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Dog owners sought for canine-training class

RELEASED: Sept. 9, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student is seeking area dog owners and their canines to participate in training sessions as part of a faculty-student research project.

Kaitlin Snider, a UW-Eau Claire senior biology major with a minor in interdisciplinary neuroscience, along with a trainer from EmBARK, an Eau Claire business that provides a variety of services for dogs and their owners, will hold a three-week tricks-training class in which owners will learn to use shaping and clickers to teach their dogs new behaviors (like touching a target and placing a toy in a box). The shaping technique teaches dogs complicated tasks by breaking those tasks into a series of smaller steps, Snider said.

Snider is conducting a research project with faculty mentor Dr. Daniel Janik, associate professor of biology, examining the usefulness of clickers in the dog-training process.

The class, which will start sometime in mid-September, will cost $30, but participants in the study can receive a $20 refund. Dates and times of the training sessions will be set to accommodate the majority of those interested in participating. For more information, contact Kaitlin Snider at 715-410-5947 or emBARK at 715-864-3262.

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