Check back here regularly to find out what's going on at Olton Dog walking
Improving the Image of Dogs in our Communities
The Canine Community Code
What is the problem?
Dog behaviour in the UK is changing dramatically:
Animal charities report more and more behaviour problems with dogs that they take in.
In the years 2014-5, a staggering 6,740 people required hospital admission due to dog related injuries. It is estimated that dogs injure over 200,000 people in the UK every year. This number is steadily rising.
There are increasing numbers of control orders restricting or banning dogs from certain public areas.
How does this affect dog owners?
You may think that it is only dogs that display aggression in public that cause problems. This is not the case! In a recent court case a dog was playing with another dog in a public park. During the game it ran into a person, knocked them to the ground and injured them. The owner of the dog was ordered to pay compensation to the victim because of the injuries they sustained. The Judge, in summing up the case, stated “The owner was not able to demonstrate any control over his dog which basically ran around doing as it pleased”. Dogs off lead in a public place and out of control may be dealt with under the Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991. This act has recently been tightened up by the government.
Your dog does not have to act aggressively for you to fall foul of the law. If it is out of control, and as a result, a person or another animal is injured you could end up in court or even go to prison. We already have four banned breeds - we don’t want more added to the list. We must ALL act in our communities in order to improve the image of dogs in the UK.
Improving the image of dogs in our communities
How do we do this?
It is up to ALL of us, as dog owners, to try to stop dogs getting a bad press because of lack of control. We need to demonstrate that our dogs are not a nuisance to the public at large. We are asking all owners who take their dogs into public places to abide by a voluntary code of conduct. This Canine Community Code would apply to you and your dog when you are in a public place:
What if we do nothing?
It is likely that government will act to address the problem of out of control dogs in public places and we may lose access to the areas where we exercise our dogs. We must all work together to earn the right to keep these areas by being responsible owners who keep our dogs under good control.
If you need to gain more control over your dog, contact your local dog trainers for help and advice. Your dog warden, veterinary surgery, or an internet search will give you a list of trainers in your area.
Please pass this information on to every dog owner in your community, if we all act together we can make a difference and hopefully retain our right to exercise our dogs in public areas.
Please feel free to add your own organisation here if you agree and share it.
Print copies and hand them to people who you meet out on walks who do not understand why we are asking them to exhibit better control over their dogs.
Do not forget to get your dog microchipped its the law from 16th April 2016