Registration is Underway for Adopted Dog Academy
For Immediate Release Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Registration is underway for the October and November sessions of the Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter’s Adopted Dog Academy. The four-class series is designed especially for dogs (and the people who love them) that have recently been adopted, rescued or re-homed. It is intended to be a stepping stone before continuing on to a basic obedience class. The dogs do not have to be from the Bonnie Hays shelter.
The main goals for this class are to:
- Create or strengthen the bond between the dog and handler
- Teach the dog and handler the mechanics and benefits of positive dog training
- Create focus on the handler, even when there are distractions
- Teach confidence in new situations, self-control and calm, relaxed behavior
- Troubleshoot behaviors that commonly cause dogs to be returned to the shelter or re-homed (e.g., house soiling, destructive chewing, escaping/bolting, pulling on leash, not getting along in household, etc.)
- Prepare dog and handler teams to participate successfully in other beginning dog training classes
The October series begins October 3 and runs for four consecutive Thursdays, 7-8 PM. The November series begins November 3 and runs for four consecutive Sundays, 2-3 PM. All classes take place at the Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter, located at 1901 SE 24th Avenue in Hillsboro.
The instructor, Jennifer Keene, is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDTKA) and has a Masters of Arts in Teaching. Keene has more than 12 years of experience teaching dog training classes in Washington County using positive, reward-based methods. She is also a published author.
The cost is $80 for the series. Space is limited. Register by calling 503-846-7041.
Media Contact:Wendy Gordon, Communications Coordinator/PIO