Humane Society dog trainer gets training

Local dog trainer, Amee Abel, recently attended a two-day seminar working with internationally known author and expert Suzanne Clothier. The focus of the seminar, “Adolescent Dogs: From Maddening to Maturity,” was on practical techniques for living with and enjoying your dog.

Between the ages of 6 months and 3 years, dogs are often quite troublesome to their owners. This is the time when they leave puppyhood behind, but have not developed maturity or self-control. It is often the time when owners deal with dog fighting, dog biting, or other bad dog behavior. Clothier’s techniques focus on building a relationship with the dog that focuses on mutual understanding and clear communication of your expectations for good behavior.

Abel is a certified professional dog trainer who teaches group and private classes at Monadnock Humane Society’s Guinane Training Center and offers in-home dog training through Abel Dog Training, LLC. She attended the two-day workshop with her 17-month old champion Collie, Solomon. Clothier’s seminar stresses that lack of impulse control is a hallmark of the adolescent brain, and that it is the owner’s job to teach the adolescent how to practice making good choices.

The Humane Society offers dog training classes and Abel offers private lessons. For more information, contact Abel at

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