Seminar to feature dog trainer

PHOTOGRAPHER:
Kevin Brehan is shown with Zeke. (Source: Regional Animal Shelter website)

GLOVERSVILLE — The Regional Animal Shelter will be bringing in a special guest for a May 20 fundraiser.

Kevin Brehan, founder of Natural Dog Training Vermont will be coming to Harvey’s Home, Garden and Pet Center at 250 N. Comrie Ave. in Johnstown on May 20 for a dog training class.

Shelter Executive Director Renee Earl said Brehan has a different training model the focuses on five core exercises that can work on any dog.

“At this seminar he will go over the basics of this training model and how a dog owner can implement into their own home,” Earl said.

The shelter turned to Brehan to help with a special case.

On Sept. 15, 2015 a dirty and underweight tri-color mix-breed dog was brought to the shelter. While at the shelter, the dog was afraid and timid, to the point that even doggie toys frightened him.

The dog, later named Zeke, needed training to allow him to be a dog again. The dog spent seven months with Brehan working to improve his social skills and to trust people again.

Zeke worked on a variety of training topics including soft biting a toy and carrying it; an on-command deep-rooted bark puppies use; getting use to belly rubs; collecting, which teaches a dog to put their weight on their hindquarters; and pushing.

Zeke is now available for adoption.

Brehan currently is working with another of the shelter’s rescue dogs, Rufus, who needed some training before he could find his forever home.

“He had some issues that Kevin is helping him through,” Earl said.

Earl said Brehan will hold demonstrations of the techniques with both Zeke and Rufus in the afternoon.

Earl said the seminar will give attendees tips to implement these exercises in their homes. She said this course is a primer on the techniques, however people will be able to gain knowledge of how to introduce their exercises to their dogs.

“Definitely food for thought to go home with,” Earl said.

Earl said she implemented some of the techniques with her dogs at home with positive results.

Earl said classes with Brehan can usually run $1,000 and more.

“He travels all over the place giving seminars and teaching people,” Earl said.

The Regional Animal Shelter classes will cost $50, and the event is a fundraiser for the shelter. Earl said she would prefer people to pre-register for the course to allow a better head count for the catering service, however tickets will be available at the door.

It is asked that dogs not be brought to the class since space will be limited.

The morning session will be lecture-focused, with the afternoon session being more hands-on and visual. A catered lunch will be provided during this event.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. with the first session running from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The second session will run from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

“To compare it to a college course, your morning session would be your book work and the afternoon session would be the hands-on lab work.”

For more information or to register for the course go to: regionalanimalshelter.org.

To learn more about Brehan and Natural Dog Training go to: naturaldogtraining.com.

Kerry Minor can be reached at [email protected]

By Patricia Older

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