Dog talks beg to be heard
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.
SIT UP AND LISTEN: Wilbur the dog is at the command of Bark Busters’ Belinda Young.