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Why training is important.

Why Training is Important
By Jenny Anderson
¬Special to Today’s News-Herald
All dogs should have some training, whatever their age, because it helps insure their safety as well as acceptability when in public. Training also makes it so much easier to live with a dog because it is well-behaved. Some dogs will resist, but patience and consistency usually win in the end.
One of the first lessons we (handler and dog) must master is walking politely on a leash. While it may not seem too worrisome with a small dog, even a strong person can be pulled over by a larger canine. All dogs should be trained to walk without pulling—through experience I can say this is easier said than done!
Every dog also needs to learn recall, which is to come immediately to you when called. ¬¬Keep in mind a dog new to your household may not respond as well as one that has been with you for a longer period. And the world out there is full of tantalizing distractions which interfere. Although our animals may want to respond to our call, the enticing smells, sounds and sights can be too interesting.
Another important skill is the friendly dog-to-dog greeting. This can be challenging, depending upon the dog’s previous experiences with other dogs. That said, it probably isn’t advisable to allow dogs to go nose-to-nose while leashed. An important aspect of this may be teaching a dog to just “leave-it” and walk on by another dog being walked.
When a dog is adopted at WAHS, one free training session is provided by Valerie. A coupon is included in the adoption packet. This helps an adopter get off to a good start with some sound advice. We can all use a little extra help!
For Dog’s Sake Training eight-week classes are beginning soon. The first class will be Tuesday, March 5th at 6 p.m. and at 2610 Sweetwater Ave. This is the location of the future WAHS facility. These are the AKC Canine Good Citizen course and cost $140. Preregistration is required and can be completed by calling Valerie at 928-230-8239.

The Western Arizona Humane Society is open Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with kennel hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 855-5083 for details. To find lost pets, call 855-4111. View animals found at www.lhcpd.com.

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