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C-GCC Offers Non-Credit Courses to Help Train Your Dog

Does your dog like to make the rules? Do you often find yourself tugged along on a rambunctious walk, or does your dog ignore your every call? Well, there’s no need to worry! Columbia-Greene Community College will be hosting various courses to remedy these exact situations.

Polite Walking Class is a non-credit course that aims to teach dogs to be polite walking companions through science-based, rather than force or intimidation-based, techniques. This course will begin on January 19 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and run for six Sundays. It will be offered again on March 1 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and run for six Sundays.

Rover Come Back! Getting Your Dog to Come When Called is a non-credit course that aims to teach dogs to return to your side when called using science-based techniques. This course will begin on January 19 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and run for four Sundays. It will be offered again on March 1 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and run for four Sundays.

The instructor for both of these courses is Elisabeth Tarttier-Hotter, who has been training dogs for ten years. She has taught various training classes, and she has also trained rescue foster dogs as well as her personal pets. She is an Association of Professional Dog Trainers member, a certified Trick Dog Instructor, and a certified Stunt Dog Judge.

Tarttier-Hotter asks that dogs wear a flat buckle or martingale (limited slip) collar, or a well-fitted harness. Leashes should be nylon or leather and 4-6 feet long. All dogs need proof of DHL and Parvovirus inoculations. A rabies vaccination is necessary for all dogs over six months of age. Please have the same person attend and work with the dog for each class in order to facilitate maximum learning and accomplishment. The first class is a mandatory, people-only orientation. Please do not bring the dogs to the first class.

Registration is limited to four dog/handler teams to make sure everyone gets enough individual instruction.

For more information, please call (518) 828-4181 ext. 3342, or visit SUNYcgcc.edu.

About C-GCC

Columbia-Greene Community College, a campus of the State University of New York, is a comprehensive, two-year college offering a variety of transfer and career programs leading to the degrees of Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, and Associate in Occupational Studies, as well as one-year certificate programs and specialized courses geared toward community interest. C-GCC was recently ranked tenth out of 710 community colleges in the U.S. by WalletHub.com, and first in New York State, using data collected from the National Center for Education Statistics, Council for Community and Economic Research, and College Measures.