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Caring for a new dog is a lot like caring for a newborn baby. You have to keep a close eye on your puppy and make sure he/she is well-cared for, eating right and free from harm's way. The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) designates January to be Train Your Dog Month, a time for new dog owners to learn how to effectively train their dogs to listen, learn and grow. You may be thinking "Why January?" Well, dog adoptions take place during the holiday season; so APDT feels that January is the ideal time to start training your new pup.

Here are five essential commands you can teach your dog:

1) Sit: Hold a treat close to the dog's nose. Once they perform the action, give them the treat.

2) Come: Put a leash on your dog and say "come" while gently tugging on your dog.

3) Down: Hold your hand up to your dog's snout and slowly move it down as he follows.

4) Stay: Ask your dog to "Sit." Then, open the palm of your hand and say "stay," while slowly moving away.

5) Leave it: Get a treat in your hand and let the dog lick or smell it; but say "leave it." Repeat until the dog doesn't touch the treat.

"Use training treats strategically. For behavior that your dog already knows (e.g., sit), use lower-value treats, like pieces of his kibble. When you want to encourage him to learn a new behavior, use higher-value treats. The reward should be commensurate with the difficulty of the task." Patricia Bentz, CPDT-KA, CDBC, K-9 Training & Behavioral Therapy, Philadelphia, PA

As you want pets to listen, dog asks the same from their owners and trainers. If dogs appear uncomfortable or unhappy around other dogs, direct them away from other animals. Additionally, be consistent with your training methods and understand that changes in your dog's behavior will take time.

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