February is Dog Training Education Month

Dog Training for National Dog Training Education Month

Dogs stand out among all animals due to their unique traits such as obedience, protection, loyalty and beauty. A well-trained fur friend in your life provides a great amount of happiness! The purpose of this exceptional month is to bring awareness to training your dog. You can do it yourself, but it is always advisable to seek the services of a professional. Training can bring loads of fun to both you and your friend, along with strengthening your bond to each other.

Why February? 

You may wonder why the training should be done in February. It’s simple; February comes after holidays with all its numerous celebrations. Use February to strengthen your relationship with your fur friend. Training is a great way of teaching your dog good habits that will last a lifetime. If you start the year off with training, imagine how impressive your dog will be end of the year and many happy years to come.

Interesting Statistics 

Only 4 percent of all dogs undergo training, of that only 2 percent of households out of those trained, seek the services of professional dog trainers. A recent survey conducted by American Pet Products Association shows that there are 46.3 million households with dogs in the U.S. This means that an estimated 44.5 million dogs have not undergone any training. Also, only 5 percent of puppies are taken to socialization classes. Socialization helps puppies and adult dogs adapt to the world around them and develop healthy behaviors.

Understanding Dog Training 

If you have little to no experience, you may think training your dog can be challenging and frustrating. Dogs can learn a lot of things easily and within a short time. As pet parents your probability already know dogs are quite intelligent. This can make training them easy and sometimes with minimal effort just a few minutes of consistent and daily routine. Additionally, dogs naturally love to learn new things and when stimulated they will thrive. Plus, training is the best way to spend time and develop a bond between you and your fur friend.

Socialization

A well socialized dog will help guarantee a happy, healthy, and well-disciplined fur friend. Having well mannered and trained dog will help with fewer dogs being abandoned due to behavior problems.

One important thing that you should keep in mind is that the earlier you take your puppy to socialization classes, the easier it will be for them to adapt to new experiences. A dog that has undergone socialization training feels confident. Make February the month to start making your dog a well-mannered, socialized family member.

What Does Dog Training Involve? 

Dog training is not just about teaching your dog how to sit for food. It involves mental, emotional and physical training aspects. Understand that it is a communication between totally different species with two different languages. You and your fur friend will need to learn how to speak to each other.  You may be astonished to find out that your dog learns behaviors that you thought were impossible. It is always thrilling to see your fur friend learn new things such as sitting down when asked to, leaving toys and fetching their toys. One of the most important things to do is to develop a great relationship by engaging with positive reinforcement and trust.

As earlier mentioned, socialization is a core activity during National Dog Training Education Month. If you do get a new puppy take it to a socialization class, to help them learn about the world outside their home appropriately. We all want pets that are well adapted to live with people & other pets without any anxiety

Inexperienced dog owners will try various temporary fixes that makes the life of a dog difficult. People sometimes isolate dogs from other family members, yell at them or even subject them to uncomfortable collars. Some sadly even us negative reinforcement. These are very inappropriate ways of handling pets. Your fur friend needs respect, care and affection and they will treat you the same.  A dog that is subjected to no training can be confused and poorly equipped to handle life at home or outside the home.  February is the best time to take an initiative to remind both experienced and new dog owners the importance of training their four-legged friends. It takes time, practice, rewards, praise, consistency and you will be able to achieve amazing results. Learn how to combine these factors and you will not be disappointed by the results.

Finding the Perfect Dog Trainer 

Finding a professional dog trainer can be a daunting task. You want the best value for your money and to ensure maximum comfort and benefits for your pet. Research and ask around; ask local rescue organizations, your vet, other dog parents if they would recommend a trainer.  Word of mouth matters a lot in such cases.

Research for professional organizations for dog trainers. Some of the reputable organizations include Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), and National Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).

Once you locate a professional, ask them if it is possible observe a class. Look for different things such as:

  • Are the dogs being trained happy? Interact with some of the dog owners and ask them how they feel about the progress. Ask what they feel about the trainer and his efficiency.
  • What is the focus of the trainer regarding skills imparted to dogs? What are some of the materials required such as clickers, toys, and harnesses?
  • Is socialization part of the class?
  • Does the environment and training facility look comfortable and secure for your dog?
  • Is the training environment clean?
  • If the trainer asks for proof of vaccination, it is a sign that dogs in the facility are healthy.
  • Are positive reinforcement techniques used? Physical punishments are not suitable for dog training. Ask the trainer what training philosophy is used. This will help you to understand whether the trainer will handle the training professionally.

Kick out anxiety

Some dogs can be anxious when left alone at home. Your dog knows when you’re about to leave because there are things it associates with your leaving; grabbing your keys, putting on certain shoes and clothes.  It is time to change that narrative. Do little things like wear your work shoes on while at home, wear them around the house or wear them on walks. Your dog hopefully will learn that you are not necessarily leaving. With time, hopefully the panic will be ease.

Bathroom matters

House training should not be a dirty task. You can get all kinds of advice from books, internet and other various sources. The APDT offers a tip sheet and webinar to help you in dog training. Also understanding that odor removal is an essential part of dog training. Use products that are specially designed to remove pet odors. Like any other training process, it will take time, practice and rewards.

Child safety

The safety of your children and your dog matters a lot. If you have children, educate them about the importance of properly handling and treatment of dogs. Interacting with canines can be tricky for kids so teach them the importance of understanding a dog’s body language. Your child will need to know when a dog wants to be alone and when to play. Your dog will also need to be trained how to interact with kids and play with them safely.

Your fur friend should also be trained on how to interact with all people, not just little ones. Some of the things to train your dog may include; not jumping on people.  Little things like this will make life easier for your family and your canine friend.

Learning is bonding 

February is time to have fun while training your best friend. Dogs love practicing new things and learning new skills, mental stimulation is just as important as physical exercises. Your fur friend will relish the chance to have your full attention and the two of you will make priceless memories. You and your friend can learn from each other such as; moods, body language and develop a hidden connection with each other.

Understand that your dog’s training is a gradual process. Don’t expect your dog to learn new things within ten minutes, but once learned it is a lifetime of rewards. Be patient and you will be amazed by what your dog can learn and is willing to learn. Consistent and daily training will ensure that your dog’s training progresses. Also, it will ensure unwanted behaviors are not learned. Be willing to hire professionals for the best results.

References:

https://www.americanpetproducts.org/

https://apdt.com/

http://www.ccpdt.org/

https://m.iaabc.org/

Pet Products Everywhere! SuperZoo 2018

With SuperZoo 2018 in the books, it is time for us to reflect on what we learned and determine which products our customers want to see on KoasHouse.com.
SuperZoo is an annual pet tradeshow, anyone and everyone in the pet industry is there. This was our first SuperZoo and boy did we learn a lot. It is three days and over 1000 exhibitors of the latest in every type of pet food, beds, collars, supplements, toys and high-tech products imaginable. Not only where the vendors there to show off their products, but to educate fellow pet retailers. The SuperZoo conference brings the pet community together, regardless of it you’re a dog, cat, fish, horse or small animal person. Everyone there was either building upon existing or building new relationships’, sharing their passion for their pets and the pet industry. While the show is a product showcase, there was also grooming contest and lots of educational seminars. After three days we left with a list of new products that we are excited to bring to you and your pets. Keep an eye out for new products that you will trust and love, added daily. Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter to stay in touch about what is going on at Koa’s House.