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DANGEROUS DOGS - GETTING TO THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM

May 2013

Children are still being mauled by dogs; assistance dogs are being attacked by out of control aggressive dogs and innocent members of the public out walking their dogs are being intimidated by youths with the so called status dogs!

A government spokesman is saying that "urgent action" is needed to protect the public from dangerous dogs. But what is this all going to amount to?

Although the government plans to crack down hard on these grey areas - where owners of dangerous dogs can be prosecuted or not… Is this still going to be enough?

Maximum penalties increased from six months to two years jail sentence; homeowners with a dog left alone to guard the property who bites a trespasser taken into consideration and not prosecuted, and plans to criminalise attacks on assistance dogs are some of the new government plans with tailored powers for law enforcers to tackle this ever growing problem. A group of MPs are saying that new 'dangerous dog' laws do not go far enough.

But are we really getting to the root of the problem?

I have been socialising, interacting, training and sorting out problem behaviour in dogs for 20 years, and aggression is the number 1 problem l get asked to look at time and time again.

We must not forget that any dog has the ability to bite; it's only certain factors that cause that dog to bite. Questions should be asked, such as, 'is the dog receiving enough exercise?' 'If it's a dog that needs training… is it receiving enough training?'
And most importantly 'what was this dog bred from?'

As a high percentage of a dogs' behaviour is inherited from his parents, we should always look very closely at from where we get these puppies.
The solution to this problem has to be got at from the very root. 'Who is breeding these dogs?' Bringing in a breeders licence with a fee to obtain this professional licence to breed will stop 'back street breeders' and make dog breeding a thing left to the responsible, conscientious dog owner.

Tricia Wills

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