Registration is Underway for Adopted Dog Academy

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sponsored by: Health and Human Services Department, Animal Services Division

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