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Responsible Dog Ownership


In this episode Glenn had the great honour of sitting with his friend and very experienced Council Ranger, Greg Tredinnick. Greg has been working in this field for many decades in many states of Australia and has been a very strong advocate for training and development of his fellow rangers and the general public. Greg and his colleagues have seen it all, entitlement, cruelty, violence – just to name a few negative traits of mainly pet dog owners. Even though it’s not all a ranger has to do, it still forms a large part of their work because people keep allowing their dogs to do things they should not be doing. Sometimes it’s by accident and other times it’s just pure neglect.

During the episode, Greg made a point several times which Glenn totally concurs with, which is, “you don’t have to pat every dog!”

It’s 100% accurate as it’s not a right of yours to touch someone else’s dog without their expressed consent.  When this has happened and dogs have bitten, it will be the dog and their owner who will now have to defend themselves against someone who created the situation and now wants action taken. This is why Glenn, Greg and many others in the canine education space are advocates for more training in schools and a simple, common language in the general public around responsible dog ownership. Naturally, this includes better behaviour from the public around other people’s pets.

Greg also explains to me what the differences are between a nuisance dog order, a menacing dog order and finally a dangerous dog order.  He also explains some of the very expensive costs involved and the immense amount of anguish. Ultimately Greg and people like him are trying to help us learn about responsible dog ownership and avoid these issues

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