Health benefits of owning a pet

  • Pets can improve your mood – it’s hard to stay cranky when someone is rubbing up against your leg and purring or wagging their tail and looking into your eyes.

  • Pets help control blood pressure

  • Pets encourage you to get out and exercise

  • Pets can help with social support – While walking the dog we get to talk to other dog owners, we can join dog training groups and have another outlet in life.

  • Pets stave off loneliness and provide unconditional love

  • Pets can reduce stress – Sometimes more than people: Are good listeners and love to be stroked.

Local dog trainers

Barco – community dog training based in the north of Byron Shire. Email  Phone 0429 518 817 or 0447 975 201.

Barco is a voluntary not for profit organisation who run dog obedience classes to teach people how to be responsible dog owners. Training sessions are each Sunday morning starting at 9am at Brunswick Heads sports fields.  If you are fostering a Byron Dog Rescue dog the training is free for that dog.  For all other dog owners, once the $20 yearly registration fee is paid, the only other cost is only $5 each time you attend training.