Taking care of Man’s Best Friend
Dog owners have a great opportunity to learn more about dog obedience, grooming and canine health at a free workshop at the Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St., on Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30. Malinda Julien, president and master instructor of US Tactical K9, Inc. in Tye, will be the presenter in the library’s second floor auditorium. “Dogs learn in many ways like humans—progressively—and respond well to positive reinforcement,” according to Julien. She will demonstrate with live animals as she explains “how to train your pet effectively while you have a wonderful time together!” Various methods of grooming, for both long haired and short haired animals will be shown along with an explanation of the various tools necessary for proper grooming. Proper grooming, in addition to making your pet look its best, is actually beneficial for health and bonding, according to the instructor. Basic health issues will also be discussed such as the importance of cleaning teeth, vaccinations, wormings and proper nutrition. Julien has a long history as a canine instructor, trainer, author and judge with a number of awards and certificates including master evaluator and judge of the American Working Dog Association and a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator with the American Kennel Club and United Kennel Club Conformation Judge. We ask attendees to leave their four legged friends at home.