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Humane Society to offer dog training classes

DACULA - If your dog isn't being quite the model canine citizen - or if you just want to teach him some manners or skills - maybe the Gwinnett Humane Society can help out.

Beginning March 15, the organization will offer dog training for all breeds and ages.

"So many dogs end up at shelters because they don't have basic manners," Humane Society volunteer Robin Whitworth said. "Our goal is for dogs ... to bond with their owners."

During the six-week course, dogs will learn simple commands like "sit" and "come" and tricks such as how to shake hands and wipe their feet. A canine good citizen test will be offered the seventh week.

"This is to test the dog on basic obedience skills and manners ... and walking through a small crowd of people without any problems," Whitworth said.

The hour-long classes will be offered at 2:30 and 3:45 p.m. Sundays at the Dacula Activities Building at 2735 Auburn Ave. Whitworth said the experienced trainers use positive training and that the sessions are sure to be fun for people and pets alike.

The course will cost $75, with discounts for the owners of dogs adopted from rescue or the Humane Society.

Space is available for 10 dogs and owners will be required to show proof of rabies vaccination.

For more information, e-mail dogtraining@gwinnetthumane.com or call 770-798-7711.