National Train Your Dog Month was begun in 2010 by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers to “bring awareness to the importance of socialization and training, and most of all, to inform the public that training your dog can be easy and fun!” (Source: National Train Your Dog Month website).
Anchorage Animal Care and Control (AACC) sees many dogs, especially young dogs, brought to the shelter for behaviors such as jumping, barking, and pulling on leash that could have been resolved with training and socialization. While at AACC, volunteers and staff work with them on these behaviors and every Sunday one dog is selected to participate in a volunteer-led Manners Class. We also encourage adopters to enroll their dogs in training classes, including dog sports for highly active and intelligent dogs.
Need a few good reasons to train your dog? Here they are:
· You’ll learn how to manage normal dog behaviors such as chewing and jumping.
· Your dog will learn good manners that make them easier to live with such as polite greetings, walking nicely on leash and coming when called. · When your dog is trained they get to participate in more family activities instead of being left behind.
· Training builds a bond of trust and respect between you and your dog.
· A well-trained dog has a better chance of staying with her family than one who is not.
Whether a dog and their owner completes just basic obedience or goes on to earn a Canine Good Citizen certificate or compete in dog sports, the relationship will only benefit with the time spent training together.
Check out the Association of National Dog Trainers resource page for information on common training problem behaviors, bite prevention, how to choose a trainer and more!