The 2017 Train Your Dog Issue
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The 2017 Train Your Dog Issue 


Did You Know:  January is National Train Your Dog month 
Just for fun: a 2-minute video compressing the few hours we spend every month to put together our raw dog food.
Tip of the Month:
Benefits of in-home private dog training
Additional Articles:  Benefits of group dog training classes | Assessing the status of your dog’s training
Calendar and Group Class Schedules: Upcoming Classes in Southwest Littleton & Castle Rock/Sedalia | Upcoming events at The Light of Dog Farm.

 

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Did you know?

 
January is National Train Your Dog month sponsored by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. They started the event in 2010 to promote the importance and benefits of training dogs to become happy and healthy companions. Too many dogs are turned into animal shelters each year for behavior and training issues that could be easily solved with proper socialization and positive, gentle, science-based methods of training. To find out more visit http://www.trainyourdogmonth.com/

Making raw dog food

Here is a 2-minute video compressing the few hours we spend every month to put together our raw dog food.  It may look like a lot of steps, but it is actually quite easy to do.

Benefits of in-home private dog training

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If you're reading this, you hopefully already know some of the benefits of training your dog. Sometimes though, it's hard to determine the best format to use for the training goals you have. There are lots of options these days. You can train on your own. You can join a group class. You can buy a book. You can get a dvd. You can find video clips online. You can hire a trainer for private training. It's great to have a variety of options to choose from, but sometimes with too many options, it's hard to decide the right one for you.

In this post, we'll discuss the benefits of private in-home training:

  1. You get the benefit of in-person help from a professional trainer. This is a pro over options such as dvds, books or online options.
  2. You get ALL of the attention from a professional trainer. Rather than sharing that attention with others in a class, you get the entire focus of the trainer all to yourself!
  3. It is true that group classes are less expensive per session than private training. However, if you have specific issues you want to focus on, private training might actually take fewer sessions to accomplish your goal thus making it more cost effective.
  4. If you have specific issues to focus on, private training allows you to focus on just those issues rather than having to cover other things in a group class that you might not need help with or care much about.
  5. Private training in the comfort of your own home tends to make it much easier for your dog to focus on you and not everything else in the environment. This tends to help learning proceed more quickly.
  6. If your dog is not social, friendly or at least very tolerant of other dogs and/or strangers, then private training is the way to go. You and your dog will be less stressed and better able to learn and focus.
  7. If your dog is extremely shy or fearful, start with private training with the goal of perhaps moving into a group class later. Starting with a group class for these dogs can actually make things worse in some cases.
  8. If your dog loves to learn and you want to try some new things, private training can be a great way to experiment with some different ideas to find out what you and your dog love to do and what makes learning more fun for both of you.
  9. If your goal is to have a dog who is polite and well-behaved in public, or if you want your dog to eventually be a therapy dog (as an example), then private training can be moved from your home to nearby public locations such as the local park or the dog-friendly shops. This gives you the chance to have a professional help you through any public challenges without having to face it on your own.
  10. Training with your dog in a private setting is a great way to build both of your skills, to have fun and to continue to strengthen the bond you've built with your dog.

Additional Articles

Benefits of group dog training classes
Assessing the status of your dog’s training


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Calendar

Upcoming Classes in Southwest Littleton Area
  • Puppy Preschool:  open enrollment on Sundays and Wednesdays 
  • Puppy Recess:  most Sundays noon to 1 pm; we do NOT meet 2/19
  • Basic Training:  new classes start Sunday 1/8 & Wednesday 1/4
  • Juvenile Delinquents:  new classes start Sunday 1/8 & Thursday 1/12
  • Rally for Fun:  none scheduled at this time - contact us if interested!
  • Fun & Games Class:  new class starts Sunday 1/8
  • Polite Pooches in Public: new class will start in the spring
  • Canine Good Citizen Class & Test: none scheduled at this time
  • Therapy Dog Class NEW! new class starts Sunday 1/22
    Are you working toward your dog becoming a therapy dog but not sure what you need to work on or want help? Think your dog would be a good therapy dog but not sure? This class will help you determine whether your dog would be good at it, would actually enjoy it and if s/he is ready for it. 
Upcoming Classes in Castle Rock/Sedalia
  • Basic Training: new class will start as soon as we have enough participants 
  • Juvenile Delinquents: new class will start as soon as we have enough participants 
Upcoming Events at The Light of Dog Farm
  • Stay tuned for 2017 events 

Click here for our complete group class & events schedule with available spaces

 
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