The end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 is just around the corner. Just like any end and beginning, it gives us the chance to reflect on how the year went and to explore ways to improve the next one. When it comes to my New Year’s Resolutions with Ralph & Luna, I want to enjoy more quality time with them (snuggling, playing, hiking, etc.) and work on their individual training.

Luna has committed to her “I’m the Queen Bee” attitude lately and her cooperation level during photo shoots has drastically declined. There’s a lot of “Are we done yet?”. I hate to break it to her, but girlfriend has got to work for a living. Her endless supply of dog treats doesn’t come from her sitting around licking her butt. It’s from all that model behavior! And that’s just one of the reason why it’s back to the basics we go for 2018.

Solid basic commands and having two well trained pups is essential to many of our other big New Year plans. With our move to Colorado in 2017, we are hoping to explore as much of our new surrounding in 2018. Good and regular training with Ralph & Luna is absolutely necessary for successful camping and hiking trips and even regular long distance travel with the dogs.

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For our training sessions, we’ll be using treats that are attention getters but are also low in calories. Our current go to are the Organic Chicken and Duck Training Treats from Full Moon. Guess what? Full Moon is also the sponsor of Day #12 of the 2017 Stocking Stuffer Giveaways! That means you have a shot of winning your dog some delicious training treats to get into tip top training shape for the New Year. Keep on reading to find out how and pick up some training tips along the way.

5 Dog Training Tips for the New Year

Revisit the Classics

In order to train for new tricks, you often have to build on top of some basics. Before teaching roll over, your dog should know how to lay down and stay. Brushing up on the regulars (sit, down, stay, etc.) will also help boost your pup’s confidence and may help with various types of anxieties. If you start to notice that your dog may have a bit more selective hearing than normal, then it may be time for reminder!

Break Down New Tricks

Pick out a maximum of 1-2 new tricks to teach at a time. Too many will definitely result in confusion – probably for both you and your dog! Once you’ve decided on the new tricks, break them down into smaller more manageable pieces that you can tackle. This helps guide your dog toward the final result that you are expecting. Don’t expect for your dog to get it right away. It could take anywhere from a few hours to even a few weeks depending on the trick, your dog, your training, and how regularly you practice.

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Use Quality Training Treats

I always say that a quality training treat should be smelly, tasty, attention getting, low calorie, and if it can be broken into smaller pieces, even better! Currently, we are training with the Organic Chicken Training Treats from Full Moon, but we have also had great success with the Duck recipe as well! These treats are meaty, so they are moist and smell a bit which is helpful in getting a stubborn dog’s attention. Out of the bag, each treat is only 2.25 calories, which is great for repetitive rewarding during a training session. Since they are soft, they can also be broken down into even smaller pieces.

Keep Sessions Short

There’s nothing worse than taking a great training session and making it go too long. A session that goes too long can result in you and your dog getting frustrated. This also leads to miscommunication, which then leads to more frustration. Set a time limit on your session before you even start and if you find your self getting even the teensiest bit grumpy move on to the next step (see below).

End on a Positive Note

Even if you’re having an off day or if your dog just doesn’t seem to get it, end things positively so that you BOTH will want to come back. Go back to a trick your dog knows really well or even just running through basics like sit, down, and stay. Go ahead, reward your dog, and celebrate because they are the best dog ever and nailed whatever simple task you asked them to do.

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Two (2) winners will receive one (1) 6 oz bag of Full Moon Organic Chicken Training Treats and one (1) 5 oz bag of Full Moon Cage-Free Duck Training Treats. Approximate retail value is $13.98.

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How often do you work on training with your dog? What do they need a refresher in? What would you like them to learn?

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Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman is a bargain hunter, food lover, and software engineer figuring out how to be a pet parent for the first time. Jessica has been a long time lover of all animals (especially llamas and manatees) and is happy that she can finally combine that love with technology.
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  • Jason Diehl

    Zoey Monster just finished advanced at Petsmart all 3 of our girls are pretty well behaved

  • Linda Szymoniak

    I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t been working regularly with training for my dogs. However, I just adopted a sweet female Treeing Walker Coonhound pup who really needs some training, so these would be great for that!

  • sandy weinstein

    i try to work on training a few times a week. it depends on my time, it is a busy time now.

  • Susan Pertierra

    I work on training about once a week.

  • Misty

    She needs to heel better. We do minor training daily.

