National Train Your Dog Month

Howard Baker - RN BSN

January is National Train Your Dog Month and Hobo the Wonder Dog’s story from shelter to ambassador supports and exemplifies the benefits of having a well-trained dog.

Unfortunately, like many animals that are neglected Hobo’s beginning is sad. Dogs and cats are often abandoned and left to their own demise in a frightening and cruel way that often divide neighbors causing upset and dissension in an otherwise normal community.

Hobo was abandoned in a subdivision where some loved him and others mistreated him. He was surrendered to a shelter where he was mislabeled as unmanageable, unadoptable and was to be euthanized. We took a chance on Hobo and immediately placed him in a training program with a certified dog trainer. You can see Hobo’s first five months and transformation on his YouTube Channel ( This video shows how love and training turned Hobo’s life around.

We know the importance of improving our social skills in our personal and professional lives and how they are responsible for many of our personal successes and failures. Our dogs are no different — there is nothing more rewarding in the world of dog ownership than a well-behaved dog. Mastering basic dog obedience skills such as sit, down, come, stay, and loose leash walking allow you and your dog to experience life in ways you might have never imagined. Learning and mastering good social skills pave the way for you and your dog to build a stronger relationship together while experiencing more and enriching your lives. Having a well-behaved dog allows you to tackle the adventures of the world and enjoy your dog in more places.

An investment of time teaching your dog the basics will not only be rewarding, but will also build a stronger relationship and bond between you. There are many programs and dog trainers available in the community ready and eager to help you take on the world with your trusted canine companion. January is National Train Your Dog Month and a great time to stimulate your dog’s mind and expand their horizons for the months and years ahead.

Training a dog takes patience, consistency, and a desire to have a well-behaved dog. Some dogs have a strong desire to learn and learn quickly — others may be laid back and are better at training you. We have more resources available today than ever to help train your dog. During National Train Your Dog Month, the Association of Professional Dog Trainers has posted resources on their website to help you get started or improve your dog’s training. Whether it is basic obedience, agility, tracking, search and rescue, dancing or therapy work, there is something fun and rewarding for both of you.

Again, always positive, reward good behavior, and be consistent, and Hobo and I will see you on the trails and streets on our next adventure.

Resources:;;; and your public library.

Hobo is a rescue dog out to make a difference in animal rescue and education. Please follow Hobo on Facebook at Hobo the Wonder Dog or contact him at: [email protected]

Howard Baker


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