Posted September 19, 2018 08:08:20 A $60 million pet store in Queensland has a special place in the hearts of dog lovers.
It was one of the only dog stores in the state when the Great Australian Bicentennial was celebrated in 2017.
Its owners, Dogmate Kennel, opened in 2003 and since then has been one of Brisbane’s favourite pet stores.
Dogmate Kennels owner Andrew McLean has been trying to improve the welfare of his staff over the years.
“I would say over the last couple of years, we’ve made a big difference to the welfare for our staff,” Mr McLean said.
“The last three years we’ve seen the biggest drop in dog bites and pet sitings in the history of Queensland.”
There have been more people in the dogs and cats room than we’ve ever seen in the last 20 years.
“We’re seeing a lot of people looking after dogs and a lot more pet owners looking after their pets.”
Mr McLean’s staff are now getting a lot closer to the dog that he loves most.
He said it was the introduction of a new breed of dog that was changing the lives of his employees.
A new breed is a breed that has become popular in Australia, and the new breed was called the terrier.
They were introduced to Australia from the UK and were bred to be small and quiet.
Owner Andrew Mclean said the dogs were “quite a shock” when they first arrived.
“They were not as small as we’d seen before and they were not aggressive,” he said.
The dog kenny is not a breed the average dog owner is familiar with, but Mr Mclean says the breed has made a huge difference to his employees life.
“People are very much interested in the dog, they want to have a dog that they can interact with,” he explained.
Mr McDonald said his staff had to learn to live in the new environment.
But there are still things that are not right about the way the store works.
There are no CCTV cameras or dogs being kept in separate areas.
And staff are not allowed to go outside on weekends or during work hours.
While Dogmate has made huge strides in the past few years, Mr McLeod said he was still not satisfied.
Some of the problems with the store included staff not being paid overtime, and an overzealous dog manager.
This led to staff going out on strike in 2018.
After the strike, the owners of Dogmate launched a new initiative called the Dog Shelter Trust, which would be funded by a $30,000 annual donation.
Now, the store has a $60m investment to improve its welfare program.
As the owner of a dog, Mr McDonald said it made him realise how important it was for dog owners to be involved with the care of their pets.
“[Dog owners] are a good resource for us, they are always there to help us out and help us make sure we are in the best shape for our dogs,” he added.
What you need to know about dog bites:Dog bites are one of Queensland’s most common causes of death and injuries to dogs.
The most common injuries are dog bites, dog bites from cats and dogs, and bites from other people.
An estimated 40,000 dog bites occur in Queensland every year.
Dogs bite people more than any other animal.
In 2015, there were nearly 13,000 incidents of dog bites in Queensland.
More than half of those bites were inflicted by dogs.
Routine dog bites are not uncommon in Brisbane, with many residents staying indoors or walking dogs in their yards.
Bite counts for dogs have decreased since the end of the Victorian War, with more people taking advantage of the time off work to be out of the house.
Over half of the people who were bitten by a dog in 2016 were aged under 35.
Since 2016, more people are entering the city centre, and dogs are seen more often in public spaces, such as shopping centres, restaurants, parks and public areas.
The Queensland Government has set a target of reducing dog bites by 50 per cent by 2020.
Last year, the Queensland Government launched a program called Dog Week, where people can spend time with their dog on a Sunday, Monday or Wednesday, for a free visit.
Every week, the dogs are accompanied by their owners.
Staff can also use the program to learn how to care for their dog.
Many dogs who come to the store will be given a collar and a leash, and are trained to walk along the ground.