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4-H school for dog obedience set for March 5

ELKINS — The Randolph County 4-H Leaders organization is sponsoring dog obedience school again this spring. Registration begins at 7 p.m. March 5 at Camp Pioneer 4-H Camp in Beverly.

The school will run from March 5 until April 23 which will be graduation night. The first class on March 5 will be for registration as well as information and instructions on heel and sit command. The dogs do not attend the first class meeting. The cost is $50. The class will be limited to 40 participants. There will be a waiting list if more than the 40 persons register.

Any breed of dog, 6 months or older, will be accepted. The dog must have a choke-chain and leash, and all vaccinations must be up-to-date. The owner (or trainer) and the dog will attend class every Thursday for one hour for eight weeks. They will be shown an exercise that they are to practice at home each day for approximately one hour. These demonstrations are open to the public, and anyone is welcome to come watch the class, at no charge and may ask the instructors questions during break or after the class has adjourned.

The objective of the dog obedience school is to teach the owner the basic principles of dog training, so they can handle problems which arise in daily life with their dog. The commands being taught are heel, halt-sit, sit-stay, down, down-stay, recall and stand for examination.

For more information on the Randolph county dog obedience school, contact the WVU Extension service, 32 Randolph Ave, Suite 102, Elkins or call 304-636-2455.

Programs and activities offered by the West Virginia university extension service are available to all persons without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, political beliefs, sexual orientation, national origin, and marital or family status.