Obedience training for your pets by SAM HYER “In many ways, dogs are like children,” says Bob Yamall Jr. of Kimbertal Kennels, Kimberton, PA., a nationally respected judge, breeder and trainer. They are curious and lively—dogs will spend much time trying different activities and exploring new behaviors. But only by consistent, firm obedience training will they learn the subtle nuances of civilized behavior in a human household—namely your household. Yamall specializes in breeding and training Dobermans and Rottweilers. He says that once your dog realizes that you are his sole source of food, walks and amusement, he’ll try a variety of ways to attract your attention so he gets what he wants. Let’s say that constant barking, whining or jumping on others gets the desired result; your dog will continue to do it until you teach him otherwise. This is where obedience training comes into play. The time to begin training your puppy comes when you first bring him home. The most important command is “come when called.” It is the first thing you need to teach your puppy—his name and to answer to it. This is easy to do. Just call the pup by name each and every time you address him, and praise him lavishly when he comes to you. Talk to him, using his name and the same words over and over, and soon he will know what you mean and desire. For example when you put him in his crate say, “Crate, Benny.” When it is dinnertime say, “Dinner, Benny,” and time to potty, “Potty, Benny.” Short and simple will assist your pet in knowing what you desire, and his desire is to please you. So make it easy for him to do so, and reward him for doing it, so it is his desire to repeat the loving moments between the two of you. By keeping the phrases simple and repetitious, it will not take long for a young pup to figure out that “dinner” means food, “car ride” is a trip, “out” and pup will head for the door, or “crate” and pup will go to his room. You also need to teach your pet to behave when the doorbell rings and when you and other family members arrive home. […]
September 3 2009
HELP WANTED Retail Sales Apparel—part-time, no nights, no Sundays. Retail clothing sales experience required. Send resume to PO Box 163, Belmont, MI 49306. p37 ______________________ IF YOU CAN SELL and you would like to make a decent commission, this could be a great job. Work in and out of the office for a local weekly newspaper. More than just sales, this is a great way to learn and understand marketing in the local field. No long-distance travel, established accounts included. Must have valid driver’s license. For more information call (616) 696-3655 (ask for Lois) or send e-mail and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. ftfn ______________________ Mystery shoppers earn up to $100 per day. Undercover shoppers needed to judge retail and dining establishments. Experience not required. (877) 715-3339. p36cp ______________________ FOR SALE Antique desk with hutch, cubby holes, shelves, doors, beautiful condition. Dated late 1800s. $775. Call (616) 866-1478, leave a message. ftfn ______________________ GARAGE SALE Multi-family sale—bikes, home decor, craft books and supplies, fabric, furniture, clothing, books, surround sound system, vacuum, waterbed, household items and more! Friday, September 4, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 5, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please, no early sales. Corner of 18 Mile Rd. and Pine Lake Avenue. b36cp ______________________ FOR RENT Rockford—2-bedroom in mature adult modern four-plex. Heat, trash, water, carport included. No smoking or pets. $590/mo. (616) 887-8501 or (616) 291-3078. p38cp ______________________ Lake Bella Vista apartment—two-bedroom, air, garage, free lake access. Seniors welcome, no pets. $575/mo., plus utilities. Call (616) 874-7871. b36 ______________________ PUBLISHER’S NOTICE: All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act and the Michigan Civil Rights Act which collectively make it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, age or marital status, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To report discrimination, call the Fair Housing Center at (616) 451-2980. The HUD […]
by SARAH READ Scattered showers may have slowed down a few of the activities for the 45th Annual Danish Festival in Greenville, but the crowds refused to let a little rain spoil their fun Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 21-23. An arts and crafts fair, marketplace, various parades, bed race, games, Thrill of the Grill contest, theater performances and a family fun day with pony, camel and elephant rides were just a handful of the festivities that filled the three-day schedule celebrating Greenville’s Danish heritage. The Grand Dansk Parade, which took place on Saturday, featured countless floats, multiple marching bands, local and greater area veterans, classic car clubs, a dozen different clowns throughout, along with all surrounding area queens and courts in addition to the 2009 Danish Festival Queen, Chelsea Kreiner. The theme for this year’s festival was Hans Christian Andersen’s “Thumbelina.” Performances of the children’s fairytale story were held at the Greenville Community Center. Weather improved over the duration of the weekend and the festival-goers continued to increase accordingly. Festival officials were reportedly pleased with the outcome and are looking forward to next year’s event, held the third full weekend of August.
Lions welcome new member Rockford Lion Jan Strauss received a standing ovation as she was named Lion of the Year during the club’s July 25 annual picnic. Awarded for outstanding service to the Rockford Lions Club and the community, Strauss earned this recognition for her highly successful year as club president in building a better, stronger club. To cap off the club’s strong membership growth, Lion Rose Scheidel was inducted, with her husband John doing the honors of slipping on her new Lion vest. The new Lion year started Thursday, Aug. 27, with a visit to Camp Tuhsmeheta, located on Lincoln Lake Road. This year-round camp for the blind and vision-impaired works to build confidence in the camper’s skills to function successfully in our sighted world. If you are interested in serving the needs of our community, call (616) 866-4193 and “serve.”
Great Danes assist with Reading Rocks in Rockford Tater Tot and Dexter are both therapy dogs and Great Danes. According to Chris Brundidge of Grand Rapids and West Michigan Therapy Dogs, there are many breeds in the program you might not expect, such as pit bulls and rotweilers. Dexter, 36 inches at the shoulder and weighing about 150 pounds, is gentle and wonderful with children, such as those at Devos Children’s Hospital, where he visits.