Name: Sylvia Oglesby
Job: Owner, SmartyPaws Dog Training & Sports Center at 6966 W. Main St. in Belleville (558-8500)
Dog trainer Sylvia Oglesby has recently relocated her business to Belleville last month. Oglesby brings 16 years of experience to her SmartyPaws Dog Training & Sports Center. She will host an orientation meeting for new students at 4:30 on Saturday. She recently talked to business writer Will Buss about her services:
Q: What is the range of training you provide?
A: “We do a puppy socialization class. I call it ‘puppy kindergarten.’ That’s when the dogs come in and we let them off leash and teach their parents all about body language and learn how to play. We see how some of these dogs are interacting with other dogs. You don’t have that if you don’t go through a puppy socialization class at an early stage in their life.”
Q: Why not?
A: “When I was going out to so many homes, three or four homes a day, and I’d get there and the dog was seven or eight months old, and the dog would be barking at me or barking at other dogs. The people would tell me, ‘We don’t want this dog anymore. We’re going to give it away.’ And I said that’s because you never socialized the dog. Science has shown that if dogs are shown everything that you can possibly give them between the ages of 12 weeks and four months, it is in their brain forever. So that’s
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