Sit, stay, heel

Here’s a shot to train your pooch and have some fun at the same time.

The Medford Recreation Department is offering two new programs for dogs and their owners.

K-9’s and Kids, for children ages 8 to 14 years old, will teach kids the foundation skills for a lifetime of dog ownership. The emphasis is on fun, obedience and consistency. The course teaches about basic care, along with etiquette for home and social settings. Games and problem-solving exercises are also covered. Dogs must be at least six months old to participate. This six-week program takes place on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. beginning April 27. The cost is $60 and is open to both residents and non-residents of Medford.

For older kids and adults, a basic dog obedience program, which helps dogs become better behaved will take place on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. This six-week program also begins April 27. Dogs must be at least five months old to participate. Owners must be at least 13 years old. The fee is $60 for both residents and non-residents of Medford.

Both puppy programs will be held in the gymnasium of Milton H. Allen Elementary School, which is located at 24 Allen Avenue. All dogs must be on a leash to participate. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their dogs.

To register for these programs, visit Medford Recreation’s Web site at www.MedfordRec.com.

From more information, contact the Recreation Department at 654–2512.