It’s National Train Your Dog Month 2018, and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) has the resources you need for successful training. January is the perfect time to focus on training, because so many people get new pets over the holidays.
What is National Train Your Dog Month?
The APDT initiated National Train Your Dog Month in 2010. The group aimed to promote awareness of the importance of socialization and training for dogs. The ADPT designs each NTYD month theme and resources to emphasize how rewarding and fun training your dog can be. This year, the group is promoting training basic behaviors for the family dog. These skills are covered in their Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S) program. You can learn more about the types of basic skills your dog needs to achieve levels from Bachelors to PhD on their website.
What resources are available to pet parents during Train Your Dog Month 2018?
The APDT will offer free webinars throughout the month of January to help you teach your dog basic skills like sit, down, stay, wait, recall, and walking on a leash. Be sure to follow them on Twitter at #APDTTrainYourDogMonth2018 and on Facebook to stay up to date on events and resources. The NTYD website links to a wealth of free resources including training videos, tips, and more. You will want to click through the website, because training tips and videos are located under several tabs. On the homepage you will find several videos to get you started.
Where can I find a local trainer?
The APDT maintains a listing of member trainers with a convenient search feature. Local trainers may offer discounted services and special training classes during January. Use the quiet winter months to get a head start on training your new dog or brushing up your trusted companion’s basic skills. It’s never too early or too late for training.