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Tucson Living: Urban herding

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Located on Ina Road in northwest Tucson, The Dog Complex is the only canine training facility in Arizona that offers indoor urban herding.

Urban herding is dog training using 100 percent positive reinforcement. Directional cues like flanking are taught in the foundation level class.

More advanced classes add in chickens, ducks, geese and eventually sheep.

Mariko Yoshinaga signed one of her dogs up for the class because she has parrots at home. She hops that her dog, Whisky, will be able to help herd the parrots when they get loose. 

Maggie Evans, owner and head trainer, said the whole purpose when she and her husband opened The Dog Complex was to be able to offer some fun classes where you feel like you are playing with your dog.

But you're also teaching them impulse control, leash work and basic to advanced cues.

Maggie said, "One thing that our urban herding classes do is that they help boost confidence. They help foster confidence is dogs that are shy or nervous with other dogs." 

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