Dangerous And Agressive Dogs or Dangerous and Agressive Dog Owners?
Not all "Bull" dogs are Aggressive Dogs
The news is full of stories of Dangerous Dog Breeds, dog attacks, and vicious dogs, but what really is a dangerous dog? Is it the breed of dog that makes it dangerous, is it the irresponsible owners, or is it just sometimes within the nature of the dog. People see my dog and they cross the road, and shake their heads, looking at us as owners for having what they see as "dangerous dogs", what, because of the way she looks?
This is a reality here in not only in the the UK, but in a lot of countries too, there is strict legislation in place that all dog owners must adhere to Owning a dog has its responsibilities, not just to its health and daily care, but also how your dog behaves. I am all in agreement of responsible Dog Ownership, and embrace it.
The number of Dog attacks has risen by 60% in the last decade, and has rightfully prompted action from the Government and authorities giving them more power to intervene if there are complaints about a dog behaving dangerously.
Picture Credit my own dogLisa Auch
Warning Dog signs - Signs to warn that you have Dogs on your Property
You legally have a duty to warn everyone you have a dog on your premises. They have then been warned.
Can any Types of Dogs be Dangerous
Any dog can be a danger to the public, awareness of responsible dog ownership has been heightened by the government campaign and new legislation banning certain dog breeds within the UK.
Any dog can be a danger to the public, but certain types of dogs are banned in the UK. If you own an unregistered banned dog you are committing a criminal offence.
But Owning a "dangerous" dog, the classic pitbull type looking dogs, has become BIG business in the UK, and being bred to use as status dogs among the criminal underground.
There is big money paid for "pit-bull" cross breed type dogs.
The British Sociological Association has revealed in a recent study they found that there has been a rise of 551% in hospital admissions for dog bites since 1991.
What Types of Dogs are Dangerous breeds of dogs
or are there just Dangerous dogs
The nicer side of Owning a Dog - so many benefits, and can play big part in our lives, for me creating some of the best childhood memories I have.
Studies have shown us that Dog owners lead healthier lives, not only good for your physical well being but also your emotional welfare.
There is also strong evidence to suggest that dog owners have lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and are less likely to have minor and serious health problems. And sometimes the dog just gives a person a "need to be needed".
I own 2 large breed dogs. and they are just big babies, very good natured and well behaved, but people do tend to walk on the other side of the road and draw us looks, claiming "that's these dangerous dogs", funnily enough we ended up by default with our breeds, we saved the both of them from uncertain future, and have provided training, love and care to them. I was brought up surrounded by fluffy little King Charles Cavaliers.
Roxy the BullMastiff (the darker dog- pictured above) will follow the kids around, it is as if she knows she must take care of them. She is also very perceptive, and knows when I am not well, lying by my feet, not letting me go far, without her being there.
There are rules in our house though, the dogs are big and can send you flying if they were to jump up on you, or can get very excited (Molly the Bordeaux) is still a pup. But we have a good routine, we even ask visitors to ignore the dogs until they have settled down, and the dogs go to their beds when it is walk time to get their leads on, they wait for their dinner and only take it after being told, because they are so big, you need to be aware of other peoples fears, perceptions etc.
My daughter can confidently walk each dog, as we have spent lots of time and effort training them.
It bothers me that my dogs are pre-judged because of the "look" of them, especially since the recent rise in dog attacks, and the release of the dangerous dogs Act
Types of Dogs - Join in the debate
Do you think the dog is to blame or it is the owners fault that a dog is aggressive
Banned Dogs in the
There are four types of dogs that are banned in the UK, the:
* Pit Bull Terrier * Japanese Tosa
* Dogo Argentino * Fila Braziliero
These dogs are not recognised by the government as breeds in the UK. It is illegal to breed from, sell, abandon or give away a banned dog also it is illegal to own any of these dogs without specific exemption from a court.
Picture credits Wikiipedia
Make sure you train your Dogs
Out and about with your dog.
So once you have your dog, it is your responsibility to look after it.
You are responsible for its health, this can be costly and as an owner of 2 very large dogs I would suggest Pet Insurance. After a costly trip to the seaside, after Roxy followed a seagull over the edge of the cliff taught us that expensive lesson.
Within your home your dog may be the sweetest dog there is, but I know by having the 2 dogs, how they can change when they get outside!
My dogs appear scary, but they are my gentle giants, but I have to be extra careful. People are wary of them, even scared of them, and that is what sometimes the problem is, and will even cross the street when we are walking.
So a few things to help with keeping your dogs safe whilst out in public, and keeping on the right side of the law.
* Making sure the lead and collar are correctly fitted.
This will ensure your dog cannot slip his/her collar and is under your control
* making sure your dog wears a collar tag when out in a public place,
so your dog can be returned to you if lost
* cleaning up after your dog, dog fouling is an offence
if you do not clean up after your dog, you can be fined by the Police
* Do not let your dog off its lead if it will not return on command, You must keep your dog under control at all times,
Look out for a local puppy training class this allows your pup to become used to other dogs (socialzing) and other people.
I love Victoria's approach to spoilt or badly behaved pooches!
You must Exercise your Big dog
Exercise is so important for your dog. We live very near a coastal path way, and we meet many dog walkers out and about, By the time the dogs chase each other around and play in the water, they are tired out.