It was a unique training programme that went beyond mere “sit, stay, watch, heel and come”. The ten-day programme organised by the Animal Husbandry Department (AHD) was one aimed at tapping the State’s growing commercial potential of building a better rapport with man’s best friend.
No bones about it, 40 youngsters including four women attended the training programme held at the Kottiyam Veterinary Centre. First of its kind at the government level in the country, the programme was on breeding management and training of dogs.
AHD Assistant Director B. Aravind, who coordinated the programme, said the demand among people in the State to get their pet and watch dogs properly trained to obey commands was steadily increasing. But there was a dearth of trainers to meet that demand. It was in this backdrop that the AHD conceived the ‘breeding management and training of dogs’ programme to be held in the five cities of the State through which scientific training would be provided to 200 people who would also be issued AHD certificates, Dr. Aravind said.
The training session was led by L. Mohan from Thiruvananthapuram who retired from the Border Security Force as a veteran dog trainer. In addition to offering the techniques of motivating dogs obey commands with pleasure, the programme also comprised imparting improved methods for breeding, selection of breeds, and pup rearing. The training sessions on all the ten days were so interesting that none of the trainees felt “dog tired” of it, said Dr. Aravind. At the valedictory function to be held on Friday at the centre, G. Jayalal, MLA, will distribute the certificates to the trainees.