The Mannered Mutt

Trainer brings experience to pet classes

LEWISTOWN–Dogs, like children, you love with all your heart. But, there are times you might wish they were a little bit more behaved. That’s where dog trainer Lori Hannon, of The Mannered Mutt can help.

Hannon is a fully insured dog obedience trainer who offers classes in basic obedience, therapy dog test prep as well as Canine Good Citizen test prep. CGC is part of the American Kennel Club’s Family Dog Program, which sets high standards of dog behavior. Hannon has worked with a variety of dogs over the years and will train any dog. “It doesn’t matter. Pure bred, mixed breed. If people want help, I’m willing to help them,” Hannon said.

Hannon, who has been training dogs in one fashion or another since 2003, is a certified tester/observer for the Alliance of Therapy Dog and a certified therapy dog team through the ATD. Hannon says she loves the unique challenges that come with dog training and enjoys working with the owners to overcome the challenges that they face with their pets.

The Mannered Mutt offers group classes as well as private lessons for dogs who may not work well in a group setting. Hannon can evaluate your dog to see what type of training would work best for them.

“What can we do to get the behavior that we want to see,” Hannon said. “It’s not necessarily about, ‘What do I have to do to my dog to make my dog behave?’ It’s more, ‘What do we have to do to get the behaviors that we want?'”

Hannon said sometimes it’s the owners themselves who need to be guided because they might not know much about dogs or a dog’s mentality.

“You do get people who don’t educate themselves on the breed they are getting,” Hannon said. This can be a challenge when the dog begins to display traits specific to that breed.

Few spots remain for April’s basic obedience class at The Mannered Mutt, but they are currently taking applications for a basic obedience class that begins May 20. The seven- week class has two time slots. 6-7 p.m. for puppies and a 7:15-8:15 p.m. class for adult dogs. Classes are held at the Juniata Terrace Community Building, located at 80 Hudson Ave., Lewistown. For more information, contact The Mannered Mutt at (717) 953-9366 or themanneredmutt@yahoo.com or on The Mannered Mutt Facebook page.

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