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Animal Society kicks off dog training classes this weekend

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – The Charleston Animal Society will start a new round of dog training classes this weekend at Palmetto Islands County Park.

The program starts Sunday with training sessions for two different age groups and will run every Sunday until Nov. 3. A second session begins Nov. 10 and runs through Dec. 22.

The first class, called Smart Puppy, is for dogs aged 16 weeks and up and focuses on basic skills, including socialization, puppy manners, and loose leash walking. The class will also teach dogs the basic commands of sit, down, stay, and drop.

 "Puppies are sponges," said C.C. Casale, a professionally certified trainer and leader of the classes. "Make the most of this important formative period in your pup's life, and choose to do the very best for their future by teaching them good habits from the start. Early training provides your four-legged family member the best chance to become a fun, confident adult dog."

The Smart Puppy classes will be held at 3 p.m. The first session is for humans only.

The second class, Real Life Basics, is designed for non-aggressive dogs over 20 weeks old. The class will focus on building more trust between dog and owner and teaching owners how dogs learn.

Training will include lying quietly, staying calmly with an owner while others pass, waiting at an open door and jumping out of a vehicle on cue.

The Real Life Basics class will be held at 4 p.m. and the first class is designed for humans only.

To participate, dogs have to be vaccinated and records will be required at the first class. The 7-week classes are $154, or $140 for Charleston County residents who register in advance.

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