  • rlweitzel

    Seek is just a pup so we train daily.

  • njweitzel

    Molimo is pretty well trained, but I wish we could find a way for her to not be sooooo sensitive!

  • Mary W

    We work on daily training but in a low key way. I admire your skills and dedication to formal training.

  • Jackie Preas

    Oops…we haven’t trained like we should have…we lost time when he was down with his back and frankly we are just grateful that we didn’t have to end up having to use a cart.It is time to get back to basics with Beauregard.

  • Dianne

    I so some training with my girl every day. She is 9 years old and still learning new tricks. Most recently she learned to fetch the newspaper. I go through training treats like crazy. I use treats of varying value for her–smelly ones are highest value! These treats sound yummy. I would like to teach her to cover her face with her paws.

  • Rachel Davis

    we don’t really train 🙂 but she loves treats!!

  • DJohnson

    I work with my pup weekly. He can roll over, fetch, and sit.

  • Cheryl Chervitz

    I don’t train too much, they are just spoiled and love treats!

  • Kyle B

    Orion needs a refresher on stay. In the house he knows stay but outside it’s like he doesn’t know his own name.

  • Helga

    Our dogs need to learn not to pull at the leash during our walks, especially when they see cats and other animals.

  • sherry butcher

    i work with Blackie even thro he’s 14 to refresh his memory, like on walks to slow down.

  • Marilyn Nawara

    We work on a little bit of training every day or two. My dog needs to work on coming to me when I call him.

  • Carolyn

    Angel loves treats. We train when the weather is bad to give her some mental stimulation. Angel needs to work on learning the boundaries of our new yard, when we move.

  • Candice

    Our dogs know basic commands, but we have fallen short as pet owners, in really training them. One of our dogs is so smart, and we need to work with her more often. The other if food motivated, so that helps too!

  • Shelley P

    We work on training with our dogs at least once a week. Lacey is our newest adoption and I’d like to see her learn to sit and stay. I don’t think she has had any training so we are working on some basics with her 🙂 I think these yummy treats would help <3

  • Rochelle Epstein

    Layla is nearly 11 years old so have stopped the training but she is really good with what she knows

  • Annamarie Voss

    Our pup is 8 weeks old so we are working on everything, he is getting sit with his treat. I really want to train this one to come back when called and to not jump up on people.

  • Melody Finch

    Every so often. These are the best treats and a favorite here for my pup.

  • Kelly McGrew

    They are good for the most part, but ever since my nephew was born last year they have a bit of learning to do with not eating his toys or food.

  • Amy A

    The pups definitely need to work on their behavior on leash since they get so excited and end up waking up the whole neighborhood

  • Kayla Lussier

    My dog is a little over a year old and she knows a few tricks. I work with her just about every day. If anything, she needs more work on stay and come. Being she’s a husky mix she tends to be stubborn lol but still a very smart girl!

  • Lisa F.

    My newest (a foster failure of sorts) needs to listen a bit better about not pouncing on my other dogs so much in play. She is just playing, but it intimidates them. That is the main thing I need to work on right now.

  • Melissa S

    I work with my dog several times a week. I would love to tech her how to play dead. I think that is so cute.

  • Allison Hoffman

    I try to work with my dog when I have time but not as often as i should

  • Kathy J. McNiel

    We’re still on the basics with our 4.5-month-old corgi pup. I should be more diligent, but we do work a little every day.

  • Ellen Reardon

    I don’t work on training with Apollo regularly, but he needs a refresher in “stay” or “leave it!”

  • Christine Aiello

    I haven’t done any training with Coco in a long time now. But I did try getting her to do “down” the other day and she wouldn’t do it so we may need to train for that again! LOL!

  • Danielle Wood

    I work on training with my dogs a couple of times a week, they could use some refreshing on leash training, they have started to pull a lot on their walks

  • Sandy Klocinski

    I actually work on training once a week. But I do incorporate his training into daily activities. He could use a refresher in the “stay” command. I would like him to learn to put his toys away!

  • Charlene

    I need to work on leash training more with my little dog.

  • Darlene Owen

    My dogs are 9 and 10 so they would need a refresher to go down.

  • Elena

    I don’t train my dogs that often. They need to practice “stay” command

  • Shea

    I need to work on training my dogs by teaching them some new tricks. They know down, stay sit, no and come. I need to work with them on learning to roll over.

