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Wateree Animal Hospitals and K9 Academy to provide free dog training seminars

Posted: January 2, 2015 2:37 p.m.
Updated: January 5, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Geoff Ellinwood trains a dog, Popcorn, at the Walter Crowe Animal Shelter in Camden.

Frustrated dog owners who have spent tireless hours trying to train their dogs with unsatisfactory results have the opportunity to give training another go under the guidance of professionals Jan. 10 at the Wateree Animal Hospital in Elgin and Jan. 17 at the Wateree Animal Hospital in Camden at 2 p.m.

The K9 Academy, whose motto is “Transforming Your Dog Into a Companion,” and the Wateree Animal Hospitals in Elgin and Camden have joined forces to provide two free training seminars titled “5 Secrets of Dog Training.” This is the Academy’s first public training seminar and Geoff Ellinwood, owner and operator of the South Carolina K9 Academy, is hoping to attract as many people as possible.

“It’s a way to help people,” Ellinwood said. “They’ll get really good advice whether they train with me or not.”

The seminars will teach dog owners how to stop the jumping; stop the play biting and mouthing; get their dogs to listen and pay attention; curb the aggressive, anxious, fearful and crazy behavior; keep the dog calm; stop them from bolting out the door; figure out and fix problems and more. However, owners cannot bring their dogs.

According to Ellinwood, to successfully train a dog the owner has to be trained as well.

“Ninety percent of what I do is train the owner,” Ellinwood said. “Training a dog is like learning a foreign language and I am teaching it to people.”

From his experience with training, Ellinwood said owners tend to be hesitant about getting help with training their dogs and he said it’s usually due to owners thinking the task should be simple. He said owners tend to treat training a dog the same as raising a child, but training a dog is actually much different.

“I don’t want people to feel like they don’t know how to do it – it is not a natural ability,” Ellinwood said.

Owners must sign up in advance at either one of the Wateree Animal Hospital locations. A $5 reservation fee is required but will be given back when the seminars take place. According to Ellinwood, owners may attend both seminars if seating is available.

Owners will also have the opportunity to seek additional, one-on-one training upon request after the seminars. One-on-one training sessions will be developed specially for each owner and his or her dog.

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