Owners have to take the lead and be responsible for dogs

Owners have to take the lead and be responsible for dogs

“HE won’t damage her”, “He enjoys kids”, “He’s just getting friendly”

These are all typical statements you will hear from pet dog proprietors as their pet bounds, unleashed, to sniff and interact with you or your boy or girl.

These statements could possibly be genuine, but it irks me that proprietors never realise that other people may possibly not care for the improvements of their purportedly friendly puppy. Or could be downright frightened following destructive encounters in the past.

There has been a large amount of dialogue about pet dogs subsequent an assault on a youthful boy in Wexford last week.

Persons shared their stories on the radio of assaults by animals that resulted in dismembered fingers or reconstructive surgical treatment.

I was surprised to examine that cervical cancer campaigner, Stephen Teap, is the survivor of a rottweiler attack demanding 100 stitches, and how hard it was for him to navigate life in the several years just after such an assault. It is challenging to have a fear of dogs in a earth total of them.

Puppies Belief Ireland documented that in 2020 there ended up 320 people hospitalised due to puppy bites. Vicious attacks resulting in existence-modifying accidents are one close of the spectrum but there are a good deal of extra slight, but continue to upsetting, incidents that don’t get recorded as stats.

I was bitten by a doggy at secondary faculty in the middle of a recreation of rounders. The canine wandered into our playing fields and was psyched by the scene of women managing and balls flying. It is a purely natural intuition for dogs to chase any animal that runs away from them. And as us schoolgirls ran from the dog, he bit me in the calf.

A quick journey to the Mercy Medical center sorted me out, and when I avoided stitches and only required a tetanus injection, I gained a wariness of pet dogs just from this slight function.

In far more modern a long time, a pre-school pal of my daughters was knocked off her feet by a substantial canine functioning no cost all around The Lough. The large pet ran at the three-calendar year-aged from behind. There was nothing at all sinister in his technique, but in his enthusiasm at his independence from the leash, the child was upended and banged her head on the concrete.

The dog operator, in a fluster, threw all over trite apologies, the dog “didn’t suggest it”, he was just being “friendly” and he “loved kids”. The operator then presented the crying little one a doggy handle by way of convenience, which needless to say only extra insult to personal injury.

The operator of the exuberant puppy ought to rather have apologised by acknowledging her failure to maintain her pet below handle. She was lucky the kid wasn’t seriously wounded, as we saw final week, innocent victims can experience existence-very long repercussions since of irresponsible or reckless house owners.

The owner really should have said, ‘I’m actually sorry, I should have experienced him on a guide, I shed handle of him, I won’t go away him off his guide again’.

It has been mentioned right before but it bears repeating – there are no regulations for pet dogs, there are laws for pet homeowners. The essentials are – puppies must be on a lead in a public put, owners need to have a licence, and canine need to use a collar with the identify and deal with of the proprietor. Given that 2016, all dogs ought to be microchipped.

The owners of certain ‘ban dog’ breeds like rottweilers, bull terriers and pitbulls have to make certain that their animals are securely muzzled and on a powerful leash not additional than two metres in duration when in a public put.

Even some house owners who do hold their canine on a leash in general public spots seem to be so besotted by their canine companion that they are oblivious to other individuals.

Only the other working day, I noticed a girl walking her canine along a footpath with the leash thoroughly prolonged, blocking the way of my five-yr-outdated. The operator was focussed on her beloved pet dog and my little one was pressured to step out on to the highway as the puppy and operator passed.

The deficiency of thing to consider by some proprietors extends to pet fouling and nuisance barking. Just like the rules of holding a dog on a leash, proprietors are necessary by law to obtain their animal’s poop and dispose of it in a hygienic manner – selecting it up in a plastic bag and then flinging the bag into a nearby hedgerow, wherever it hangs like the most disgusting Xmas bauble, does not depend.

Of course, there are lots of lovable puppies and attentive and accountable house owners out there, and I recognise the love and friendship a dog can carry to a house. It’s stunning how young children can acquire a deep affection for their doggy buddies and get so much from a pet.

The pet pester electrical power is solid in our household, but I’m resisting fiercely. The obligation, function and continual choosing up the poo are all key factors for declaring no to a puppy.

Previous week, I heard a horrifying tale from a good friend living in Dublin which strengthened my ‘no dog in my house’ conviction. My friend relented to her kids’ pet pester energy virtually a year ago. There have been highs and lows, the small children are deeply in adore, but my pal is the one who has to wash the pet when it returns from an amble in the park with its whiskers, and at times paws, coated in human poo!

My mate lately put the pet on a diet program and it inexplicably designed an hunger for human poo, which it sniffs out in their nearby park.

My good friend is despairing at this new disgusting character trait of her pet dog and I was sympathetic to her plight. The option is distinct, nevertheless, and is the mantra that all pet dog owners should really live by – hold your doggy on a leash.