DOG obedience training can be a fun bonding experience with your pet, according to RSPCA Queensland.
The group, together with the Tweed Shire Council, will host a Fun and Interactive Dog Obedience (FIDO) workshop in Kingscliff on Saturday 13 September.
FIDO coordinator Pam Gray said teaching a dog basic obedience doesn’t have to be a chore.
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“There are a few simple tricks to quickly and relatively easily teach your dog to listen and obey your commands,” she said.
“Obedience training experts at the workshop will show participants some fun activities to teach their dogs to be responsive to commands. Trainers will have a dog at the workshop to demonstrate techniques but we ask participants to leave their own dogs home.”
Ms Gray said well behaved dogs were not only easier for owners to manage, they also tended to coexist harmoniously with other animals, people and the environment.
“This is particularly important in reducing the impact of domestic dogs on native wildlife. While many pets seem unlikely to attack wildlife, it is often instinctive for dogs to hunt and protect their territories,” she said.
“Pet dogs and cats can be wonderful companions and contribute to the health and wellbeing of their owners.
However, without proper care and training, dogs can cause serious damage to native fauna.
“Unfortunately many Tweed locations used by wildlife for breeding and feeding are precisely those that attract dogs and their carers. Native wildlife is most likely to be at risk from domestic dogs in urban and suburban bushland reserves, and beaches and estuaries when shorebirds are breeding or preparing for migration.”
Ms Grey said pet dogs and cats were known to attack a wide variety of native animals, including koalas, possums, wallabies, bandicoots, lizards and many birds species.
“Research has found that walking dogs in bush resulted in a reduction of up to 35 per cent in diversity of bird species, while the abundance of birds was reduced by 41 per cent,” she said.
“Ground-nesting birds are particularly subject to disturbance, probably because of disrupted feeding and breeding.”
Each year, thousands of native animals are admitted to RSPCA Queensland’s wildlife hospital with serious injuries suffered in dog or cat attacks.
To register for the workshop at the Kingscliff Amenity Hall, call Council on (02) 6670 2400.