Berenice Walters, the Dingo Lady, spent her adult life fighting the Dingoes’ cause. This Blog is a tribute to her work to have the Dingo recognised as Australia’s native dog and as an important part of the Australian ecosystem. Berenice was dedicated to educating the general public about the attributes of these wonderful primitive dogs.
Thursday, 12 February 2015
Trainability of Dingoes
The extract below
is from the panel discussion at a seminar on Dingoes held in Sydney on 5th
August 1976.It is a short contribution
by Berenice Walters but demonstrates her early knowledge and understanding of
the Dingo at a time when it was simply considered a pest by most.
I think the dog itself should have some sort of say in this. We are
regarding the Dingo as a tremendous predator, aggressive and with no good
points; but it is a dog and we have to accept this.
It is a trainable dog . It has tremendous potential in the
police, army and Defence Department.  It can be trained; there is no doubt
about this. I think that Mr. Simpson  put his finger right on the point when
he said the Feral Dog Destruction Board . This Dingo Destruction Board is
getting everybody’s back up because we know that it is just every breed of
domestic dog. They do not have to be crossed with Dingoes. In Goulburn not so
long ago sheep were killed and everybody screamed "Dingoes". Two Cattle
Dogs were the culprits there
I am a Cattle Dog breeder of' thirty odd years and I know Cattle
Dogs. In Moss Vale there is a $50.00 bounty on the sheep killer. I think you
will always have the public against P.P. Boards  while you call it Dingo
Destruction Boards because everybody is awake up that Dingo is a dog.
 Berenice had not long before demonstrated
their trainability with her first three Dingoes; Dora, Napololeon and Snowgoose.
See story below
 One of Berenice’s Dingoes, Wellington, later
went on to become a member of the Air Force and another mascot for an army
regiment. See story below
 Lower North Coast Tablelands Dingo
 Pastures Protection Board
Snowgoose (Snowy) was Berenice’s third Dingo. Snowgoose
and Berenice’s beloved Napoleon made headlines in the Sunday newspapers when they not
only advanced to off-lead work at obedience classes, but topped their
respective graduation tests. Their owner was never divulged at the time.
In 1976 Dora,
was the star of an ABC Big Country segment Trust a Dingo. Berenice worked her in the bush on 400 metre
recalls so she was able to enact a "wild" Dingo, with Napoleon and
Snowgoose supporting as "Dingoes in training".
also featured on the 20c stamp of the Dogs of Australia series in 1980.
sponsored by the Hon
Neville Wran QC while he was Premier of NSW.
Sgt Neville Kleidon with Wellington
In 1978 ministerial approval was granted to Sergeant Neville Kleidon of
the RAAF base, Canberra, to 'train one dingo provided by the Australian Native
Dog Training Society of NSW Limited'. Wellington quickly proved successful as a
scout dog in field work.
Another Merigal Dingo, Barooma, joined the 3rd Field Engineer Regiment,
Lavarack Barracks, Townsville, as mascot, being given the rank of Sapper.