YWCA announces program for dog owners

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LEWISTON — The YWCA of Central Maine will host “Beyond Sit and Stay,” a free enrichment program for dog owners, from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 14. The class is part of a new program entitled “Unleash: a human/canine recreation program” at the YWCA

“When a dog’s brain is not engaged in physical and mental activity, they can become destructive, bored and mischievous,” said Cassie, Lang, the facilitator for the class. “Many behavioral problems derive from the sole fact that the dog is bored with life. Boredom and excess energy are the two largest culprits for behavioral issues in dogs.”

Lang is co-owner of Pack Life, a local pet advocacy organization. Lang and her dog Ace will help participants learn to curb unwanted behavior and form a stronger relationship with their dog(s) through enrichment.

Pack Life was created in 2009 by Chris Manson and Lang, as a building block toward bettering the lives of the many disregarded and mistreated dogs around the world, especially in the local community.

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The class is free to everyone but preregistration is required as space is limited. Participants are asked to keep canine friends at home for the class. For more information or to register, call the YWCA of Central Maine at 795-4050 or e-mail customerserviceywca@gmail.com.

For further information on the YWCA and the Unleash program, please visit www.ywcamaine.org.

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