|Train Your Dog Month, 2011|
N.H. Sunday News - Dog Tracks Column
The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) has designated January as National Train Your Dog Month. Last January, the first NTYDM, I was thrilled to receive a proclamation from Governor John Lynch declaring January Train Your Dog Month in the state of New Hampshire. While many municipalities across the country adopted TYDM, New Hampshire was the first state to have done so. I’m so proud of us! To quote from the Train Your Dog Month website (www.trainyourdogmonth.com):
“The Association of Pet Dog Trainers believes it is long overdue to dedicate a month where we can bring awareness to the importance of socialization and training, and most of all, to inform the public that training your dog can be easy and fun! We selected January as the perfect month because so many dogs and puppies are adopted or purchased from breeders and brought home during the winter holidays. Our desire is to help these new pet parents start off the new year right with their newest family member."
In the interest of full disclosure, I am a member of the APDT and I am also the President of the Board of Directors. Of course, as a dog trainer, I believe that any month is the right time to train your dog, and to get the month started off right, here are some different ways to make training fun and varied for both you and your dog, not just this month, but all year.
Most of us have a concept of what constitutes “basic training”—responding to “sit,” “lie down,” “stay,” “come,” and walking nicely on leash. Beyond laying a foundation, gaining a reliable response takes practice, and there are a growing menu of activities for dogs of all ages, sizes, breeds and mixes, that offer a wide variety of fun things to do with your dog, while increasing your dog’s responsiveness and reliability—a win-win for everyone! Here’s a run-down of just a few activities that are available in many training schools throughout the region and the country:
These are just some of the many things you can do with your dog. For the rest of TYDM, and all year ‘round, train your dog—you and your dog will love both the activities, and the results!
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