New dog classes avail­able

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY Dog Obe­di­ence will run a new ba­sic six-week course ded­i­cated to im­prov­ing the so­cial skills and be­hav­ior of dogs and their han­dlers on June 26.

The not-for-profit sport­ing club, which has helped train dogs over the last 25 years, runs six week cour­ses at ba­sic and ad­vanced lev­els on Thurs­day evenings at the Proser­pine Show­grounds.

Whit­sun­day Dog Obe­di­ence so­cial sec­re­tary Sue Gun­ston said re­spon­si­ble dog own­er­ship was an im­por­tant fab­ric in to­day’s so­ci­ety.

“Why get a dog and leave it in the back­yard all alone? Dogs are pack an­i­mals and need to know and re­spect the top dog in their fam­ily.”

“Dogs are not mis­un­der­stood, they are very sim­ple an­i­mals that be­have in­stinc­tively and once you un­der­stand their in­stincts, train­ing and life be­come so much eas­ier,” she said.

Ms Gun­ston also said dog obe­di­ence classes were an in­vest­ment for your loved ones.

“Your dog is gen­er­ally a part of your fam­ily for at least 5 years so why not put in a bit of ef­fort and make ev­ery­one’s life eas­ier by train­ing your dog,” she said.

For $75 the ba­sic 6-week course teaches dogs to sit, heel, stay, stand, drop and be­gin­ning re­call.

Upon com­ple­tion, dogs and their han­dlers are then in­vited to at­tend the ad­vanced course where agility equip­ment is used and ad­vanced obe­di­ence is taught.

These classes are ideal for dogs over the age of twelve weeks and are a great op­por­tu­nity for han­dlers and their pets to get out in the fresh air with like-minded people in a friendly and fun en­vi­ron­ment.

En­rol­ments for the both cour­ses are still open. For more in­for­ma­tion on Whit­sun­day Dog Obe­di­ence cour­ses visit their Face­book page or email whit­sun­day­dog­club@hot­

HEEL: Ylana Nur­flus, Eli Nur­flus, Ben Nur­flus, Mercedes Ire­land and Denim the dog at Whit­sun­day Dog Obe­di­ence Club classes on Thurs­day evening.

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