Responsible Pet Ownership:
Following the call to introduce tougher legislative measures with dog owners after the recent spate of dog attacks on young children and community service providers, professional dog behavioural trainers are urging the public to understand and practice the importance of responsible pet ownership to help prevent further incidents from occurring. And I am standing firm on this.
Dogs are often blamed for their aggressive and disruptive behaviours but they’re mostly a creation of their living environment, especially if the required instructions to manage boundaries, rules, and social interaction have not been put in place. I believe that it’s vital to promote responsible pet ownership, which is the key to creating a safer environment for dogs and the community at large.
Dogs instinctively read our level of energy and react accordingly, irrespective of our good intentions. In the same way, a dog will protect his territory if he feels that it’s being compromised. If the territorial boundaries within the home have not been established and the dog has not been taught how to socialise with people including young children or other dogs, any form of territorial aggression can escalate with terrible consequences.
In fact, everyone in the household plays an important role in the care and wellbeing of their pets. And I make it a priority to instruct all household members on the rudiments of instinctive dog behaviour and the importance of socialising their dog from an early age or as soon as possible.
Start at the beginning:
Understanding how a dog thinks and responds are the first steps in creating mutual trust, leadership, and a lifelong bond.
This includes teaching dog owners and carers competent leadership, handling skills and safety principles in any form of interaction and how to establish and maintain a safe, calm and well-managed environment for the dog.
Additionally, prevention strategies are prioritised in the training process to counter potential dog attacks and how to identify the triggers that create them.
There are other techniques that I apply in the management of dogs and teach in dog behavioural training — especially on dog walks, in risky situations when dog owners encounter other dogs and excited children, and when a community service provider is entering a property.
For young children, DogSmart Australia also has a direct-instructional Pet Safety and Care program in place.
I am genuinely concerned that dogs are behaving more aggressively in the home and out in the community. It’s easy to blame it on our busy lives, a rise in dog ownership or the perceived lack of legislation but we all need to remain apprised of the required legislated duties and responsibilities if we wish to own a dog.
As such, all dog owners are required by law to erect safe and secure fencing and for dogs to be on a leash and under the control of a competent handler when it’s out in the community. The Companion Animals Act 1998 and the Companion Animals Regulation (2008) outlines the dog owner’s legislated duties and responsibilities in NSW. Further information can also be sourced directly from Local Council.
Professional dog training provides many untold benefits and it brings me great joy when I see dogs and their owners enjoying a close bond after a few training sessions. We owe it to our children and the public to create a safe, loving and harmonious environment for all pets.
Why DogSmart Australia?
DogSmart Australia has over 20-years of experience specialising in behavioural and obedience training of all dogs, regardless of their breed, age, temperament, and background. We not only understand the way dogs think, responds and communicates, we also help dog owners re-establish the important role they play in their dog‘s life.
Our Pet Safety and Care program is ideal for little people under seven years of age and is available for groups up to six.
Please contact us on 041345 2622 for further information or to request an appointment.
Original press release | Black Book Communications. Thank you, J!