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Dog trainer to be at Humane Shelter

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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.

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$40? I understand this is a fundraiser and for a very good cause, however, $40 is a lot of money. Good luck on your turnout!

-- Posted by millertime on Thu, Sep 23, 2010, at 10:50 AM

That is not a lot of money for what Mr. Shannon is able to teach. The training is top notch and if you have the time and desire...do it..if not...

Have a great day!

(The opinion expressed above is mine and mine alone, and is in no way indicative of anyone's feelings or opinions but mine.)

-- Posted by RickS on Thu, Sep 23, 2010, at 11:37 AM

I think this is a great idea for those owners who don't have a "good relationship" with their dogs and feel that spending $40 will achieve that.

Personally, if I spend $40 on something like this .. it better be for an hour with Ceasar Milan!

I do support the shelter and encourage everyone who loves animals to do the same - be it time,or money. I also support fund raisers, however, those people who NEED help with their dogs cannot afford this.

My advice is to stop treating your animal like a human. You can send your payments to me directly. I'll be here all week. ; )

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Sep 24, 2010, at 11:58 AM

This is CHEAP for what you'll get. At least they are trying to do something for both dog owners and raise money for the shelter. He is much better than that guy on Animal Planet! So what he doesn't have his own TV show, at least he's local and he'll be here all day...not just an hour. I know Mr. Shannon and what he can do with dogs. If I ever had a problem with my pooches he'd be the first one I would call, not Ceasar. An organization that is trying to help 2 different causes at the same time and you do what......dis 'em.

Good luck with your fund raiser Brenda! I hope you make about a thousand dollars.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Fri, Sep 24, 2010, at 1:50 PM

I hope they do, too, PROUD.

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Sep 24, 2010, at 3:56 PM

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