National Train Your Dog Month is a time to educate people on the benefits of training their pets. Training provides you with the ability to communicate and teach your dog obedience, manners, tricks, and more. You can also learn how to better read your dog so you know what they need and want. This is an extremely valuable skill for any animal owner and it will improve the quality of life for both you and your pet! Training can also help prevent behavioral problems from arising in the future. Here are a few ways to be active during this month-long celebration!
Teach your dog a new trick or two
Teaching your dog new tricks is a great way to keep them entertained and mentally stimulated. There are many ways that you can teach your dog new tricks such as by using verbal commands such as “sit” or “stay,” hand signals, clickers, or treats. One of the best ways to bond with your dog is to teach them tricks. Once you’ve invested in some quality treats, it’s easy to enjoy trying out different tricks. The idea is that when your dog sees you coming with a treat, they know that they’re about to do something fun. Not sure where to start? Visit The Association of Professional Dog Trainers to learn more about this National Train Your Dog Month featuring helpful blogs and video lessons to kick start your training!
Finding a Professional Dog Trainer
Whether you just welcomed home a new furry friend this holiday session or have been together a while, finding a professional dog trainer can be overwhelming because there are so many options out there. Finding a professional dog trainer can be one of the most important decisions you will make for your dog. This person will help to teach your pup manners and discipline that will enable them to become a wonderful companion. A good trainer will not only train your dog, but they’ll also work with you on techniques such as exercises and tricks to continue this training at home. Finding the right trainer can mean everything when it comes to your pup’s future.
Dog training is an integral part of owning a dog. There are many trainers in your area. How do you know which one to use? You can ask your veterinarian for their recommendation or visit websites like the APDT or CCPDT for certified dog trainers in your area.