Shelter offers basic obedience course

A new obedience course at the Santa Fe animal offers dog owners a chance to work with their dogs on basic issues and strengthen the bond with their best friend.

The shelter’s first basic obedience class for adult dogs starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the shelter’s Roddey Burdine Rehabilitation Center at the back of the shelter, 100 Caja del Rio Road. The hour-long classes run for six weeks and cover basic obedience, such as set, stay, down, leave it, along with leash work and at least one trick. Owners will come away with a sense of how dogs learn, how to teach them and how to trouble-shoot troublesome behaviors or issues that are happening at home.

Class size is limited to eight dogs; the first class is held without dogs.

The cost of the course is $150; shelter dogs who have been adopted within one year are eligible for a 50 percent discount.

The classes will be taught by the shelter’s certified pet trainers, lead by Hannah Padilla, director of behavior and training. For more information, contact Padilla at 983-4309, ext. 153 or email