Petition Tag - dog training

1. Save Gannons Dog Park Peakhurst

On Monday 5th September, council began works on the Gannons Park Shared Pedestrian & Cycling Path. This new development has apparently had extensive residential discussion about this topic, however, myself and MANY other residents who live within a 5 minute walk (including someone who has live across the road from the dog park for 20 years) have never been consulted or warned. I have lived here for approximately 5 years and have never had any information about this.

There is an extremely large amount of people who love using this off leash dog park, it is one of a kind! There is no where in Sydney like it. There is enough space that even dogs who are a little anxious can enjoy some off lead exercise without having other people and dogs (and cyclists) intruding their space.

People come from all over to enjoy this space with mans best friend. It is beautiful, spacious and safe. No where in Sydney can we enjoy such a large open space, without concerns of traffic nearby, without fences that force us to be too close to every other dog in the area!

Not to mention Hurstville All Breeds Dog Training. This is a fantastic volunteer run organisation who help 100's of people learn how to train their dogs every Saturday afternoon. Imagine how this will turn out with people speeding around a cycling track! They have been there for years helping the community learn how to train and handle their pets - and they weren't even made aware of this development until works were already underway!

People who try to do the right thing and train their dogs will have an awfully hard time doing so if there are cyclists speeding around. On any given Saturday there can be up to 50 people training down there.

Most afternoons there are so many people and their best mates enjoying this space. This will be destroyed.

No matter how well trained our canine friends are, a bicycle speeding past can set them off. They may be scared (i know my beautiful boy is scared of bikes, this is why we hang out down there as there are none), they may be excited and chase them - dogs chase things!

We dont let them off lead in upper Gannons for 2 reasons:
1 - It is not allowed
2 - sports with people running, balls flying and people riding bikes are a huge distraction and encourage dogs to chase!

Perhaps creating a cycling track in Evatt Park in Lugarno would be more appropriate? It is not an off leash area, therefore would not be affecting the small amount of freedom our dogs get.

The idea of putting in a bike track in an off leash dog park is clearly a bad idea. What is going to happen when a cyclist comes speeding through the park and a dog becomes over excited and chases it, or a small child riding their bike down there scares a dog and it chases them. Small children on bikes and scooters are generally a scary situation for dogs!

Please stop the works, please don't take away the best thing Peakhurst has! Please dont take away our only safe space to play off leash with our dogs!

Save our Dog Park!

2. Planning Permission for a Canine Rehabilitation, Behaviour and Training Centre in Norwich

Having been a professional in the area for the last 20 years, I have tried 3 times to set up a Dog Training Centre in industrial units with non-slippery rubber surface and management facilities to help finally settle my dog behaviour counselling and training business - give it premises -, but I got rejected.

When I realised that I would not get a planning permission for any industrial unit in the city, I purchased a land close to the A47 bypass, on Intwood Road, Cringleford - a woodlands and meadow area -, with the purpose of building a Centre for puppy / dog socialisation and training.

Currently I am applying for the Change of Use and to put a Pre Fabricated Building on the site.

The Building would be placed as a continuation of the access track, and would only take up about half an acre out of the 5 acre Meadow and Woodland area that belongs to me. So no wildlife - birds, rabbits, squirrels - will be affected, once all the services will be provided indoors.

3. Safe space for dogs

In Bournemouth approximately 4 in 10 households have children, and approximately 3 in 10 households have a dog. In Bournemouth alone there are 62 designated public play areas for children and 1 public play area for dogs. Just 1. All other areas for dogs to play are insufficiently fenced or gated with hazards immediately adjacent.

There are puppies and older dogs that do not yet know how to 'recall' and hardly any dogs know the Green Cross Code or can read safety notices! Almost all open spaces where dogs currently play, have insufficient fencing or gates to prevent dogs running onto roads, or onto pavements to chase a cat or car, or go and sniff the local livestock resulting in road accidents, injured or dead pets, or dogs in a lot of trouble. We want the council to work with Doogies to provide secure, safe play areas for all these dogs throughout Poole and Bournemouth boroughs.

There are many, many dogs that are walked only on lead. Some because they are in training, or don't always come back when called, and some because they are recovering from an operation, or are sick or in season. But there are some dogs on lead because they are afraid of or aggressive towards other dogs or even humans (for whatever reason) and so
1) other people need to know that the dogs needs space
2) those owners need support and education on how to help their dogs cope better when other dogs or humans pass by.
All these dogs are 'yellow' dogs - ie, they need space.
We want the council to work in partnership with Doogies to promote the Yellow Dog Campaign throughout the boroughs, provide education to the public, provide support and training to owners and provide totally secure, private rehabilitation and play areas for dogs that need space.

