Each year, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the largest professional association for dog trainers in the world, proclaims January “National Train Your Dog Month.” This campaign’s goal is to promote the importance of training and socialization to all dog owners… and cats are included too!
According to the Humane Society of the United States, between six and eight million dogs and cats are turned in to animal shelters each year, and about four million are euthanized for lack of good homes. Studies by the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy have found that most dogs (and cats) are turned in to shelters for common behavior and training issues that could easily be solved with the assistance of a professional. In fact, research has found that training and socializing dogs when they’re young can reduce or even eliminate behavior problems in the future.
Since January is the time for New Year’s resolutions, it is the perfect time for the dog and cat owners, and those who may be considering getting a pet, to learn about the importance of training for their four-legged friends. The APDT web site has a wealth of helpful information for pet owners at www.apdt.com/petowners. APDT’s other sites, www.trainyourdogmonth.com and www.mydoghasclass.com have additional tips and resources for dog owners. Free webinars and social media chats will occur during the month of January as well (a full listing can be found at www.trainyourdogmonth.com).
APDT and its over 6,000 member trainers are dedicated to helping keep pets in their homes, in showing pet owners how to fully enjoy and have fun with their pets, and to experience the joys of having a well-trained dog or cat. As a Professional Member of APDT, SouthPaw Pet Care, LLC is joining in the New Year’s spirit by extending a 15% discount to our Charleston friends for any of our services booked in January. Part of SouthPaw’s mission is to help pet caretakers arrive at effective, long-term solutions that will have a positive impact on their relationship with their pets. It is our hope that this opportunity will inspire the Charleston community to discover fun training approaches with their furry friends. Here’s to a new year full of well-behaved pets and happy families!