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A large class of over 18 dogs and owners of all types, ages and sizes are just concluding courses in dog kindergarten and dog obedience. The class is sponsored by Douglas County 4-H club and held in cooperation with the Ava Parks Department.
The class has endured record heat, thunderstorms, and severe weather threats, but enjoyed the beautiful Ava Park for its classroom. Basic lessons in dog obedience, as well as topics on health, care, breed histories and showing were covered during the sessions.
Volunteer instructors Heather Baker and Pam Shoupe worked with the class, as well as providing individual help and assistance with the dogs.
The goal of the class was to help pet owners and their pets have a safe, meaningful and enjoyable relationship.
The final class will be held at the parking lot of Ava Place, where the students and their dogs will perform a dog show for the pleasure of the residents. As a special treat, the Ava Parks Department is offering a “Doggy Dive In” at the Ava City Pool on Aug. 14. All proceeds from the special swim will benefit the Ava City Animal shelter.
4-H encourages everyone to come out and enjoy the fun with your dogs. Certain restrictions do apply. You may call the Pool at 417-683-PARK or visit their web site at www.avaparksandrec.org to find out more.
Many participants of the class have requested to continue training this fall. Class schedules/training sessions are now being scheduled. Current 4-H leader Cleta Sweeney, is planning on retiring as a volunteer leader this fall, and the club is in need of an adult leader who would enjoy working with youth and animals. For more information on this project, or to find out more about your local 4-H club, you may contact Cleta at 417-265-3504.