Train Your Dog Month

I am pumped. January is National Train Your Dog Month! Yay! Created several years ago by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), Train Your Dog Month is about bringing awareness to the importance of socialization and training. The overall goal is to show dog owners how training is not only vital for their companion’s well-being, but it is also a lot of fun.

Even though we do still have a lot of behavioural things to work on (dang recalls) my absolute favourite things to teach are new tricks. They may not always have a practical purpose, but I think Shiva enjoys learning them as much as I enjoy showing them off. To me, the biggest benefit one receives from training is not necessarily the behaviour itself. More, it’s the deepening of one’s relationship with her dog. Fake-peeing on someone’s leg may seem silly, but the process of working together to put the action on a verbal cue creates a bond. The more tricks Shiva learns, hopefully the more connected we will become.

And the easier those bloody recalls may be.

I was toying around with the idea of putting something together to get you all involved. Fortunately Pamela at Something Wagging This Way Comes did it for me! All of the fun and none of the work! Woo hoo! If you haven’t checked out her training challenge, I encourage you to do so. Don’t worry if you have been as lazy as I am the last few months, Pamela’s criteria for participation isn’t strict. In fact, she even provided a lazy person’s guide for those just getting started. So there are no excuses not to join in.

Because I like to stress myself out over things that don’t matter, I’ve decided to take the challenge up a notch. Shiva and I do have quite a few training goals for the next few months, especially if we are going to start trialing this year. However, as my official task for the Something Wagging Challenge I am going to do something a little different, something I never before thought possible, something that may put us all in the hospital.

I am going to teach Shiva and The Cat to perform a trick together.

In the same room. At the same time.

Here’s a little sneak peak into our first session:

So things are going well!

31 thoughts on “Train Your Dog Month

  1. Thanks for my first giggle of the day. I’m so glad you made that video. So is your trick to get Shiva and the kitty in the room at the same time?

    Looks like you’ll need the entire month! You really are an overachiever! 🙂

    BTW, that was an awesome sit stay while you were looking for Kitty. Shiva rocks!

    Thanks for spreading the word about the challenge. I’m so excited to see everyone’s fun plans.

    I had my husband working on a badge last night but he got distracted writing a guest post for the Puppiness Project. I might need to bring the clicker out to help with distractions. 🙂

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  2. LOL well you are going for broke! Thanks for the laugh first thing in the morning. Good luck with your training!

    I have a feeling our training will be mostly potty training….heehee.

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  3. I did not know it was train your dog month, thanks! I really want to do more training with Luna this year, have not figured out exactly what yet but I have a bunch of ideas. First she needs to get out of the slammer/kennel. She is in there until the 10th when her season is over. Then the sky is the limit. Hopefully we’ll have some trick teaching break throughs this year. She really can be a booger when it comes to thinking on her own.
    Looking forward to seeing this cat trick. And I second the fantastic sit stay, Luna would have totally broke if I started calling the cat.
    Now off to train wyatt more
    Anna
    http://www.akginspiration.com

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  4. But this is Train your DOG month! I think kitty will have fun too! Shayne and Rio will be spending this month preparing for a Rally Obedience trial… we haven’t done or really trained for rally.. i’m hoping a month is long enough to learn LOL!

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  5. The cat does not appear to be cooperating. But what would we expect … it is a cat after all! Being trained is generally not high on their list of priorities. Good luck! I’m dying to see how it goes.

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    • No… Not yet anyway. 😉 My goal originally was to get the cat to jump over the dog but I may have to back it up a little and go for something a little less intense for the both of them.

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  6. Well aren’t you a brave little toaster?! Go for the gold! If you can get Shiva and the Cat to do a trick together you will be a god in my eyes. I can’t even get Koly and Fe to do a trick together!

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  7. Looks like a good first start!! BOL!! We are going to just try working with the cat. That’s bad enough. I can’t imagine doing the dog and cat! Good luck!

    Thank you so much for your compliment on our header and the dogs. Since I make them myself, that means a lot to me.

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  8. Hi Kristine, that was kind of fun. We kind of got a quick look around your house. No cat to be found. But Shiva has an awesome sit stay. And she got rewarded too.

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  9. I think its a good month to be train your dog month as it shouldnt cost me much and I really need to look at saving some money!

    Anyhow, your vid amused me, however, if you want to get the to do a trick I think you need to get them in the same room!?

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  10. This made me laugh. Do we need to send out a tweet to ask people to help find the kitty?

    I have no doubt you will do it Kristine. I don’t know if you saw the video of dog vs. cat, but it was impressive. It made me wonder if I could include my cat too. But, I am not at your level yet. Some day!

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    • That video does sound familiar. I’ll have to look it up again for motivation. Right now I am trying to just get them to stay in the same room for more than ten seconds. I think if I can even get them to sit at the same time, I can call it a victory. 😛

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  11. Haha! Loved the video! Can’t wait to see what you are planning. I should plan a trick for my dog Ace and my cat Beamer. Beamer is very treat motivated, and I really should be teaching him all kinds of stunts.

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  12. Thanks for the cute and funny story. I recently rescued a dog (lab/collie mix) and am going through similar ‘trials and tribulations’ myself – and lovin’ every minute of it.

    ellie

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  13. As our Do More With Your Dog…National Train Your Dog Month winds down our Sunday challenge is … teach your dog to “relax” on cue (Hudson lies on his back with feet/legs all out stretched)

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  14. You made us smile for your hilarious stories.. 🙂 The training sounds like a lot of fun indeed! Not just for the benefits of my kitty but for me also.. I really love to come.. You really are a very amazing person! I know training a kitty is not so hard..

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  15. It is really important to train your dog in an efficient way not just for the month but from time to time. By the way glad to know your stories here and nice share. 🙂

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  16. The training really look so great! 🙂 I am really very interested on having my cat on training also.. Love to learn from an expert like you..

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  17. It’s actually a very handy part of facts. Now i am delighted that you just embraced this handy data along with us. You should keep us up-to-date like that. Thank you for spreading.

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