Pass­ing train­ing hur­dles

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE - Lucy Jarvis

A MARIGINIUP res­i­dent re­cently re­ceived coun­cil ap­proval to run a home busi­ness for in­ten­sive dog train­ing.

Jake Kenny wel­comed the re­cent Wan­neroo coun­cil de­ci­sion to ap­prove his home busi­ness, Pre­ci­sion K9 Train­ing, on Pen­nygum Place.

Mr Kenny there was a “huge need” for the ser­vice he wanted to of­fer, es­pe­cially given re­cent re­ports of dogs at­tack­ing chil­dren in the eastern states. He told the Times his mo­ti­va­tion to pro­vide train­ing stemmed from his ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing as a po­lice of­fi­cer for eight years.

“I went to a lot of neigh­bour dis­putes, as­saults that oc­curred due to dog fights at lo­cal dog parks,” he said.

“I saw that there was a big is­sue (and) there’s not a lot of dog train­ing around the place.”

Mr Kenny said the train­ing would ad­dress ag­gres­sion is­sues to­wards peo­ple or other dogs and ease the worry own­ers have when they take their pets out of the house.

“They would have bet­ter con­trol over the dogs,” he said. d481092

“It will ad­dress be­havioural is­sues like pulling ex­ces­sively on a lead or jump­ing up on peo­ple.”

Plan­ning lawyer Belinda Mo­harich spoke about Mr Kenny’s ex­pe­ri­ence at the March 6 coun­cil meet­ing and his abil­ity to train fam­ily pets to “dis­play ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour around hu­mans or other an­i­mals”.

Mr Kenny has been train­ing dogs for about eight years, do­ing be­havioural mod­i­fi­ca­tion and sports dog train­ing.

Dur­ing public con­sul­ta­tion, nearby res­i­dents raised con­cerns about an in­crease in traf­fic, bark­ing and

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Kenny and the City’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, the in­crease in traf­fic would be small and the dogs would stay in in­di­vid­ual ken­nels. They would be taken out for one-onone train­ing.

One of the con­di­tions of ap­proval re­stricted the train­ing to be­tween 9am and 6pm, seven days a week, with up to three dogs gen­er­ally stay­ing on the prop­erty for four days of train­ing. An­other con­di­tion re­stricted the num­ber of dogs on the prop­erty to five, in­clud­ing Mr Ken­ney’s two dogs. flood­lights.

Pic­ture: Mar­tin Ken­nealey

Jake Kenny from Pre­ci­sion K9 Train­ing with Lee.

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