Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre [BMEC] will be hosting an event on Friday, February 15 featuring a specialist canine trainer.
Steve Austin has been a leading figure in the professional canine industry for over two decades, and is highly regarded nationally and internationally for his expertise.
During his talk at BMEC, Mr Austin will be exploring the basic attributes of dog behaviour and responsible dog ownership.
“I want to explain to people all about the science and practicality of training dogs,” he said.
“The end goal is to have a dog that’s happy around people, will come when called and be a really good companion for individuals and families.”
Mr Austin runs his own specialised business in canine services, and has been called upon by a multitude of agencies throughout the globe to provide consultancy and training for dogs and their handlers.
During his career, Mr Austin has trained dogs to detect explosives and prohibited substances, as well as to help preserve wildlife and control pests.
To date, Mr Austin’s greatest achievement is the training of canines and their handlers to detect the scents of feral animals across the 22 square kilometres of Australia’s Macquarie Island.
Mr Austin’s efforts ensured that the island was declared feral animal free.
“This talk will be ideal for people who might want to make a career out of dog training,” he said.
Mr Austin holds the distinctive title of Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers [CCPDT].
This qualification required Mr Austin to sit an exam, and he regularly has to earn continuing education credits to maintain it.
Mr Austin said that responsible dog ownership is critical in expanding the number of places to safely visit with dogs.
“If we want to be able to take dogs anywhere in public, we must show the authorities that we are responsible owners,” he said.
“If one dog does something wrong in public, then all the dogs get the blame for it.”
The free event will be aimed at people who are interested in the science of training dogs, and Mr Austin hopes attendees will draw a great deal of knowledge from the event.
“I want to get across how reward-based training using scientific principles can produce a happy and well-mannered dog,” he said.
For more on Mr Austin’s canine expertise, visit his website.