The holidays are a common time for families to add a new pet to their home. This makes January a perfect time to start training the pets properly. Taking the time to train them correctly in the beginning - whether they are a puppy or kitten, or a rescue new to your home - will make a difference in the long run. Training is not just a great way to spend time together, it also improves the bond you have with your furry friend. Many pets love having a "task" to perform, which can keep them out of mischief!
There are many fun tricks most dogs - and yes even cats - can learn. Back up, Take a bow, Wave, Shake, Play dead, Roll over, Spin and Give a kiss are just a few! They key to teaching is in the repetition and the praise. If your pet accomplishes these fairly easily consider Agility, Obedience or even Herding classes. There are several locations in the Orlando area.
Another option is to train your dog for the Canine Good Citizen Test. Dogs have to pass 10 tests, including accepting a friendly stranger and reacting well to distractions. This would be the first step in having your dog trained for therapy. Many hospitals, nursing homes, schools and hospice centers utilize dogs to provide attention and comfort to the patients. They can also be used for those with learning difficulties and very stressful situations, such as after Hurricane Sandy or in Newtown Connecticut.
While training your dog may take awhile, there are so many benefits! Please contact one of our staff members at 407-366-4486 if you have any questions or would like further assistance.