Talk about fake news.

The old adage, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” is one of the first reports of fake news — at least when that old dog is a student at Greater Coastal Canine Academy in Jarvisburg.

Owners and trainers Ellen and Kyle Carey have been working with dogs of all ages and stages of development on the Outer Banks for more than 15 years. The couple has a combined 40-plus years of experience teaching dogs to do a lot more than “sit” and “stay” — and they’re always up for a challenge.

Dog obedience training is more than occupation for the Careys: It’s a passion, and they treat each student (and its human companion) as an individual. No cookie-cutter training in this operation. The school structures its programs to insure that the learning experience is successful for both canine and human that begins with an in-depth free evaluation to allow the trainer to interact with the dog, pinpoint any areas that need attention and choose a program that best suits the pet’s needs.

And when a good dog is good, he or she deserves a treat. You don’t have to go far to find just the right thing: Greater Coastal Canine Academy has an on-site pet boutique that carries everything from AKC approved toys and treats to holistic foods and supplements.

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