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Program helps train dogs before being adopted

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The question many people ask when adopting a dog is is it trained? Through a new partnership, The Humane Society of Greater Dayton is helping to calm the fears about training dogs. 

“The issue for dogs is simple. They don’t speak English and we don’t speak dog. Which means we have to create a bank of words that both of us agree on the meaning,” explained Corky Andrews from the Dayton Dog Training Club.

For almost 50 years, the club has worked hard to bridge the gap between man and best friend. They’re the experts in everything from basic commands like sit and stay to controlled walking.

Right now, there are more than 200 students enrolled for classes. That’s not including dogs from The Humane Society of Greater Dayton. The two organizations have formed a partnership, resulting in the START program. 

“We are so blessed to have such a pool of experts we can work with,” said Jessica Garringer from The Humane Society of Greater Dayton.

The mission is in the name. START stands for save, train, adopt and remain together. It gives Humane Society volunteers the chance to take part in training on a weekly basis. 

“Whether the dog is with us a week or a year, they are devoted to working with them and oru volunteers come into the shelter a few times a week beyond the training that they get here, just to work continually with these dogs,” said Garringer. 

Finding a dog a new home doesn’t always mean the work is finished. The Dayton Dog Training Club offers new dog owners two free lessons after the adoption. They’ll be there to answers questions and additional training because to them dogs are family. 

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