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5 Things To Know on Jan. 8: Dog Park Committee Works Toward May Opening

A great way to start the day with a quick look at the events and happenings in town.

Welcome to “5 Things,” your daily resource for community events, happenings in town and other little tidbits of information. Here are five things you need to know on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

1. Cold Start: Tuesday morning is expected to be the coldest morning of the week, followed by a sunny day with temperatures into the 40s.

2. Dog Park: The Friends of Danvers Dog Park meets on Tuesday night in the community room at People’s United Bank in Danvers Square at 6:30 p.m. The committee continue to raise money and make plans to create a dog park at Endicott Park, which is hopes to have open in May.

3. Starting a Business: Learn what you need to know on Tuesday about starting a new business during a program at the Enterprise Center at Salem State University. “Starting a Business: What You Need to Know” is free and runs 8:30-10:30 a.m.

4. Films: Heritage Films return to Hollywood Hits on Tuesday, with films at 11:30 a.m., noon and 12:30 p.m. and tickets are $5.

5. Planning Board: The Planning Board meets on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Danvers Town Hall, where it will hear plans to move a Dunkin Donuts location from an Exxon station on the northbound side of Route 1 to a Mobil station on the southbound side of Route 1. The board will also hear plans to renovate the Ira Porsche dealership.

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Paws for Praise January 11, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Regarding the Dog Park - congratulations to those working on this project. As a dog trainer, however, I'd like to remind people that the best way to have a good time at the dog park is to start your dog playing with other dogs by taking them to a good class *while they are still puppies* - between age 8-17 weeks of age is preferable! This is the age during which pups learn how to play nicely with others, and inhibit their biting behavior. Dogs that don't get this are often the dogs that cause problems at parks or day care. Another hint: teach your dog to come when called immediately. Dogs don't always like every other dog they meet, so if your dog makes another dog (or its owner) uncomfortable, it's rude to let that continue. Off leash play shouldn't mean unregulated play - it needs periodic self interruption, and the ability for humans to intervene nicely to insure that all are safe and happy. At our classes, we teach owners to recognize appropriate play signals, how to do a "consent test" to insure that all the dogs are really having a good time, and how to get a dog to recall even in the face of distractions. Dog parks are great until they aren't. Dog behavior myths die hard, but if you take a little time to become a better educated owner, you're more likely to have a great time versus the alternative. Anne Springer Paws for Praise Danvers, MA
Paws for Praise January 13, 2013 at 01:59 PM
This is what normal dog play looks like: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InP_5-0NDjI

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