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    I'm in Victoria and the actual area I am in is called Sunraysia.
    A great place to bring up anything, if you don't mind the government totally ignore this area.
    Sorry about that little gripe.

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    In Germany you can obtain something like a "dog licence" that is about a few of the issues mentioned at the start.
    I think it is a great idea to get some sort of information/training BEFORE you get your first dog. It would have certainly been helpful for me.
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    When it comes to caring for an animal a good rule of thumb is to imagine how you would feel if you were your pet. Owning a dog is not just a privilege-it's a responsibility. These animals depend on us for, at minimum, food and shelter, and deserve much more. If you are considering taking a dog into your life, you need to think seriously about the commitment that dog ownership involves.

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    I really like your statement it was what I was thinking of putting down but couldn't remeberthe privilage thing so I never wrote it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marley View Post
    I think it is a great idea to get some sort of information/training BEFORE you get your first dog. It would have certainly been helpful for me.
    Same here. My first dog had a very happy life and I am pretty sure that I met her needs more than sufficiently. Where I failed in the early years was in my responsibility towards other people and dog owners. She scared quite a few dogs and owners in that time and I will always feel bad about how I did not handle that side of things very well at all back then. It took me a few years to grasp that side of things.

    I also would've used a better training method if I had known better. I have learnt so much from this forum (and other internet sources) now that I wish I'd known 10 years ago!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlvinCampbell View Post
    When it comes to caring for an animal a good rule of thumb is to imagine how you would feel if you were your pet. Owning a dog is not just a privilege-it's a responsibility. These animals depend on us for, at minimum, food and shelter, and deserve much more. If you are considering taking a dog into your life, you need to think seriously about the commitment that dog ownership involves.
    I disagree. How would I feel if I were my pet? I wouldn't know because I don't think like a dog because I am a completely different species.

    I believe that one of the issues we have with pets in today's world is anthropomorphism. A dog is a dog, not a little human in a furry suit.
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    My daughter went to school in NZ and had the council ranger attend the school to do dog safety classes. I think it's an excellent idea.

    In NZ you get money off rego for desexing, having a "good dog owner licence" (which you go and sit a test to get and the ranger has to come round and inspect the set up). I only know this as my friend has done it all for her dogs, I personally was a bit slack on registering my dogs when I was at home. Which is weird considering I know the local SPCA and pound peeps.

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    Education of first time owners is now a must as I see it.
    I was bought up real old school where my parents only seen me at meal times and bed times.
    I was allowed to do whatever I wanted. Yer I stepped oveer the line a few times but I pulled my head in on my own.
    I see that there is a place for parenting classes now. To me quite a lot of the younger ones have no idea of what to do.
    This also translates to dog ownership. They need instructions on what to do.

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    This is such an interesting thread, with some wonderful ideas. Wouldn't it be great if our Government was having such a constructive discussion rather than just slapping a 'sexy' ban on breeds. Here is an article I have written about it with some useful links at the bottom....

    http://doglifetraining.com/2011/08/d...n-2/#more-1236

    It's funny, at first I was pro BSL until I started to really research dog attack stats and alternatives. Now, I have come to the conclusion so much of prevention is about education. Not only educating the owners of dogs but our whole community. It is a community's responsibility to keep people (especially children) safe.

    Calgary have a great education model that has worked exceptionally well. I dont see why it would not work here.

    As for dogs around schools- I got yelled at for tethering my 5mth old Irish Setter (well away from the path) by a bunch of mothers. I did not want to tie him up outside the school for fear of him being stolen and I cant take him in to school grounds with me. I would say the parents in their cars before and after school pose more of a threat than my Irish did.

    With the reaction I got from the mothers we are in dire need of some canine education programs in our community.
    Last edited by doglifetraining; 08-28-2011 at 09:36 PM.

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    That link did not oen for me DLT but you are right about people needing to learn about handling dogs, both families and non dog owning public need to know the basics that seem not to be known to so many these days.

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