Trainer likes to think positive
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.”
Dog trainer Steve Honnor with Millie.