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The reasons for bringing a dog to a professional trainer are as varied and diverse as the animals we want to work with. Perhaps Sweet Pea is an ankle-biter or Rufus chases cats; Fido is destined to be the next Lassie or the show ring beckons King — or his owner, anyway.

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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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FAIRPLAY — Dog trainers and would-be dog trainers are in Washington County this week to study with dog trainer Pat Miller at the Peaceable Paws dog training facility in Fairplay.

Miller teaches numerous dog trainer academies every year at the 80-acre facility.

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DERBY - The sprawling training center near the borders of Richmond, Montgomery and Moore counties has a decidedly military air.

Four-legged trainees trot along a dirt road that loops through the 125-acre facility. Others are put through drills by instructors that, in many cases, are former special operators.

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Members of the 17 Lions clubs in Region IV (Carroll County), District 22W, Lions Clubs International -- and members of the Century, Liberty and Francis Scott Key high schools' Leo clubs -- attended the Leader Dog Banquet April 24 at Gamber Fire Hall.

This was the last of four banquets held each year in District 22W, consisting of Lions clubs from Carroll County west through Garrett County.

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