Saturday, August 3rd was the culmination of 8 weeks of hard work for three “all-stars”; three owner-dog teams who graduated Reigning Cats & Dogs’ summer obedience class. Husband and wife Mark and Linda Dykstra “tag-teamed” German Shepherd mix sister dogs Digger and Mona, and Kay Hudler added her Shih Tsu mix, Lizzie to round out a stellar class. Don Daniel and “Lucky,” his rescue Border Collie, we’re not present at the last class, but also graduated.
All the dogs in the class brought their issues to the first class. Lucky, whose background before the Daniels adopted her was unknown, did NOT like to be handled by strangers. Lizzie, our pampered “Princess,” was used to being carried everywhere. And the Dykstras’ dogs were what The Crocodile Hunter used to call “wild units.” However, once again patience and persistence paid off, as all the dogs were transformed in eight short weeks into well-behaved “All-Stars” whose owners could take anywhere without embarrassment.
If your dogs’ behavior embarrasses you, or you just want to do something fun with your pet, enroll in Reigning Cats & Dogs’ fall obedience class. An 8-week class is only $99 (plus equipment), and classes start Saturday, September 7th. Free make-up lessons are included, and dogs adopted from the pound or local rescue groups are half-price. For more information, a free behavioral consultation, or to enroll call (325)-347-1700, or come by the shop at 120 Moody St., next to the Odeon. We can always use more canine “All-Stars”!!