January is National Train Your Dog Month ~ Tips and tricks from Orvis

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For Immediate Release
January 12, 2017

Jessica Donahue, Nancy Marshall Communications on behalf of The Orvis Company, Inc.
207-623-4177 or jdonahue@marshallpr.com

Orvis-endorsed breeder Shawn Trzeciak, of French Creek Labradors, and a student at the Game Fair at Sandanona Shooting Grounds in Millbrook, New York
Orvis-endorsed breeder Shawn Trzeciak, of French Creek Labradors, and a student at the Game Fair at Sandanona Shooting Grounds in Millbrook, New York

MANCHESTER, Vermont - Training your dog...one of life's many mysteries. There are countless methods and ways to train your dog, each seemingly the magic key to good behavior. January is National Train Your Dog Month and The Orvis Company offers suggestions on how to train, care for, and develop your relationship with your best friend. 

  1. Don't go it alone, find a training class that fits – One of the best strategies is finding an obedience class where you're both comfortable. Don't be afraid to interview trainers and take a look at the training spaces. Ask yourself, is it safe? If it's indoors, are there dangers to the dogs, like electrical cords or furniture? If it is outside, is the area level and free of debris? Generally, a class shouldn't be larger than fifteen students.
  2. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks – Dogs of any age can learn if they're motivated. Always remember, dogs will repeat a response that brings them a reward – and are less likely to repeat something that doesn't bring a reward. It might take an older dog a little bit longer to learn, but if they're motivated they'll soon catch on. Also, on the flip side, there is no dog that is too young to start learning. The sooner the better!
  3. Patience is key – Practice makes perfect and training takes time and patience. Don't judge yourself or your dog; think of yourself as a beginner and don't expect fast or perfect results. Being patient, kindhearted and realistic is key and when your dog obeys, you MUST reward him, either with a treat or positive reinforcement. It may even help to keep the dog's leash on until you have complete control. Removing the leash before you have control will set you back in the communication and obedience you have been building through all your training efforts.
  4. Reward the behaviors you want, ignore the ones you don't – This is key. Don't look at dog training as a chore, it should really become a habit in your everyday life. Training may make you feel awkward but embrace it, don't become discouraged or frustrated. Think of dog training exercises as two people learning how to ballroom dance together; you expect some toes to get stepped on before you glide smoothly across the floor.

Training your dog is about so much more than obedience, it is about forming a strong bond of trust and mutual respect. Shaping your dog's behavior isn't something you do once and it's over. Training is part of an ongoing "conversation" between you and your dog.

Visit the Orvis website for a listing of Orvis-Endorsed Trainers & Breeders to find one near you.


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Game Fair at Sandanona Shooting Grounds in Millbrook, New York – Credit: The Orvis Company, Inc.

About The Orvis Company: Founded in 1856, we believe the most meaningful experiences are created by sharing the love of nature and being inspired by its endless possibilities. Orvis pioneered the mail order industry in the United States, operates more than 80 retail stores in the U.S and the U.K., and maintains a network of over 400 dealers worldwide as a trusted source of discovery and adventure in the natural world. We promise to open the door to extraordinary outdoor experiences, and to protect nature by committing 5% of our pretax profits each year to conservation efforts worldwide.

For more information about The Orvis Company, visit orvis.com.