JEFFERSON -- The Humane Society of Jefferson County, in partnership with the Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic, is offering two workshops in July to help pet owners better understand their furry friends.

There is no fee to attend either workshop, but monetary donations are greatly appreciated. Call the shelter at 920-674-2048 for more information and to register for one, or both of these classes. 

They are:

-- Let's Go For A Walk - Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon.

"Walking your dog is so much more than a way of exercising your canine companion," the humane society said. "It also prevents your dog from getting bored, it's a behavior training opportunity and it teaches your dog how to behave in public. On top of all this, it gets both you and your dog out and about while helping to grow the bond you have with your dog. Dogs aren't born knowing how to walk on a leash, and this workshop will teach your dog how to follow your lead."

Dogs must be "people friendly," "dog friendly," current on all vaccinations and leashed with a 4 to 6-foot, non-retractable leash. Sessions will take place at 10, 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m. in the outside play yard on the shelter's southeast corner. Call to sign up for one or all four of the classes. 

-- What is My Cat Saying? - Monday at 6 p.m.

"Learn more about the secret life of your cat," the humane society said. "Cats are both social and solitary creatures. They learn quickly, but they learn differently than dogs. Cats have specific territorial needs, and their means of showing stress is often subtle. This workshop is to help you better understand cat language, will take place in the shelter's community education room and is for people only."

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