Dog trainer Janet Goodwin (left) with Lismore’s Natalie Shoesmith and her pooch, Maltese terrier Harry.
Dog trainer Janet Goodwin (left) with Lismore’s Natalie Shoesmith and her pooch, Maltese terrier Harry.

Barking up the right tree

Local dog lover Janet Goodwin is starting the Lismore Dog Obedience School to teach people how to be responsible owners and therefore make life easier for both owner and pet.

Janet has run the Wollongbar Dog Obedience School for many years but says it’s a bit too far for Lismore people to drive, so she’s decided to come to them instead.

She said January was the perfect time to have this sort of service starting up.

“People often get puppies for Christmas but they’re not prepared for a dog and can sometimes be very irresponsible,” Janet said. “Our aim is to socialise the people and socialise the dogs. The RSPCA has just implemented a new fine for people who don’t walk their dogs and leave them in the backyard without an adequate supply of food and water – people have to realise there’s a duty of care when you own a pet.

“It’s not hard to be a responsible dog owner but sometimes people just need a little guidance and a helping hand to get the dog socialised and trained to begin with. Once you have a well-trained dog it will live a longer and happier life, and so will you.”

Janet said the focus is to make the classes fun while looking at the responsibility of owning a dog, health and nutrition, micro-chipping and de-sexing, basic obedience and solving behavioural problems.

Membership is $1 and each class costs $5, however, being a not-for-profit school any surplus funds will be donated to local animal welfare groups.

The Lismore Dog Obedience School kicks off on Monday, January 18. Classes will then be held every Monday at the Lismore Showground from 6.30-7.30pm. All dogs must be on leads and have full vaccinations to attend.

For more information on the dog school, phone Janet on 6628 2910 or 0402 443 988.


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