Got your attention, didn’t I? But while most people are resolving to lose weight, get fit, save money, quit smoking, and organize their homes, we know that January is Train Your Dog Month. So instead of eating kale chips and lifting weights, why not join the Train Your Dog Month Challenge and lose:
- 30 pounds of guilt for neglecting your dog
- 30 pounds of barking and misbehavior from a bored dog
- 30 pounds of wondering why your dog doesn’t listen to you
And, who knows, maybe your dog training goal will even help you lose some latke or Christmas cookie weight or make you more fit.
What is the Train Your Dog Month Challenge?
Last year I joined the Association of Pet Dog Trainers challenge to work with Honey on some behavior that would increase our bond. We began the many month process of getting Honey comfortable riding in her bicycle car. Many of you joined me in training your dogs, cats, and birds. At the end of the month, we all shared our posts in a linky list. It was so much fun I’m bringing it back. One person will be chosen at random from the participants to receive a a treat package and a $25 donation in their name to their favorite animal charity.
Pamela and Honey’s Training Challenge
This year, we’re working on grooming.
I hate doing it. Honey just tolerates it. Why can’t we make it fun?
I’ve already started clicker training Honey to jump into the tub. I’d like to change our grooming experiences from something to be gotten through as quickly as possible to a fun event. Who know? Maybe I’ll even teach Honey to file her own nails.
What Training Activity Will You Do?
Those of us in the snow belt find January pretty drab. You might not feel ambitious. But that’s no reason you can’t take up the challenge. And it will be much more fun doing it with friends. Here are a few things you could try:
- Increase your dog’s comfort with handling by playing with his paws while you’re watching television.
- Feed regular meals out of a food toy.
- Take the 30/30 challenge with You Did What With Your Weiner by walking your dog every day in January.
- Try something entirely new like pulling a sled or cart.
- Train your cat to sit on a mat.
- Train your guinea pig to ring a bell for food (my sister’s does this).
For more ideas, visit the Association of Pet Dog Trainer’s page to find training webinars and other resources.
Help Spread the Word
Nothing strengthens your relationship with your animal more than training. Help us spread the word by sharing the Train Your Dog Month Challenge on Twitter and Facebook. And feel free to grab the badge to show everyone you’re joining the fun. Are you in? What would you like to do in January to strengthen your bond with your dog (or cat or ferret or conure or guinea pig)?