SPCA dogs get an ed­u­ca­tion

Marlborough Midweek - - Front Page -

The Marl­bor­ough SPCA have re­cruited the help of a dog trainer to both teach their vol­un­teers how to bet­ter han­dle the dogs, and make the an­i­mals eas­ier to adopt out.

Franzi van Bruggen- Smit has kindly of­fered her ser­vices twice a week, start­ing with a train­ing ses­sion on Tues­day and Satur­day last week.

Marl­bor­ough SPCA man­ager Kaycee Polk­inghorne says the train­ing will be in­valu­able when try­ing to find homes for the dogs.

‘‘We have vol­un­teers who come and walk the dogs, which is not just good for them to be able to get out and have a run around but also for ba­sic train­ing and so­cial­i­sa­tion.

The ba­sic train­ing is great be­cause the last thing most people want when they come to adopt a dog is to have it jump­ing all over them, so this will def­i­nitely help.’’

Franzi has of­fered her ser­vices twice a week for the next few weeks, then go­ing to once a week.

She has al­ready seen im­pres­sive re­sults from the first few train­ing ses­sions. ‘‘The dogs have re­sponded so well and the vol­un­teers have been amaz­ing.

‘‘It’s re­ally im­por­tant to give dogs that ba­sic train­ing when they are young.

‘‘If not treated right some dogs can be­come very dif­fi­cult to man­age when they are older,’’ she says.

The aim is to train the vol­un­teers to be able to do ba­sic dog train­ing. Around five vol­un­teers turn out for the dog walk­ing and more are al­ways wel­come.

Any­one in­ter­ested in help­ing out can call Kaycee on 03 572 9156.

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