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Busan good home for pets, owners

Busan ranks fourth in Korea for the number of people with pets. With so many Koreans now owning companion animals, City Hall is implementing a comprehensive five-year animal protection and welfare plan. As part of this plan, Busan Kyungsang College (BSKS) opened a pet training and culture center on May 28.  


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Pets enjoying themselves and frolicking in the playground.


The three-story center contains a doggy kindergarten, playgrounds and hotels on the first floor. The second and third floors hold training facilities, sessions for veterinary and grooming services and lecture halls for students of the college.


The playground on the first floor, the first of its kind in the city, is available for dogs weighing less than 10 kilograms and operates three times a day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. It runs on a strict reservation basis through its website, and it is free to use.


The center is not limited to students, however. Pet owners from anywhere in town are able to take courses on training and behavior correction. This class is held on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month. 


Up to 20 pet owners may apply to take the course, which dives into several topics, including behavior correction, commands, improvements in agility, olfactory function and the importance and process of conflict resolution between pet owners and those who do not have pets. 


The kindergarten is currently accepting dogs for enrollment via their website (detc.bsks.ac.kr). Pets will be trained in behavior and socialization, and they will play to their hearts' content. There is even a program involving music specifically tailored to dogs' ears. Enrolled canines will be given gifts in the way of tote bags, scarves, name tags and more.