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Preventing dog acts

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February 05, 2018

Peek-a-boo: Golden retriever Leila.

Tight leash: Helen Vernon (with border collie Jip), Leigh Williams (with golden retriever Leila) and Kerryn Buckley (with weimaraner Max).

Stretching legs: Border collie Jip enjoys obedience training.

Shepparton and District Obedience Dog Club president Helen Vernon said the most important aspect of training was the relationship between dogs.

The club runs beginner obedience training every Sunday morning in Shepparton and Ms Vernon said this prevented dogs from getting into fights with one another.

‘‘The rest is just icing on the cake,’’ she said.

Ms Vernon was incredibly pleased to see three dogs reach the highest level of obedience training yesterday.

‘‘If they want to take their dog to the park, they can be confident it’s not going to run away from them, get into fights with other dogs and those sorts of things,’’ she said.

The club also trains dogs to compete in trials and Ms Vernon said dogs were required to participate in at least 10 trials with a score of 90/100 in order to compete in a championship.

She said often dogs participating in basic training went on to train for trials.

‘‘These three dogs have been fairly quick to train,’’ she said and noted that one dog had been trained to do tracking.

Ms Vernon said breeds such as the Australian and German sheppard, border collies and kelpies were good breeds to select for those who wanted to easily train their dog.

And it is not just training that the club participates in.

‘‘We’ve been asked by the aged care facility at Numurkah to come along and put on a demonstration for their residents,’’ she said.

The Shepparton and District Obedience Dog Club meets for beginner training every Sunday except for Easter Sunday.

To join up or for further information, phone president Helen Vernon on 0418 141 741.

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