The holidays are over; uniforms are ironed, lunch boxes are being packed, and favourite toys are selected for show and tell. That’s right, it’s back to school time and this time, not just for the kids!
This summer season has been absolutely incredible for The Lost Dogs’ Home, with over 360 dogs and pups being adopted in December and January. It’s no wonder Nicole Beasley and her team at Planet K9 are run off their feet with proud new owners wanting to take advantage of the free post-adoption training session (PATS) offered through the LDH.
Planet K9 has a long association with The Lost Dogs’ Home and provides one free private training session for each dog adopted through the North Melbourne shelter. This session enables adopters to speak with a Planet K9 trainer regarding settling the new dog into their household, as well as discuss strategies for dealing with any behavioural problems the dog may have.
“Post-adoption training is so important for both the new owners and the dog,” Nicole said. “Not only does it allow them to get to know each other a bit more, but it improves their communication and enables them to understand one another a bit better.”
Due to a backlog of requests for evening and weekend training sessions, Planet K9 held an all-day training marathon at Gracie Street last Saturday. Nicole said the day was a great success, in spite of the weather, with lots of socialising taking place – both for the dogs and the owners!
“It was a good atmosphere and it was really nice to see families chatting with each other about their dogs after the lesson,” Nicole said. “There was a real sense of ‘how lucky are we to have this dog in our lives’ during the sessions, so the overall mood was very upbeat and loving.”
The Lost Dogs’ Home’s Shelter Manager Jodie McMillan said she is extremely pleased by the number of new owners who wanted to take advantage of the free Planet K9 session.
“It’s wonderful that they recognise the importance of post-adoption training,” she said. “It means they are taking their commitment seriously, and want to have a successful long-term relationship with their new dog.”
The Planet K9 team is made up of seven highly talented and nationally-accredited dog trainers, all of whom have a wealth of experience when it comes to working with rehomed dogs and their new families.
“Planet K9 uses a positive reward based program,” Nicole said. “We try to make the sessions not only informative and productive but fun as well. We want to reward good behaviours and gently correct any bad ones, so the dog is trained in a loving and caring environment.”