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AKC Launches Dog Training Support Hotline

(Thursday, September 19, 2013)

Is your dog driving you crazy with rambunctious behavior you just can't control? Puppy training giving you the blues? No time to search the Internet for advice you can trust? Promoting responsible dog ownership is at the heart of the American Kennel Club, and the launch of its newest service, the Good-Dog!SM Helpline, gives dog owners live telephone support from knowledgeable dog trainers when you need it most. A hotline for happiness for you and you dog.

AKC's Good-Dog!SM Helpline easily and thoroughly aids all dog owners in understanding their pet's behavior with a simple call. A team of expert trainers - available six days a week - will help owners understand their dog's actions and provide training solutions to get you and your dog speaking the same language.

“Whether you’re training a new puppy or looking to improve your adult dog’s manners, expert instruction that is easily accessible from your home can be hard to find,” said Penny Leigh, AKC Program Manager of the new service. “Good-Dog!SM Helpline was designed to be the go-to telephone support resource that fosters and builds long-lasting bonds between dogs and owners.”

According to the AKC Good-Dog!SM Helpline’s trainers, whose diverse “pedigrees” include experience in veterinary medicine, agility competition, therapy work and even biomechanical engineering, owners often report similar frustrations. Puppy housebreaking, puppy destructiveness and “coming when called” top the list of most common training hurdles.

“No matter how common or unique the problem, we are here to help you and your dog build the healthiest, happiest relationship possible,” said AKC Good-Dog!SM Helpline trainer Breanne Long. Customers will be advised of additional training and event opportunities by being notified of local AKC affiliated training clubs in their area.

For a one-time fee of $79.99, subscribers can speak to an available trainer with no restrictions for the life of their dog. The Helpline team is available via a toll toll-free number from 9 A.M. to 9 P.M. (EST) Monday through Friday, and Noon to 6 P.M. (EST) on Saturdays.

To learn more about AKC Good-Dog!SM, visit http://www.akc.org/helpline