Gary Atlman let an English pointer named Suzie chase after a pigeon Aug. 5 in Ferdinand. ”They’re just like kids in school. Each is different,” said Gary, the Spencer County man who trains dogs as a part-time job. Sometimes, if the dog seems worn out or frustrated, he lets it finish early or have a day off.
Professional dog trainer Leslie Garbutt Vielma clicks her training clicker to get Goober to follow her commands at the RGV K9 Training Centre in Edinburg. He wags his tail as he intently waits for her instruction.
A few months ago, Goober was just another face peering from the bars of a kennel at the Palm Valley Animal Center in Edinburg.