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Upper Hutt Leader : June 8th 2011
6 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 8, 2011 NEWS Heritage Barn 7m x 11m x 3m with Roller Door & PA Door KITSET ONLY SAVE $1,464 NOW incl GST $13,857* KITSET ONLY SAVE $1,639 NOW incl GST $9,834* Tool Storage & Tractor Shed 12mx6mx3.6mwith3OpenBays &1LockUpBay *Terms & Conditions apply - see website for details. TOTALSPAN WELLINGTON 111 State Highway 1 Paraparaumu Call - 04 297 0033 ON ALL KITSET BUILDINGS WE CAN BUILD THEM TOO, FROM CONCEPT TO COMPLETION! Dog trainer calls for more controls By KAROLINE TUCKEY Good breeding: Upper Hutt dog trainer Karen Sadler says better training and more respect for the different characteristics of breeds are needed to protect New Zealanders from maulings. With her is Punch, her 16-month-old cattle dog. Following a spate of maulings by New Zealand dogs an Upper Hutt dog trainer is calling for restrictions on breeding and changes to dog own- ership rules to encourage suitable treatment of different breeds. Karen Sadler, a professional dog trainer who can name some of New Zealand's most recognisable tele- vision animals among her work, says various breeds and crossbreeds have different characteristics that are not suitable for every owner or lifestyle, and rules are needed so breeders take more care about where their dogs end up. We have a lot more people owning dogs who perhaps they don't under- stand what they actually own. If you own a gun dog, then you know that it was bred to roam far and hunt and, if you own a terrier, then you have a dog that's quite determined and can get quite fixated on things.'' She acknowledged some dogs have the potential to do damage if not trained or handled well. It's not the dog's fault if they are put in the wrong home, and it's not the people's fault if they don't know any better.'' Ms Sadler says special regis- tration should be required for ownership of entire (not desexed) dogs, and identification information on dogs should include whether the owner is authorised to have an entire dog, as well as tracking of the dog's ownership history. Not only do owners need to take responsibility, but breeders need to take responsibility and then the welfare organisations that are re-homing dogs need to take responsibility.'' Breeders needed to give more consideration to which breeds were going to which ownership situations and what advice and support new owners were given about how to care for their dogs. We'd start to see a decrease in a lot of the undesirable crosses if breeders have to be more responsible when they sell their dogs and they can trace them right back to them.'' More emphasis should also be placed on training and socialising, so dogs would not react inappropriately in unpre- dictable situations, she said, with registration discounts for trained dogs. The first 12 months of a dog's life is hard work, but after that you have 15 years of a really good dog. Any form of education is bet- ter than nothing -- even two weeks is better than nothing.'' Ms Sadler praised Upper Hutt as a dog-friendly city. Upper Hutt is probably one of the best areas for owning a dog, mainly because I think dogs in Upper Hutt are socialised because our council allows our dogs to be out and about.'' On visits to Auckland for filming ,Ms Sadler said it was very difficult to find places to walk dogs. Council support of the Upper Hutt Dog School was also important as it allowed the club to offer cheap fees for owners to take part in obedience training, she said. Ms Sadler has trained most of the Rolly dogs for Purex, the Dulux dog and the Whiskers cat, as well as a jack russell featured in the Hollywood movie Bridge to Terabithia. Debate about dog-control laws was sparked in recent weeks after several dog attacks. A five-year-old girl and a two- year-old girl both required sur- gery after maulings in Masterton and Whakatane on the same day.
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