Dog breeding education event set for October 20

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A representative from PAWS With A CAUSE ® is visiting the Allendale Campus to educate students about dog breeding and training.

Dawn Bohan, national breeding program coordinator for PAWS With A CAUSE, and Anne Merkle, Grand Valley librarian and certified dog breeder, will teach students the traits dog breeders and assistance dog training organizations look for in potential service dogs. Bohan and Merkle will bring PAWS With A CAUSE breeding dogs and a foster puppy, which both represent the pedigrees being discussed during the event.

Inside/Outside/Upside Down: the Dog Pedigree
October 20 at 7 p.m.
Loutit Lecture Hall, room 103

While the event is geared toward students in Grand Valley’s Biology Department and Pre-Veterinarian Club, the event is open to the public.

PAWS With A CAUSE works to enhance the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained assistance dogs, while increasing awareness of the rights and roles of assistance dog teams through education and advocacy.

For more information, contact Anne Merkle at (616) 331-2751 or