DTLA LIFE MAG #1 | JANUARY 2014 - Page 33

DOG National Train Your Dog Month - Our animals enrich our lives in so many great ways. The positive impact from our dedicated time and attention to- wards them strengthens our human- animal bond and results in both bet- ter companions and caregivers -- what's not to love about that? It’s never too late to start a training routine!  According to the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the month of January is dedicated to bringing awareness to the idea of training and socialization with your pet while creating a fun bonding ex- perience.  The APDT offers free We- Reward Routine binars and Facebook chats with pet training pros  for the duration of this month like 'How to Introduce your New Dog to your Resident Cat’  and 'How to House/Crate Train', or for  basic obedience tips and tricks.  Whatever your training routine, keep these two ideas in mind to make it an overall positive experience for you and your pet: Reward  - Know your pet’s favorite treat and keep it accessible for an easy (and tasty) motivational tool to reward their positive behavior. Routine  - Practice makes perfect. Be realistic about the amount of time you can dedicate towards your new routine. Dogs/cats learn and retain behavioral traits from repetition.  Your consistency will be a major determin- ing factor in your success. Whether you utilize the APDT re- sources or seek a professional trainer in your community, this is the month to take control and create rewarding experience for you and your pet in 2014!  Be sure to stop into a Pussy & Pooch location and ask a Pet Expert about additional training referrals and learn more about our canine Training Lab and Social Club.