I received an email about a very interesting opportunity for Sunset Park dog owners. Apparently, some of the off-leash dog owners have already been taking advantage of this, and there is room for more.
If you're worried about your pup not returning when you call or not heeling when bikers (and police cars - more later) rush by you in the park, here's your chance to improve your doggie's disposition. I don't know if there's a behavioral guarantee, but it couldn't hurt. Check out her links at the bottom of the page.
from the informational email:
After being approached by a group of dog owners in Sunset Park, Sarah Westcott, owner/trainer of Doggie Academy, began teaching Dog Training Seminars in the park. Her seminars have been very successful and are now open to any local dog owner. They take place during off leash hours from 8am to 9am on a rotating weekday every week and meet in the fenced in area at the corner of 5th Avenue and 41st Street. The cost is $30 per dog (minimum four dogs per seminar) and Sarah accepts cash, check and Paypal payments. Contact Sarah directly if you are considering bringing multiple dogs.
Most of the behaviors that are covered in the seminars are related to off-leash park behaviors such as recall (coming when called) and leave it (for all that yummy garbage every dog manages to find). However, Sarah is open to requests from participants and will do her best to adjust lessons and exercises for those in attendance.
If you are interested in joining a Dog Training Seminar in Sunset Park, contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-812-3890. You can also join the Sunset Park Dog Training Yahoo Group to stay up to date on scheduling and to download instructions and lesson notes: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/sunsetparkdogs/. To learn more about Sarah, visit her website at www.doggieacademy.com.