Maysville, KY (November 2, 2011). Ten community members and their furry companions recently completed a dog obedience class through Maysville Community and Technical Colleges (MCTC) Workforce Solutions.
Peggy Parker, owner of a 600 acre farm in Mays Lick, attended the class with her best friend, Dozer, a bright and friendly border collie.
Dozer was originally supposed to be just a companion for me, says Parker. We spend a lot of time together. He stays in the truck when commanded and even rides around on the tractor. But, he has not been good with the animals.
MCTC Instructor George Rodgerson leads the class using his 35 years of experience training herding dogs. He uses a humane approach based on rewards and quick corrections, rather than punishment.
Most dog owners come to this class with similar concerns such as a dog that wont come when it is called says Rodgerson. I spend as much time training the owners as I do the dogs. Most dogs truly want to please their owners. The owners are just not clearly communicating what they want.
Over the six weeks of the class, Dozer showed he had the makings of a dog obedience star. Parker, his owner, was eager and committed to completing the homework each week as suggested by Rodgerson.
We focused on some of the commands that could make Dozer useful as Peggy did her chores, says Rodgerson. Dozer and the chickens have signed a truce and he is on his way to becoming Peggys loyal farm hand.
Parker now enjoys her days on the farm even more with her furry friend.
The class was great because it helped me focus on Dozer and adjust my thinking, says Parker. It had always been easier to just leave him home on cow days. We still have much work to do. Now that Im a little smarter, I hope hell be able to do what comes naturally for him.
Dozer was voted valedictorian for this session by his classmates.
The dog obedience class lasts six weeks and is offered each Fall and Spring semester. For more information about this class and other offerings through MCTCs Workforce Solutions contact 606-759-7141 extension 66117.