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KENT, Wash. -- A dog training class in Kent, Wash., has a special participant that is turning a lot of heads. Class leaders said there has never been a student quite like Amy the pig.

There are corgis and collies and labs on leashes inside the Family Dog Training Center, but visitors will sometimes hear a snort amid all the barking.

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DRIVE IS ON FOR DOGS: Julie Parker, Rocky Mountain Dog Training, left, works with clients Keiki Tacub and Brenda Tacub and their puppy, Kai, on Wednesday.

DRIVE IS ON FOR DOGS: Julie Parker, Rocky Mountain training/" title="View more posts about Dog Training here"Dog Training, left, works with clients Keiki Tacub and Brenda Tacub and their puppy, Kai, on Wednesday. Parker has started an effort to collect toys and supplies for dogs living at Every Creature Counts, a no-kill shelter in Fort Lupton.

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Janet Smith isn't going to the dogs. She's going to the owners.
 
That's her philosophy about dog training and the underpinning of Good Dog! Training—her 16-year-old business that opened its very first brick-and-mortar facility at 1575 Haslett Road in Haslett this fall.
 
"I'm not really working with dogs, I'm working with owners," says Smith.

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Recent dog attacks should serve as reminders that other types of dogs, not just pit bulls, can be dangerous.

On Sunday in Kettering, a woman was bitten by one of two rottweilers on leashes in a parking lot off East Stroop Road.

The unidentified victim reached down to let one of the dogs smell her hand, and it jumped up, put its paws on her arm and bit her, according to Kettering police records.

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VERO BEACH — Living in Florida presents many unique challenges. Hurricane season is right around the corner. After the 2004 hurricane season, many Florida residents took preparation seriously. Now that some time has passed, the urgency has waned.

Don't be caught by surprise. Start getting ready now!

It is ideal to have a travel pack for your dog.

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Written by SAM MAZZOTTA Monday, April 21, 2014 11:58 pm

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dog Sent in from a reader: Kudos on reminding people that they must be actively involved with their dogs if they expect to have good training results. As someone who is "owned" by an independent Siberian husky, I can attest that nothing in life is free.

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When dog training, you, the trainer, can introduce superstition into your dog. Superstition occurs when the dog makes an association between and event and an outcome, but the event and the outcome are unrelated. When we hear "superstition", we think of an association that has been formed between a black cat and "bad luck".

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Before you bring a dog into your home, there are several questions you should ask yourself to determine if a dog will fit into your life.

For example:

Can you make the time commitment dog ownership requires?

Do you have the financial resources needed to care for a dog?

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