We want the council to work with Doogies to build a dog-bespoke indoor and outdoor training area for the rehabilitation and training of dogs. Furthermore we wish the council to work with Doogies to provide their educational seminars for everyone who comes into contact with dogs - from children to adults resulting in safe families, educated and responsible dog owners. The boroughs of Bournemouth and Poole have an opportunity to become a role model for providing a safe environment for all - humans and animals alike.

As a dog trainer and behaviour consultant specialising in puppies, rescue dogs and dogs with behaviour challenges I can confirm that:
100% of my clients have needed education and training,
100% needed 'yellow' ribbons for their dogs at some point in their lives
100% needed a safely secured, open spaces to run and play in the company of educated public,
and the many, many, many dogs at one point in their lives needed a totally secure private field for rehabilitation and training, the latter is needed as a matter of urgency within the boroughs as there is currently NOTHING available for owners of a dog that needs space.

4. Please don't ban Staffordshire bull terriers

Staffordshire bull terriers are an English breed of dog that has recently gained a really bad reputation. They are popular with irresponsible people who get them just to look tough and are thus used as a status symbol. Thanks to partly to people who get them and don't train and/or socialise them properly, they have gained a reputation for being vicious and aggressive dogs who attack and sometimes kill children.

However, if raised properly, Staffordshire bull terriers (or staffies, as they are often referred to as) can become very loyal and loving dogs. In fact, there has even been at least one report of them saving a child's life. I have also heard about one staffie who helped find a missing dog, and I am a firm believer that, when put into the right hands, even non-hero staffies can become very affectionate, loyal and obedient dogs.

The fact is that ANY breed of dog can be aggressive if not trained or socialised properly, or if tormented. I feel that a law requiring dog keepers to train and socialise their animals properly, as well as a law requiring that children be taught how to behave around dogs, would be much more effective than breed-specific legislation.

5. National Responsible Dog Owners Campaign

Every year 200,000 people are attacked by dogs in the UK. In addition, Keep Britain Tidy calculates that around 60% of UK dog owners do not pick up their dog’s faeces.

Furthermore, the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association report that an average of 3 guide dogs every month are attacked by other dogs on British streets.

Inspired by Jamie Oliver’s successful campaign to change atittudes towards school dinners, canine behaviour specialist Jez Rose is leading a national campaign to encourage education in responsible dog ownership and reduce the incidence of dog attacks and amount of dog fouling left in public spaces.

Despite widespread media reporting on fatal dog attacks, more children and adults are injured or killed by things such as balloons and slippers than dogs - and more children die by the hand of their own parents than from attacks by dogs. With the correct training and education, dogs and dog owners - and the general public alike - can enjoy our canine friends without fear or malice. It is widely believed by canine professionals and researchers alike that 99.9% of the dogs euthanised due to aggression secondary to behaviour problems are preventable. This means that, through education and effective training, we can put an end to these perfectly predictable and preventable attacks.

6. Tighter Regulation on Dog Trainers

In the UK, anybody can set themselves up as a 'professional' dog trainer.

Many people are unaware of the fact that it is possible to have never owned, trained or even seen a dog for a person to set themselves up and call themselves a dog trainer, let alone have any professional credentials or business competency.

Given the elevated position of trust that dog trainers are in, it is absolutely wrong that the public is offered no protection from the con-artists and downright incompetent trainers, many of whom have only ever read the odd book or watched TV dog trainers before embarking on their careers.

As competition amongst more and more 'dodgy dog trainers' heats up, there is an increasing and worrying trend for certain individuals to rely on gimmicks and downright lies in order to win business from unsuspecting members of the public. Unscrupulous marketing methods and downright lies are often used by these dogdy trainers in order to con members of the public in to using their services.

For instance, some trainers have been publicly exposed as blatantly misrepresenting their professional credentials and lying about their associations in order to trick trusting dog owners in to believing they are more competent than they are. This has to stop.

This petition is to call for tighter regulation and insistence on a set professional code of conduct as well as competency testing for anyone who sets themselves up as a professional dog trainer.

This will help to prevent the public being duped by so-called professional dog trainers who, in any other profession, would simply be referred to as con-artists.

7. National Geographic: Stop showing Cesar Millan

It is believed by many expert dog trainers and behaviourists that Cesar Millan's methods can make dogs more aggressive and in some cases are cruel and abusive towards the dogs.

By showing Cesar Millan the National Geographic channel is condoning these methods and encouraging many people to try them out for themselves.

In inexpert hands these methods are dangerous and warnings of 'do not try this at home' are inadequate to prevent people copying the methods.

Also contact me with any case histories of dogs who have been made worse by following CM's methods.

