Training, tricks and safety are always on the minds of dog lovers. This spring, Gordon College Community Education offers a variety of classes to address those issues. ‘How Dogs Learn’ introduces dog owners to various techniques and learning theories that include understanding the use of both classical and operant conditioning; understanding the use of techniques like shaping, lure/reward, leash and collar; understanding the use of reinforcement schedules and understanding the many different types of training equipment.This class is every Wednesday in March and April 1 and April 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. The registration fee is $119. Jerry Hope, CDBC, PTI is the instructor and the class will be taught in the Academic Building on the east side of campus near the Fine Arts Building in room 205.’Fun Tricks for You and Your Dog’ is a great way to spend time with your best friend. This course allows a dog owner to build on basic obedience training with tricks and games. Teach your dog how to focus and build his confidence. The instructor will work with the class to choose tricks and games that reflect the group’s interests and the dogs’ abilities. All dogs must have completed basic obedience or Canine Good Citizen training.This class is March 17, 24, 31 and April 7, 14 and 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The fee is $84 with a $10 discount for those over 50. The instructor is Patricia Peurifoy and classes will be taught on the lawn in front of Alumni Memorial Hall.’Pet First Aid for Dogs and Cats’ will teach a pet owner how to properly deal with medical and dental emergencies as well as senior care for our older pet friends. Students will receive a workbook, an emergency home plan, and a certificate and ID card upon completion of the course.The course costs $75 and is April 15, 22, and 29 and May 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Academic Building 205 on the east side of campus near the Fine Arts Building. Jerry Hope, CDBC, PTI, is the instructor.For more information on these classes and how to register, call Gordon College Community Education at 678-359-5123 or visit the office on Spencer Street . Parking is available behind the building and is accessible from a driveway near the Welcome Center.