Obedience training doesn’t solve all behavioral problems, but it is the foundation for solving just about any problem. Training opens up a line of communication between a person and his or her dog. Effective communication is necessary to instruct the dog. A dog can be taught anything from “wait” (stay inside the house/truck/yard even if the door is open) to “sit” (while other dogs pass by) to “off” (keep all four feet on the floor when visitors arrive).
A well-trained dog is more confident and can more safely be allowed a greater amount of freedom than an untrained one. A trained dog will come when called.
Some people debate whether or not it is possible to train puppies and others ask whether it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks. The answer to both questions is an unequivocal yes.
Dog obedience classes will be taught at the Central Lincoln County YMCA, located at 525 Main St. in Damariscotta, on Tuesdays during the following sessions:
Session I: Nov. 8-29
Session II: Dec. 6-27
Cost: members, $65; nonmembers, $75
Beginner classes will run from 5-6 p.m., intermediate from 6-7 p.m., and Canine Good Citizen from 7-8 p.m. A minimum of 3 participants is needed to run the program. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.