8. Say NO! To punitive training, dog whispering and outdated behaviour therapy

Punitive dog training, coercive whispering, and outdated behaviour therapy: What might it be doing to YOUR DOG!

There are still huge numbers of ‘stamp and jerk’ dog trainers and ‘whisperers’ at large with their choke chains, spiked collars, shock collars, rape alarms, correction sticks and bullying attitudes who haven’t chosen to move on into the humane, modern age of dog training.

ASK WHY? of those trainers who still want to be cruel to your dog by training with punishment, correcting jerks and coercion when kind training methods are so much better, and are so very widely known and applied all over the world these days?

ASK WHY? of those ‘behaviourists’ who persist in deploying those long out-of-date ‘dominance reduction’ and one-size-fits-all ‘nothing in life is free’ programmes in the name of behavioural therapy based on a long discredited view of ‘pack hierarchy’ in the family dog. Why are they telling you to ignore your lovely dog? Don’t they know that this threatens the bond you have with him and potentially inflicts huge psychological damage on him?

‘SAY NO!’ to all of them! There is no such thing as ‘Being Cruel to be Kind’ in the name of dog training or behaviour therapy. Such trainers, whisperers and behaviourists are simply being ‘Cruel to be Cruel’ with these long outdated, inhumane and discredited techniques.

9. Dog Park in Burleson, Texas

Dog Park in Burleson Texas

"To establish a fenced in, off-leash dog park where well-behaved canine citizens can exercise and socialize with other dogs.
To develop a beautiful, well-maintained space open to all dog lovers and friends who are willing to uphold the park's rules and restrictions. To view this park as a community project, in partnership with the City of Burleson, Texas, designed to satisfy the needs of dog owners, pet sitters/dog walkers, and non-dog owners alike."

To: Burleson City Mayor and City Council and Burleson Park Officials

This petition, supported by the undersigned, is directed to the Burleson City Mayor and City Council and the Burleson Park Officials , and other interested City Officials. Its goal is to support the construction of an enclosed 4 to 6 acre dog park in a centralized, convenient location within the city limits of Burleson, Texas.

Burleson city ordinance mandates dogs be kept on a leash in public areas for the protection of fellow residents, as well as the dogs themselves. As you are aware, several dog parks, such as Fort Woof Dog Park in Fort Worth, Tails 'N Trails Dog Park in Arlington, Village at Bear Creek Dog Park in Euless, Boo Boo's Buddies Dog Park in Southlake, Central Bark in Grand Prairie have been constructed over the years to provide safe places for dogs to gather and play legally "off-leash".

Unfortunately, there is not one of these dog parks in Burleson, where numerous people walk their dogs.

Therefore, we are asking the City of Burleson to construct a 4 to 6 acre dog park for the following reasons:
+ There is not a facility in our area (similar to those mentioned above) to accommodate safe, “off-leash” activity
+ Such a facility would resolve the ongoing angst between dog owners, non-owners, police and park authorities regarding dog access to other city parks
+ Many dogs need exercise over and above human limitations; leashes limit the dog’s space and pace
+ Socializing dogs is very beneficial to the community, since it makes them social and mitigates aggressive behavior when meeting other dogs and people
+ The cardiovascular effect is great for the dog's longevity and weight control, and the overall effect makes most dogs calmer and better behaved
+ This facility would increase opportunities for residents to interact with their neighbors and help create a sense of community.

An ideal location for the dog park should include trees, shaded areas, park benches and shaded tables for human interaction. It should be a grassy area that also includes doggy drinking water fountains and misters for cooling off. Several dog waste station cans should be conveniently located to encourage owners to clean up after their dogs. There should be 1 acre designated for dogs under 35lbs, 3 to 4 acres designated for dogs 35lbs and over.

The Burleson Parks Department will be responsible for the regular maintenence as with any other park. There will be an emergency entrance for Emergency vehicles.

Dog owners understand and will obey the following Rules & Regulations outlined by the City of Burleson:
* Owners are legally responsible for their dogs and any injuries caused by their dogs
* Owners must remain within the fenced area at all times
* Dogs must be leashed prior to entering and upon leaving the area. Gates to the area must remain closed
* Owners must clean up after their dogs. Failure to do so can result in a fine up to $500
* No food, treats or favorite toys to avoid possible fights.
* Dogs with a known history of, or who exhibit, dangerous behavior are prohibited
* Dogs must be healthy, fully immunized, de-wormed, and wearing ID tags and Rabies tags
* An adult must accompany children under 13; young children must be closely supervised
* Puppies under four months old, and female dogs in heat are prohibited
* Dogs must be watched at all times.
* Cooperation between dog owners is essential
* (additional rules may be added as needed)