When You Are Cooking

Posted by on September 28, 2016 12:20 pm in Training Tips | Comments Off on Keeping Your Dog Out of the Kitchen When You Are Cooking

I was revisiting a current Home Dog Training client in Weston to perform some follow-up work with him and Sky, his Golden Retriever.  He had rescued Sky from the Broward County Humane Society about four months ago and Sky is doing far better than he did when we first started working together last month.  The big problem that we addressed during our first two sessions was separation anxiety.  Since Sky had been passed around between multiple homes over the prior two years, he was never sure that when my client left, if he would ever be...

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Simple Steps to Have Your Dog “Stay”

Posted by on September 19, 2016 2:06 pm in Training Tips | Comments Off on Simple Steps to Have Your Dog “Stay”

Last week I was in Miramar with a new Home Dog Training client and his Basenji named Gracie.  It was our second lesson and she and Gracie were doing just great.  Gracie was now giving my client clear and respectful focus.  The bond between them was tightening and it was obvious that they were building a great relationship.  The one thing that my client was having some problems with was the “Stay” command.  She told me that Gracie just didn’t seem to get it and both of them were becoming frustrated.  She needed my help in figuring...

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Have Your Dog Behave Around Strangers

Posted by on September 13, 2016 1:32 pm in Training Tips | Comments Off on Have Your Dog Behave Around Strangers

We were in Coral Springs working with a new Home Dog Training client and her Welsh Corgi, Diana.  Diana was about two years old and our client had recently rescued her from the local Rescue Group.  We worked through the general obedience and behavior issues and the Welsh Corgi was responding very well.  Our client had a good understanding of the bond that she needed to establish with Diana in order to let her know that she had finally found her real home.  After several hours, Diana began to get tired and lose focus.  This was our queue...

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