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Dog training tips offered Saturday at Massena Public Library

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MASSENA - Anyone who wants to learn what makes their dog tick is invited to a special session Saturday afternoon at the Massena Public Library.

Local dog trainer and author Andrew Dugan will present a lecture at 2 p.m. on training your dog.

Ms. Dugan has presented dog training workshops and lectures locally and internationally.

“She’s very well known. She has done all kinds of training in the north country and some in Ontario. She’s very well-known and respected with her training techniques,” Library Director Elaine Dunne-Thayer said.

Ms. Dugan will cover such topics as understanding the true nature of dogs and gaining emotional control of your dog.

She will also discuss various training methods and help owners understand how their dog learns, as well as how to handle and cope with a dog’s aggressive behavior.

“If you have a young dog and are just starting out, she’s going to cover things like understanding the true nature of dogs and various training techniques and methods. She’ll be helping the owner understand how their dog learns and responds and also cope if the dog has aggressive behavior,” Ms. Dunne-Thayer said.

Ms. Dugan approached library officials about offering the program this spring. It’s for not only those who own dogs, but also anyone who might be thinking about getting one.

“Maybe they got a dog for Christmas and now they’re going to be outside a lot more, possibly exposing their dog to other dogs. It’s a terrific time to come in and learn how to handle them,” Ms. Dunne-Thayer said. “I’m glad to have her here. She really is very good.”

The program is for humans and not dogs. “Please don’t bring your dog to this program,” she said.

In addition to Ms. Dugan’s Saturday presentation, the library is also hosting genealogy workshops that started March 14 and continues March 28. They’re held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and there is no charge.

They’re led by Deborah Vaisey, focusing on how to uncover your own family history. She’ll teach participants what and how to access historical records.

“She has done extensive genealogy work for her own family and work for private clients as well,” Ms. Dunne-Thayer said.

Participants are asked to bring information they have on their families.

“By doing it at the library, it will give people a really good opportunity to use library resources. Hopefully Debbie can people on the right path,” she said.

The library will be celebrating National Library Week from April 15-20, and that will be a time to enjoy a Friends of the Library spring book sale as well as amnesty on overdue library materials.

The book sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15, 6 to 8 p.m. April 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 17, 6 to 8 p.m. April 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20.

Ms. Dunne-Thayer said the sale will offer a selection of books and DVD’s for adults and children.

“It’s a good fundraiser for us,” she said.

The library will also be recognizing their Reader of the Year and Volunteer of the Year that week, as well as offering amnesty to those who have overdue materials.

“That is Fine Forgiveness Week. Anyone who has overdue fines can come in and bring some non-perishable food that we donate to different food banks and they can have their fines forgiven,” she said.

If an item is lost, however, they’ll have to pay for it.

Ms. Dunne-Thayer said that, by forgiving fines, they hope to recover material and welcome readers back to the library who might have been avoiding it because they had overdue materials.

“We have people who have done an extra look around with the incentive that they’re not going to have to pay. They put it off because they were thinking it would cost too much. If they’re accumulated fines now is the time to help out and clean up their record. We want our patrons back in the library. Hopefully they can clean up their cards and use the library again,” she said.

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