Christmas comes early for Palmy pooches

Published on 25 November 2022

Small fluffy dog wearing a Father Christmas hat.

Santa Paws is coming to town – to help teach proud pooch parents some tips for taking care of their furry family member.  

Event postponed until January

This event has been postponed until January due to the weather conditions forecast for tomorrow. 

Dogs and their owners were invited to this unique event with Council’s Animal Management Team at Linklater Reserve on Saturday 26 November.

The team still intends to host the event in January. We will confirm a date closer to the time.   

The event will still include free microchipping, information and advice from the team, spot prizes and an agility course and for the owners, a free barbeque will be provided.  

Our team will be chatting with the public about dog registrations, basic commands, how to adopt a dog from the pound and on and off-leash areas around the city.  

Environmental Protection Services Manager, Jason Rosenbrock, says the event is not only an opportunity to educate the public, but it is about whanaungatanga, strengthening relationships and trust with the community.  

“Rather than taking a reactive approach, the team are working proactively to prevent attacks and nuisance issues relating to dogs.”  

The number of reported dog attacks in Palmerston North increased by 7% over the past year and Mr Rosenbrock believes this is down to lack of socialisation caused by the Covid-19 lockdowns. This is a trend being noticed around the country. The early months of a puppy’s life is a critical socialisation period that can influence and shape their behaviour for the rest of their life. 

During the event, our team will be giving out lots of socialisation tips including how to get your puppy to cope with different situations and how to interact with and relate to other dogs, animals, and people. 

The most reported dog complaint we received over the last year was about roaming or uncontrolled dogs, so to reduce the number of dogs impounded and help reunite dogs with their owners, the team will be issuing free microchipping at the event.  

This is available for all dogs of any age, which the team will record and upload to the national dog database, if the dog is registered.  

Dogs will also have the chance to win spot prizes and test their skills on an agility course and for the owners, a free barbeque will be provided.  

As Linklater Reserve is a popular off-leash dog spot, we’re asking people whose dogs may not be comfortable in off-leash settings to keep their dog on a lead.