Brimfield – Laurie Merritt cannot imagine her life without being a dog owner. Her love of Siberian Huskies began when her husband gave her a gift of a Huskie puppy in 1973.
“I like independent thinkers,” says Laurie, “and Huskies fit the bill. As a trainer, more and more of what I try to do is to get the dogs to understand how to learn using a clicker marker for a desired behavior with positive reinforcement. Once owners understand how dogs learn, I think people can train dogs to do anything the dog is physically capable of doing. Training should be enjoyable for the owners and the dogs.”
Laurie Merritt begins a new dog training class at Hitchcock Academy on Wednesday, January 11 at 6:30PM. If you have questions, please contact Hitchcock at 413 245-9977 or visit www.hitchcockacademy.org
Photo: “Connecting with my dog Darwin and sharing training skills with dog owners are my passions,” states Laurie Merritt.