You’ve committed to sharing your life with your dog, therefore, it’s in yours and your dogs interest, to make sure that life is an enjoyable one.Training builds a positive relationship with your dog and in doing this, you’re giving your dog a great start in teaching life skills. Basic manners equals a happy dog!
You want your dog to build good social skills. Not every dog will like every situation so I will help you read your dog to understand when a situation is too much for them. Socialisation isn’t always about physically interacting with other dogs and humans, it’s also about being able to relax in many different environments.
You can avoid problem behaviours by building up communication between you and your dog that promotes security and comfort. Help your dog learn and it will reduce misunderstanding that may lead to problem behaviour. I will show you how to guide your dog to make the right choices in life
I suggest you make yourselves aware of the changes to the DDA in 2014. It’s worth noting that this applies to all dogs, all breeds, all sizes and please remember that a dog doesn’t have to bite to be deemed as ‘dangerous’ in the eyes of the law
It is a criminal offence for the person in charge of the dog that is deemed ‘dangerously out of control’
The biggest change is that the act also covers incidents on private property, in addition to public spaces. This includes your own house and your front and rear gardens
In addition to this:
• It will now be an offence for your dog to attack an assistance dog (Guide Dog, Hearing Dog etc).
• Prison sentences will be increased for those convicted of some offences
• Police or an appointed local authority now have powers to seize a dangerously out of control dog in a private place. The existing legislationalready covers public places.
Ensure your gardens are safe
The most important point to consider is how to keep unexpected visitors or delivery drivers safe on your property. The requirement for the law to cover private places as well as public ones has long been campaigned for by the Communication Workers Union. Numerous Royal Mail and other delivery services employees are injured by dog bites each year and up until now there has not been the legislation to enable action to be taken to ensure their future safety.You need to make sure that any visitor can safely access your front door without encountering your dog.
Manage your dog when someone knocks
We all know that fewer letters are being sent through the post, but the rise in internet shopping means that more parcels and especially signed for parcels are being delivered, which requires the delivery person to knock at the door. This change in legislation should be a wake up call to all dog owners to ensure their dogs are under control when they open the door otherwise they risk committing a criminal offence.
It is not unusual for a dog to be reactive to any visitor to your door, so you need to decide now how you are going to manage that situation. The easiest thing to do is to shut your dog in another room or in the garden, provided of course the dog cannot access the front door from the garden.You can use a crate, if the dog is crate trained or a baby gate between rooms if closing the door between rooms is not an option.
You also need to consider how your dog greets people. What you view as a dog being friendly by jumping up at visitors may be seen as threatening behaviour by a stranger.
There is a slight grey area in these changes in that if the person attacked is a burglar or trespasser your dog may not be considered dangerously out of control if it is in a building that is your private dwelling at the time of the attack. However, this does not cover incidents in your back or front garden so while the law is yet to be tested, all dog owners should ensure that all areas of their gardens where their dogs could encounter unexpected visitors are secure.
If necessary it is also worth talking to your neighbours and asking them not to let their children climb your fences to retrieve balls etc to be on the safe side.
Since 6th April 2016, all dog owners in England, Scotland and Wale must have their dog microchipped and to register them with a government compliant microchip database
After that date, all puppies must be microchipped and recorded on a microchip database by the time they are 8 weeks old.
Any changes to an owner’s contact details must be updated on their microchip database to ensure compliance with the law. If a dog owner subsequently moves, changes contact telephone number, etc. then the dog is no longer considered microchipped under the new law and enforcement can be taken.
The council can impose on the spot fines if you do not clear up after your dog. This excludes registered blind dog owners.
I recommend you insure your dog too.
Every dog in public must wear a collar with the name and address of the owner inscribed on it and, although not a requirement, I would also recommend your telephone number and your vets number
There are many different terms used to describe positive training techniques: positive reinforcement, reward-based, force-free etc.. What they all have in common is a shared belief that it is much safer, more effective, to teach our dogs using the concept that if you reward a behaviour you like, it is more likely that that behaviour will be repeated. If you ignore or redirect a behaviour you do not like, it is more likely that the behaviour will decrease. Combine this with the awareness that dogs are not wolves trying to dominate us, and therefore do not need to be controlled using dominance-based punishment techniques, and you have the recipe for our training beliefs
We believe that enhancing your relationship with your dog and having fun go hand in hand
You do not have to put your dog on a lead on public paths, as long as it is under close control. But as a general rule, keep your dog on a lead if you cannot rely on its obedience. By law, farmers are entitled to destroy a dog that injures or worries their animals.
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