January 27 , 2010
For immediate release
The start of a new year is traditionally a time for resolutions and determination to adopt lifestyle changes. January can also be the perfect month for new pet owners to begin a training regime for their new dog. Starting a course now will ensure a properly behaved canine for spring — when the weather warms up and outdoor time beckons!
A common reason owners surrender dogs to animal shelters is because of behaviour issues. Many behaviour issues can be corrected if properly addressed right off the bat. The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) advocates training for all pet owners, even if they have previously owned a dog or trained one in the past. Starting a new pet relationship with a training program from the beginning is a fun way to get to know your dog and sets the stage for a successful relationship. An informational brochure on dog training tips is available from the OHS at www.ottawahumane.ca/Assets/Images/Pdf/dog_training.pdf.
When it comes to selecting a trainer, choose someone you’re comfortable with. It’s a good idea to get recommendations or references, and observe a class beforehand. This will give you a chance to ask the trainer questions and talk to people in the class about their experiences.
Before you sign up, determine exactly what you want to get out of the class, such as behaviour change or skill development. If possible, choose a trainer who will come to you and help in the environment where you need help (e.g. in your home or at the dog park). Do not choose a trainer who uses techniques that frighten or inflict pain on the animal.
The OHS has many dogs currently looking for new homes who have already received some basic training. While dogs wait at the shelter to be adopted, OHS staff and volunteers work with them to hone manners and instill good behaviour. Abbey (below) is a year-old Beagle mix who has benefitted from some of this on-site training. While she’s a friendly girl who knows some basic commands, she would benefit from some ongoing obedience lessons to help conquer her stubbornness.
For more information on Abbey, or any of the other animals available for adoption, visit www.ottawahumane.ca, or call the OHS Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.
For media inquiries, contact:
Tara Jackson, Communications Manager
(613) 725-3166 ext. 261