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Veterans Train Dogs with Military Discipline

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Cassie Walsh trains Milly the dog Cassie Walsh trains Milly the dog

Two Charlottesville-area veterans are using their military training to give dogs a lesson in discipline.

Amanda Washburn's dog Milly hasn't always been the most obedient, but that has all changed since she was enrolled in Off-Leash K9 Training.

"She's done amazing. We're actually incredibly shocked. Even just after her first training session we were just amazed at how quickly she caught on," Washburn said.

Cassie Walsh and Bryan Swihart are the owners of the Charlottesville-area business. Both are Army veterans and have done a number of tours in Iraq. Now they are passing on their military skills to what they say is their passion: dogs.

"Dogs respond really well to it so the discipline that comes from the military is the same type of discipline that we give dogs when they're doing the training," Walsh said.

Walsh says the tactics they use are very effective. "They relate really closely to each other because of the discipline and the consistency."

The couple hopes the military-style obedience will allow people to have more faith in their dogs. 

"I'd love to see more dogs in Charlottesville off leash. We've talked to so many owners that can't take their dog off the leash because it's just going to run away," Walsh said. 

And for Washburn, having Milly trained makes things a little bit easier. 

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