Young People Complete Classes in Dog Obedience

From left, Craig Nye, Jonathan Doorn and Natalie Stafford (not pictured, Allegra Dougherty and Dara Armstrong). The young people and their dogs recently completed classes with the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) has been offering two special classes for children and their dogs this fall.

The first class is called the paRENT Free Club or “RENT” Free Club for children. Children attend this class with their dog and without their parents!  Local youth were instructed in responsible dog ownership and how to train their dogs in the class especially designed for them.

The class included basic obedience instruction and some rally and agility exercises.

Completing the class on Nov. 23 were Craig Nye and his dog Jake, Jonathan Doorn and his dog Butter, and Allegra Dougherty and her dog Mario.

The paRENT Free Club is offered free of charge by LADOC as a community service. LADOC will offer another session of the paRENT Free Club starting in the spring.

LADOC also offered an introduction to agility class just for children and their dogs this fall. In agility, a dog demonstrates its agile nature and versatility by following cues from the handler through an obstacle course of jumps, tunnels, weave poles and other objects.

It’s an activity that strengthens the bond between dog and handler and provides fun and exercise for both, which might explain why it’s so enjoyable to watch and has become the fastest-growing dog sport in the United States. Participating in the Kids Agility class this fall were Natalie Stafford and her dog Lucky, Allegra Dougherty and her dog Mario, and Dara Armstrong and her dog Butterscotch.

LADOC held a special demonstration session Saturday, Nov. 23 where local youth participating in training classes this fall showed what they learned. LADOC plans to offer the Kids Agility class again in the spring.

Interested youth and parents should email instructor, Julie Bremser, at for more information on special classes for children and their dogs and to be included in the Spring 2014 class announcements.