Alexis can help with pooch puzzles

IF you have a puzzling or pestering pooch problem, Alexis Mulhearn can help.

The animal lover, who volunteers with Friends of the Hound and Delta Pet Partners, will share her knowledge about dealing with difficult dogs, barking and jumping dogs and the importance of pet exercise at the Tweed Seniors Expo next month.

Ms Mulhearn, a Banora Point resident, has had years of experience with pet care and also has dog training qualifications.

Her discussion will run from 10am at the expo, to be held on September 10 at the Seventh Day Adventist Centre in Murwillumbah.

Ms Mulhearn is hoping plenty of seniors will show up and ask her about any problems they might be experiencing with their own dogs.

“Depending on the size of the crowd, it should be fairly interactive,” Ms Mulhearn said.

“If we get a large group, it will just be me talking but if there is a smaller group, then I can answer people's questions and discuss individual problems. “It runs from 10am and goes for 30 minutes, but I'll be there (at the expo) all day.” Ms Mulhearn has identified a number of issues faced by older members of the community when it comes to pet care. She will provide tips for introducing a dog to a new baby and will also discuss options for the fostering out of pets.

“One of the things older people can come across is what to do with their pets if they are moving into a retirement home, so that is one of the things I'll be discussing and the options around adoption and fostering of pets,” Ms Mulhearn said.

“Other things people have asked me include 'How do I get my dog to stop barking?' or 'How do I get my dog to stop jumping?' so those are things I want to address,” she said.

The seminar is also a good excuse for people to head along and play with the dogs, Ms Mulhearn said.

•  The Seniors Expo was postponed from its original date in May to September 10 due to severe weather.

For more details, contact co-ordinator Kristen Forster on (02) 6670 2527.



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