Monday, March 14, 2011

Don't Make Excuses. Seek Help.

A DOG behaviour specialist has urged residents with aggressive or vicious dogs to seek help.

Steve Courtney, from K9 Pro, a professional service which provides canine advice and training, said the best way to resolve aggression and fear issues in dogs was to seek advice.

His comments followed an horrific attack on a 16-month-old boy at a park near his home in Macquarie Fields.

The boy suffered wounds to his legs and back when the alaskan malamute attacked him at 7.30pm on March 7. He is recovering in Sydney Children’s Hospital.

The owner of the dog, a 40-year-old man, of Macquarie Fields, was charged with three offences including owning an attacking dog.

He will appear in Campbelltown Court on April 20. The dog was destroyed the day after the incident.

Mr Courtney, a nationally accredited canine behaviour specialist, dog obedience trainer and law enforcement dog trainer, could not comment on the Macquarie Fields incident but said dogs, in general, could become aggressive in different situations.

“One reason dogs can become aggressive is because they have poor socialisation,” he said.

“People aren’t spending enough time with their dogs and this causes frustration for the dog. Put these two factors together and it can lead to aggressive behaviour.”

Mr Courtney said the best way to stop a dog attack was not to grab them by the head.

“The normal reaction is to grab the dog by the head, and this can lead to the dog turning on the person trying to help,” he said.

“Grab the back legs instead. It is the least risk to you and it is the most effective way to stop a fight.” Between October and December 2010, seven dog attacks were reported to Campbelltown Council, six reported to Camden Council and 24 reported to Wollondilly Council.

Source: Macarthur Chronicle.


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