Nearly a quarter of a million dogs show aggression towards people every week, according to a new study.
The latest PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report showed that as well as nearly 250,000 dogs acting aggressively towards people each week, over 600,000 dogs are showing aggression towards other pets.
Official statistics published last year showed that hospital admissions for injuries caused by dogs had risen by 76 per cent in England in a decade.
Only last month a Staffordshire bull terrier attacked more than a dozen children at a park in Northumberland, a 45 year man was killed by a dog in Cumbria and a 10 year old boy, was set upon by an Akita while out walking in St Albans.
David Ryan, a certified clinical canine behaviourist, will be sharing insights about dog on dog aggression and dog to human aggression at his forthcoming seminar in Tring entitled ‘Dogs that Bite & Fight’.
David says: ”The problem of dogs biting people and fighting other dogs is getting worse. Every year the NHS dog bite figures increase, court cases for dangerous dogs are at an all-time high, the government is still failing to tackle the issue of “status dogs”, postal and other delivery workers and assistance dog users are demanding protection.
“Behaviourists’ like me have case-loads full of biters and fighters. No sensible person wants their dog to bite them, anybody else or to fight with other dogs.”