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January is National Train Your Dog Month

The APDT is celebrating with free events for January
By JoAnna Lou, December 2011, Updated September 2023
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Now that the new year has started, it's time to reflect on this past year and set resolutions.

According to a study conducted by the University of Scranton, less than half of people who make a New Years' resolution still practice it six months later. And only eight percent actually achieve their goal.

There are many best practices for increasing the chances you'll stick with your plan, such as making the resolution more specific. For example, saying that you'll go to the gym three times a week instead of vaguely saying you'll work out more. Also, being realistic about what you can achieve, and holding yourself accountable (telling someone or posting updates to a social media site). Involving a friend is also helpful, and that doesn't just include human buddies.

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 training. I'm also hoping that my dog, Remy, will be ready to compete in his first agility trial by the end of next year.


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For those with a similar mindset, January happens to be the Association of Professional Dog Trainer’s National Train Your Dog Month®. They 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. Many dogs are abandoned because of behavioral problems that could have been prevented with socialization and positive training.

Training is a perfect resolution for you and your pup! Remember, training your dog is not just beneficial, it’s fun!

This year is the ninth annual National Train Your Dog Month and APDT is helping pet parents start off on the right foot by offering free webinars, podcasts, and tips on pet training and behavior. 

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.

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