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August 31, 2013

Therapy dog training soon to begin

STILLWATER, Okla. — Dog owners who believe their pets would be ideal therapy animals have the chance to provide training for their pets.

Judith Karman Hospice is partnering with dog training school “Sit, Stay, Go!” to hold classes at 4 p.m. Sept. 15.

“I just feel like it would be a great way to help out in the community,” said dog trainer Alissa Cable. “I think we need more therapy dogs here.”

Cable said her personal therapy dog receives more requests than they can fulfill and the need is there for more. Therapy dogs can provide support to elderly and others.

“A lot of them can’t have a pet anymore,” she said. “A lot of them can’t take care of a pet anymore and it just helps them to relax.”

Cable said any breed of dog is accepted.

“The best candidates are dogs that are naturally calmer,” she said.

Those interested must have their dogs attend an obedience class with “Sit, Stay, Go!” or another obedience school.

The six-week class is $70. Then, dogs are eligible to attend therapy dog classes for eight weeks. That class is $100.

Dogs who pass are taken through a series of situations that test their reactions to crowds, loud noises or overly enthusiastic petters, a press release states.

For more information, contact Cable at 918-852-7667 or visit www.sitstaygodogs.com.

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