Training Dogs and Their Owners

September 13, 2013 Updated Sep 14, 2013 at 12:08 AM EDT

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September 13, 2013 Updated Sep 14, 2013 at 12:08 AM EDT


Lewiston, N.Y. (WKBW) - Annie is a Terrier-mix rescue dog who is being trained by foster mom Kathy Nowakowski.

“Annie came from a high kill shelter. She and her puppies were going to be euthanized. She has some protective issues. She is a mom and was protecting her puppy. So that's what I hope to work on,” Nowakowski said.

Nowakowski is also part of the Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue. It is a fairly new program working to protect local animals.

“Our mission is to save neglected, abandon and homeless animals to try and find homes for them,” Heart of Niagara’s Linda VanHarssel said.

That is not all the organization does. They hold fundraisers that benefit the animals in many different ways.

“This weekend we have the New Jersey Dog Whisperer coming here. The funds raised will be used to fund a medical emergency fund for animals in distress,” VanHarssel said.

Not only is this a fundraiser but also they said it will also give important lessons for people who are training their dogs.

“One of the reasons animals are surrendered is that people can't control them. It's very important that animals learn how to behave in a community and react in certain situations. You are the leader and you are in charge and it’s important that you take the time to make your dog a good citizen,” Nowakowski said.

The fundraiser will take place in Grandpaws Pet Imporium in Lewiston. Pet storeowner Andrew Bell said it's important for pet owners to be in control of their animal.

“Animal will be a lot happier in our community if they are well behaved,” Bell said.

As for Annie, things are looking up.

“Leave it. That's the command on working on with Annie to get her through her control issues,” Nowakowski said.

Although not perfect, she is gets an “A” for effort.

“She will kiss you to