Trainer likes to think pos­i­tive

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AF­TER train­ing killer whales, dol­phins and work­ing with a menagerie of an­i­mals from ba­boons to gi­raffes, Steve Hon­nor is now run­ning dog train­ing classes. Mr Hon­nor said he stum­bled into a ca­reer work­ing with an­i­mals al­most by accident af­ter ap­ply­ing for a job at an English sa­fari park in 1975. “De­spite all the dif­fer­ent an­i­mals I’ve worked with over the years, I re­ally like do­ing the dog train­ing be­cause it’s so hands-on,” he said. “When you’re a zookeeper, you don’t have that much one-on-one time with the an­i­mals, whereas work­ing with dogs, you’ve got it all.” Mr Hon­nor said he taught pos­i­tive re­in­force­ment, at his Sun­day morn­ing classes in Mos­man Park. “You’ve got to tell your dog when they’re do­ing some­thing right, not when they’ve done some­thing wrong,” he said. “There is no point putting any un­nec­es­sary stress on your dog.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Dog trainer Steve Hon­nor with Millie.

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