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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!
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'!