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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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Published: Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 10:44 AM.

The Shelby Parks and Recreation Department and DogSports Unlimited will sponsor several dog classes beginning March 19.

The classes include puppy kindgergarten, teaching puppies basic obedience as well as socialization; adult manners, basic obedience and problem-solving skills; and pet therapy, teaching the skills necessary to pass the therapy dog certification test so that you and your dog can bring joy to others.

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Regardless of what breed of dog you have, some basic obedience training is the first step. You want your dog to come when it is called, and it shouldn’t be jumping up on people. Both of these examples can be real safety issues.

Sally Jo Hoaglund, of rural North Platte, has been training and caring for dogs for over three decades.

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