PHILLIPS – SAD 58 Adult and Community Education will again offer dog obedience courses taught by Carol Rogers.

An advanced course will start from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at the Northstar Ambulance facility, Route 142. The cost is $75 a person with canine. The prerequisite is successful completion of a basic obedience course or permission of the instructor.

The advanced course is designed to challenge dogs and their leaders in navigating obstacle courses. A mini-dog show with ribbons will be held at the end of the eight-week course.

Rogers, who raises guide dogs for Guiding Eyes for the Blind in western Maine, has instructed more than 80 pack leaders and their best friends through SAD 58 Adult Education since the classes begin in early 2005. The public is invited to attend any “Paws and Praise” graduation.

In addition, two back to back basic puppy obedience training classes will begin on Saturday, March 10, at the Northstar Ambulance facility and will run Saturdays for eight weeks.

The first session will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the second session at 10:30 a.m. and ending at noon. All sessions are limited to four participants and canines. The course will include lessons in housebreaking, crate training, basic obedience, canine massage, people greeting, nail and ear care and curbing bag habits.

Students will attend the first class without their dog and should bring the flat collar and the four-foot leash that they intend to use to class. The cost of the beginner course is $50 a person with canine. All students must preregister.

For more information or to register, call the office of Adult and Community Education at 678-2701, ext. 226, no later than March 2.

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