The whole month of January is National Train Your Dog Month. This celebratory month was introduced by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) back in January 2010. They were hoping to raise a bit of awareness to pet owners about the importance of proper dog training and the vast benefits of proper socialization for every dog.
The month was chosen because so many dogs and puppies are being adopted around the Christmas holidays and by now they are at the perfect age to start with proper training. The Association of Pet Dog Trainers believes that with the right training every dog can be a good family member and that this will lower the chances for dogs to be taken to animal shelters.
We would like to remind pet owners to take the time to train their new family member, but with patience and the right techniques. Yelling, aggression, violence, and shock collars are not the right way to train your dog. These are only temporary fixes that can lead to making an aggressive dog. You should take the time and research what training techniques are best for your dog breed. Let’s not forget that every dog breed is unique and bred for different reasons that can’t be met in an apartment living (example: Corgis are cattle dogs and they may sleep long hours but they need to run a lot too). If you think that you can’t handle training on your own, find the best dog trainer in your area. Some of them might be expensive, but you’re investing in a well-mannered dog in the next 10-15 years. It’s worth it 🙂
For more information, visit the official website of National Train Your Dog Month.
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