DDA Assessments, Court Expert Witness, Dog Bites

MDHB2I 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

Tragic Fatal Dog Attack in Preston

Houses-of-ParliamentWe 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

Appealing a Dog Destruction Order

jenson1This Labrador dog was given a destruction order under the Dangerous Dogs Act after 3 bite incidents.  After completing a period of residential training with us, returning to his owners who then proved that they could also reproduce the new behaviour, I gave evidence in court based on my report and we successfully had the order changed to a contingency destruction order.  An important case for anyone in the same position. Updated April 2017 Continue reading

Britain’s Got Talent, Matisse the Collie

matisse-stunt-double-mainI 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

obigardenstand2-cropResidential 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

Pet Charter, Improving Animal Welfare Laws

Rob Flello MP and animal welfare supporter

Rob Flello MP and animal welfare supporter

Despite many politicians being bombarded with ideas and requests from dog owners and professionals, the laws never seem to change to something we all want.  With an election looming, what do dog owners really think is needed to protect dogs and the public?  Will any parties follow through on election promises or really change the lives of animals in this country? Continue reading

Crufts Poisoning : hype or harm?

jaggerHaving been asked by two news shows to comment, I’m doing so here first. It appears that Irish Setter Jagger has lost his life to some sort of poisoning and my condolences go to his family. Now a second dog, a Shih Tzu is claimed to be dead from poisoning at Crufts. I was there all four days,  on Sunday there was a list of five dogs allegedly poisoned. It’s grown since then.
(UPDATED WITH LINK TO TOXICOLOGY/kc STATEMENT.  NOT POISONED AT CRUFTS) Continue reading

Dog Bite Survey, Which Breeds Bite?

dogthreat The media show stories about Bull breeds, Rottweilers and Akitas biting and causing fatalities.  The public in reality have problems with any breed whose owner can’t or won’t train it. The Dangerous Dogs Act, over 20 years old has not stopped the ownership or breeding of illegal breeds and demonises dogs who have passed a temperament test.  Would your dog pass such a test? Continue reading

Pet Sitters, Dog Walkers, Boarding Kennels how do you find a safe one?

kidsdogsSocial media is circulating a story about a dog lost/sold by a petsitter found through the Holidog site.  The company say they check sitters, but no information about how they do this.  It isn’t the first time a dog has gone missing, been stolen or lost when being looked after, but it does make you wonder about the standard of checks done. Continue reading

Petition to Fully Investigate Deaths Caused By Dogs

smallaggressivedogFor the last few years I have pushed  MP’s, Police, experts, DEFRA and Government via letters and meeting for deaths and serious injuries caused by dogs to be fully investigated. In the case of one tragic death of a baby caused by a dog, I had the support of the local MP and the child’s parents to assess the dogs and despite repeatedly asking the force involved to allow it, they held the dogs for a week, then destroyed them.  We learned nothing.

PETITION CLOSED DUE TO ELECTION

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