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Fayetteville Animal Shelter Offers Free Dog Obedience Classes

The Fayetteville Animal Shelter offers programs to help owners learn to better handle their dogs, and they classes are free of charge.
Simple changes can make a big difference in the quality of life of both the dog and their owner.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR -- They may be man's best friend, but sometimes they still need a little guidance, so the Fayetteville Animal Shelter offers programs to help owners learn to better handle their dogs. The goal is for the owner to address issues that could land the dog back in the shelter. The classes began in 2013 as part of the shelter's Training and Behavioral Outreach program.

“The initial idea behind hosting these free classes was primarily to help our foster parents when they experience issues with their foster dogs, but we have found that they are a great resource for pet owners in the community as well,” said Dog Foster Coordinator Chris Heinen, in a press release.

The classes focus on basic obedience skills, but owners and animals can learn more about other behavioral topics like how to train dogs to be around small children.

Amanda Henry, with Dogtastic Training, told us she's excited to be part of the program.

“I love helping people realize the potential their dog has and seeing how simple changes can make a big difference in the quality of life of both the dog and their owner,” she said.

The shelter's classes take place the last Saturday of every month, and they run about an hour long. The next class is set for Saturday, January 25 at 12:30 p.m. No registration is needed for the classes, but dogs do need to be on a secure leash.

You can find the Fayetteville Animal Shelter at 1640 South Armstrong. For more information, CLICK HERE or call (479) 444-3456.
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