Has your best friend been behaving?
  • Tuesday 03 January 2012

If your best friend has been misbehaving then the free dog obedience training coming soon to the Sunshine Coast’s newest dog off-leash area at Town of Seaside might be just what you need.

The free, month long classes are the next step in Sunshine Coast Council’s new community education and awareness campaign to bring responsible dog ownership sharply into focus on the Coast.

Local dog trainer, Blair Rawlins from the K9 Centre, will lead the twice weekly classes which, if successful, may become part of a longer term program in targeted areas across the Coast.

Mr Rawlins is a certified K9 Centre dog trainer for the Sunshine Coast and has offered the service free of charge. The K9 Centre provides obedience, behavioural modification and puppy classes through to specialist applications such as family protection and detection dogs.

Division 8 Councillor Debbie Blumel said the free classes would provide tips and advice to dog owners as part of the long term campaign to encourage socially responsible dog behaviour in our parks and on our beaches.

"The goal of the responsible dog ownership campaign is to encourage mutual respect and understanding between people with different ideas about dogs in public and community spaces," Cr Blumel said.

"The provision of free obedience lessons demonstrates council’s commitment to responsible dog ownership.

"And the classes are just one way dog owners and their pets can access free advice on responsible pet ownership."

The community information campaign, which kicked off last month, is also aimed at raising awareness of dog management regulations contained in council’s new local laws. The laws came into effect on 1 January 2012.

As part of the campaign, council officers will be out and about in parks and on beaches throughout the Sunshine Coast providing information and education to encourage responsible dog ownership.

The free dog obedience training at the Town of Seaside starts on Wednesday 11 January and will be held twice a week for one month.

Mr Rawlins said he was looking forward to getting out into the community to provide an introduction to obedience training and ongoing guidance for dog owners to practise back at home with their four-legged friends.

"Being involved in council’s responsible dog ownership campaign provides me with a great opportunity to proactively help residents enjoy their pets while still remaining in control," he said.

"I encourage all dog owners to get along to this free dog obedience training and try it out."

The new off-leash dog beach at Town of Seaside has been approved as part of a review of council’s suite of local laws coming into effect from 1 January 2012.

The 300m stretch of beach between Surfside Lane (beach access 97) and Merchants Parade (beach access 98) is an off-leash area - but only between set hours - 5am to 8am and 5pm to 8pm.

Dog owners will be able to find K9 Centre’s professional dog trainer on the beach in front of access 98 at Town of Seaside every Wednesday and Thursday evening from 5pm to 6pm from 11 January until 2 February (except for the week starting 23 January when the session will be held on Tuesday evening instead of Thursday). Bookings are not required.

For further information about council’s responsible dog ownership campaign visit council’s website, pick up a brochure of information, including a map of the regions dog friendly parks and beaches, at one of our customer contact centres or visit at www.k9centre.com.au for details about K9 dog training centres.