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NEWARK – Everyone has their talents. For some people it’s drawing, for others it’s shooting hoops or perhaps singing.

For Rich Boucher, it’s training dogs.

Boucher grew up with German Shepherds at his home and learned to train them using books and other resources.

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Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN) is releasing a product that it hopes will put it back on the map. It is no secret that Garmin shareholders have been unimpressed — after all the shares are close to a 52-week low and the market is close to the all-time high. Now the company is looking to dogs for the next revenue boost.

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FAIRFIELD — Whenever Francis “Earl” Staples spotted someone having trouble with their dog while walking past his Rolling Hills home, he would get up from his chair and give them pointers on how better train their canine companions.

Staples, 94, who passed away March 16, should know.

He was one of the first Army dog trainers of World War II, part of a team that trained more than 5,000 dogs for sentry duty, to sniff out mines and carry messages across the battlefields of the Pacific.

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Clicks and treats a foundation for hunting dog training

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Clicks and treats a foundation for hunting dog training

Willow Creek Kennels trainer Chad Hines gets the best results using positive reinforcement

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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 11:30am

Becoming a therapy dog team is a rewarding volunteer activity for everyone involved. Join professional dog trainer Jean Conte for a six-session class sponsored by Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center in Damariscotta and held at The Lincoln Home, 22 River Road in Newcastle, each Thursday at 5 p.m.

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Rudy Drexler, proprietor of Rudy Drexler’s School for Dogs in Elkhart, has been working with dogs for over 50 years. For much of that time, he specialized in training dogs for perhaps the most disciplined canine calling of all: law enforcement.

Now, he uses that expertise to import and train protection dogs for private homes and businesses.

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Dogs are often used in search-and-rescue operations, drug busts and bomb threat cases, and training is vital in keeping them, and their trainers, at the top of their game.

To help ensure that dogs and handlers have the most up-to-date information, Albany police officer Kyle McCraith — a canine handler for nearly 20 years — along with several dog trainers and other experts in November formed the New York State Canine Association, which provides instruction to its members for free.

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A Des Moines nonprofit raises, trains and places service dogs typically with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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A civilian is now getting the chance to work with a service dog through Paws and Effect.

Tom Bowen was a firefighter in West Virginia who went directly to Manhattan, New York to volunteer for two months after the World Trade Center towers collapsed.

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JACKSON SPRINGS — With the war in Afghanistan winding down and defense contracts drying up, K-2 Solutions is having to find other purposes for its canine training facility.

Rodger Moore, vice president of business development, said Thursday night during the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce’s business after hours event held at the Derby facility that K-2 has begun a new endeavor — training canines to help veterans with PTSD.

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For most of the 20th century, dog-training methods involved a dominance-oriented view that the dog must be responsive to our commands out of "respect" for the person giving them. Even today, many dog trainers reject using food rewards, and derisively refer to trainers who do as "cookie trainers." As a proud "cookie trainer," I wonder how we might determine that a dog is behaving out of "respect." Just as important, how does the trainer instill "respect" in a dog?

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