Dog talks beg to be heard

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT

DOG trainer Eileen Fletcher knows her share about si­lenc­ing bark­ing ca­nines and now she’s ready to share her tips with frus­trated pet own­ers.

Ms Fletcher is one of a group of train­ers help­ing to crack down on prob­lem pet be­hav­iour, with the first in a se­ries of public sem­i­nars held this week.

“About six months ago we got to­gether and thought what can we do to im­prove dogs’ lives in Townsville and pet own­ers’ as well,” she said.

“A trained dog is more likely to be re­tained than an un­trained dog.”

Ms Fletcher said the first seminar, which dealt with prob­lem bark­ing, at­tracted twice the an­tic­i­pated crowd.

“I guess it shows there is an ap­petite for pet be­hav­iour ed­u­ca­tion in Townsville,” she said.

The seminar se­ries is part of joint pro­gram run by train­ers, the RSPCA and Townsville City Coun­cil.

Coun­cil­lor Gary Ed­diehausen said they would ben­e­fit the whole com­mu­nity.

“We have 37,000 dogs reg­is­tered in Townsville, so it’s vi­tal that we make in­for­ma­tion about top­ics like bark­ing, dog at­tacks and an­i­mal be­hav­iour avail­able to those peo­ple,” he said.

The next pet train­ing seminar will be held on Au­gust 13 at the Reid Park com­plex from 7- 9pm.

Pic­ture: FIONA HARD­ING

SIT UP AND LIS­TEN: Wil­bur the dog is at the com­mand of Bark Busters’ Belinda Young.

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