Dog trainer here to work with council rangers
HUMANS are a lot harder to train than dogs, according to dog behaviourist Steve Austin.
Mr Austin is returning to Gladstone on Tuesday to run a dangerous dog training exercise with Gladstone Regional Council.
The program will give rangers the tools and knowledge to minimise risk when approaching potentially threatening dogs.
As a dog behaviourist and trainer, Mr Austin would choose the company of four-legged friends on any given day.
"They don't answer back and they are a lot more obedient," he laughed.
"Dogs are loyal and easy to get along with. Humans are not always."
The acclaimed dog trainer is world renowned for his abilities in canine communication.
But he says more recently he has turned his focus to humans, who are often in greater need of awareness and training.
"The first mistake humans tend to make is they tend to approach the dogs," he said.
"Humans are a lot harder to train than dogs, without a doubt."
He says problems in Gladstone are no different to any other part of the world.
Having trained dogs for the Chinese and Czech governments, as well as introducing rabbit eradication programs in places as remote as Antarctica, he believes dogs hold the key to more than just a handful of environmental and societal issues.
He has even trained dogs to find endangered animals in the wild, where they are monitored and aptly cared for.
Mr Austin's key tips to minimising the risk of danger when in the vicinity of an unfamiliar dog include not approaching the animal, rather allowing the animal to approach you.
"If a dog approaches you, and you act a little submissive, it will feel a lot safer and less threatened," he said.
"Give the dog an opportunity to become comfortable on their own terms."