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Free monthly dog behavior seminars offered at SM&NC

By Stamford Museum & Nature Center

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Free monthly dog behavior seminars offered at SM&NC
The Stamford Museum & Nature Center will partner with Stamford Animal Care and Control to offer a monthly seminar series beginning Sept. 16, in conjunction with its Pets in America exhibition
Stamford, CT - Have you ever wondered why dogs chase their tails, or whether wet or dry dog food is best for your dog? Find out the answers to these questions and perhaps get a few of your own answered during Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s free monthly dog behavior seminars.

In conjunction with Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s latest exhibit, Pets in America, SM&NC has teamed up with Stamford Animal Care & Control to offer free monthly dog behavior seminars on Tuesdays from 7 pm to 8:30 pm at Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s Bendel Mansion (main building). Pre-registration is required, and participants are encouraged to make a donation to the Stamford Animal Care & Control shelter in lieu of a participation fee. Please call 203.322.1646 ext. 6521 to register.

A variety of topics will be covered including general dog behavior, debunking common canine myths, and the keys to successful adoption for a four-legged friend. The seminar will feature a short introduction by the featured speaker, and will then open for questions from the audience.

The first topic, “Dog Behavior 101: Why Does My Dog…?” is set for Tuesday, Sept. 16. Have you ever wondered why dogs wheeze and pull against their leashes? How come they’ll come running happily when called, then veer off at the last minute? If you’ve ever been stumped by your dog’s behavior, you’re not alone. Find out why dogs do these and other puzzling things and learn what you can do to change these behaviors at this Q&A with dog trainer Rob Mullin.

Since October is National Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month, Rob Mullin will discuss what you should know to make an adoption work in his seminar, “Successfully Adopting a Shelter Dog.” Find out housebreaking, socialization, training tools, and other tips to help start your adopted dog off on the right foot.

On Nov. 18, join Rob Mullin as he debunks common canine myths. Should you really let sleeping dogs lie, or not disturb a dog while it eats? How much credence should we give these age-old myths? Learn the truth about these and dozens of other common beliefs about dogs at this discussion.

“Dogs and Kids: Building Blocks for a Solid Friendship,” will be the seminar topic on Dec. 16. Rob Mullin will discuss what parents can do to lay the groundwork for a successful friendship between dogs and kids. Learn about mealtime manners, socialization, rules for playtime and other common concerns.

Puppies will be the focus of the January seminar, “Is Your Christmas Puppy Leaving You Presents?” Join dog trainer Rob Mullin on Tuesday, Jan. 20 to learn tips and trips for puppy owners for dealing with housebreaking, chewing, jumping and other common puppy problems.

These seminars are for humans only; please leave your pets at home. Dogs and their owners are invited to attend free weekly training classes at Stamford Animal Care & Control on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm at the facility on Magee Avenue.

Getting there

Stamford Museum & Nature Center is located at 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT (3/4 mile North of Merritt Parkway Exit 35.) For more information call 203.322.1646 or visit www.stamfordmuseum.org.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center's Mission

Stamford Museum & Nature Center is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity and interaction, seeking to inspire creativity, foster self-discovery, and nurture an appreciation for lifelong learning through exhibitions, educational programs, and special events that enhance the visitor's experience on its unique site.

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