January is National Train Your Dog Month

The APDT is celebrating with free events for January
By JoAnna Lou, December 2011
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Now that the new year has started, it's time to reflect on this past year and set resolutions. Naturally some of my goals are always dog-related.

I've started hiking with my dogs, and plan on taking up snowshoeing for the winter, so one of my goals is to strengthen my crew's recall. I'm also hoping that my puppy, Remy, will be ready to compete in his first agility trial by the end of next year.

For those with a similar mindset, January happens to be National Train Your Dog Month. The Association of Pet Dog Trainers started the event in 2010 to promote the importance and benefits of socializing and training dogs.

January was selected because of the many pets adopted during the winter holidays. So many dogs are abandoned because of behavioral problems that could have been prevented with socialization and positive training.

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The event is designed to promote the importance and benefits of training dogs to become happy and healthy companions. Too many dogs are turned into animal shelters each year for behavior and training issues that could be easily solved with proper socialization and positive, gentle, science-based methods of training. Moreover, we want the public to know that training your dog is not just beneficial, it’s fun!

To help new pet parents start off on the right foot, throughout January, the APDT is offering free webinars on pet training and behavior. More information is available on the event's web site.

In honor of National Train Your Dog Month, get out and get training!

Photo by Samson Katt/Pexels

JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.