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Those who love their pets tend to enjoy all animals. Our animal owners are no different. Check in on News-Herald staffers Robin Palmer and Cheryl Sadler as they share their own animal tales and announce upcoming events in Lake and Geauga counties.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Therapy dog training classes and screenings

Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village is hosting a therapy dog training class beginning March 13 for those who would like their canine companion to work as a therapy dog.

To participate in the class, dogs must be screened by the trainer in advance. Screenings will begin at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 6. To make an appointment for screening, call Barbara Collins at 440-285-4679.

The six-session, Sunday morning therapy dog training class will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at Rescue Village, 15463 Chillicothe Road, Russell Township. The cost of the class is $125, and registration is required prior to class date. Call Collins to register. At the completion of the class, dogs who are at least 1 year old will be tested to receive therapy dog certification.

Geauga Humane Society’s goal in hosting the class is to recruit graduates as Rescue Village volunteer Ambassadors. Ambassador dogs and their handlers represent Rescue Village at community events, work with TLC Kids Camp participants and visit classrooms. Rescue Village Ambassadors are invaluable in helping Geauga Humane Society promote its mission.

For information, contact Mary Carney at Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village at 440-338-4819, ext. 20, or

-- Cheryl Sadler

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