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Saying goodbye is one of the hardest things an inmate has to endure as a participant in the America's VetDogs program at Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown.

Inmate Terry Dorsey said his assigned dog, a Labrador retriever named Mo, is the second animal he has trained in the program, which places dogs with disabled veterans to help perform everyday tasks, such as turning on the lights and opening drawers.

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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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Posted: Monday, January 19, 2015 11:55 am

Stivers introduces the Veterans training/" title="View more posts about Dog Training here"Dog Training Therapy Act Perry County Tribune

Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) recently introduced the Veterans training/" title="View more posts about Dog Training here"Dog Training Therapy Act – which would establish a pilot program for veterans so they may address their Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through therapeutic dog training and handling.

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Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014 11:45 pm

Dog-training classes offered

Dog-training classes will be offered at Peaceable Paws dog-training center in Fairplay.

Free seminar: “Find Your Dog’s Inner Lassie” — Welcome to the fascinating world of how dogs think and learn. Discover how to better understand your own canine companion in the two-hour seminar/presentation (required orientation for Puppy and Adult Good Manners classes); Monday, Jan.

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The following dog-training classes will be offered at Peaceable Paws dog-training center in Fairplay:

 Free seminar: “Find Your Dog’s Inner Lassie” — Welcome to the fascinating world of how dogs think and learn. Discover how to better understand your own canine companion in the two-hour seminar/presentation (required orientation for Puppy and Adult Good Manners classes); Monday, Jan.

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Earlier this year, I mentioned criteria you should think about when selecting your dog. I mentioned your lifestyle and your activity schedule. Do you have time to enjoy your dog? One thing I didn’t mentioned is the amount of space you have outdoors to allow your dog to exercise. Do you have a large yard or will you need to take your dog to a park every day for exercise?

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Posted: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 8:26 am | Updated: 8:26 am, Tue Sep 30, 2014.

Therapy dog training class on Oct. 2

Never underestimate the power of a furry friend. Research has shown time spent with animals actually can help lower blood pressure, lessen anxiety and even boost immunity.

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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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