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There's more to owning an animal than just making sure its food and water dish is full. That's what the employees and volunteers from Carden Kennels in Bangor plan on sharing with kids during Camp Carden, July 25-29. "They'll learn pet CPR, grooming techniques, how to make homemade dog food, and we'll teach them how to recognize dog language," explained Janet Klisiewicz, owner of Carden. There will also be plenty of time for making dog-themed crafts, learning pet photography, and an opportunity for the participants to enter their four-legged partners into a "Faux Dog Show," where the pooches will be awarded for the longest sit time and fastest Frisbee fetch.

Ten-year-old Josh Black of Mariaville plans to attend camp with his Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen (or PBGV) named Fabio. "I did this last year and I remember the obstacle course. It had its ups and downs because my dog would just sit and not participate," Black explained. "But he does listen better now."

Kids ages 7-10 are welcome to attend with or without their own pet. "If a kid doesn't have a dog because they live in a place that doesn't allow pets, they can have a loaner dog from our doggie daycare," explained Klisiewicz. "They might not have the same dog each day, but kids and dogs just go together. It's a bonding thing," she said.

Even though this will be a fun and exciting time for all involved, Klisiewicz can't stress enough how important it is for kids to learn how to relate to any dog. "It's important for them to learn dog language. As a 4-year-old, I was bit by our family dog and I'm sure he gave all the warning signs," she said. Klisiewicz will share what those warning signs are with campers in order to help them avoid being in a similar situation.

Camp Carden runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., July 25-29. The cost is $250 for the week or $50 per day. Campers are asked to bring a bag lunch, but will be provided with two healthy snacks and drinks each day. For more information, call 942-2161 or log onto cardenkennels.com.

Last modified on Monday, 12 December 2011 15:05

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