March 5, 2009
Spring training for dogs begins March 14
If your dog needs to learn how to be a canine good citizen, and to control undesirable behavior like barking, jumping on people, and ignoring everything you say — there’s a simple six-week solution that’s fun for both dog and owner: the K-9 Search One canine obedience course begins its spring session at 9 a.m. on March 14, with Saturday morning classes offered at the Holly Springs Fire Department through April 18.
Each one-hour class provides a great opportunity to socialize dogs, allowing them to make new friends and learn some new “tricks.”
“Many dogs do very well in their own homes,” says instructor Judy Otto, “but since their experience is often limited to that familiar environment, they experience a sort of sensory overload when they are taken to the vet’s office, on vacation trips, or anywhere outside their own home and yard. All the new sights, sounds and especially smells are so fascinating that the dog forgets all the good behavior he or she might have learned at home, and ignores the handler’s commands. It can be very frustrating, to say the least!”
This is just one of the reasons an obedience class can be very helpful, even to a well-trained dog who doesn’t get out much, says Otto.
The dogs learn to listen, obey, and trust their handler’s commands, even in a strange place where they are surrounded by other dogs, people, and active distractions.
“Dogs are pack animals,” Otto explains. “Developing a relationship that makes it clear to them that you’re a leader they can trust is something they appreciate. Knowing that you’re in charge and you’ll make their decisions for them — in their best interests — lets them relax and enjoy their lives instead of stressing and worrying about what to do. I’ve seen amazing cases of dogs who were very nervous in strange situations, but have become calm, confident, and comfortable going anywhere with their handlers — simply as the result of obedience training together.”
Otto, who has served as an obedience instructor for Shelby County Obedience Club in Memphis, has been training dogs and instructing canine classes for more than 20 years. She will again be assisted by Mary Jo and Jim Elmore of Byhalia, both experienced dog trainers and exhibitors, who offer weeknight classes of their own in Olive Branch.
Register at the first class at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Holly Springs Fire Station.
Be sure to bring a leash, slip collar, and written proof of the dog’s inoculations for rabies, distemper, and parvo virus.
Cost for the six-week course of one-hour-long Saturday classes is $40. Proceeds will benefit independent search and rescue canine teams that work cooperatively to serve the Marshall County area. For further information regarding the class, contact Judy Otto at 662-252-1004.
Pages from the Past
10 Years Ago - March 4, 1999
J.C. Smith’s badge retired after long service career
The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department has retired the badge of the late J.C. Smith, who served as the county’s arson investigator and was instrumental in moving volunteer fire departments ahead, countywide. The badge, Marshall 10, will be retired as a tribute to J.C., who, according to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson, was a truly honest man and a fine public servant. Smith died last month after a prolonged illness. A retired Memphis fireman, he helped organize the Red Banks Fire Department and served as the department’s chief.
Forty-seven candidates qualify to run for 16 offices
Four incumbents will not have to face opponents for re-election, but 47 other local candidates are launching campaigns. Circuit Clerk Lucy Carpenter, Coroner Chuck Thomas, County Attorney Fred Belk and County School Superintendent Donnal Ash drew no opposition.
25 Years Ago - March 8, 1984
Marion Berry, mayor of Washington D.C., was in Holly Springs Saturday morning drumming up support for presidential candidate Jesse Jackson. The Jackson supporters visited with Marshall County Sheriff Osborne Bell, seeking support for the March 17 presidential caucuses.
Potts Camp gets driver’s ed car
In keeping with the idea that proper training can produce careful drivers, Union Auto Service in New Albany has once again furnished the driver education classes at Potts Camp School with a new car. The 1984 Buick LeSabre four-door custom sedan with a light blue body and a blue vinyl top, was recently delivered to the school by Henry Jarrett.
Teel receives check
Jerome Teel, a junior at Mt. Pleasant Christian Academy, received a $50 check from the Collins Hurdle Post No. 5697 VFW Auxiliary. Jerome was a winner in the Voice of Democracy speech contest sponsored by the VFW. Mattie Hurdle, VFW auxiliary publicity chairperson, made the presentation. Sue Clark is auxiliary chairperson.
50 Years Ago - February 26, 1959
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Kidd home from Japan
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Kidd and two sons, Jerry and Craig, returned Feb. 25 from Yokohama, Japan, after making their home there for the last two years. Mr. Kidd was connected with the Transportational Terminal Command. Jerry and Craig have enrolled in the Holly Springs High School. They are making their home at Holly Springs Lake Estates for the present.
Mr. and Mrs. Carter Lowry returned from trip
Mr. and Mrs. Carter Lowry returned Feb. 28 after a month’s vacation in Florida with their daughter Miriam Lowry of West Palm Beach. On Feb. 13, Mr. and Mrs. Lowry, their daughter and a group of friends sailed from Miami on the S.S. Florida for a cruise to Nassau. On their return trip home, sight-seeing trips were enjoyed in Lake Whales and Ovala.
Town and Country Garden Club
The Town and Country Garden Club will meet Tuesday at the Elite Cafe. Mrs. Wall Doxey and Mrs. Lloyd Chatham will be hostesses.
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