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January is National Train Your Dog Month

I just found out  that January is National Train Your Dog Month. I also just found out that only 4% of Americans enroll their dogs in some sort of obedience training. I was shocked and somewhat disturbed to learn that statistic.
Training a dog for obedience, manners, etc. is not only sensible but it helps to keep your dog happy, safe and well-adjusted.
Some people think only puppies require training and that just for housebreaking. Not true. Puppies need to learn good manners and especially need to be socialized. A poorly socialized puppy usually turns into an adult dog with a lot of issues. They develop fears that can cause excessive barking, dog reactivity, aggression to certain people or objects and all sorts of other things that keep them from leading happy lives.

Adult dogs need training as well. They need to learn to sit and stay. To lie down and to settle in one place and be calm. They need to learn to leave things and drop them on request. They need to learn to respond to the "come" command every single time. All dogs should be trained not to jump on people and to be responsive to their "human" companion.

There are many training options available to help you with your dog. Most of these options offer affordable training with a variety of class times  to accommodate everyone's schedule. Places like PetSmart and Petco, the San Diego Humane Society, and other city shelters are a good place to start.  There is also the option of one-on-one training at your home with an approved APDT trainer or classes with qualified trainers. An internet search should help you find exactly what you need.
One of the best programs is the Canine Good Citizen program which teaches basic manners and is a stepping stone to all sorts of other training modalities.
Dogs love to learn. They love to be challenged and they love praise and rewards. I am sure your "furry kid" would be thrilled to go to school and you will be thrilled with the results.
Just remember, it is not enough to train your dog at class. You must follow the training consistently at home and constantly reinforce it if you want it to last for the lifetime of your dog.
SO go make that phone call now and get FIDO enrolled. You won't be sorry.

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