January is National Train Your Dog Month! For this month’s blog series, I thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite resources so you can train your dog at home for free. Whether you like learning by video, book or hands-on experience, we’ve got a resource for you.
For example, take loose leash walking – probably one of the most common frustrations among dog owners. But as it turns out, “just” walking the dog through the neighborhood involves a lot more than snapping on a leash and collar.
Setting your dog up for success means starting with the right equipment and the right fit. Check out this short article to help you get started.
For our classes and consults, we prefer to begin with either a buckle collar or a harness, and then decide along with your input, on which alternative equipment will be the best choice for you and your dog. We also sell a variety of tools in our shelter pet supply store Davenport’s Den. Our staff can help you select and properly fit your dog with whichever equipment is best.
Now that your dog is “dressed,” it’s time to train.
Here’s a webinar in a style very similar to what we teach. I love Gail Fisher for her kind and effective approach. She’s been a trainer in all styles of techniques, and has the perspective to bring that positive reinforcement training really is the best for both ends of the leash.
If you prefer to read a book “the old fashioned way,” look no further than Pat Miller’s The Power of Positive Dog Training. In it, you’ll find easy to read, comprehensive instructions for all the basics, plus Pat’s great wit and personal stories woven throughout.
Of course, if you want some company and coaching support, we’re always here to help and our group classes and private consultations for behavior solutions and obedience training are affordable, informative and fun. So, bundle up and come on over –we’d love to help you enjoy your dog more!
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