I live on a small island 700kms off the coast of NSW. The local administration recently brought in a new Dog Policy which requires all new dog owners to get a 'Advanced Obediance Training' Certificate, before our dogs reach 12 months of age.
The new Policy was introduced to limit the danger to the bird life here on the island from dogs.
Nobody is qualified to issue these certificates here, so to obtain one, we would have to travel with our dogs at great expence to the mainland. Or, fly a Trainer to the island and accommadate them for the duration of the course. Either way it will cost a lot of money.
I believe this course wont achieve the Administations goals and adds thousands of dollars to the cost of owning a dog here.
I'd like to get more opinions about this and maybe some solutions for our Administration, that would make it cheaper to own a dog here.
Being part of NSW we are bound by the normal dog laws of the state.