PETPOSITIVE NEWSFLASH!DATELINE PUTRAJAYA:
A NEW DOG GUIDEBOOK is in the pipeline by the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) to raise awareness about dogs and responsible pet ownership in the country.
This was decided in a meeting here in the DVS' headquarters this afternoon after the Malaysian Animal-Assisted Therapy for the Disabled and Elderly Association (PETPOSITIVE) and the Malaysian Kennel Association (MKA) met with the Department's Director-General Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz bin Jamaluddin earlier this afternoon.
The guidebook which is targeted at dog owners and local councils will be jointly launched by the DVS and the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) during the World Animal Day celebrations in October of this year.
Petpositive and MKA have been tasked to come up with a contents-draft in a special committee organised by the DVS.
"Dogs are not the problem and banning or restricting certain breeds will not solve the problem of irresponsible pet owners in the country," said Datuk Aziz during the meeting which was also attended by several experts from the DVS.
"The booklet will serve as a helpful guide to first-time and regular dog owners on how to appreciate the needs of their pets better," added Aziz.
"It will also serve as an indispensable tool for local councils to understand dogs and their behaviour and welfare when they deal with them.
Dr Aziz said the guidebook will include aspects of animal-assisted therapy as well.
He also has plans to use some of the helpful tips of renowned animal whisperer Cesar Milan as an aid for pet owners who don't know much about training their dogs.
"The DVS dog guidebook will arm the reader with accurate information about canines and not disinformation that will only cause fear and misunderstanding over dogs." Concluded Datuk Aziz.
A workshop will be held within the next three months before the guidebook is launched to commemorate World Animal Day on October 4th, 2012.
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