Exercise class helps dogs and owners get a workout

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When you’re looking to shed off some extra pounds, sometimes you have to work like a dog.

Or maybe just with your dog?

Wag ‘N’ Tails new exercise class is promoting fitness for both you and your pooch.

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Fitness for Pets in Shelby Township

Animal behaviors that come from complicated emotions


Pet trainers and obedience professionals have been proven to make a world of difference with countless furry hellraisers. There are cases, however, where it takes more to get into the mind of a pet and make a meaningful behavior transformation.

It’s a simple concept, but getting to the root problem of a pet’s unusual animal behaviors could be tricky. Christine Fox, of Wag ‘N’ Tails, knows a thing or two about that. Her business offers training and group obedience classes at its Shelby Township location. But when she sets out to meet a new client for a private behavior consolation — perhaps because the animal could be anxious, overstimulated or even aggressive in a group class setting — she gives pet parents a bit of their own homework.

animal behaviors“I give clients a detailed questionnaire because it kind of enables me to get into the head of the dog and get a feeling of where the dog is coming from,” said Fox. “Because I don’t live with the client, I ask a long series of questions to get to know the client’s routine and how it involves the dog.”

Sometimes, after finding out a bit more about that routine, she gets to work. She’ll decide whether she thinks the problem is with obedience or behavior — and, boy, is there a difference — and she employs training and counseling afterward to that end. Yes, counseling. Just like their owners, pets might be acting out because of an emotional issue.

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