Acme Canines -- previously operating from the home of owner Laura Pakis -- has a new facility.

Acme Canines -- previously operating from the home of owner Laura Pakis -- has a new facility.

A new 1,200-square-foot building, costing $150,000, has opened at 1385 Franklin St. off Lewis Center Road.

The center, which opened in January, offers classes for dogs and their owners, said owner Laura Pakis.

The business has five paid employees, she said.

The center provides obedience training as well as ideas for owner and dog fitness training as well.

Lessons include training the dog to "politely" walk on a leash at various paces, learning to sit and ignore distractions while the owner does jumping jacks or stretches and to obey a "place" command while the owner does floor exercise.

Lessons on pet nutrition also are included.

Pakis said group classes are offered. Trainers also can visit the dog owner's home.

"Most people come to us because they're having a problem, such as excessive barking, aggression whether it's just starting or actually the dog has bitten someone or another dog," Pakis said. "The biggest reason is that the dog is just not respecting the owner."

"Proper training, utilizing positive reinforcement techniques, is an essential component to ensure the happiness of both animals and their owners. Trained animals are less likely to show up surrendered at humane societies," said Wade Beane director of the Humane Society Delaware County.

The class cost $200 for the eight-week session, and the dogs that attend need not be trained, Pakis said.

Acme's next sessions will begin May 5.

For more information on Acme Canines, call (740) 363-6889 or visit www.acmecanine.com.