The Daily Star, Oneonta, NY - otsego county news, delaware county news, oneonta news, oneonta sports

April 4, 2013

Therapy dog trainers to discuss process

The Daily Star

---- — Boyce and Marjorie Rogers will present a program on how to train dogs to become therapy dogs. The couple has two golden retrievers, both trained therapy dogs. They will discuss the process of training the dogs, preparing them for their therapy test with Therapy Dogs International, and also talk about how their own dogs are currently serving as therapy dogs. A DVD on the training process will also be shown. The program will be held Monday, April 15, at 6:45. 

Marjorie is the author of “Terrific Tobey!: Tobey Becomes a Therapy Dog” and copies of her book will be for sale. The library also has a copy available for checkout. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Huntington Memorial Library and is free to the public.

Dog Training

The library has many dog books, both fiction and nonfiction. A select few from our collection on various topics include these:

“Oh My Dog” by Beth Stern contains tips on being a dog owner starting with before you get the dog through its older years. You’ll learn which breed is best for you, how to train, reading dog food labels, what to do when your dog is sick and specifics on grooming.

Is there a puppy in your future? Take a look at Carlo DeVito’s “The Everything New Puppy Book.” You’ll learn what to look for in choosing your puppy and how to raise and train the dog. Information on how to puppy-proof your house, housebreaking, helping children and the puppy adjust, feeding and behavior problems are among the categories covered.

Dr. Dodman presents seven steps for the health and happiness of your dog in “The Well-Adjusted Dog.” He talks about how much exercise your dog needs, how diet affects behavior, communicating effectively and letting your dog know you are in charge, providing the best environment and more.

“Before & After Getting Your Puppy” by Dr. Ian Dunbar emphasizes a positive approach to raising a well-behaved, happy and healthy dog. He outlines what to know before getting a puppy and how to have a plan for training your puppy that encompasses six stages in its development.

If you are looking to adopt a dog from a shelter, you’ll want to read “The Adopted Dog Bible” by Kim Saunders. This book gives important information on mixed breeds, choosing, training, care and expense, and has stories of adopted dogs and their families.

Detailed medical information on dogs can be found in “Caring for Your Dog” by Bruce Fogle. The author gives information on what to do when your dog is sick. Medical information is arranged by body system and describes suggestions for treatment.

“Training the Hard to Train Dog” by Peggy Swager lists effective techniques to use with stubborn, shy, and controlling dogs. The author is a professional trainer and she shows you how to regain control of your dog using step-by-step methods.

Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.

Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday, and can be found online at