Observer — March 13, 2009
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Bring Your Pooch To The Dog Behavior Expo and Puppy Social This Saturday

Staci Veldt Assistant Editor Deb Scanzillo of Dogs Bay Training, 3675 64th Street, is ready to share some of her blessings and dog training skills at the upcoming Dog Behavior Expo and Puppy Social on Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. – 5

p. m. “I am truly blessed. The training and boarding program (at Country Club for Dogs) is full.

People love their animals and continue to entrust me with their fourlegged friends. It’s time for me to give something back.” Scanzillo is offering the free training expo to help pet owners solve common problems such as good door greeting behavior and proper socialization at any age. According to Scanzillo these are often reasons why dogs are abandoned and with a few quick tips the issues can be resolved.

“I know that times are tough out there. People are losing their homes, they can’t afford vet bills.

An ill-behaved animal is often the first thing to go. By offering this training free of charge I’m hoping to help lessen the burden,” said Scanzillo.

Scanzillo along with Ottawa Animal Hospital, Canine Antics Doggie Daycare and Grooming, Harbor Humane Society, Laduke Pet Photography, Invisible Fence, Sisters in Ink, Sleepy Hollow Pet Cemetery and Chow Hound have partnered up to make the event a success.

“This is a great day of education for the owner. Not everyone has money for training right now and we’re offering this event free of charge.” The Dog Expo begins at 10

a. m. and includes eight seminars for pet owners. Dogs allowed on-site from 2 – 5 p.m. with a special socialization time for puppies and a child and pet safety seminar. The day will end with a Puppy Bowl.

The child and pet safety seminar will teach children how to approach an unfamiliar dog along with how to handle themselves in a bad situation with a dog.

“Often a kid will just run up to a strange dog,” said Scanzillo.

“It’s important to teach children how to interact with their own pet as well as unfamiliar dogs. We’ll be practicing with a big and loveable Newfoundland dog.” A silent auction will also run throughout the day to benefit the Harbor Humane Society.

The Expo will be held at the Canine Antics building at 3225 132nd Avenue in Holland.

For a complete list of seminars visit