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Humane society offers class to train puppies

Have you recently gotten a new dog or puppy? Do you love all of its adorable antics, but have found that he has also brought with some undesirable behaviors?

Does he love to jump up enthusiastically on all visitors who enter your home, barks at anything that comes into his line of sight or delightfully drags you down the road when out on walks? If these scenarios sound familiar, the Lakes Area Humane Society has the class for you and your pet.

Starting on Tuesday, February 10 at 6 p.m., the Lakes Area Humane Society (LAHS) will be holding Beginner Dog Obedience Training Classes. The classes will be held on five consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and will be taught by local professional dog trainer, Randy Buker. The first class on February 10 will be held at the LAHS Shelter and will be without dogs present. The following four classes will be held in the gym at Alexandria Technical College.

Cost for the five-week course is $60 per dog enrolled and class size is limited to the first 15 registrants. To register, call the Lakes Area Humane Society at (320) 759-2260. All proceeds will benefit the animals cared for at the shelter.

Randy Buker will be the instructor for this class. His experience spans back to his childhood where he was always surrounded by at least one dog. Over the years he has been a professional trainer where he trained individuals' dogs for obedience and hunting and acted as a consultant for a variety of behavior issues.

He has written numerous articles on dog behavior and training. He has taught many obedience classes and has been involved in the individual training of literally hundreds of dogs.