Group walk to ben­e­fit dogs and their own­ers

Te Awamutu Courier - - The Country -

There’ll be wag­ging tails a plenty in Cam­bridge this week­end for a free group dog walk event.

The walk has been or­gan­ised by New Lives An­i­mal Rescue and dog be­haviourist Dar­ran Rowe.

He says the Sun­day morn­ing walk at Te Koutu Lake Do­main will have ben­e­fits for both the dogs and their own­ers.

“Like us, dogs are so­cial crea­tures, so it’s im­por­tant they have the op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act in a safe, con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment like this.

“It’s also fan­tas­tic if your dog is a lit­tle shy of other dogs, or still get­ting used to meet­ing fel­low pooches,” he says.

Dar­ran says for dog own­ers it’s a chance to spend time with like­minded peo­ple.

“Dog own­ers love chat­ting with other dogfriendl­y peo­ple, so these pub­lic walks are a great way to get to­gether, re­lax and meet new peo­ple — and of course en­joy the beau­ti­ful Te Koutu Lake Do­main.”

The dog walk also aims to raise aware­ness for Cam­bridge based New Lives An­i­mal Rescue.

The char­ity res­cues and re­homes un­wanted and mis­treated an­i­mals in and around the Waikato re­gion.

“The team at New Lives An­i­mal Rescue do a fan­tas­tic job, so we hope to see some of the dogs they have helped into new homes come along on Sun­day,” says Dar­ran.

Mean­while for those dogs who might need a few tips on how to be­have in a group, there’s some ex­tra coach­ing avail­able be­fore the walk.

“I’ll be there to pro­vide help and ad­vice for any­one who wants it from 9am on Sun­day,” says Dar­ran.

The pub­lic dog-walk event starts at 10am and all dogs must be on a lead.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Dar­ran — 0274 585 872 or mind­ful­ness4­dogs

Photo / Sup­plied

Dog be­haviourist Dar­ran Rowe with five of his seven dogs at his dog train­ing school in Cam­bridge.

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