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A unique insight into dog ownership 

If you are a young person living in Adeje and own a dog, put your spare time to good use in 2014 and learn more about its needs, behaviour, training and socialisation.

As part of its ongoing “Clean and Healthy” campaign, the local council is offering a dog training course which is much more than the traditional obedience class.

The aim is to give young people in particular a real insight into dogs, not just from a practical point of view but with theory as well.

The initiative will run from January 28th to April 29th, each Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm in the Youth House (La Casa de la Juventud). Registration is now open but there are a number of requirements which must be met. The dog must be registered in Adeje and you must show proof of up-to-date vaccinations.

In addition, if it is on the “dangerous breed” list, you must produce all the proper ownership papers and insurance. You must also be aged 16 or over.

Adeje councillor, Esther Rivero Vargas said the content was specifically tailored to the young dog owner as they spent more time with their pets in the street.

With professional trainer Juan Carlos Gaspar Abreu at the helm, the practical side of the course will be from January 28th to February 20th. It will cover aspects such as canine behaviour, body language, types and characteristics of various breeds, paperwork required, rights and responsibilities of owners and training devices. There will be a visit to an animal centre in Adeje and a talk by a vet.

The practical block is from February 25th to April 29th and will teach young people the fundamentals of training their dog based on the street scene and public roads. The trainer will assess each dog so that any problems can be identified and put right.

The cost of the course is 60 euros which can be paid each month or at the time of registration at the Youth House.