Obedience classes for all levels of dogs from puppies on up starts soon.(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

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Obedience classes for all levels of dogs from puppies on up starts soon. Beginning classes start on Tuesday, March 24, with collar fitting.

Students will have their choice of times on Tuesday evenings 5:30, 6:30 or 7:30 p.m. The handler-owner is given a written lesson plan that is practiced in class and then taken home.

Students are asked to work approximately 15 minutes per day with their dogs as the dogs learn by repetition, praise and the experience of their action. At the end of the eight-week session, the handler-owner will be able to teach the dog basic obedience, including paying attention, heeling on leash, coming when called and other useful exercises. Cost of class is $85. Dogs need to be 5 months and older.

Puppy kindergarten is for pups 2 to 4 months. Class covers normal puppy issues such as socialization, nipping, dominance, house training, learning to walk on a leash, coming when called and other obedience training geared for the young pup. All classes are taught with positive motivation. Cost $85 for 8 weeks. There is a limit of 12 pups in a class. The class begins Monday, March 30, and is at 5:30 p.m.

For students wanting further training after than the basic class, there is a polishing class. This class sharpens up exercises taught in the beginning class, working on reliability as well as introducing new material. This class puts the finishing touches on the well-trained household pet and companion or can be the start of the fun sport of obedience competition if so desired. This class also begins on Monday, March 30, and is at 6:30 p.m. Cost $85 for 8 weeks.

Rally class consists of learning and performing a series of signs. It can be used to sharpen up dogs on commands, to get ready for a American Kennel Club rally or just to have a fun time with your dog. It also begins on Monday, March 30, and is at 7:30 p.m. This class will run for seven weeks and the cost is $75.

Copies of current immunization records are required. Discounts also available for dogs recently adopted from the shelter, two dogs in a household and for dogs enrolled in previous classes. All sessions are held at the Ursuline Centre Gym, 23rd Street off of Central Avenue.

Call Marie at 761-5603 or Serene at 799-2527 for further information.

Preregistration is required.

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