An animal behaviourist has slammed lazy canine house owners after disturbing allegations emerged yesterday of brawls breaking out on the Zone 2X off-lead canine train space in Victoria Park.
The brawls being reported by disgruntled residents residing close by should not solely between doggos however among the many house owners themselves, with one resident claiming it was commonplace to see a police presence at Zone 2X breaking apart fights.
Main canine coach Lisa Ricketts, whose Starbarks canine coaching enterprise operates in Perth’s japanese suburbs, mentioned many house owners took their canines to off-lead train areas “completely” out of laziness, as a result of it means the animals run round on their very own.
This permits house owners to then spend their time checking Instagram and Fb feeds on their telephones, however such inattention can have severe penalties.
“Not solely can your canine get … run over, it may go as much as the flawed canine, and your canine can probably discover itself in bother,” Ms Ricketts advised The West Dwell.
“We needs to be offering the identical consideration to (our canines) as we do our kids.
“However we’re so invested in our telephones and social media lately, it’s actually very onerous to place them away, so my recommendation is, in case you are going out for a stroll together with your canine, depart your telephone at residence.”
Ms Ricketts admitted she didn’t take canines to off-lead train areas any extra as a result of the animals usually grew to become over-stimulated, as a substitute preferring a extra hands-on strategy in a location the place much less canines had been current.
Victoria Park Mayor Karen Vernon mentioned council employees would meet with residents to realize a higher understanding of their issues and to take practicable measures to ease them.
“Such measures could embody ranger help, signage and educating canine house owners,” she mentioned.
Ms Ricketts welcomed the feedback, and mentioned coaching canines — and house owners — was one of the best ways to make parks like Zone 2X gratifying for all those that use them.