The Kennel Club has made fresh claims irresponsible dog owners, combined with what it views insufficient dangerous dog legislation, is putting the safety of members of the public at risk.

The Kennel Club has made fresh claims irresponsible dog owners, combined with what it views insufficient dangerous dog legislation, is putting the safety of members of the public at risk.

Dangerous dogNew figures released by PDSA reveal that more than one million dogs in the UK are showing signs of aggression, including growling, snarling, and biting, towards humans and pets on a weekly basis.
 
The issue of dangerous dogs is back in the spotlight after a six-year-old was injured by a dog in Chingford, north-east London – a rare incident that The Kennel Club said was not reflective of a particular breed or type of dog, but of irresponsible ownership.
 
The Kennel Club said that the PDSA’s research, released last week, highlights issues, such as a lack of training and little to no socialisation, as key reasons behind a dog behaving aggressively. The Kennel Club’s Dangerous Dogs campaign, which lobbies for the overhaul of the Dangerous Dogs Act, also aims to educate the public on the potential risks of not training a dog properly.

Caroline Kisko, communications director at The Kennel Club, said: “Any dog can behave aggressively if not trained or socialised correctly or responsibly, just as any dog can be a wonderfully calm and loving pet if trained and socialised in the proper way.
 
“By taking your dog to suitable training classes, such as those offered by The Kennel Club’s Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme, you can ensure you are doing your best as a responsible owner to protect your dog, as well as anyone who comes into contact with your dog.
 
The Kennel Club, along with many other leading organisations, believes that current dangerous dog legislation needs to be overhauled to better protect the public by tackling irresponsible owners whose dogs have been allowed to become aggressive through poor training and socialisation.”

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