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Lakes Area Recreation teaches dogs new tricks

Contributed Shelley, a graduate of the dog obedience class, walked up the teeter-totter with owner Norm Clyde at her side.

Having good manners and social skills during the holiday season is also important for the canine members of the family.

Experienced volunteers working with the Lakes Area Recreation can help by providing obedience training for dogs (and their owners) by conducting a series of six classes starting Monday, November 1, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and continuing for each consecutive Monday through December 6.

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.

The fee for each series of six classes is $50.00 payable to Lakes Area Recreation (or LAR). To enroll in the class, call Donna Rae Pugh, 320-762-8980 or email