Horsham Dog Obedience Club hosts dog scout training

IMPROVISATION was the order of the day at Horsham Dog Obedience Club’s dog scout training on Sunday.

President Tarni Eldridge said the event encouraged dog owners to be creative with how they instructed their pets.

“It’s about getting people to improvise on how they might want their dog to do something for them without giving orders,” she said.

The event was one of several badges offered as part of a dog scouts program.

“It’s very much like human scouts,” Mrs Eldridge said.

Dogs and owners completed a range of challenges at Horsham West Primary School’s oval.

“As far as I know, we’re the second club in Australia to offer dog scouts,” Mrs Eldridge said.

“It’s been really positive for the club.”

She said dog scouts was an American program, introduced in Australia by Bendigo Obedience Dog Club.

Coming badges at Horsham Dog Obedience Club include dog games on September 14.

“In October we’re doing the shaping badge – we’re going to get dogs to paint for us,” Mrs Eldridge said.

Vectis woman Lynne Hutchinson said she and her dog Jazz, 5, enjoyed the improvisation experience.

“You could encourage your dog, but you couldn’t give it orders,” Mrs Hutchinson said.

“She did really well – it was good fun.”

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