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BELCONNEN DOG OBEDIENCE
Dancing dogs at 40th birthday bash
Felix in front of Martin Gardner with Ruby, Janice Gardner with Bella and Catherine Griffin with Fergus.
Photo: Mark Sawa
For 40 years puppies have been guided
in their behaviour by the Belconnen
Dog Obedience Club.
This year its canine club members
will celebrate four decades of dogged
training, development and fun.
Club president Jenny Thistleton said
training methods had changed over
"It used to be choker collars but
none of that aversive training is used
nowadays," she said.
"It is all positive reinforcement so
the dogs enjoy themselves. That is
why I m still there because my dog
Ms Thistleton said the obedience
training was really valued in the
"People need to train their dogs and
that need is growing a lot," she said.
The club attracts dog owners from
Yass, Murrumbateman and Canberra s
The increasing size of Gungahlin
had also contributed to the boost in
numbers at the club.
The club has about 400 members
with an estimated 550 dogs.
It is also believed to be among the
oldest dog training clubs in the ACT.
Formed in 1975, the club provides
dog training instruction and facilities
for people living in North Canberra.
Its main activity has been obedience
training for dogs.
Ms Thistleton said a lot of people
were recommended to the club and
they had several long term trainers
who continued to be involved in the
club in their 70s and 80s.
She said they held a lot of
knowledge about dog obedience while
many of the club s younger trainers
brought the enthusiasm. Janice
Gardner, a member of the club s 40th
anniversary committee, said they
planned to have a community event to
celebrate the 40-year milestone in
She said the event would showcase
what the club had to offer with a range
of activities on the day including
dances with dogs.
"We want to put together something
that brings the community in, Ms
Gardner said. She said the club was a
big family where people looked after
each other s dogs and had a real
"It is good socialisation -- for the
owner and the dog," Ms Gardner said.
Traffic lights for
Roadworks to fix four ACT black spots
are expected to be completed in July.
Four sites will receive upgrades as
part of the federal government scheme
to reduce crashes on Australian roads.
A major component of the works
will include installing traffic lights at
the intersection of Captain Cook
Crescent and Jerrabomberra Avenue in
In Florey stop signs at the John
Cleland Crescent and Coulter Drive
intersection will be installed.
Kangaroo-proof roadside fencing,
additional reflectors and signage
improvements will be made on
Tuggeranong Parkway between Cotter
Drive and Forest Drive.
In Calwell, works will be
undertaken at the Tharwa Drive and
Duggan Street intersection to separate
the left turn deceleration lane and
make minor median modifications.
$11M SET ASIDE FOR CIT
The ACT government will spend
$11 million to develop a Tuggeranong
campus for the Canberra Institute of
Technology in next month s budget
with courses to begin in 2016. The
project is still short on detail;
Education Minister Joy Burch and CIT
were unable to provide student or staff
numbers, or say which courses would
be offered at Tuggeranong. Ms Burch
said the shift to Tuggeranong was part
of a student relocation from the ageing
Woden campus. The government is
also considering moving what
remained of CIT facilities in Woden
closer to the town centre.
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