Free orientation at Purdue for puppy owners

September 18, 2009 Soumitro Sen

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's Animal Behavior Clinic is offering free orientation lectures for people considering getting a puppy or who currently have a puppy.

Classes address various topics, including puppy development, communication, learning and socialization. Lectures are every other Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Purdue's Lynn Hall, Room G167. Upcoming classes are scheduled for Sept. 23, Oct. 7 and Oct. 21.

Owners and family members may attend the class, but puppies are not allowed.

"Raising a dog requires certain skills almost similar to parenting," said Julie Shaw, senior animal behavior technologist at the Animal Behavior Clinic. "Our orientation classes address some of the issues first-time dog owners face and prepares prospective owners for what to expect when they get a new puppy. It also gives people the communication tools to work with their new pets."

Those interested in the ABC Puppy School - a four-week training class offered by the Animal Behavior Clinic for puppies up to 16 weeks old - must first attend one of these orientation lectures.

Attendees at the orientation should meet in the Small Animal Clinic reception area at 5:25 p.m., and a volunteer from the Animal Behavior Clinic will accompany them to the lecture area.

Writer: Soumitro Sen, 765-496-9711,

Source: Julie Shaw, 765-494-8154,

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