One that’s on a sort of sabbatical, that’s what kind, but that’s beside the point.
Your dog needs training, am I right? I'm right, aren't I? It's okay, I'm a professional. You can tell me.
Want some help?
According to the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (or APDT, for short), an organization I have been affiliated with for a number of years, January is the perfect time to draw attention to our family members of the four-legged variety - the dogs.
From their website:
Hundreds of thousands of dogs have been turned into animal shelters because their owners didn’t know how to deal with behavior problems and couldn’t find a reliable resource to help them. We, at the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, think it is long overdue to dedicate a month where we can bring awareness to the importance of socialization and training, and most of all, to inform the public that training your dog can be simple and fun! The APDT has selected January as the perfect month because, as we all know, so many dogs and puppies are adopted and brought home during the winter holidays. Our desire is to help these new pet parents start off the new year with their newest family member in the best way possible.
Do you have a new puppy or rescue dog in your home right now? Have you contacted a professional trainer yet to help you learn to teach your dog proper doggie manners? If yes, Whoohoo! You get a gold star and a cookie. Good dog owner, very good. If not, why? The only thing standing between you and a blissful lifetime relationship with your new dog is proper socialization and positive training.
And make sure to get your kids involved - training the family dog requires help from the whole family.
If you don’t know where to start looking for a trainer you can check out the APDT’s website and search for one in your area. See that? I practically did the work for you. Now all you have to do is make the call, then make the commitment to train your dog. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.If you’re a lifelong dog owner that doesn’t mean your pooch doesn’t still need a refresher every now and again. Training is for life. Now go remind that dog what a good sit/stay looks like - and I don't mean by sitting on the couch watching American Idol.
You can read more about National Train Your Dog Month here. Or, you can go directly to the APDT website where you’ll find not only a potential trainer (like me! I'm so over this sabbatical thing) but also great tips to get you started. Good luck!
[image credit - Me. That's my dog Fisher when he was a puppy. Wasn't he a cutie?]