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Toledo’s PET (Prevent, Educate, Training) Bull Project will be holding a free dog training clinic Saturday, May 19, from 2 to - p.m. at Navarre Park.

The East Side program is the first in a series of summer long programs meant to educate humans about their dogs and vice versa.

According to Cindy Reinsel, founder of the PET Bull Project, the group is offering several new programs as well as adding to the park training programs.

“Last year, we had 34 registered dogs at Navarre Park and we served 76 registered dogs throughout the four sessions we held at all of the parks,” Reinsel said. “This year, we are hoping to train more dogs and their humans. We are starting early this year so we can offer six sessions this season.”

The free dog training at Navarre is open to all dog breeds. It will include teaching leash walking skills, and how to get your dog to come when called. Other basic obedience skills include teaching a dog not to jump on people and how to sit and lay down on command.

A new agility training area will be available at the park programs, Reinsel said.

“This year, we are also going to have a van with leashes, toys, dog treats and dog collars  at all of our events,” Reinsel said. “We have partnered with Humane Ohio so we may be able to give people a new and correct leash if they need one. We are trying to expand our programming and we will also have information on free and low cost spaying and neutering as well as offering free vaccines at some of the events.”

Trainers include John E. Brown, CPDT-KA, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer; Carol Humberger, trainer and owner of "A Promised Friend, LLC" dog training and sanctuary in Oregon; Jay Barman, owner and dog trainer for Bingo Dog Training, LLC, in Toledo; Joe Majchszak-ABCDT, an Animal Behavior College certified dog trainer and Heather Dixon, a dog trainer and vet tech who will also help with agility course training.

Reinsel started the project because she wanted to teach youth to stop the dog fighting culture and to help everyone become better dog owners. Reinsel also wanted to get her favorite breed, the American Pit Bull Terrier, the chance it deserves.

Reinsel owns three dogs, a spaniel mix, Bailey, a bull terrier, Buster, and a blue pit bull, Bleu.

Although she is very happy that Ohio has changed its laws concerning pit bulls, she also cautions those who wish to run out and get a little “pit” for themselves to do their homework.

“I think a lot more people are bringing them (pit bulls) into their homes and making them a part of the family,” Reinsel said. “I think it is great that everyone wants one now, but, not everybody should get one. We want great homes for the dogs, not just houses where they will live.”

Reinsel added that no matter the breed that you may be considering, research.

“Research the breed and make sure it is right for you,” she said. “Find the dog that is best for you. Before you grab a pit bull, research and make sure it really is right for you.”

Other new programs offered by the PET Bull Project include the Pawsitive Youth Training Program, which will give teens the opportunity to come out and teach their dogs basic obedience and how to take them through an agility course.

The new Teacher's Pet classes will be offered to at-risk youth to train local, adoptable dogs.

For those wishing to attend the free dog training in the parks, Reinsel strongly encourages you to download the registration and liability forms from the group’s website www.toledospetbullproject.com, in order to make things run smoothly at the event.

For more information on programming and the dog training, visit the website, email Reinsel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 419-697-4552.

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