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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: HOME DOG TRAINING OF SOUTH FLORIDA WANTS TO ENSURE A SAFE JOURNEY WITH YOUR DOG THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Fort Lauderdale, Florida - November 1, 2013 - Whether traveling by car, truck, plane or train, more and more pet owners are taking their dogs along, too. Home Dog Training of South Florida offers helpful tips for the more than 46 million U.S. dog owners on how to travel safely with pets this holiday season, or any time.
"The holidays are a great time for traveling to share the season with family and friends," said Robin Edwards, dog behavioral therapist, Home Dog Training of South Florida."Bringing your dog can only add to the fun. And by following a few safety precautions, you can be sure your whole family enjoys a safe and pleasant journey."
General Travel Tips
No matter what mode of travel you choose, the best practice you can do to keep your dog safe during the journey is to keep him restrained.Affix current identification to your dog. Even better, have him microchipped; this provides a permanent form of I.D. and help…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: HOME DOG TRAINING OF SOUTH FLORIDA WARNS ABOUT THE RISE OF DOG THEFT

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, October 21, 2013 - "In recent years there has been an increased level of dog theft.  Some organizations have indicated that dog theft has increased by as much as 32%", stated Robin Edwards, Home Dog Training of South Florida Behavioral Therapist & Master Trainer.    
People steal pets for a variety of reasons: Some are simply looking for a dog and don't want to pay the price charged by the breeder or pet store.  Others are looking for dogs that they can sell.  Dogs can easily sell for up to $3,000 or $4,000 on the open market. Others steal the dog and then wait for the reward posters to be placed in the neighborhood.  It is amazing how often Fido just happens to wander into a stranger's back yard with no tags or other form of identification.Dogs are stolen to use in fighting clubs. This is probably the most disturbing and distressing of all the reasons your dog is stolen.Having a dog stolen is horrendous for both the owner and the dog.  A …

For Immediate Release: Home Dog Training of South Florida Provides Information to Assure Halloween is Safe for Your Dog

Fort Lauderdale, Florida -Oct. 9, 2013- Halloween can be a very scary holiday for dogs, and is in fact the most dangerous holiday of the year for our canine companions. Home Dog Training of South Florida offers practical guidelines for dog owners to help dogs stay safe. These tips are based on the expertise of Bruce and Robin Edwards, having trained over 3,000 dogs in South Florida since 2006.
"Each year, we hear numerous accounts of dogs getting injured or sick, or straying, during Halloween," said Robin Edwards. "While Halloween is intended to scare people, it can be an especially frightening time for dogs, who don't understand that the holiday's antics are all in good fun. By being more sensitive to dogs' fear-driven 'fight or flight' instincts, we can help keep our furry pals from regarding Halloween as a nightmare."
Dog owners can care for their dog's safety and well-being by taking note of …

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: HOME DOG TRAINING OF SOUTH FLORIDA OFFERS BACK TO SCHOOL TIPS FOR FAMILIES WITH DOGS

Fort Lauderdale, Florida -August 1, 2013- As families prepare for the new school year, Home Dog Training of South Florida offers tips to help them avoid behavior problems with their dogs that can occur at times of change. By providing training and the right combination of food, shelter and entertainment, families can help their dogs adapt to the new household schedule.
"Back-to-school time can create stress on the entire family, including the dog," said Robin Edwards, dog behavioral therapist and master trainer, Home Dog Training of South Florida. "Dogs are creatures of habit, and so any abrupt change in routine can seriously affect them. However, with a little understanding and preparation ahead of time, families can avoid many of the back-to-school behavior problems their dogs might exhibit."
Boredom While dogs naturally sleep a lot during the day, when they wake up, they want something to do. "Seek out toys and activities that can…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: HOME DOG TRAINING OF SOUTH FLORIDA OFFERS JULY 4TH SAFETY TIPS FOR DOG OWNERS

Fort Lauderdale, Fl - June 18, 2012 - With the excitement and commotion that comes with Independence Day, Home Dog Training of South Florida offers helpful tips for the estimated 43 million U.S. dog owners on how to keep their dogs safe and calm during July 4th festivities.
"Independence Day celebrations are great fun for people, but the loud noises and bright lights can be traumatic for dogs," said Robin Edwards, dog behavioral therapist and master trainer. "The explosions, excited voices and visual stimulation can create confusion and fear."
"Animal shelters report that the July 4th holiday brings record numbers of runaway dogs to their doors," Edwards continued. "These dogs have been frightened and made frantic by fireworks. But by being aware and thinking ahead, we can keep our dogs as safe and comfortable as possible during the revelry."
Edwards offers the following tips for dog owners to prepare for Independence Da…

For Immediate Release: Home Dog Training of South Florida offers Tips to Manage Your Dog's Fear of Thunderstorms

Fort Lauderdale, Florida - May 20, 2013 - As thunderstorm season approaches, Home Dog Training of South Florida wants to help dog owners know how to manage their dog's fear of thunder and lightning. Dogs can be trained to cope with their reactions to violent storms and feel calmer through all the noise and bright flashes.
"Thunderstorms are a common fear in dogs, causing many to panic and run away, become destructive, or even hurt themselves," said Robin Edwards, dog behavioral therapist and trainer, Home Dog Training of South Florida. "Dogs can sense that a storm is on the way, and they often begin to show signs of anxiety even before the storm can be heard."
Edwards offers these tips to help your dog learn to be relaxed during storms, fireworks or other loud disturbances that may be frightening to him.
Give your dog a safe place to stay during storms. Inside your home, create a quiet, den-like area where your dog can feel secu…

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

Fort Lauderdale, Florida April 16, 2013- In celebration of National Pet Week (May 5-11), Home Dog Training of South Florida has issued a list of the "Top 10 Things Every Dog Owner Should Know."
"As part of our commitment to encourage a balanced, positive relationship between owners and dogs, we have compiled a top 10 list to help dog owners better understand their canine pets," said Robin Edwards, dog behavioral therapist. "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," Edwards said. Dogs intuitively follow the same rules and exhibit many of the same behavioral patterns as their wild ancestors. To effectively train your dog, you must first understand his instinctual behavior.
2. All dogs think in terms of survival. Dogs naturally know …