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What About Dog Parks?

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Normally, I don't like dog parks because of the uncertainty of the dogs and dog owners that might be there with you and Wolfie.  But if you must, let me give you some tips on keeping everyone safe and happy!

My big problem with dog parks isn't the dog park, but the dog owners who bring their dogs to the dog parks.  Some dog owners who have aggressive dogs take their dogs to the dog park to socialize them with other dogs.  Without the proper training and leadership, an aggressive dog is still an aggressive dog and my Wolfie is now in a confined area with that dog.  I don't think that is a very good idea.

If you want to take your dog to the local dog park, please let us provide you with some suggestions to keep everyone safe:
Go online and research the dog parks in your area.  See if there are any comments about the quality of the park (bugs, cleanliness, fences, etc.) and the people (bites, fights, inappropriate dogs in areas, etc.)Take Wolfie to the park during a quiet time a…

Working with your Dog

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How long should I train my dog?  Believe it or not, we are asked this question quite often and the answer is very important...

The answer is quite simple.  You should work on obedience and staged behavioral exercises every day for fifteen to thirty minutes.  If there are multiple members of our household, everyone should try and be there during the exercises.  As you complete each exercise, the family members who were not directly involved in working with your dog should critique your training.  This critique does not have the intention of "picking on anyone".  It is designed to help everyone to perform the exercises in a consistent manner.

Dogs learn through consistency and repetition.  We limit the training time and provide critiques to assure consistency in the process.  We want to do the exercises every day to insure repetition.  This is the fastest way to teach our doggies what we want them to do!

For more information, please contact The Best Dog Trainers in South Florida.

Pottying and Walking

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I take my dog for a nice, long walk, but he still potties in the house!  What is going on here?

I was with a client last week who had the exact same problem.  He would take his doggie out for nice, long walks several times a day.  His dog would not go potty on the walks, but would wait until they got back to the apartment.  We tried a few things and here is what we discovered:

Some dogs have their favorite "potty place".  They also love to walk, so they also would rather walk and "go potty later".  We took both of these principals, put them into action, and discovered that my client's dog loves the dog park in the complex and will always (100% of the time) potty in the dog park.  He also has a high level of distraction on walks.  We came up with the following, simple solution:

Always go to the dog park first (his favorite potty place) to let him play and potty.  After about ten minutes of no pottying, we then go for a walk.  The problem was solved and there is now…