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Wednesday, March 6, 2013 • Posted March 6, 2013

What were we thinking? Dog training outdoors in winter? Despite some frosty mornings, where protesting dogs said, “you want me to lay down WHERE?”, two husband and wife teams persevered, and the result was two extremely well-trained dogs, who graduated from Reigning Cats & Dogs’ winter obedience class on Saturday, March 2nd.

“Marley,” a rescue Labrador Retriever owned by Leeann and Chuck Hedges, and “Gertrude,” a German Shepherd puppy owned by Wendy and Craton Hastings, competed head-to-head and both came out winners. What was unusual about both pairs of handlers in this class is all four of them trained their respective dogs. Usually one person trains the dog and one person sits in the truck and says, “hurry up, it’s freezing out here!” However, these couples took turns handling their dogs in class and observing on the sidelines, and all four of them practiced diligently at home. This eliminates the “He only listens to YOU” and “Will you please get YOUR dog off the bed?”, which is what you hear a lot of at our house!

Anyway, trainer Lenore Newsom and ring steward/scribe Tommy Newsom would like to congratulate the Hastings and Hedges on their fine work in making Mason a community of well-behaved dogs, one dog at a time!

If you would like your dog to join the growing ranks of the well-mannered, I-can-take-my-dog-anywhere group, Reigning Cats & Dogs’ spring obedience class starts on Saturday, March 23rd. Classes are 8:30-9:30 AM, and last for eight weeks. For more information or a free behavioral consultation call 325-347-1700, or stop by 120 Moody St.

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