RSPCA Qld is putting its paws into the dog training arena — but it doesn’t want to step on any toes.
“We plan to gradually open schools across the state that carry the RSPCA brand and have our complete support,” says RSPCA Qld CEO Mark Townend. “However we aim to simply teach the basics that ensure the dog does not become a menace or irritant in the community. We’re not trying to compete with schools that offer advanced training or flyball.”
It’s currently estimated that just 30 per cent of Australia’s dog population is well trained, 30 per cent have basic training and 40 per cent have little to no training at all. It’s probably not a coincidence, then, that RSPCA Care Centres are routinely flooded with dogs that have been dumped because of behavioural issues.
“If those issues were addressed right from the start the problem wouldn’t arise,” Townend says. “We believe that basic training and socialisation of all dogs is crucial to enable them to live harmoniously with humans and each other in urban environments. Our eventual aim is to completely eliminate the need for euthanasia based on bad behavioural traits.”
The RSPCA is looking to recruit people to start dog training businesses. All your training will be provided, and the positive reinforcement methods used (on the dogs, not on you) have been designed by the internationally renowned Delta Humane Society.
If you’re interested in becoming a trainer, there’ll be information sessions held at the Wacol Animal Care Centre (139 Wacol Station Road, Wacol) on Thursday 14 August (6pm-8pm) and Saturday 13 September (10am-12pm).