New Year begins with dog manners training

Arizona Dog Academy will conduct a four-week manners program at Firth Park in Safford, starting Jan. 8. - Contributed Photo

SAFFORD — Many families adopted a new dog for the holiday, and Arizona Dog Academy can help everyone get started on the right foot . . . and paw.

“AZ Dog Academy is having basic manners training class starting on Jan. 8. You have to pre-register for that,” said Kay Marchione, with the Graham County Chamber of Commerce.

The class will run for four weeks at Firth Park in Safford, starting at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday.

Skill work includes: Polite interactions with strangers, heeling on-leash among people and dogs, maintaining the dog’s focus around distractions, and holding a down-stay. A skills test will take place on the final day of training.

Dogs must be up-to-date on their distemper, parvovirus and rabies vaccinations. A maximum of six dogs will be trained per class to ensure individualized attention.

Call 520-255-8628 for more information or to register.