Pooches are jumping at the chance to learn plenty of new tricks thanks to free six-week dog schools being offered to residents and their furry friends at Stockland communities across WA.
Stockland and the RSPCA have teamed up for the new dog training sessions which are currently held in parks at Vale at Aveley, Whiteman Edge at Brabham, Amberton in Eglinton and Newhaven in Piara Waters.
The program will soon roll out at another two WA communities - Sienna Wood at Hilbert and Calleya at Treeby. Col Dutton, Stockland General Manager for WA, said he was overwhelmed by the response to the dog school which involves expert trainers guiding pooches through a variety of tasks from basic etiquette to fancy party tricks.
“Residents at Vale, Whiteman Edge, Amberton and Newhaven have been quick to secure spots for their pooches, with many of the sessions booking out well in advance,’’ said Mr Dutton.
“This program is a fantastic initiative which is not only benefiting dogs and their owners, it is allowing animal lovers to connect with like-minded people living in their community.”
“As places are strictly limited, residents interested in attending needs to register their interest online sooner rather than later,” he said.
David van Ooran, RSPCA WA Chief Executive Officer, said the organisation was delighted to be a part of Stockland’s initiative in delivering dog training to Stockland communities.
“Dog training has shown to be the single most important element that keeps a dog in their forever home, helping us to have less dogs in our care,’’ Mr van Ooran said.
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"Dog training not only benefits dogs and their owners, but helps to enhance social connections and community spirit. “The benefits to the community are significant and we are thrilled to be part of it." - David van Ooran, RSPCA WA Chief Executive Officer