Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Dog Lovin' - National Train Your Dog Month

national train your dog month
Image via:  A Dog's Life

January is National Train Your Dog Month and I am a big believer in the importance of dog training.  I know firsthand the difference it makes as we had both our dogs go through beginning and intermediate training.  A well-trained dog equals a happy companion and a peaceful home!

national train your dog month

There are many different styles of training and it's important to interview potential trainers and ask questions to determine if their training philosophy is a good fit for you.  For a list of good questions to ask a potential dog trainer, here's a great article from The Daily Puppy.

We had Anthony Gio Giammarco of K9 Bar Academy train Lily and Indigo and he was amazing. I highly recommend him if you are in the Los Angeles area!

Some training tips I've learned along the way:

  • training is a daily practice and is most successful if you incorporate it in your daily routine
  • consistency, consistency, consistency ... in commands, in corrections, in positive reinforcement
  • training is great exercise for the mind for your pet;  it also is a great bonding and attention receiving experience for them
  • reinforcement, reinforcement, reinforcement (postitive)
  • tell your dog what you want them to do and keep it to one word (sit, drop, here, etc....)

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Click here for a schedule of  "Ask The Trainer" facebook chats sponsored by The Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

Happy dog training & dog lovin'!

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