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    Found a great link that was posted on another forum on 'Animal Control Services Educational Work program' in New Zealand.
    They are having 100 school visits per year, and Community Events to encourage responsible dog ownership, educating people about staying safe around dogs and general animal husbandry.

    They also have a study and test for voluntary participants to reduce the dog council registration fee, much the same as desexing etc have discounts for council registration.

    Animal Control Services

    Animal Control Services

    Some of the topic they cover below

    How To Stay Safe Around Dogs

    Be a P.A.L. (Prevent A Litter)

    Canine Adoption Guide

    Dogs & Kids - How To Stay Safe

    Spot & You - How To Avoid Dog Bites

    Children & Dogs

    Bark Prevention - Tips for Nuisance Dogs


    Territorial Aggression in Dogs

    Charlie's Tips on Dog Safety

    Better Dog Control = Safer Communities

    Dog Microchipping

    Heat Stress

    Avoid Being the Victim of a Dog Attack

    Territorial Aggression - You and the Dog Owner

    Territorial Aggression - You and the Victim

    Why Dogs Should Not Roam

    Barking as a result of Contact Seeking

    Barking as a result of Separation Anxiety

    Barking as a result of Learned Behaviour

    Barking as a result of Territorial Defence

    Barking as a result of Boredom

    It looks excellent, and proactive for the local community, well done NZ.

    I think I have heard some groups in Australia doing school education, but I haven't been able to find much going on at the level this group are doing.
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    Yes, I have heard of the Australian groups too. In fact, I am sure there was a thread about it some time back on DOL??
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    The councils in SA offer a discount on the dog rego for each of these:
    the dog is desexed,
    microchipped and
    obedience trained (passed grade 3)
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    all on lead
    * stay for 10 seconds
    * walk at heel for 5 metres
    * recall to handler from a distance of 1 metre and within 3 commands
    * sit - within 3 commands (or down or stand depending on dog ability eg greyhounds don't have to sit)
    * not aggressive when 2 metres from a dog which is sitting quietly with its handler.

    There are a couple of government websites about responsible pet ownership, but people have to seek them out. If they think what they're doing is fine (eg my neighbour) then they won't bother.

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    I am sure I saw something about an organisation doing school presentations to do with dogs and responsible pet ownership, but I cannot find it again!

    I would love to organise something like that. I get the sh!ts when I see how many parents encourage an irrational fear of dogs in their kids by just fussing over them instead of teaching them something useful, like how to read a dog's body language, how to approach them and what to do in worst case scenarios to avoid being bitten.

    I think in a town where 1 in 2 families apparently own a dog, it's a bit ludicrous to expect to be able to avoid dogs. And screaming at the mere sight of one is NOT a useful response!

    Sorry, I can get really worked up about this.

    And then of course there is the other side of the story: the irresponsible dog owners who treat their dogs in ways that to us are so obviously wrong, but to them apparently seem totally normal. If they would've been educated on the needs of dogs and what being a responsible owner involves at school, maybe at least some of them might have either become better dog owners or not got a dog at all.

    I'm all for it! Also think that you should get a licence to own a dog.

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    As much as I dislike GVT interference in our lives, it may well come to getting a licence to own a dog and to get that you may need to do a course in handling dogs with an accredited dog trainer, also, if your proposed dog is a large and powerful breed you may need to show that you have the means to contain it safely.

    It is just not acceptable for children to be killed by dogs, be it their own families dogs or dogs on the loose not even acceptable for adults to be bitten, many older people do not walk around my own home town for fear of dogs biting them on the streets.

    It is not a breed thing, it is a matter of making ALL owners responsible for their own dogs and perhaps helping families understand dogs before they buy a breed that is totally wrong for them.

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    I like that idea of cheaper registration for proof of going through obedience training. I think it's a great initiative for dog owners.. should be implememted in all states. But with that comes the increased government expenditure on regulating dog clubs, dog trainers, working on certificates (or whatever is used to prove obedience training) that cannot be forged, and education. Sometimes governments never see this as something worth spending money on...

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    Obedience training isn't for everyone. None of mine have been and none of mine are a burden or a danger to society.
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    Lifelong dog registration here is only about $42, I think. The cheapest dog training class I could find was at the RSPCA and was still well over $100 - for only 6 classes. So I don't think it would motivate people at all.

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    With dog Obedience Training I think it is more human training as we have to use our brains to commnicate what we want our dogs to do.
    So if the dogs fails it really is your fault, as you have failed to be the commnicator to your dog.
    If you don't like Obedience training then I would bet that you have got your dogs to a good standard for your needs.
    I like doing it as it is an outing for both of us.
    And here we have to pay $40 a year if the dog is entire and $25 a year if it is desexed and this is only if you have a consession card.
    We have got one but I am unsure about the costs if you don't have one, though I might ring them later to see how much it is and put it here.
    A friend in the Hunter Valley said that they have a life long rego fee of something like $150 for the life of the dog.

    I just rang the council and the price here is $32 desexed or not and on a conssesion card it is $16.
    But you can't do it until you have got it Microchipped, which I think is fair enough.
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    What state are you in Rid?

    In NSW, we pay a once only fee. We have life-time registration. A dog that is desexed is only $40 for life.
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