January not only brings in a new year for people, it can also bring a new attitude for their pets. January is “National Train Your Dog Month” and many people are jumping to get their pups into good behavior. The new year is the perfect opportunity to get family dogs behaving right. Dog training can save your dog’s life. Each year, hundreds of thousands of pets are turned into animal shelters because their owners couldn’t find a reliable resource to help them with their pets’ behavior problem. Many dogs are euthanized at shelters rather than re-homing the pet which is the number one cause of death in dogs. Another important reason to train your dog is they become much more enjoyable to live with. Also, training is a way to build a close bond with your pet.
Dogs are craving order and structure and need discipline. They need a balance of affection and leadership from their pet parent. They have similar needs as humans, but learn and communicate differently than us. The most common reason pet owners enroll in a dog training program is pulling on a leash, not coming when called and jumping on people.
Every pet parent needs a trusted ‘dog coach.” Leadership is the foundation needed to change unwanted behavior. The best time to train your dog is the moment you get the dog – but it is possible to teach an old dog new rules. For puppy parents, one of the most important things you can do is to socialize him/her.
The Folsom Dog Resort and Training Center offers dog training camps. Your dog stays at The Resort for 5, 10 or 15 nights and we jumpstart the training process for the dog. After your dog finishes training camp, we then teach owners how to maintain the training through private lessons and coaching calls.
–Jason Davis, The Dog Guy®