We PURE Dog Listeners been very busy promoting the cruelty and gadget free methods that we use by doing a lot of meet and greet to achieve mutual understanding with people in the field of dog welfare.
Among the many groups of dog professionals that we’ve forged links with have been a number of Local Authority Dog Wardens. When you hear the name ‘Dog Warden’ don’t think of characters from a comic strip or cartoon, the incompetent and maybe cruel ‘Dog Catcher’ of your childhood. The law on everything in 2010 is very complex and dog law is no different. Todays Dog Warden or Animal Control Officer, the title depends on their location, have to be at the top of their game. They need to have good legal knowledge, both statute and local by laws, an understanding of dogs health, welfare issues and of course the way the canine mind works. None of this would be of any use if they lacked practical animal handling skills or the ability to interact with humans in situations that can be volatile.
I was gratified to be asked to talk earlier this year at a meeting of all Local Authority Wardens in Hampshire and give them an insight into the world of the Dog Listener. This was mutually beneficial because wardens are often asked for advice by concerned dog owners. By knowing about us, it gave them another place to point people for help. I enjoyed the day because I was dealing with people who already knew their stuff but wanted to know more.
As a result of that interaction I was invited to take part in a Fun Dog Day in Lakeside Country Park, Wide Lane, Eastleigh, Hampshire (opposite Southampton airport). on this coming Saturday 21st August. There are many attractions at a good venue with plenty of parking. It starts at 1000 and finishes at 1600.
I’ll be there all day with colleagues and you’ll find we are all happy to talk dogs forever. So, if you want advice or to enquire about one of our courses or maybe just want to chat, we’ll be pleased to see you. Just look for our gazebo displaying a banner with our happy ‘PURE Dog’