Dog trainer Steve Austin at the Million Paws Walk at Canoe Point, Tannum Sands.
Dog trainer Steve Austin at the Million Paws Walk at Canoe Point, Tannum Sands. Christopher Chan

Dog whisperer attracts record crowd to Million Paws Walk

A SPECIAL guest appearance helped attract a record amount of dogs attend the Friends of RSPCA Million Paws Walk at Canoe Point on Sunday.

Friends of RSPCA president Judy Whicker said she wished dog trainer, Steve Austin, lived closer.

"So we could have him every month. He's a wealth of experience," she said.

Mr Austin has trained dogs professionally for 25 years.

On Saturday, he featured at a RSPCA volunteers seminar.

RSPCA volunteer Corinne Hayter said he taught them how to calm their dogs.

"You shouldn't hit them on the head," she said, demonstrating how to firmly but kindly rub their side.

Gladstone RSPCA has about 35 dogs to rehome.

Mr Austin is also the head trainer for the NSW Emergency Volunteer Canine Fire and Rescue Unit.

"We train our dogs for terrosim attack, tsunamis and earthquakes. I'm very passionate about my dogs," he said.

When training, the dog whisperer advises three major aspects to remember.

"Consistency is critical, finding the right reward for your dog and always approach the training in a quiet and polite manner."



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