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"Recipe For Success"
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 • Posted March 16, 2011

Take a group of dogs, preferably untrained. Add barking, pulling, jumping up, digging, chewing, and lunging. Bring together once a week for eight weeks, stirring in practice sessions at home daily. Meet in really bad weather, and observe progress. Add more commands, and more practice sessions. Stick to it despite busy schedules and random things life throws at you when you’ve made other plans.

The end result? Reigning Cats & Dogs is proud to serve up our newest obedience class graduates - Kathy and Brett Loeffler, and their two Redbone Hounds, Ruby and Roxie. These two young sisters amazed their instructor, Lenore Newsom, and her husband Tommy, and they walked at their owners’ sides WITHOUT A LEASH, sat next to them when they stopped, came when called, and stayed in place for one minute with their owners 15 feet away, in both a sitting and lying down position. Their immediate reward was a rawhide bone apiece, but the long-term rewards are that they can be taken places without embarrassing their owners, they get "props" for being as smart as they are beautiful, and they are now full-fledged members of the "pack" (their family), which will guarantee them useful and well-adjusted lives.

As a dog professional who has handled thousands of dogs, I can assure you that dogs from the Hound group (coonhounds, greyhounds, Afghans, bloodhounds, bassets, beagles, etc.) are not obedience competitors’ first choice for competition dogs, but Brett and Kathy proved the axiom that putting in the time will get results with any dog. Ruby and Roxie were dazzling! We were all proud!

If you’d like your dog to dazzle and amaze, enroll in our next obedience class, starting this spring. Call 325-347-1700 for more information - classes are Saturdays from 8:30-9:30 AM, the class is eight weeks, and cost is $99. All dogs have the recipe for success in them - won’t you bring it out?

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