Dangerous Dogs Act Impact

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Even a friendly dog can be considered ‘out of control’

The changes to the Dangerous Dogs Act, that came into force on 13th May 2014, means that we, as dog owners and handlers, need to be more aware of how other people perceive our dog’s actions.

Folks who are not dog owners or are nervous around dogs can misinterpret an excitable dog rushing to say ‘hello, give me some fuss’ as a threat to them. And, under the new dangerous dogs legislation, that is all it takes for your dog to be reported as ‘dangerously out of control in a public place’ and a possible problem.

The act now applies to all breed of dogs, no matter what size they are.

What’s more, the act applies even on your own property. So if a stranger comes into your garden and your dog bounds over to greet them and jumps up at them it could still be regarded as ‘out of control’.

So what does that mean to dog owners?

According to the government website ‘Controlling Your Dog‘ if your dog is dangerously out of control it could be taken off you and euthanised and you could face a fine of up to £20,000 and / or 6 months in prison.

How to Keep Your Dog Safe

As dog owners, we are responsible for the welfare of our pets as well as the safety of anyone around us. And that’s where good, positive, dog-training helps.

Being able to control your dog so you don’t get caught out by the dangerous dogs act; have it come back to you when called and making sure it understands how to behave when greeting people is all part of the training we offer under the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme.

Take a look at the obedience training classes we offer, as well as the fun activities you can join in with your dog:


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