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For Immediate Release: Home Dog Training of South Florida Offers Tips When Working from Home with Your Dog

October 7, 2011, Fort Lauderdale Florida,  Home Dog Training of South Florida states: With the rise of telecommuting and self-employment, many dog owners are able to work from home and don’t have to routinely leave their furry friends for the day. Some dogs ease into this scenario and are able to be with their owners throughout the day with without exhibiting behavioral issues. For others, however, there are a number of behavioral problems that may arise—such as dogs demanding attention by barking or whining, often at the worst possible times. Read on to find out how to address these common issues.

Why do dogs act up in the home-office environment? Because of the large amount of time spent together in close proximity, these dogs often have increased opportunities to train their owners! They might nudge for pets or climb in laps. They often nap under the table or desk where their owners are working, but when they wake up, they will request attention—and usually get it.
While seemingly cu…

For Immediate Release: Home Dog Training of South Florida Would Like to Provide Some Tips on Minimizing Holiday Stress between You and Your "Best Friend"

Fort Lauderdale, Florida - December 3, 2010-The holidays are a busy time for many households. Friends and family come and go, deliveries are made to the door, delicious smells emanate from the kitchen, and a general happy hubbub means that something special is happening. Among those affected by these changes is the family dog. To help dog owners remedy this, Home Dog Training of South Florida offers helpful tips for dog owners to help manage their dog's holiday-time stress.
"While one dog may enjoy a change of pace, another may be stressed by the changes," says Robin Edwards, dog behavioral therapist and trainer.  "Your normally easygoing dog may suddenly begin to show strange behaviors, like stealing food, jumping up on people, or growling or snapping at visitors. As pack leader, you need to communicate and demonstrate to your dog that while his world may be different, you will continue to keep him safe and secure."
When an insecure dog-no matter his size or bre…

For Immediate Release: Home Dog Training of South Florida Offers Tips for Dog Owners in Apartments and Condos

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, February 11, 2011 --- We all know what joy having a canine companion can bring, no matter where we call home. However, for those who live in multi-unit dwellings, a misbehaved dog whose barking and bad manners disturbs others can easily cause ill-will among the most rational of tenants. Home Dog Training of South Florida offers tips for dog-owners who share living space in apartments, condos, townhomes and the like. Before moving into your new residence, thoroughly check the unit and complex surroundings for potential dog hazards to ensure your dog's safety.Socializing your dog is essential in a busy, high-traffic environment. As soon as you move in, introduce yourself and your dog to your immediate neighbors. This lets your dog become familiar with the people-and dogs-he may encounter every day. Get to know other canine-owning neighbors so you can care for each another's dogs in the event of delays in getting home.Be respectful of others. Before getti…

For Immediate Release: Home Dog Training of South Florida offers Pool Safety Tips for Families with Dogs

Fort Lauderdale, Fl - August 9, 2010- Keeping your dog cool during the summer months is extremely important.It can prevent heat stroke, dehydration or even death.Dogs not only need to drink plenty of water to keep cool, many of them like to swim in it as well.While it is a great form of exercise and will help to keep Fido from overheating, many dogs drown each year from pool accidents that could have been avoided. This is the exact reason by Home Dog Training of South Florida wants to get the word out to everyone in South Florida.
If your dog loves the water and loves to jump into the pool, make sure he knows how to get out safely.If a dog falls into a river or lake, its instinct will tell it to turn around and try to get out from the point at which it fell in.This may work well in a lake or a river, but in a suburban swimming pool the dog may drown if it adopts this instinctive action.Therefore it is important to teach your dog where and how to get out of the pool regardless of where …

For Immediate Release: Home Dog Training of South Florida Observes National Pet Week with Top 10 Tips for Dog Owners

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, April 20, 2010—In celebration of National Pet Week, May 2-8, 2010, Home Dog Training of South Florida has issued a list of the Top 10 Things Every Dog Owner Should Know. National Pet Week was founded in 1981 by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Auxiliary to the AVMA to promote responsible pet ownership, celebrate the human-animal bond, and promote public awareness of veterinary medicine. 
“As part of our commitment to responsible dog ownership, wes have compiled a Top 10 list that will help dog owners better understand their canine pets,” Robin Edwards, dog behavioral therapist, Home Dog Training of South Florida. “What better way to celebrate National Pet Week than by promoting a better understanding of man’s best friend?”
1) A dog is a dog. The greatest misconception many dog owners have is to assume their dogs communicate the way people do. Dogs live by the same pack rules and exhibit many of the same behavioral patterns as their wil…

For Immediate Release: Home Dog Training of South Florida Offers Tips to Introduce a New Dog to the Pack

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, January 10, 2010—Bringing a new dog into the family is an exciting time for the human “pack” members but can create stress for the non-human pack. Home Dog Training of South Florida offers tips to help pet owners understand how to manage pet introductions and help ensure a lifetime of harmony for everyone­— from the family dog or cat to a bird, or other small pet.
“Introducing a new dog to your current household of animals can be a challenging task if proper measures aren’t taken,” said Robin Edwards, dog behavioral therapist. “By following a few tips, the introduction can be seamless for everyone.” General tips:Set reasonable goals when you bring a new dog into your pack. Knowing the dogs’ backgrounds as to how well they were socialized will help you manage what might happen. Remember and respect that your resident dog and/or cat may perceive the new dog to be encroaching on their established territory, which can be very stressful.Proceed slowly and calmly. S…

