January Is National Train Your Dog Month: Basic Dog Training

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During the first month of the year, people are always busy trying to meet up all their responsibility like going back to work after a long vacation or making effort to fulfill his/her own new year resolution but for all fur parents, January is also National Train Your Dog Month which promotes the importance of the Basic Dog Training.

Be a responsible fur parent and help spread the word of the importance of the basic dog training especially for those first time pet owner!

What Is National Train Your Dog Month?

Around the Holiday season, some people tend to adopt or buy a new lovely pet companion may be because they have time to accompany his/her new pets at home because of vacation however a good number of those dogs are given up back to the animal shelters or abandoned soon after.

This is the reason why the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) began their National Train Your Dog Month campaign in January 2010, they were hoping to raise awareness about the importance of proper pet training and healthy socialization to a dog’s well-being. With this, a pet especially a dog can now have a higher chance to stay with their family furever.

Bellow are some Basic Dog Training that you as a fur parent must learn and teach to your lovely dog:

1. Potty Train Your Dog

Basic Dog Training
A man picking up his dog poop

Toilet training is often a time of trial and stress for everyone involved especially if this is your first time do training but having patience is very important if you decided to be a fur parent.

Give your dog plenty of time to do his/her business outside the house. When you wake up in the morning make sure to bring your dog outside to give him/her time to do his/her business and continue this every 1 to 2 hours throughout the day.

It is important to the training to take your dog outside after his/her nap and after every meal, with that, you can build a routine for him/her.

Use the proper training techniques, and there’s sure to be a happy outcome, remember there is no bad dog bad there is a bad owner if your dog shows unwanted behavior it is not their fault but yours!

2. Know Your Dog Sign

Basic Dog Training
A dog jumping on the woman

When your dog becomes familiar with their bathroom routine they will give you a sign that they need to do their business, sometimes they will start barking or scratching at the door, squatting, restlessness, sniffing around, or circling when you see your dog doing this make sure to bring him/her outside.

Don’t forget to praise your dog after he/she does his/her business and give a reward with his/her favorite treat.

3. Put your Dog on a Regular Mealtime

Basic Dog Training
A dog looking to his owner while putting his food to plate

It is very important to put your puppy or dog on a regular feeding schedule, depending on their age the amount of food and the time they will eat varies.

For puppies, they usually need to be fed three or four times a day while the adult dogs one to two times a day (commonly breakfast and dinner). Every after a meal make sure to give your dog time to do his/her business.

4. Walk Your Dog Every Day

Basic Dog Training
A woman walking his dog on the park

Dogs are naturally active they have a high level of energy that needs to be used. Regular exercise and socialization are very important for every pet.

Walk your lovely dog 30 minutes to 1 hour a day to help them use their energy it is also the best way to keep him/her fit and healthy. Playing fetch games (see Frisbee for dogs available on Amazon) will also do best for dogs with a super high level of energy. Getting your dog tired will make them sleepy and calm during the night.

An everyday walking will also help your dog improve his/her socialization, let him/her play with other animals to make them not aggressive. (Always supervise)

5. Have Time With Your Dog

Basic Dog Training
A woman playing with her dog on the couch

Dogs will always depend on their owner, whatever busy you are always make sure to have time to train, discipline, and at the same time play with your lovely dog.

Don’t forget you are responsible to their life, make sure to show your love to them all the time.

A responsible fur parent always make a time to be with his/her fur baby!

Being a fur parent is not easy, your dog should not be the only one learning but also you. Dogs love to learn new things especially if they see their owner happy with it, make sure to make your training fun and playful this will be a great bonding time with your lovely dog.

Butler Oh
Butler Oh is a long time dog lover. Dogs are always part of her family since she was young and she grows up as a loving and caring fur parent. She has been part of our team here at ohmylovelypets since 2019 and has provided a lot of great research and information about dogs.

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