Saturday, January 3, 2015

January is Train Your Dog Month

Via PRLog - Start 2015 on the right paw with the APDT’s National Train Your Dog Month, which celebrates dogs and stresses the importance of canine training among pet professionals as well as modern families with four-legged members.

This bark-worthy holiday is the product of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), an international organization that leads the canine training and behavior industry.

Year-round the APDT assists their members by providing the educational tools needed to be quality resources within their communities. But throughout January, the organization makes a special effort to share their message and mission with general pet owners too.

The value of dog training is far reaching, including…
  • Establishing a more positive relationship with your pet 
  • Better understanding your pet’s behavior (and misbehaviors)
  • Decreasing potential “miscommunications” and day-to-day stress 
  • Increasing the safety of your family members and guests, as well as for your own pet 

The APDT is pleased to provide a number of free resources for pet lovers, like tips on kids and pets interacting; considerations for multi-pet homes; understanding training methods and busting dominance myths; plus how to find the right trainer for you and your pet’s needs.

These insightful references and others were created with the help of several renowned pet training and behavior experts. Professional trainers and pet parents alike are encouraged to download these resources and share them. Visit to access them and learn more.

Additionally, anyone with behavior and training questions is invited to join the “Ask the Trainer” chats to be hosted on the APDT’s Facebook page throughout January. The dates and times are as follows: 1/5 at 12pm EST; 1/13 at 2pm EST; 1/21 at 4pm EST; and 1/29 at 6pm EST.

“Education is the APDT’s core mission,” comments president Mychelle Blake. “National Train Your Dog Month is our version of a public service announcement and enables more canine professionals, whether they’re APDT members or not, to better service their clientele and help more pets and people live better, happier lives together.”

The APDT encourages anyone interested in learning more about dogs to visit and

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