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New round of dog obedience classes offered

Contributed photo Morkie littermates "Trixie" and "Bailie" went through the dog obedience training, along with their owners, Mindy Wymore (left) and Laurie Youngers.

Spring appears to be a little slow in coming this year, and when it does return, it will be time to enjoy taking dogs for walks on the trail, in the park, or just around the block.

However, how much enjoyment these outings will bring depends largely on how well mannered the dog is, and how well it's able to socialize with other dogs and the people it meets along the way.

To help make these activities more enjoyable, three experienced volunteers working with Lakes Area Recreation provide basic training for the dogs and their owners by conducting a series of six obedience classes starting Monday, April 13 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and continuing for each consecutive Monday through May 18.

These six one-hour classes will each have a separate kindergarten class for puppies and another class for adult dogs. Only gentle and reward training methods are used.

The curriculum will include socialization, basic obedience, and when appropriate, behavior problems will be addressed. The final 15 minutes of the hour-long classes include a recess period, during which the dogs and the trainers will develop confidence by having fun on the agility course, consisting of hurdles, ramps, tunnels and a teeter-totter.

The classes will take place in the Lakes Area Recreation's gymnasium, accessible through the county library's entrance off of Fillmore Street in Alexandria.

The fee for each series of six classes is $50, payable to Lakes Area Recreation (LAR). To enroll in the class, call Donna Rae Pugh at (320) 762-8980 or e-mail