Photo Credit: Funda Nenja

The Funda Nenja “Super Dog Class” gives learners the chance to expand their handling knowledge and gives their dogs even more opportunity to learn new tricks


Mpophomeni, South Africa (25 July 2022) – Funda Nenja, a dog training initiative, runs in the township of Mpophomeni, near Howick, in the KZN Midlands of South Africa. They focus on animal welfare in the area by providing dog training lessons to the children and much-needed vaccinations for their beloved dogs.

These lessons teach the dogs some obedience skills but also help the children bond with their pets to form a deeper connection. The classes help educate children about animal welfare and encourage them to show their families how to treat animals too.

The classes are hosted each week, and as part of the programme, the dogs involved get checked up by the primary veterinary clinic. Any animals not inoculated yet, get it done right there.

The organisation recently introduced the Super Dog Course recently, which gives children enrolled at Funda Nenja the chance to expand their knowledge and work towards becoming better at dog handling. They, along with their dogs, spend eight weeks working on handling commands like come, sit, down and roll-over. At the end of the course, each learner and their dog need to successfully complete these tasks for the lead instructor.

Goodluck Mvelase ran the first successful programme at Funda Nenja and was happy to see all the animals and their handlers share what they learned.

“Once all the youngsters had shown off their dog handling skills, they each had a turn to share what their experience of the course had been. Everyone agreed that they had enjoyed their time together and that they had learnt a lot.

Then the class was treated to a cupcake and a packet of chips before each learner was presented with a certificate of achievement as well as a gift bag packed with treats for both dog and handler.

Goodluck Mvelase, the class instructor, thanked everyone for their attendance and excellent behaviour, and particularly for their respect for both their dogs and fellow classmates.”

Funda Nenja has kicked off the registration for the next Super Dog Class, which will take place in August. Should you wish to support it, the organisation welcomes sponsorship for each learner. It costs R250.00 per learner. To ensure your donation is allocated to a student, just use the reference SDC when making a donation.

“Funda Nenja looks forward to the next Super Dog Class scheduled to start in August. If you would like to sponsor the R250 cost of one of the August intake please give the reference SDC when making your donation.”

You can see what the organisation gets up to by following them via Facebook here. You can find out how to support or donate to them via the website here.

Sources: Funda Nenja
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