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Study suggests responsible ownership is key to preventing dog attacks

Research suggests responsible ownership is key to preventing dog attacks

According to the study, many seizures are preventable if dogs are properly socialized and taught appropriate behavior. Credit: Nottingham Trent University

A large study supported by Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has suggested that dog seizures can be reduced by promoting responsible dog ownership.

The project, which showed how more than 7,000 people are admitted to UK hospitals every year as a result of dog bites or strikes, involved extensive consultations with police, local authorities, animal welfare organizations and dog walkers. It included reviewing existing enforcement and legislation and analyzing media coverage of dog attacks.

The relevance of this inquiry is highlighted as the Petitions Committee recently debated possible legislative changes to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, part of the wider debate on reforming or revising laws and policies to address dangerous dogs and dog attacks. .

The study suggests that many dog ​​attacks are preventable if dogs are properly socialized and taught appropriate behavior, and that owners are aware of problems that can arise if dogs are placed in the wrong situations and treated inappropriately. It also points to owners who unknowingly put dogs in situations where dog attacks were likely to occur and lacked the skills to deal with these incidents when they happened.

Rather than focusing on breed in relation to behavior, a range of situational factors should be considered, such as the proximity of larger and smaller dogs in public places, children’s interactions with poorly socialized dogs in the home, and causing incidents , including a dog experiencing anxiety. or excitement, predatory behavior of other dogs, being in an unfamiliar environment, provocation by humans, understanding the needs and characteristics of the individual dog by owners and responsible persons.

The report’s recommendations include:

  • Dog behavior training similar to speed awareness courses as part of the sentencing/conditional warrant/community protection notice (CPN) enforcement regime that would be mandatory in the event that a death warrant or conditional warrant is imposed by the courts. The training is designed to help dog owners understand their responsibilities and develop best dog management practices
  • Improved logging of dog attack data and incident characteristics
  • Introduction of legal enforcement obligation
  • New legal dog ownership requirements requiring all people about to own a dog have a ‘clean’ track record i.e. there is no evidence of dog ownership complaints against them

dr. Angus Nurse, chief of Criminology and Criminal Justice at NTU’s School of Social Sciences, led the study. He said: “The research evidence indicates that human behavior is a key factor in dog bite incidents and that not all dog incidents should be viewed as ‘aggressive’ behavior. When we consider a range of situational factors and focus on helping dog owners develop skills develop to understand their dogs and potential warning signs of incidents, this should help prevent dog attacks.”


Risk Factors for Dog Attacks on Other Dogs, Cats


More information:
A study of measures to reduce dog attacks and promote responsible ownership among dog owners with dog control problems in the UK.—AW1410. randd.defra.gov.uk/Default.asp … None&ProjectID=19861

Provided by Nottingham Trent University


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