Dogs Analyze Greater Than Simply Tricks At Canine Circus College

Francis, who studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, opened the art school for dogs six years ago.
A bygone world of whimsy and magic lies beyond the gate to Oakland’s Canine Circus School for dogs.
Designed to offer a playful alternative to the traditional “sit, stay, down” dogma, the training dogs receive here focuses on using tricks.
Francis traces his influences for the school back to his own childhood in Rockport, Maine, where he watched his neighbor Harry Goodridge train Andre the Seal.
“They got me thinking about the magic of training animals,” he recalls.

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