SPCA dogs get an education
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.