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Czech animal training courses

6 seminars. In 7 days. I must be a nerd because I could literally talk animal training and nothing else. Which is what I did. Feel do fortunate to spend time with Czech people. Caring for animals is a way of life. Dogs go where people go for instance. Off to work with their people. Gandi said you can tell what people ate like by the way they treat their animals. 

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