Acorn Dog Training

LOST DOG ~ “Clarkes Is Missing”

Cleo is Missing

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Classes are currently being held at the agility school at Woughton on the Green, Milton Keynes and Astonlee Veterinary Surgery, Newport Pagnell.

It is with deep regret that Angela and I announce that we will not be now be joining forces with HULA rescue at Aspley Guise ~ at least, not at this moment in time. This is because the planned major changes which we hoped would be taking place, which could only have been to the advantage of the animals, are now unlikely to materialize for foreseeable future. We hope and pray that the desires, of those who truly wish to change the way this rescue center is run, and who wish to work hard to change the poor reputation it has accrued over the years, succeed and progress to give the area (and above all, the residents) the facility it rightly deserves. Bless you all, and may your dreams soon become a reality.


Milton Keynes Council and Dog training:

In this new ‘city’ where there are lots of community halls, and meeting places, the council refuse point blank to allow any of these facilities to be used for the purpose of dog training….. Why? “in case children who use these centers in the days following a class develop some kind of infectious disease which causes them to go blind or other nasty symptoms, therefore we err on the side of caution”.

Does this imply that people with children never have dogs? that parents never bring their children along with them whilst classes are in progress? Has a child ever attending one of my classes been blinded or developed some terrible disease? The answer to this is no! In fact the reality is that there hasn’t even been a child injured through a dog bite, which would be the most likely incident to occur given the law of averages.

The whole idea of my puppy training classes is to educate the whole family about the reality of dog ownership and training.

Whilst the dog is still a puppy, many potential problems can be prevented. Parents bring children of varying ages into class, and indeed some very young children have shown some amazing handling talents (often better than their parents). These classes also run to the format of the Kennel Club’s Good Citizen Dog Scheme, which promotes social responsibility and care, including eliminating potential health risks by alerting people to the importance of routine worming. Many councils up and down the country support the KC scheme. Does Milton Keynes council? Hardly. I doubt if anyone there truly knows that the scheme exists, and if they do, it is the VERY least of their priorities.

From where I am standing, the attitude of Milton Keynes Borough Council towards dog training and responsible dog ownership sucks. One person I spoke to on the phone said this:

“if you want to do dog training, then find yourself an old barn out in the middle of the countryside somewhere, then it won’t be a health hazard to young children” Well, actually it could be, especially when I am in the business of educating the whole family on how to live and react successfully with a family pet. Has nobody in Milton Keynes council heard about the diseases which townie children can pick up from farm animals? and guess what? the children only pick up those illnesses because they have no immunity from regular exposure to such animals! What kind of children do Milton Keynes council want you to have? A disinfected culture where children develop illnesses through lack of natural exposure? and who have no experience of existing with other life forms which inhabit our beautiful planet, unless they are in safe picture form?

Come on Milton Keynes council, get real.

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