By Tina Taylor
Are you having trouble making your dog understand English? They really want to please you so much. Your dog has great attention, but he is not perfect. You just need to learn how to communicate better. If you are a senior with an unruly best friend, Fair Park Senior Center has some dog classes you might want to take.
Richella Veatch, AKC judge, trainer and owner of Holly Cove Training Academy, has been a handler and animal lover since 1978. Her favorite breed is the smooth hair collie. She has owned and trained many dogs of different breeds and taught successful classes in New Mexico and Tennessee.
Veatch and her staff take pride in offering the best methods for you and your dog. They do not train your dog, you do. The objective of training is that your dog is so well trained, that it will obey your first command, no matter what temptations or distractions may be present.
There are classes in companion dog training, obedience for home and competition, rally for home and competition, and conformation:
6 p.m. — Beginning Obedience: A class to teach your dog the basics.
7 p.m. — Drop-In Conformation: Come as you need to or want ($5 per dog per night).
8 p.m. — Rally: A "nicer" form of obedience. Using signs and gestures your dog learns to obey. You must take Beginning Obedience first.
The classes are taught on Wednesday for one hour. The obedience and rally class series is 10 weeks in length beginning Aug 28. Most classes are $100 for the 10-week sessions. Conformation Drop-In Classes are $5 per dog.
All "first-time" students are given a $10 discount on their first series of classes, except Conformation Drop-In. For each new student referred by a former student, a $10 discount for a future class is given when the new student registers for the class. You can sign up at the senior center. For more information you can call 484-7416 or 788-1478. The classes are at the Fair Park Senior Center, 1433 Livingston Rd. Educational classes are sponsored by Hood Funeral Home in Crossville.
Veatch and her dog training crew will be at the Pioneer Day Heritage Festival and Outdoor Dog challenge at the fairgrounds Saturday, Sept 14. They will be one of the many vendors and will also be demonstrating rally dog handling at the event. The Plateau Animal Hospital Fair Park Senior Center will be hosting the event. There will be lots of things to do with the whole family, including your dog on that day. So mark your calendar and tell your friends!
If you would like more information on this heritage festival, and how you can become a part of the fun, just contact the Fair Park Senior Center at 484-7416. Vendor applications can be picked up at the center, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center is across the street from the Cumberland County Fairgrounds at 1433 Livingston Rd. in Crossville. Also you can print out an application, by going to their website at http://www.fairparkseniorcenter.org /special events.