RSPCA Qld officially launches School for Dogs

RSPCA Qld is putting its paws into the dog training arena but it doesn't want to step on any toes.

Nicole Flanagan from Redcliffe is one of five RSPCA branded dog training schools that are now open across the State. It's an idea that's been around for a couple of years and one that CEO Mark Townend was keen to roll out.

"We plan to gradually open schools across the State that carry the RSPCA brand and have our complete support," he said "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.

" Ever year council pounds and RSPCA Care Centres are flooded with dogs that are dumped because of behavioural issues. "If those issues were addressed right from the start the problem wouldn't arise.

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." "I want to be able to help people make their dogs part of the family," said Ms Flanagan.

"We can help with advice and skills and how to get the family involved. We'd love to see no dogs ever have to go to the RSPCA or another rescue organization. We'd love to make them redundant." "This a great business opportunity for anyone who's a dog lover.

The RSPCA provides full and comprehensive training and will assist in marketing," added Mr Townend Nicole Flanagan.

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"Current percentages estimate that 30% of Australia's dog population is well trained, 30% has basic training and 40% has little or no training whatsoever. We would like to see 95% receive and respond to training at a basic level. This would dramatically reduce animal welfare issues for local councils throughout Australia.

We at the RSPCA believe strongly that dogs should be well loved family members who can participate fully in family activities. Unfortunately many dogs are denied this opportunity due to their behaviour at home and while out and about. All dogs can be trained using the kind, positive reinforcement methods we advocate, and all owners can learn to be a good guardian for their own dog."

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