Pets In Practise - Under ontrol?

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Pets In Practise - Under ontrol?

Post by Caryll on Mon Apr 25, 2016 10:20 am


Taken from the Pets In Practise Website....

"Monday Mention: Under proper control – what does it mean and who does it apply to?

If you are a dog owner, you might have heard about other dog owners getting in trouble with the law for having their dog “dangerously out of control”. But what does it mean, and does it only apply to dogs that are likely going to bite or scare someone? Is it just about dogs being controlled around children or does it extend to other situations too? Is it just about certain breeds?

While it isn’t our aim to explain dog related legislation here – there are far too many legal acts applying to dogs – we would like to briefly address the term “under control”.

Contrary to popular belief “under control” concerns all dogs, of all breeds, sizes, types and temperaments. Both dogs showing aggressive behaviours towards other dogs, people, livestock etc., and those that are perfectly friendly and “wouldn’t hurt a fly” need to be under proper control at all times. What does it mean in practice?

Basically, it’s about making sure your dog comes back to you when called. It’s also about keeping an eye on your dog at all times, making sure he is not causing nuisance to other dog owners, people without dogs, livestock, wildlife, or other pets (e.g. cats). It’s also about keeping your dog on lead if you know you won’t be able to control him otherwise.

In the light of this understanding of “under control” it really doesn’t matter how friendly your dog is when approaching people or animals that do not wish to be approached. Remember that a person who feels threatened by your dog in any way – even if your dog has never shown aggression in his life and is basically a soppy teddy bear – can press charges against you.

Behaviours that can cause apprehension range from jumping up, chasing, and licking, through nipping or mouthing, to knocking someone over (and it’s not difficult if your dog is a big lab and he’s trying to make friends with a little child), and biting.

A dog that is under control can refer to ANY dog that: the owner can see at all times (so is under direct supervision); if off lead, can be recalled reliably to the owner every time he is called; and if he cannot be reliable recalled from a certain distraction, be it livestock, squirrels, traffic, other dogs, horses etc., he should not be allowed an unlimited access to these in the hope that it will be OK, until adequate training has been put in place to remedy the situation. Some dogs might never be able to be off lead in certain situations (e.g. dogs with a strong chase instinct around livestock or cats), and for them being under control will always mean “on lead” in those situations.

Whether our dogs are friendly, or not so friendly, we owe other dog owners as well as non-dog owning public respect and understanding that our dog, even if we consider him the most beautiful creature on the planet, might not be welcome to approach at all. So please, keep your dog under adequate control at all times. "

Written by the team at Pets in Practise "where positivity and determination, works!"

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Post by LyndaW on Mon Apr 25, 2016 7:33 pm

Thanks Caryll, this is very useful.
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Post by Caryll on Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:06 am

I thought it might iron out a few misconceptions.

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Post by Lorraine on Thu Apr 28, 2016 7:31 pm

I love the 'Monday Mentions' that Kris writes happy She talks a lot of sense.
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