For Immediate Release: Home Dog Training of South Florida Offers Tips for Dog Owners to Exercise with Their Dogs

Fort Lauderdale, Florida —January 1, 2010—With the start of the New Year, Home Dog Training of South Florida offers helpful tips to help you and your pooch get healthy. Frequent activity positively impacts your dog’s health, benefiting his muscles, bones, digestion, sleep, circulation, and general attitude. The bond between canine and human also encourages humans to exercise more frequently and lose more weight than most nationally known diet plans.
“Just like people, dogs need regular exercise and stimulation to keep them in tip-top shape, both physically and mentally,” said RobinEdwards, dog behavioral therapist.“Since dogs crave human companionship and our emotional connection to our dogs helps to motivate us, then who better to choose as your exercise partner than your pooch?”
Frequent activity positively impacts your dog’s health in many ways, benefiting his muscles, bones, digestion, sleep, circulation, and general attitude. The bond between canine and human also encourages human…


Fort Lauderdale, Florida, December 13, 2009—When traveling to visit family and friends for the holidays, more and more pet owners are taking their pets along too. Whether traveling by car, truck, plane or train, Home Dog Training of South Florida offers helpful tips for the estimated 44.8 million U.S. dog owners on how to travel safely with pets.
“The holidays are a wonderful time to travel, visiting and sharing the season with family.” said Robin Edwards, dog behavioral therapist.“There is no reason to leave your dog out of the fun. By following these safety precautions, you can make sure to have a safe and pleasant journey.” General Travel Tips

No matter what your mode of travel, the single best safe practice you can employ to keep your dog safe during the journey is to keep him restrained.Affix current identification to your dog. Even better, have him microchipped, which provides a permanent form of I.D. to help ensure he is returned to you if he becomes lost.Carry a recent photograph…

For Immediate Release: Home Dog Training of South Florida offers Suggestions on Giving a Puppy as a Gift

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, November 18, 2009—Cute and cuddly and oh-so-sweet, puppies are eternally appealing. And while a darling puppy might seem like the perfect gift choice for your child, remember that many such presents end up at animal shelters. A 2007 study at an animal shelter reported that 54% of the dogs surrendered to the shelter were six months to three years old and 15% were less than six months old.
“Be absolutely certain the gift recipient wants a puppy or a dog,” said Robin Edwards, dog behavioral therapist.“A pup is not some battery-operated toy you can play with, then store away in the closet.”
If someone on your gift list wants a dog, consider giving a gift certificate for one instead. Wrap a can of dog food or a fancy collar and include a note saying a puppy (or dog) of the recipient’s choice comes with the gift.
Adding a puppy to your life is, on average, a 15-year responsibility. Raising a happy, well-balanced puppy requires an enormous time commitment and so a youn…

For Immediate Release: Tame Halloween Fright with Home Dog Training of South Florida’s Safety Tips for Families with Dogs

Fort Lauderdale, FloridaOct. 1, 2009—Home Dog Training of South Florida offers tips to keep dogs safe on Halloween. Based on the expertise of Bruce and Robin Edwards having trained over 3,000 dogs, these guidelines for dog owners help ensure the safety of pets during fright night.
Halloween is intended to scare and startle us—making it a spooky holiday for dogs, too. By being more sensitive to dogs’ fear-driven ‘fight or flight’ instincts, we can help keep our furry friends safe this Halloween.
Halloween brings a fun time for most of us, but for some of our much-loved four-legged family members, Halloween can be a nightmare.Dog owners may not be able to control external surroundings, but they can care for their dog’s safety and well being by observing the following tips:
Bring your dog indoors. Even if you have a fenced yard, bring your dog inside where he cannot be harmed or overwhelmed by little ghouls and goblins. If he is an outside-dog, bring him in a few times before the big nig…

For Immediate Release Home Dog Training of South Florida offers Tips to help prepare your dog for the arrival of a new baby

Fort Lauderdale, Fl. September 11, 2009In support of Baby Safety Month in September, Home Dog Training of South Florida offers tips to help families ensure a smooth transition for their dog when bringing home a new baby. If you are expecting a baby and you have a dog, take time now to prepare your dog for the day you bring home your new child. “Dogs can feel rejected and become confused or stressed when parents suddenly shift their attention from dog to baby,” said Robin Edwards, dogbehavioral therapist. “A dog doesn’t understand why a baby is being elevated above the dog in the pack. In trying to regain his pack position, the dog may seek attention through behaviors such as barking at the baby’s cries, jumping up, or chewing on baby’s things.” Edwards offers the following tips to help reduce bad behavior, ease everyone’s stress, and help keep baby safe:

Set new rules before baby arrives. For instance, if you decide to keep your dog out of the baby’s room, start this new rule several we…