Last night on ITV the latest episode of “The Kyle Files” was broadcast, on the subject of dangerous dogs. I had an interest in this as I am an expert witness, assessing dogs in bite cases for court. I also had numerous calls from the production team for 2 months trying to find something they wanted to film. They assured me this would not be just another show about pit bulls. Sadly I think it was. Continue reading
Last year I spoke with Vicky, the great Aunt of Lexi Branson, sadly killed by an unassessed dog rehomed with no advice or homecheck. The coroner identified some areas of concern regarding this type of rehoming. Two years on her family were horrified to discover from our conversation that nothing had been, or would be done to protect people in the future. I had already written to George Eustice MP about the need for a live behaviour assessment on dogs who kill or seriously hurt people. Mr Eustice’s response is here:
Having pets can enhance a couple’s relationship. But sometimes the pet becomes a pawn in a power struggle between adults. I have seen many cases of hidden agendas between people who use their dog to control their partner.
The Sky News special report of 12th April caused uproar in the dog world. They had spent time with the Status Dog Unit and accompanied the dog handlers on various dog seizures. Sky News interviewed Debbie Connolly, Dog Behaviourist and court Expert Witness, about this statistic.
The biggest fear of many dog owners is that of their dog scaring or biting someone and the police taking it away. We have done many behaviour assessments for court cases relating to the Dangerous Dogs Act and if you are in trouble, here is some advice. Whether an owner or a victim, please ask for help.
DDA changes 13th May 2014 incorporated, last update August 2020
I returned to doing Court Expert Witness work last year after relocating centrally. I feel strongly that dogs involved in bite incidents need full assessment and support. Owners can easily be misled or misinformed by Police and other owners and a dog’s life could be at risk. What exactly do Expert Witnesses do? Here’s an explanation: Continue reading
We start 2016 with the sad news of another death caused by a dog. The tragic loss of a young man, Liam Hewitson is also a story of families breeding and owning Pit Bull type dogs and the potential cause being a dog reacting to an epileptic seizure. Continue reading
I don’t watch BGT, I find a lot of it cruel and uncomfortable. I couldn’t ignore the winner this year as it hasn’t been out of the papers.Jules O’Dwyer and her dogs won BGT but were billed as “Jules and Matisse”. Does this win really justify death threats and over 1000 complaints to Ofcom? Petitions to rob them of the title? It’s just a dog doing tricks on TV isn’t it? Some people think not. Continue reading
Residential dog training should offer your dog the chance to have behaviour therapy as well as obedience training. This balance is not offered by some companies who only offer obedience help entirely on their own premises. In most cases, owners are looking to be able to walk safely in public with unknown people and dogs and to enjoy a normal life.
Ask the right questions before paying for this type of training. Where will the training be done? Are there previous clients you can talk to? Is handover done in real life or only in their training field? What ongoing support is there? Will shock or prong collars be used? Will you get a training plan to follow at home? Continue reading