SPCA offers free class

Beginning Feb. 3, the Lycoming County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will offer a free information class by Tracy Free about dog related issues.

With more than 27 years of animal related experience, Free has a wealth of breed and behavior knowledge.

The SPCA will offer this free service to help dog owners learn to deal with unwanted behaviors, health issues or just learn more about dogs in general.

Classes will be held on the first Monday of the month at the shelter, 2805 Reach Road, from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. February’s class will be a question and answer format so that specific needs may be addressed.

Dog owners are welcome to attend but must leave their dog at home.

The March 3 class, Teeth, Toes, Ears and Nose, will help pet owners learn how to clean teeth, trim nails, examine and clean ears and know when it is time to seek veterinary care for their dog. Future topics will include dog sports, what to look for in a rescued pet and pet first aid.

Schedules will be posted on the SPCA Web site at www.lycomingspca. org.

“Puppies are adorable at eight weeks of age,” said Victoria Stryker, executive director.

“But without consistent training the puppy can become unruly and disruptive. We are thrilled that we can offer our community informative classes about canine care.”

In addition to this class, Free offers group training classes for puppies and adult dogs, as well one-on-one training for pet owners that are trying to deal with one specific behavior problem.

Interested dog owners should call the SPCA at 570-322-4646 for prices and schedules.

In-home evaluations and training are available by appointment.