To have a harmonious relationship with your dog, you must teach him the rules of your house in a way he understands. You can't expect your dog, to arrive at his new home knowing exactly what to do. Nor can you expect him to learn if you shout and hit him when he does something wrong without rewarding him for good behavior.
When puppies and dogs are returned to an animal shelter, the reason is nearly always related to obedience.
"He kept jumping on the children." "She dug holes all over the yard." "He kept peeing on the carpet."
All of these behaviors are typical and must be altered if there is to be harmony between the dog and his new family. That's why the DBCHS offers a free obedience class.
Taught by dog trainer Cheri Carbone, class sessions are scheduled for 1 p.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Boyle County