January is National Walk Your Dog Month and also National Train Your Dog Month.
Both of these are great resolutions to make at the start of the new year and hopefully turn into year -and life-long habits. Training and walking also often go hand in hand (or paw in paw.)
Walking your dog regularly can positively impact their health and mental well-being. Well-exercised dogs are more likely to be at a healthy weight, which impacts the long term health of their hearts and joints and can increase their life expectancy. On average, an overweight dog, lives 2 fewer years than a healthy-weight dog of the same breed! Furthermore, regular exercise tends to help make dogs better behaved by giving them an outlet for their energy. Bored dogs find things to do like bark, chew on household items or wrestle with/fight with other animals in the house. Walking your dog regularly can also improve the relationship between dog and dog-owner by giving you something fun to do together.
Training your dog also has many benefits for both you and your dog. It teaches your dog what you expect from them and makes it easier for you to communicate with them. Training also gives them something to do, mentally, which can be important for certain breeds – especially working dogs like Collies, Australian Shepherds, Huskies, etc. In that vein, TotalBond is welcoming our new trainer, Jay Mayfield, this month. Jay is a decorated veteran of the United States Air Force with extensive experience training military working dogs in obedience (basic and advanced), agility, narcotics detection and explosive detection. He has multiple Department of Defense certifications and is actively seeking civilian certifications (like AKC STARR and Canine Good Citizen.) Please contact Jay at 704-813-1122 or firstname.lastname@example.org