Rangers teach ABCs of responsible pet ownership

Cessnock City Council Rangers have launched their 2016 School Education Program teaching students how to be responsible pet owners.

Cessnock City Council Rangers have launched their 2016 School Education Program teaching Holy Spirit Primary School students how to be responsible pet owners.

The program educates young people on how to care for a pet, how to respond to unfamiliar dogs and how to identify a dog’s mood and temperament by evaluating its body language.  

In a fun and engaging format Ranger Lyndall Smith demonstrates the correct response when a dog exhibits signs of stress or hostility.  

Holy Spirit Primary School was the first to host the School Education Program on Friday 18 March 2016 and Rangers encourage other schools to register their interest.  

Students receive a free gift bag filled with goodies to take home after the 45 minute program.  

Council Ranger’s Team Leader Kurt Livens hopes to ignite a conversation in the classroom and at home with students’ families.  

“If every school student can take home one key message and share it with their family, we will be reaching a large number of the residents in Cessnock City,” Ranger Kurt said.    

There are approximately 20,000 dogs registered in the Cessnock local government area and Ranger Kurt is actively promoting positive initiatives to change behaviours and perceptions around pets and patrols.  

“With a human to dog ratio of almost 2:1, the School Education Program has potential to see a reduction of anti-social dogs in our community, making it safer for our young people.”  

According to the NSW Office of Local Government between 1 July to 30 September 2015, 1,347 dog attacks were reported in NSW.  

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29 March 2016