A couple of posts that I have encounter recently have been an important reminder for me on the misinformation available about what makes a dog dangerous. For example, the article linked to below goes through the “27 most dangerous dogs in history“.
27 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds In History
However this article is pure sensationalism, and the basis for the information is (more…)
The recent change in the Dangerous Dog Laws now means that the legislation extends to private property, and owners could face prosecution if they dog bit someone in their own home. The act is intended to encourage owners to take more control of their dog’s behaviour. What it doesn’t bear in mind is the way that a dog might be made to feel within their own home, that owners may not be aware of either.So (more…)
Age, ill health, or behaviour… How does one know when to put a dog to sleep? I’ve seen both sides of this in my life and work. I made the very difficult decision to put my beautiful boy Sandy to sleep when he was a very elderly 17 year old. It was a very difficult choice to make as there was no sudden illness or vet’s diagnosis, we just saw a very slow decline in his mobility and therefore the quality (more…)
Staffies are not dangerous dogs. No more so than any other breed of dog, despite the bad press they frequently receive. The Brentwood Gazette reported on Staffie Cassie who has passed the test to become a Cynophobia Assistance Dog, helping children and adults overcome their fear of dogs. Cassie’s test included being brushed by a stranger, left alone with a stranger, being nudged and grabbed. This is (more…)
As promised, today I am writing about some of the common (and not so common) myths that we hear about problem Dog Behaviour and Dog Training, and whether they are true or not. This blog is written with an understanding of canine instinct learnt from Jan Fennell. I am a Highly Recommended Associate of Jan Fennell, and regularly help dog owners to learn to understand their dogs and overcome and problem (more…)
Recently we heard news of the legislation regarding dangerous dogs which “go out of control and bite”, and how this is now extending beyond the original breeds which were classed as ‘dangerous dogs’ to all breeds and will go further than the destruction order, to in some cases include imprisonment for the owner for up to two years.
The reality is that ANY dog can bite. Not just dogs with ‘aggression’.