Did you know? January 2013 is “National Train Your Dog Month!”

K-9 Coach is a proud supporter and contributor to The Association of Pet Dog Trainer’s (APDT) annual campaign to promote the benefits of positive training and socialization.

Sadly, three to four million dogs and cats are euthanized in animal shelters each year, turned in by owners who didn’t know how to deal with their pets’ behavior problems and couldn’t find a reliable resource to help them.

Each, year, the APDT designates the month of January as National Train Your Dog Month to bring awareness to the importance of socialization and training, and most of all, to inform the public that training your dog can be simple and fun! The APDT selected January because so many dogs and puppies are adopted and brought home during the winter holidays. By providing education and resources, new pet owners can start off the New Year with their newest family member in the best way possible.

The APDT will have a variety of resources available for free download from the event website, www.trainyourdogmonth.com throughout January. They have set up free online webinars on a variety of training and behavior topics, as well as live Facebook “chats” with top professionals in the pet behavior and training field.

Since 1993, the APDT has promoted education for dog trainers. With more than 6,000 members who are willing and able to assist dog owners, the APDT is the largest professional organization for dog trainers in the world. We encourage anyone interested in learning more about their dogs to visit our web sites www.apdt.com, www.trainyourdogmonth.com, and www.mydoghasclass.com for more information and resources.

Please join the APDT and K-9 Coach in celebrating National Train Your Dog Month!

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