Thursday, December 29, 2011


GREENVILLE – Resolve to train your puppy or dog in the coming year and sign up for a Greenville Area Dog Club training session. The Greenville Area Dog Club winter session of agility, obedience, and conformation classes begins the week of January 2, 2012. A well-trained and well-socialized dog is a joy to be around. Taking a dog through GADC’s training classes helps owners achieve that goal.

The Greenville Area Dog Club will be offering classes at the former U.S. Chemical building, located in the 5400 block of State Route 49.

Obedience classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 3. Classes offered include puppy (12 weeks to five months), beginner, beginner novice, novice, open obedience, and conformation.

“Our puppy and beginning obedience classes are designed to teach basic house manners, grooming and care of the dog, heeling, sit, down, stay, and other commands,” said Barb Rhoades, director of obedience training.

Registration for obedience classes is from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3. Orientation and classes will follow registration.

Dogs must be up-to-date on vaccinations, and participants must bring a copy of the dog’s vaccination records to registration. Puppies must have had their first two sets of vaccinations to enroll in puppy class.

For information about obedience classes, please call 937-548-0338 or 937-337-0292.

Dog agility classes will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays. Some of the classes offered include Introduction to Agility, Beginners, Intermediate Agility Class and Advanced Agility Class. The Monday classes begin on Monday, Jan. 2, while the Wednesday classes begin on Wednesday, Jan. 4.

Pre-registration is required for agility classes. To pre-register, please call 937-692-5310.

Those participating in Greenville Area Dog Club classes are reminded that parking is available both in front of the building as well as near the rear entrance. The entrance for dog classes is located on the north side of the building, near the rear.
Those bringing dogs to class are reminded to feed the dogs earlier in the day, rather than before class.

Most classes use dog treats as training aids. Participants are reminded to bring small, bite-sized treats that can be used for rewarding their dogs.

Participants also are reminded to wear comfortable, tie-on shoes, and to dress warmly.

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