Hermiston herald. (Hermiston, Or.) 1994-current, June 03, 2015, Image 3

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    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2015
weave through, and the han-
dlers only have eight minutes
to memorize the course before
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leading the dogs through it.
close the door and to do a
“Every course is differ-
handstand by walking her ent,” she said. “The dog never
back legs up a wall.
sees how the course is until
Some of the expert tricks you actually do it. It’s chal-
were actually part of Jazzie’s lenging, very challenging,
agility training, which O’Ble- and fun. It’s quite addicting.
ness began working on simul- The more I’ve trained, the
taneously. Jazzie attained the more I’ve wanted to train.”
highest agility rating, master,
O’Bleness started training
and she now competes at dogs for agility in 2010 and
various agility contests in the soon after began training oth-
3DFL¿F 1RUWKZHVW 2¶%OHQHVV er people to work with their
said the dogs must navigate dogs. Through her business
courses with tunnels, bridg- Smarty Dog, she offers Ca-
es, teeter totters, and poles to nine Good Citizen, trick and
agility trainings in Hermiston
and the Tri-Cities. O’Bleness
said working with the owners
helps them build relation-
ships with their dogs, which
is important for the training
“I just enjoy helping peo-
ple out with their dogs,” she
said. “Dogs are easier to train
than people.”
O’Bleness said she has
more than 20 current students
and welcomes others. The
classes cost $65 for a one-
hour class once a week for
eight weeks.
wards than just money,” she
said. “I try to make it afford-
able, so anybody can take
the classes and improve their
dog’s behavior.”
O’Bleness said it is im-
portant to reward positive
behavior and ignore negative
behavior when training dogs,
and she always has plenty of
“Don’t work without
treats,” she said. “It’s like
with people. We don’t work
for free. There’s got to be
something in it for the dog.”
For more information about
Smarty Dog training, contact
O’Bleness, 541-571-4027, pat-
Dog training tips
Dog trainer Patty O’Bleness, Hermiston, recommends people spend
time and have fun with their dogs. She said it is important to walk
dogs and teaching them tricks can help build a stronger relationship
between the dog and owner.
When training, O’Bleness said people should follow a few simple
• Reward good behavior.
• Ignore bad behavior.
• Teach your dog to come when called.
• Don’t punish a dog that comes when called, even after a previous
negative behavior.
• Anticipate and prevent negative incidents, such as a dog that jumps
on people when they enter a residence.
• Always have plenty of treats.
See this story
online for
more photos
Leg Weaving Step 1: Patty O’Bleness said to train a dog to
weave between your legs, begin with treats in both hands and
the dog in front of you.
Leg Weaving Step 2: Spread your legs, and present a treat be-
hind one of them until the dog goes through your legs. Lead
the dog around the leg before giving the treat.
Monday, how many people
are willing to pay the mini-
mum reserve price remains to
be seen.
People can submit bids,
which can be found on the Co-
lumbia Basin Student Home-
builder Program website,
omes.org, to the school district
through June 19, at which time
Smith will notify the top bid-
der. He said, in the event two
people submit the same top
bid, the district will draw lots
to determine the winner.
“Many people, from the
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ble like this house in Hermis-
ton,” Smith said.
The reason, Smith said,
is because the city does not
have many similarly sized
houses — 2,050 square feet
— with the same amenities
and special features as the
student-built home.
“It was kind of hard for the
appraiser to give us any upward
limit because we don’t have
this in Hermiston,” Smith said.
Turner, who was touring the
house with her husband and
son Monday on the way to
her daughter’s softball game,
said she was impressed with
what she saw.
“Quality-wise, it’s great. It
has everything that people are
looking for,” she said, adding
prospective buyers want an
ciency, three bedrooms and
into a fourth bedroom.
Despite the interest of
the people touring the house
comments I’ve heard so far,
are interested in submitting
bids,” he said.
Smith said people who
tracked the building process
approached him about sub-
mitting bids even before the
home was complete, and
Monday’s open house gener-
ated more interest.
“I guess we’ll see their
level of interest by the mea-
sure of their bids,” he said.
People who want to conduct
another inspection of the house
prior to submitting a bid should
call Berger at 541-720-7826.
Leg Weaving Step 3: Offer a treat behind your other leg with
your other hand until the dog goes through your legs again
and repeat the process.
Comments on student-built home
People touring the student-built home Monday had only posi-
tive things to say during Monday’s open house.
Sandy Debano, Hermiston: “I like the woodwork. I like the trim.
I like mostly everything.”
Melody Journot, Umatilla: “It’s beautiful. They (the students)
did an amazing job on this. It’ll go for a lot. It’s a beautiful
Melody Sanchez, Hermiston: “The kids did a great job. You can
tell they took a lot of pride in what they were doing here.”
Karen Sherman, Hermiston School Board: “I think it’s amazing.
They’ve done a great job here. I think it’s way beyond what we