Celebrating ‘Train Your Dog Month’

January is National Train Your Dog Month. We hope you included dog training as part of your New Year’s resolution. The importance of basic training and socialization is essential to enjoying your dog in more places. A strong training foundation starts with the dog owner understanding proper dog etiquette and becoming an active participant in training their dog. Nothing is more rewarding than enjoying the company of a well-behaved dog in a social setting. Good manners and proper dog etiquette opens a whole new world for you and your dog to enjoy together.

The American Humane Association estimates approximately 1.2 million dogs are euthanized yearly and about 10 percent are related to behavior issues. These statistics are staggering and emphasize the importance of having a well-behaved dog. No one likes being in the company of an ill-behaved dog. However, a dog with good manners and proper etiquette can be the life of a party — especially if Fido has a few entertaining tricks to perform.

Hobo the Wonder Dog was abused, frightened, and despondent when he was rescued. With love, patience, and a professional dog trainer Hobo thrives. Hobo exemplifies the spirit and value of professional dog training. Hiring a professional can be a daunting task; here are a few tips to help select a trainer best suited for you and your dog.

Background: What experience, certifications, and education does the trainer have qualifying them to train your dog. Does the trainer belong to a professional association, and if not, why? Trainers may have a specialty such as behavior, obedience, tricks, or agility. Trainers with a specialty and passion in the area of your goals will deliver better results. Request references and call them.

Methods: Trainers may use different methodologies such as punishing bad behavior while others use positive reinforcement and rewards for good behavior. Hobo the Wonder Dog only trains with positive reinforcement and rewards for good behavior methods. Request references and call them.

References: I say again request references and call them. Hobo’s trainer came highly recommended by another dog trainer because of their background, personality, method of training, and experience with dogs having special needs. I stress the importance of references because they can attest to the trainer’s promptness, professionalism, results, manners, and methods. This is where you dig in and ask the questions you may not want to ask the prospect.

Our celebration of National Train Your Dog Month is a celebration of Hobo’s life. We believe wholeheartedly in the skills, heart, experience, education, and the person who helped bring Hobo back to life. You can see the transformation on Hobo the Wonder Dog’s YouTube channel video titled “The First Five Months.” If you will spend fifteen minutes three or four times a week and incorporate training into everyday life and outings; before you know it — you’ll be celebrating Train Your Dog Month every month.

Life is better with a well-trained dog — woof!

Hobo the Wonder Dog, Your guide to travel, health and fun. Please follow Hobo on Facebook at Hobo the Wonder Dog or contact us at: howard@howardsbaker.com.