To the editor:
Each year, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the largest professional association for dog trainers in the world, proclaims January "National Train Your Dog Month." This campaign's goal is to promote the importance of training and socialization to all dog owners.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, between 6 million and 8 million dogs and cats are turned in to animal shelters each year, and about 4 million are euthanized for lack of good homes. Studies by the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy have found that most dogs (and cats) are turned into shelters for common behavior and training issues that could easily be solved with the assistance of a professional. In fact, research has found that training and socializing dogs when they're young can reduce or even eliminate behavior problems in the future.
Since January is the time for new year's resolutions, it is the perfect time for dog owners of the Tri-Lakes area, and those who may be considering getting a dog, to learn about the importance of training for their pet. The APDT website has a wealth of helpful information for pet owners at www.apdt.com/petowners. APDT's other sites, www.trainyourdogmonth.com and www.mydoghasclass.com, have additinal tips and resources for dog owners. Free webinars and social media chats will occur during the month of January as well. (A full listing can be found at www.trainyourdogmonth.com.)
For futher information on local dog training classes with the Adirondack High Peaks Dog Training Club, please call 518-891-3086 or 518-524-5490.
APDT member and president
Adirondack High Peaks Dog Training Club