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Dog obedience training classes start September 13

Contributed photo This German shepherd named Jael, owned by Sharolyn Sievert, was an outstanding graduate from one of last season's obedience classes.

"Lifetime learning" is as important for the canine family members as for the human members. Three experienced volunteers provide some of this continuing education for the canine family (and their owner/trainers) by conducting a series of dog obedience training classes.

Each series of classes runs for six consecutive Mondays, with each session having a separate kindergarten class for puppies and another class for adult dogs. Only "gentle and reward" training methods are used.

These six one-hour classes will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Monday starting September 13 and continue through October 18.

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 department's gymnasium, accessible through the Douglas 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.

To enroll in the class, call Donna Rae Pugh at (320) 762-8980 or e-mail