Dog owners with a keen interest in seeing their animals have better behavior should take note.
The Clay County Humane Shelter will conduct a seminar with dog trainer Jack Shannon Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m.
Cost is $40, 25 percent of which will go to the shelter.
"This is kind of a fundraiser for us," Clay County Humane Society Board member and Shelter Manager Brenda Gaskill told The Brazil Times. "We've never tried this before.
"This is the first time we've ever had someone come to the shelter and actually invite people to come to the shelter to work with someone like Mr. Shannon to be able to have a good relationship with their dog."
"Shelters are always trying to do something to find funding," Shannon added. "It's a never ending battle for shelters. They're under-funded and overloaded."
Shannon, from Rockville, has 20 years experience training dogs. He was a K-9 Handler for approximately 16 years while with the Parke County Sheriff's Department.
Shannon said he began conducting seminars in recent years hoping to help dog owners with dog obedience.
The event is scheduled to begin with a classroom setting inside the shelter, 8280 N. County Road 125 W., Brazil.
Shannon said those attending will be in the classroom for about two hours before taking a break for lunch.
At 1 p.m., hands-on training with dogs will take place with Shannon, who has agreed to stay until all dog owners are satisfied.
"It's important to understand how dogs learn and how dogs deal with stress," Shannon said. "We try to educate people on how their dogs think and how the dog perceives what the person is trying to do."
For example, Shannon said owners may whisper commands to dogs rather than yelling them and receive the same result.
"The calmer you are, the easier it is," he said.
"Hopefully, this will get rid of some of the problems dog owners have," Gaskill said. "I think it's something that a lot of people want to know. This will help other people to be better dog and pet owners."
For more information, call 446-5126.