Reward Routine | National Train Your Dog Month

Our animals enrich our lives in so many great ways. The positive impact from our dedicated time and attention towards them strengthens our human-animal bond and results in both better companions and caregivers -- what's not to love about that?

It’s never too late to start a training routine!  According to the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the month of January is dedicated to bringing awareness to the idea of training and socialization with your pet while creating a fun bonding experience.  The APDT offers free Webinars and Facebook chats with pet training pros for the duration of this month like 'How to Choose a Dog Daycare' and 'How to House/Crate Train', or for basic obedience tips and tricks

Whatever your training routine, keep these two ideas in mind to make it an overall positive experience for you and your pet:

Reward - Know your pet’s favorite treat and keep it accessible (ZiwiPeak for dog/cat and Fruitables are great training treats) for an easy (and tasty) motivational tool to reward their positive behavior.

Routine - Practice makes perfect. Be realistic about the amount of time you can dedicate towards your new routine. Dogs/cats learn and retain behavioral traits from repetition.  Your consistency will be a major determining factor in your success.

Whether you utilize the APDT resources or seek a professional trainer in your community, this is the month to take control and create rewarding experience for you and your pet in 2013!  Be sure to stop into either location and ask a Pet Expert about additional training referrals!

BONUS:Five more ways to kick-start your relationship with your pets that can improve their overall wellness through diet, exercise, training, socialization, and playtime/enrichment.

Happy Training!

Lifestyle, Trainingadrian