As a dog trainer, if I had a nickel for every time I heard that comment in the first week of a new obedience class, I’d be, well, let’s put it this way - I wouldn’t be buying lottery tickets anymore! Reigning Cats & Dogs’ newest graduates were no different, except I heard that comment right up until the week before graduation!Patsy Zesch and her boxer, Avery, and Jan Strickland, with her dachschund Tucker, made liars out of themselves as their dogs DID do it - as a matter of fact they did it ALL, and without a leash, and in the middle of a horse show at the park. They walked at their owners’ side, sitting when the stopped, whether Patsy and Jan walked slow or fast, around corners, and in a figure 8 pattern. They also sat 15 feet away from their owners for over a minute, without getting up. And even more amazing, they CAME when they were called! Did I mention they did this without wearing a leash? These two hard-working trainers taught their dogs every one of those accomplishments, over a period of an eight-week obedience class, and were able to amaze their friends and family with their dogs’ stellar performance (I was pretty darn impressed, too). If you’re reading this article, then looking at the family dog snoozing under the dining room table and you think, “my dog could NEVER do that!” enroll in Reigning Cats & Dogs’ fall obedience class, which begins Saturday, September 11th. Classes are from 8:30-9:30 AM, for 8 weeks (makeup lessons are available free of charge). Class size is limited, so call 347-1700 to enroll now. Minimum dog age is 5 months - no maximum age - our oldest graduate was 11 years old. After 8 weeks, you’ll be saying “I’ll be darned - my dog COULD do that!” too.