HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Ed Abel, a Young Harris canine trainer, was the featured guest at this week’s Mountain Movers and Shakers meeting, May 10, at Sundance Grill. Abel shared information on his profession, a career that began in the military, followed by law enforcement and defense contracting. The 40-year veteran canine trainer explained that prior to forming the non-profit organization, Working Dogs Support Nework, his job entailed priming dogs to sniff bombs and landmines in battle zones.
Abel said that his goal in forming the organization, in conjuntion with local veternarian Dr. Hilty Burr, was based on the desire to train canines for law enforcement and first responders. The dogs are taught to trace bombs, track individuals, detect drugs, and locate cadavers. The trainer said that it typically takes six-to-eight weeks to train the canine, followed by additional time spent in the field, teamed with the handler. In addition, Abel explained that alternate training allows those in need of a service dog to regain their independence. Abel said that he hopes others will join in support by contributing to the cause.
P.A.W.S. Dog Training anf K-9 Behavior Center in Young Harris caters to pet owners in need of obedience, puppy training, behavior solving, and personal protection. The company provides K-9 consultations, seminars, and training courses to law enforcement and security agencies worldwide. Abel informed that P.A.W.S. offers free advice to individuals who are considering becoming dog owners as to which breed may best suit their lifestyle.
For additional information on Working Dogs Support Network or P.A.W.S. Dog Training and K-9 Behavior Center, contact Ed Abel at 706-716-9990 or toll-free at 1-888-840-3647.
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