Free Educational Resources and Chats with Pet Training Professionals in January 2012!

by Melara on January 4, 2012

The Association of Pet Dog Trainer’s annual campaign in January, “National Train Your Dog Month,” promotes the benefits of positive training and socialization for all pets.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of pets are turned into animal shelters because their owners couldn’t find a reliable resource to help them with their pets’ behavior problems. The APDT has designated the month of January as National Train Your Dog Month to bring awareness to the importance of socialization and training for all pets! January was selected as the perfect month because so many animals are adopted and brought home during the winter holidays. We hope to help families and their pets start the New Year off right with information on the behavior needs and training of their pets.

To help the public, animal shelters and others in the pet care industry, we have recorded free webinars for the public with many well-known pet training and behavior professionals. These will be available starting in January on the event website and are completely free. We have also set up a calendar of Facebook “chats” with professional training and behavior consultants throughout the month of January on a variety of topics focusing on the training and care of dogs, cats and even rabbits! Anyone with behavior and training questions can join the chats to learn more about their chosen pet. Visit the event website,, for full schedule information, as well as fun downloadable resources on training and behavior.

The APDT believes that a better understanding of our pets’ behavior can lead to happier, healthier and harmonious households for humans and companion animals. Since 1993, the APDT has promoted education for dog trainers and others in the pet industry. With over 6,000 members who are willing and able to assist pet owners, the APDT is the largest professional organization for pet dog trainers in the world. We encourage anyone interested in learning more about their dogs and other pets to visit our web sites and for more information and resources.

Please join the APDT in celebrating National Train Your Dog Month!

2012 Schedule of Events - National Train Your Dog Month

Facebook “Chat with the Professionals” Schedule

To join the chats, visit the National Train Your Dog Month Facebook page at the dates and times listed below.

All about Bully Breeds! Anything You Want to Know about ‘Pit Bull’ Type Dogs
Mychelle Blake, MSW, CDBC and Katenna Jones, MSc, ACAAB, CABC, CPDT-KA
January 2, 12 pm Eastern
Breed Discrimination Laws
Ledy Van Kavage, Esq.
January 4, 5:00 p.m. Eastern
Leash Manners
Gail Fisher
January 6, 12 p.m. Eastern
Casey Lomonaco, KPA CTP
January 8, 7 p.m. Eastern
Adopting a Dog
Trish McMillan Loehr (ASPCA), MSc, CPDT-KA
January 9, 2 pm Eastern
Rabbit Behavior
Pam Hood
January 10, 2 p.m. Eastern
Things to Teach Your Children to be Safe around Dogs
Joan Orr
January 12, 6 p.m. Eastern
Safety around Dogs for Babies and Toddlers
Jenn Shryock, CDBC
January 12, 7 p.m. Eastern
TACT - Touch Associated Clicker Training
Emma Parsons, CABC and Julie Robitaille, CAMT, CPDT-KA
January 16, 1 p.m. Eastern
Teoti Anderson, CPDT-KA
January 18, 6:30 p.m. Eastern
Introducing Cats and Dogs
Jacqueline Munera, CCBC
January 24, 12 p.m. Eastern
Canine Life and Social Skills

Ann Allums, CPDT-KA
January 25, 12:00 p.m. Eastern
APDT Rally
Ann Allums, CPDT-KA & Ali Brown, MEd, CPDT-KA, CDBC
January 25, 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Common Dog Behavior Problems (Barking, Digging and More)
Marjie Alonso, CDBC, CPDT-KA
Katenna Jones, MSc, ACAAB, CABC, CPDT-KA
January 27, 4 pm Eastern
All About Cats
Mychelle Blake, MSW, CDBC and Katenna Jones, MSc, ACAAB, CABC, CPDT-KA
January 30, 5 pm Eastern

Free Webinar Descriptions

Webinars are pre-recorded and available for viewing at any time for free by members and the public. Please Note: Webinars will be available in January 2012 and will remain on the site all year long. Webinars will be available at

  • Shelter Dogs: Good Choice or Bad? - Trish King, CPDT-KA, CDBC
  • Got C.L.A.S.S.? Canine Life and Social Skills for Pet Owners - Ann Allums, CPDT-KA
  • Housetraining Basics - Teoti Anderson, CPDT-KA
  • How to Become a Professional Dog Trainer - Mychelle Blake, MSW, CDBC
  • Loose Leash Walking - Gail Fisher
  • It Takes Two: Successful Cat and Dog Interactions - Jacqueline Munera, CCBC
  • Litter Box and Scratching - Katenna Jones, MSc, ACAAB, CABC, CPDT-KA
  • Dog Safety: What to Teach Your Kids - Joan Orr, MSc
  • Setting Dog and Baby Up for Success! - Jenn Shryock, CDBC
  • Separation Anxiety in Dogs - Melissa Bain, DVM, DACVB, MS
  • Treibball - Casey Lomonaco, KPA CTP

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Located in Greenville, SC, the APDT is a professional educational organization of trainers who are committed to becoming better trainers through using positive, dog friendly methods based on sound scientific principles. With over 6,000 members worldwide, the APDT strives to provide professional dog trainers with a respected and concerted voice. The APDT promotes caring relationships between dogs and people and works to increase public awareness of dog-friendly training techniques. For more information, visit the APDT Web site at To unsubscribe from future APDT Media Releases, please let us know. Sent by The Association of Pet Dog Trainers, 101 North Main Street, Suite 610, Greenville, SC 29601.

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