The Weekend Post - - Lifestyle -

IF YOU have a new puppy who is steadily chew­ing through your pos­ses­sions and tear­ing up your back­yard, it may be time to think about dog obe­di­ence classes. There are sev­eral or­gan­i­sa­tions around Cairns which run cour­ses to im­prove the be­hav­iour of your beloved pet — whether they be new ad­di­tions to the fam­ily, or older dogs need­ing to change some an­noy­ing habits. The Ca­nine Train­ing School is based at Ear­lville and runs both a weekly puppy preschool, a class for ado­les­cent dogs and third level obe­di­ence. The puppy class is a five-week course cov­er­ing the com­mands of come, sit, drop, stay and in­di­vid­ual as­sis­tance with rel­e­vant be­hav­iour is­sues.

It fo­cuses on so­cial­i­sa­tion with peo­ple and other dogs and some class­room ed­u­ca­tion. For the slightly older dogs it is a four-week pro­gram aimed at im­prov­ing on-lead work, ba­sic com­mands and so­cial­is­ing skills. The obe­di­ence course runs for seven weeks and com­ple­tion al­lows for a dis­count on coun­cil dog regis­tra­tion. It in­cludes a strong em­pha­sis on be­hav­iour and ed­u­ca­tion of the han­dler. Pri­vate lessons are also avail­able. WHO TO CON­TACT: Linda Mair 0413 656 626 or info@ca­nine­train­ingschool.co m.au WHAT GEAR: Dog, col­lar, lead HOW MUCH: $100-$160


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