Paul Bunyan Dog Training Association
Paul Bunyan Dog Training Association Inc (PBDTA) is organization of dog owners and dog lovers who meet for the purpose of training our dogs in activities sponsored by national organizations such as the UKC, AKC, NADAC, USDAA, and TDI.
These include obedience, conformation, agility, flyball, rally, canine drill team, freestyle, Therapy dog, Reading Canines, and tracking. We hold seminars on dog related topics. We are always interested in learning about how to do new "stuff" with our dogs and ways to improve our training methods.
We use positive training and always promote good sportsmanship and teamwork. We offer demonstrations at local schools and public events showing the wonderful things there are to do with your dog.
Objectives of PBDTA CLub:
1. To promote responsible dog ownership, training and husbandry.
2. To build the relationship between dogs and people through fun, safe and healthful training and events.
3. To contribute to the community through free or low cost public events, public education, offered training, community service and promotion of responsible dog ownership and implementation of an area disaster preparedness plan as it relates to companion animals.
.Bemidji Area Reading Canines (BARC) Named Beltrami Electric's Touchstone Energy® Community Award Winner
Bemidji, Minn. - Beltrami Electric Cooperative has selected Bemidji Area Reading Canines (BARC) the winner of the local 2014 Touchstone Energy® Community Award from a great pool of worthy nominations. The recognition comes with a $500 cash award donated to a community service organization/project of their choice and an engraved Touchstone Energy® Community Award plaque signifying the organization’s commitment to community.
The Bemidji Area Reading Canines program was created to help school-aged children feel comfortable reading aloud to a nonjudgmental audience, which in this case are well-trained therapy dogs. The students are encouraged to read to the dogs, while they lie next to them and provide comfort and companionship, in what could be an otherwise nervous atmosphere for some children. There are currently 20 teams, six which feature leaders who are former teachers, who volunteer their time to visit local schools, libraries and youth clubs with the goal of promoting reading. The program started in 2007, impacting thousands of students around the area since its inception.
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