The Madison Oglethorpe Animal Shelter is happy to announce that we will begin offering a Basic Obedience Dog Training Course beginning Saturday April 12, 2014 through May 17, 2014. The introductory Basic Obedience Class is a six week course that will give you the knowledge to have a more rewarding relationship with your dog. Our goal is to encourage a healthier, happier bond between owners and their pets through positive based training. Classes are held once a week on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am, for about one hour per session, beginning April 12, 2014. The Madison Oglethorpe Animal Shelters Basic Obedience classes give you the knowledge to have a more rewarding relationship with your dog by showing you how to teach your dog how best to behave in your household. Lessons include: pay attention, sit, stay, walk on leash without pulling, lie down, wait, come (all on leash), and more–though classes are NOT just about “commands.” Classes last six consecutive weeks, once weekly, for about one hour per session, and homework is required. The object is to communicate more effectively with your pet and bond with him through attention, praise, treats, and positive leadership. Though specific “problem behaviors” such as chewing, excessive digging, or barking are not specifically covered, you will find that many of these behaviors disappear once you begin interacting with your dog using the positive methods taught through Fran Klimek owner operator of Pawsitive K9 Training and M.O.A.S. volunteer. Even dogs who already have a pretty good grasp of these commands can benefit from the socialization and added distraction of class, as well as our exclusive Leadership Protocols and Self-Control Exercises. It is never too late to have a great relationship with your dog! Do you want your dog to behave whether or not you are holding a treat? So do we! We will show you how to get reliable behaviors without bribing your dog. Treats are great tools for teaching and reinforcing good behaviors, but our training will also give you results without needing treats forever. Classes are for puppies and dogs 4 months of age or older who have current vaccinations, including rabies (puppy vaccinations, including the rabies shot, are typically finished by the age of 4 months). Cost of the six week class is $80 per animal and all proceeds go back to helping homeless animals at our shelter. Fran Klimek of Pawsitive K9 Training as spent the last year as a volunteer trainer at our shelter helping homeless animals in conjunction with the Madison County 4H Program. Ultimately finding loving homes for over 100 homeless animals through basic obedience training. Her methods focus on a reward based training focusing on what the dog does correctly. The idea is to downplay the negative, focusing on the positive, establishing a long lasting relationship between you and your dog. Anyone interested in signing up can do so at the shelter or by calling us at 706-795-2868. Don't miss out on this great opportunity. Classes will fill up quickly and space is limited.