RSPCA works with TV personality to promote good dog behaviour

Dr Warren and Riley

The RSPCA has collaborated with well-known Australian vet and television personality, Dr Katrina Warren, to produce a new series of videos to help dog owners settle in and train their new pets.

Focused particularly on bringing home a new dog, the videos feature a number of RSPCA adoption dogs as well as Dr Warren’s own adopted golden retriever, Riley.

The series recommends and demonstrates a range of proven techniques—such as exercise, reward-based training and interactive toys—as well as specialised advice, to help ensure dogs settle happily into their new home and family.

“Our latest annual national statistics reveal the RSPCA rehomed more than 16,000 dogs nationally in the past financial year,” said RSPCA Australia’s Jane Speechley.

“While it’s difficult to get an accurate understanding of the reasons dogs might be surrendered to the RSPCA, anecdotally we know behavioural problems are sometimes the cause. And that’s a great shame, because good training and socialisation can resolve most concerns.”

Speechley added: “From the RSPCA’s point of view, increasing our understanding of why dogs behave the way they do, and educating the community about the best ways to manage their needs is very valuable. And we’re very grateful to have Dr Warren’s support in this work.”

The videos can be viewed here.

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  1. She won an award from the RSPCA for her part in the rescue of a lamb and received glowing reports for her good work. But when she began to question the practice of putting healthy animals to sleep, she says she found her job was at risk.

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