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New year, new dog behavior?

New Year resolutions for self-improvement might apply also for the canine family members as for the human members. To help along this line are three experienced instructors, who volunteer to provide continuing education for the canine family memb...

New Year resolutions for self-improvement might apply also for the canine family members as for the human members.

To help along this line are three experienced instructors, who volunteer to provide continuing education for the canine family members (and their owner/trainers) by conducting a series of weekly dog obedience training classes.

The classes are given for six consecutive weeks, with each session having a separate kindergarten class for puppies and another class for adult dogs.

The six one-hour classes will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Monday starting on January 7 and continuing through February 11.

The curriculum will include socialization, basic obedience and when appropriate, behavior problems will be addressed.

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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.

Only "gentle and reward" training methods are used.

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

Participants are asked to make a tax-deductible contribution of $50 to the Lakes Area Recreation Association (checks may be payable to "LARA").

All of the fees collected are deposited by the Lakes Area Recreation Association to secure the land for a community recreation and wellness complex. To enroll in the class, call Donna Rae Pugh, (320) 762-8980.

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