  • iggysaysno

    We don’t work on training enough…. just simple tricks. They definitely need a refresher on STAY. I’d love for them to learn SPEAK.

  • amyorvin

    I try to work with my dog on a daily basis. Toby Tangles needs to learn how to control her excitement. She tinkles when she is too excited. I am not sure how to train her to stop that. She need a refresher on come on, let’s go.

  • mullin77

    I work with our boy Bailey every day. Bailey needs some work on walking on his leash. Cathy Truman

  • sarah k.

    I would like to brush up some of their training on staying and for them to get better at coming when called, my one girl in particular needs some help in that area.

  • Molly Pitcher

    My dog is really crazy walking on a leash. She could use a refresher in that.

  • Christina Foley

    We typically work on training almost daily. I foster and we usually always have 1-3 fosters with us so while I am working with them I always have at least one of my dogs with me. My JRT needs a refresher in recall (but mostly its stubborness not that she doesn’t know what is expected)

  • rickel bart

    we keep on trying, but i have to confess, it isnt showing great signs with our little senior rescue pup

  • AnnaZed

    Milo I work with, he’s fairly smart but reactive and willful. I want him to really learn to stay put when he sits. He also needs to surrender the ball when playing, but so far he won’t.

  • Jennifer Reed

    I did do training when my dog was younger but have gotten lazy as my dog has aged. He needs to work on not being so dog aggressive.

  • sonnetdog

    I used to often and this is a good reminder to again start because “stay” is hard for my dog!

  • Cindy Peterson

    We practice daily, although I am getting less strict the older he gets. We need to refresh our off leash heel. I would like him to learn to sleep in later.

  • Char

    We try to do this every single day, thank you for the great offer!

  • Monique Rizzo

    Not very often. Maybe twice a week. No refreshers…they are really good dogs.

  • Jodi Hassel

    i use treats to train him most days

  • Donna Teller

    Our dogs are older now so we don’t really do much training anymore. When we moved we did have to retrain them a little on potty training because of being in a new place but it wasn’t too bad.

  • Heather D

    My dog was a timid abused rescue dog when I got her. Now she is fairly confident and knows a handful of commands. She just mastered waiting for a treat that I lay in front of her. I’m super proud.

  • Leela

    We try new things from time to time.

  • Denise B.

    I do a little bit of obeying a few times a day. We eventually want our dog to be trained as a service dog.

  • paigechandler

    I work on training everyday. My goal is sit stay. She already flunked training school. Good thing she;’s cute,

  • Karley Moore

    We have to small dogs, so training is an everyday thing for now. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jessica Barrientos

    We constantly work on training with Melvin. I would love for him to learn to hold something in his mouth and pose 🙂

  • Sarah Borns

    We work daily in small increments. Mine could use a “come” refresher.

  • Kristin McCall

    We are all the time trying to train our dog not to poop in the house. She does good with not peeing but we are still trying to get her not to poop in the same spot.

  • Christine Labelle

    My dog can sit and lay down. She also knows to stay within the boundaries of our yard without leaving. I would love it if she could roll over.

  • susitravl

    My dogs are in constant need of training. We go to classes and do reinforcement at home but they aren’t consistent. Sometimes they obey and sometimes they don’t! I’d love it if they would come when I call them.

  • EdyeNicolesMakeup

    My dog needs to learn how to sit, haha!


  • Joanne Careri

    I try and incorporate training everyday. But he only listens half the time . LOL!

  • Surinder Gurm

    I would like Bailey to behave better around other dogs and when he sees rabbits or squirrels

  • Aaron

    Rolly is mostly untrained. He is not very smart. Knowing his name is often the day’s best trick.

  • CandieL

    We use every day opportunities as training. Thank you

  • yellowlabs

    I work on training them daily. My dog needs a refresher in the “leave it” command. I would like them to learn to roll over.

  • Michelle

    We work on training every few days. Stay and down are what we’re working on now.

  • kathypease

    I would like my dog to stop barking at the neighbors

  • Danielle Murgia

    Sissy needs a refresher in sitting while in public. She is fine at home but when we try to do meet and greets (like Santa), she does not sit on command.

  • courtney

    We used to be great trainers but he just turned 3 and are slacking and can tell. We need to be consistent again!

  • Vikki Billings

    I would love for my dog to learn not to watch us eat, but I think that is a big wish.

  • Pooch

    I work with my dog on a daily basis to stay when at a stop sign because I worry about cars hitting dogs.