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Classes can help tame unruly pups

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?...

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 perfect class for you and your new pet.

Starting on January 8 at 6 p.m., the Lakes Area Humane Society will be holding Beginner Dog Obedience Training Classes.

The classes will be held on five consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 and will be taught by local professional dog trainer, Randy Buker.

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The classes will be held at the Alexandria Technical College Gym in Alexandria. The first class on January 8 will be without dogs present so let them rest the first week.

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

Buker's 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 customers' 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.

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