There are so many dogs around the UK that are not cherished by their owners and that thought always upsets me. How anyone can be so cruel and uncaring to leave his or her dog outside for weeks, sometimes months, with little to no food is unbearable to think about. I found out that nearly half of the dogs rehoming centres across the UK take in are, among a number of other issues, seriously malnourished. So straight away I wanted to lend my support to the campaign in any way possible and help raise awareness of this issue.
In my opinion, the coffee cup owners aren't respecting others in the park. They just don't see what they are doing as wrong yet if a youth's dog ran up and jumped up at them trying to snatch a treat it would be totally abhorent. Yet when Phyllis the 5yr old Border Terrier does it, its either not noticed or just midly amusing.
I do accept that there are some badly behaved GSDs and Staffies out there and some have been responsible for some serious injuries. But it doesn't mean other breeds are necessarily "safer". It's just that the dog attacks involving Golden Retrievers or Cocker Spaniels don't make the headlines in the same way.
I hate dogs. I mean I don't just hate them, in a 'shoo, leave me alone' way. I really genuinely hate them. Not their owners - not all of them anyway - just their smelly, waste-producing, noisy, over-enthusiastic, straining-at-the-chains, handbag-sized, fluffy, doe-eyed, saliva-sharing, wet-nosed pets.
But have the government got the wrong end of the leash again? While it can be argued that the current two-year maximum tariff is too lenient, will tougher sentences, post-event, do anything to address irresponsible dog ownership or reduce the proliferation of aggressive bull breed dogs on our streets, or indeed prevent dog attacks from taking place?
Dominance theory is an outdated view of dog behaviour that became popular in the 1960s. It has since been disproved, evidence having been accumulated that shows that it is unhelpful and often very destructive. Unfortunately, some trainers still cling to the idea, reluctant to let go of something that they have based their training and careers on.