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70 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 8 - Nov. 14, 2002 Troubled dogs fmd:peace with owners under Harris' tutelage By Amy Reardon Tom Harris is transforming his motto: "A trained dog is a happy dog," into a business. Involved with dogs most of his life, he be- gan training in 1952. He has trained dogs for police work: tracking, rescue, and narcotics, and Owned his own kennel for 17 years. This experience has given him vast understanding and in- sight into canine behavior. Harris moved to Milford 18 months ago with his wife and re- cently finished teaching a general obedience class at the Milford Amy Reardon photo Trainer Tom Harris sits with his dogs (l-r) Katie, Ashley, and Bentley. I I than 50 years old, require greater investigation, resulting in a higher fee. The company also provides every customer with digital pho- tos of problem areas. "In the long run, having a thor- ough home inspection is good for both the homeowner and builder," he said. "The homeowner gets what he paid for and the builder does not have to repeatedly come back to fix things." Beacon Inspection Service, which also serves Lancaster and York County in Pennsylvania, provides commercial and residen- tial inspections in Sussex County. For questions regarding home in- spection or to schedule an ap- pointment, contact Remi Briand, toll-free, at 877-837-1749 or visit the company's website, www.bea- coninspection.cOm. Turn Key Packages Inspections $159,900 - 4BR - 1800 SQ. FT. Continued from page 69 ponents concealed below ground are not included. A Beacon inspection includes draining the tank to provide a complete diagnosis, according to Briand. Prices vary greatly for home in- spections, said Briand. A basic new home inspection from the ground up, of approximately 1,500 square feet, begins at $800. The homeowner is assured of at least five visits, Briand said. Depending what a client is looking for, as well as additional square footage, will increase the price. Prepurchase inspection of an existing home begins at $200. Established older homes, more $139,900- 3BR- approx. 1600 sq. ft. FEATURING: , GAS HEAT ' AIR CONDCTiONiNG. APPLIANCES ' VINYL SIDING "GOURMET KrTCHEN" CARPET o Two CAR GARAGE e e ' FIRST FLOOR OWNER SUITES LANOSCAPING SIDEWALKS * BUCDG PERMITS. SURVEYS. WELL, SEPT CAPE00CUNTOM HOMES Recreation Center. While he plans to continue group training, he would prefer to assist owners on an individual basis. "The average family owns "a dog that does not fit into their lifestyle," said Harris. "Families pick out puppies because they are cute aniff cuddly, but sometimes the family finds out that the dog is too big to handle. Then the dog gets chained to a tree in the back yard. It's a sad situation. The dog's world becomes the length of the chain. He is basically in prison." Harris wants to help dogs and their owners live together in har- mony. A troublesome dog leads an unhappy life and is a burden on the family that owns it, said Har- ris. Harris will go to the family's home, observe the dog's behavior in its own environment, gather in- formation about the family's schedule, and teach the family to train the dog to fit into their lifestyle. "If an Hadividual is serious about training and does what I tell him consistently, the problem can be unraveled in a week," said Har- ris. Harris and his wife, Dolly, own three little dogs. Each one had a behavioral problem they unrav- eled with love and understanding. Katie, the Jack Russell terrier, witnessed a murder in her home in Virginia. "When we first got her, she had a hard time being around hu- mans," Harris said and petted the dog's head. "She would hide un- der furniture and run from strangers. Now she barks when she needs to and is fairly socia- ble." Bentley is an Australian terrier with three legs. A car ran over Bentley when he was with his for- mer owners. Under the love and care of the Harrises, he is an ener- getic, happy dog. "He does more with three legs than most dogs do with four," said Dolly. The Harrises plan to take Bent- ley around to children's hospitals to show patients that Bentley's disability doesn't slow him down. Their third dog Ashley, the Har- rises favorite, is a papillon. She lived in a house with 20 show cats. "When she first moved in with us, she didn!t know anything. She thought she was a cat," said Har- ris. "Now she's a top-notch dog." Harris stresses the importance of communication between dogs and their owners. Dogs should know the five basic commands: heel, sit, stay, come and down. People can learn to discern be- tween frustrated barking and pro- tective barking. With patience and consistency, troublesome dogs can learn to live with their owners, Harris said. 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