Teach your dog new tricks at county parks

  • Friday, August 30, 2013

Whether it’s a puppy or an older dog learning manners or a new trick, there is an appropriate training class for any canine. Charleston Animal Society and the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) are introducing a new series of programs that provide obedience training for dogs of all sizes, ages and temperaments. Starting Sept. 8, Charleston Animal Society will host two seven-week courses at Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park that help teach your best friend real life skills and tricks.

Training sessions for two different age groups will be led by C.C. Casale, behavior and training manager at Charleston Animal Society. Classes will be held every Sunday starting Sept. 8 continuing through Oct. 20, and will run again Oct. 27 – Dec. 8.

The Smart Puppy session is for ages 16 weeks and up and focuses on teaching basic puppy skills. The Smart Puppy class will teach young dogs socialization, puppy manners and the promotion of good habits, all in a safe, structured environment. “Must-have” skills like bite inhibition, loose leash walking, and basics such as sit, down, stay and trade (drop it) will be introduced, along with social time. Classes will also lay the foundation for a strong dog-owner bond and build trust.

“Puppies are sponges,” says Casale, a professionally certified trainer. “Make the most of this important formative period in your pup’s life and choose to do the very best for their future by teaching them good habits from the start. Early training provides your four-legged family member the best chance to become a fun, confident adult dog.”

Smart Puppy will be held on Sundays at 3 p.m. The first class, held on Sept. 8, will be for humans only.

Designed for non-aggressive, non-reactive dogs 20 weeks of age and up, Real Life Basics is the second offering in Charleston Animal Society’s dog instruction series. This class will teach owners and dogs skills useful in real life scenarios. Owners will gain a deeper understanding of how their canine companions learn, and build a stronger relationship with their dog. Skills practiced will include lying quietly, staying by the owner’s side while passing others, waiting at an open door, and jumping in and out of a vehicle on cue. This class is intended to be fun while helping make real life easier for dog owners.

Real Life Basics will be held on Sundays at 4 p.m. The first class, held on Sept. 8, will be for humans only.

All classes in this Charleston Animal Society series will be held at the Sweet Gum Shelter at Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park. Dogs must have received a full series of vaccinations to participate, and records must be brought to the first class. The first class of each program is a mandatory orientation for humans only. Fees for each seven-week class are $154 ($140 for Charleston County residents who register in advance). A Charleston Animal Society waiver must also be completed by participants.

For more information or to register for Charleston Animal Society’s dog training classes, visit www.ccprc.com or call 843-795-4386.

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