Dogs can traditionally be considered man’s best friend and they have certainly become the go-to pet choice during lockdown.
Puppy sales are estimated to have been at an all-time high during lockdown in 2020, with experts last year noting that 34% of UK households had at least one dog. But while our canine friends can make the perfect walking companions, what should you do if your dog is or is being attacked by another dog, and what are your rights in this situation?
According to the government, it’s against the law to let your dog get dangerous or out of control anywhere, e.g. B. in a public place, private, like in a garden or a house or even in its owner’s house and this applies to all dogs. A dog is considered “dangerously out of control” if it hurts someone or causes someone to fear that they might hurt them
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If a dog attacks another person’s pet, or a pet owner fears being injured if they try to intervene to stop your dog from attacking their pet, a court could rule that your dog is dangerously out of control. It’s also worth noting that a farmer has every right to kill your dog if he’s troubling his livestock.
Penalties for a dangerously runaway dog include unlimited fines, six months in prison, or even both. If so, you may not be allowed to own a dog in the future, and your dog could be destroyed. If you allow your dog to hurt someone, you can be jailed for up to five years, or fined, or both.
Dog owners who allow their dogs to kill someone can face up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine, or both, and those who allow their dogs to harm a service dog can face up to three years in prison, or both. Meanwhile, UK law bans people from owning certain dogs, including pit bull terriers, Japanese Tosas, Dogo Argentinos and Fila Brasileiro dogs, with a ban on selling, giving away, giving away or breeding banned dogs.
The veterinary charity PDSA says there are clear signs of aggression in dogs, such as growling, snarling, snapping, snarling and lunging. They advise dog owners to ask another owner before you or your pet interacts with their pet and to monitor the situation.
Your advice if your dog is attacked is don’t panic, don’t try to separate the dogs yourself, try to distract the other dog from a distance, call your dog away, report the incident to the police by You call 911 and report him to your council’s dog warden. You should also get the contact details of the owner and any witnesses, take a photo of the other dog if you can and a photo of your dog’s injuries, and check that the owner has liability insurance for their dog.
Of course, her advice also includes going to the vet, even if the injuries appear superficial.
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If your dog attacks another dog, the advice is again: stay calm, distract your dog from afar, try to get him back on the leash, but be careful not to hurt yourself and die Charity also points out that a slide line can be safer. Meanwhile, they also advise taking measures to avoid similar incidents in the future, such as: B. Asking your veterinarian if there is a medical reason and working with an accredited behaviorist if necessary.
They say it’s a good idea to muzzle draft dogs anyway, adding that if your dog is aggressive, a basket muzzle in public, as well as adjustments to the times you walk your dog, may be necessary . Top tips for avoiding dog aggression include socializing dogs, training them with positive, reward-based training, using leashes in unfamiliar places, being mindful of other dogs, and being on the lookout for signs of aggression. More information on the law can be found on the government website hereand for advice on what to do in such situations, visit the PDSA’s website here.