I cannot remember a time in my life without the company of animals. As a small child I remember Springer the marauding Collie cross, who would terrorise the bin men on their weekly visits and Shiner the worlds greatest escape artist, who would, at every opportunity, find his way to our local police station just because he enjoyed a trip home in a panda car and of course Charley the lovable Cavalier, who simply adored the ice cream man.
In those days I cannot recall opening a newspaper and seeing ‘Dog attacks two people’, or ‘Toddler savaged by dog attack ’. Today however, such headlines have become the focus of increasing media and public attention, making pariahs out of the owners of these high profile breeds.
Millions of us share our home with mans best friend and the vast majority of these relationships are happy and rewarding. Not only do dogs make wonderful companions, they also give us the opportunity of making friends.
Scientific evidence shows us that children brought up with pets are more considerate and responsible. They will often confide in their pet and those with learning difficulties have been shown to lead a happier and more contented life.
I strongly believe that the majority of dog attacks can be prevented. For example, you should
- NEVER leave a baby or small child alone with your dog
- Do not play aggressive games with your dog
- Give him proper socialisation when a puppy
- Never approach an unfamiliar dog
- Spay and neuter your dog
- Never tease a dog
There really must be an emphases on responsible dog ownership and better education. I do not believe that people would deliberately put their child in danger, but with attacks on the increase, I honestly believe that dog owners must take far more responsibility for their actions