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Kennel Club Dog Awards 2010

Press Release: Top dog status for Council campaign

Chesterfield Borough Council’s Street Scene Team has been awarded the Kennel Club’s ‘Local Authority of the Year’ Award for their awareness raising work to encourage responsible dog ownership.

Sheri Stock, Senior Environmental Health Officer and Victoria Cooper, Head Instructor and Behaviourist of People and Dogs, went to collect the award at a special award’s ceremony in London last week.

The Council, who run the Taking the Lead campaign, have promoted responsible dog ownership messages through the local media and hosted roadshows to promote dog training and the importance of microchipping. Victoria Cooper dog behaviour expert of People and Dogs and the Street Scene team have worked together to give free dog behavioural advice and training sessions.

Ian Openshaw, the Council’s Lead Member for Sustainable Communities and Climate Change said: “The advice and activities hosted by the Street Scene Team and People and Dogs have played a valuable part in the Taking the Lead roadshows. Victoria’s sessions offered dog owners the opportunity to seek advice and join in a basic dog training class.

“Owning a dog is both a privilege and a responsibility. The Kennel Club and private trainers all offer excellent training schemes and I would encourage all dog owners to take responsibility and invest in professional training.

“Every year the Council receives hundreds of call about dogs, ranging from complaints of barking, fouling the streets, straying, and cases where dogs act aggressively. Many of these problems could easily be avoided if owners knew more about their dogs’ behaviour.

“We are thrilled that the Kennel Club has recognised the good work that we do to support dog owners with this award."

Kennel Club Chairman, Ronnie Irving, said: “Each of today’s winners has gone above and beyond the call of duty to campaign for a fair deal for dog owners and promote responsible dog ownership in their local community. We thank them for helping us make a positive difference for dogs and their owners.”