DATE: April 25, 2012
CONTACT: Lisa Mendheim, Public Education Coordinator
Broward County Animal Care and Adoption
If you are fed up with chewed furniture and shoes, excessive barking and other frustrating dog behavior, then Broward County Animal Care and Adoption has just the answer for you.
A special class titled, "Dog Smarts 101," is tailored to provide dog lovers with some important information to make pet ownership easier for both the dog and its family.
The class, free and open to the public, will be held Tuesday, May 8, from 6 to 7 p.m., at Tree Tops Park, 3900 S.W. 100 Ave., Davie. Since the program is not a dog training session, no pets will be permitted. Advance registration is not required.
"Pet owners often give up on their pets too quickly and do not take the time to understand why dogs do what they do, so that both the human and their pet can better co-exist with each other,” said Dawn Hanna, certified dog trainer and moderator of the program. “The class is a valuable resource so that people can learn more about their pet’s needs and reduce the possibility of the dog being surrendered to a shelter because 'it just didn't work out.'"
Sadly, each year more than 2,600 pets are dropped off at the County shelter by frustrated owners who claim they can no longer manage their pets. Unless a new adopter is willing to invest the time or a knowledgeable rescue group comes forward that understands the behavior, the surrendered pet can have difficulty being adopted.
“We encourage pet owners to consult a certified trainer to learn the best way to stop behavior issues before they become serious problems. Happy pets make happy pet owners,” said Marcy Perry, clinic manager, Broward County Animal Care.
Broward County Animal Care and Adoption is dedicated to providing shelter for lost and surrendered animals as well as the adoption of pets. The agency also coordinates the licensing of dogs and cats and provides rabies vaccinations in order to encourage a healthier pet population.
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