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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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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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Easily Have Your Dog Go in His Crate

Posted by on March 21, 2017 7:06 pm in Training Tips | Comments Off on Easily Have Your Dog Go in His Crate

I was in Miami Gardens last Thursday with a new Home Dog Training client and his Collie, Sophie.  (I got my first doggie when I was five and she was a Collie too!)  Sophie’s biggest problem was jumping and nipping.  These issues are normally caused when the dog thinks they should be in charged and need to escalate their communication process to “explain” that to their masters.  Well, we took care of the jumping and nipping pretty quickly by adjusting Sophie’s focus and understanding of her appropriate role in their family.  My...

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Seat Your Dog Properly to Have a Calm Car Ride

Posted by on March 10, 2017 12:52 pm in Training Tips | Comments Off on Seat Your Dog Properly to Have a Calm Car Ride

I was in Sunrise last Monday with a new Home Dog Training client and their Toy Poodle named Toby.  Toby was five months old and full of energy.  Their biggest problem was trying to get Toby’s attention when he was doing “bad things” and how to direct him to the “good things”.  We discussed the simplicity of canine rules and communication and how they were telling Toby the “wrong thing to do”.  They caught on very quickly and were amazed at how good Toby was responding to them at the end of the session.  As we were finishing...

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Make Sure It is Your Idea when Training Your Dog

Posted by on February 25, 2017 10:20 pm in Training Tips | Comments Off on Make Sure It is Your Idea when Training Your Dog

I was in Lighthouse Point last week with a new Home Dog Training client and his Rottweiler named Petunia.  Like most Rottweilers, Petunia was just a big, clumsy lover.  The two issues that my client needed addressed quickly were jumping and listening.  We were able to handle these problems pretty quickly through the behavioral training methods we regularly employ.  Petunia was a well behaved doggie by the end of the session and my client was excited to have a great dog once again.  During the session, I observed a classic mistake that my...

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Train Your Dog Not to Run Out Front Door

Posted by on February 14, 2017 9:47 pm in Training Tips | Comments Off on Train Your Dog Not to Run Out Front Door

I was in Hallandale on Saturday working with a new Home Dog Training client and his Brittany Spaniel named Mary.  Mary is a very active dog and one of the main problems we worked on was making sure she would give focus and respect to my client.  This is key in relationship building and very important to the teaching and guiding process.  Mary was great and responded very quickly to my client’s directions and commands.  We worked on several behavioral issues such as jumping, barking, and nipping.  We also addressed some of the standard...

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