Following the call to introduce tougher legislative measures against dog owners after a recent spate of dog attacks on young children and community service providers, professional dog behaviour trainers are urging the public to understand the importance of—and practise—responsible pet ownership to help prevent further incidents from occurring.
“Dogs are often blamed for their aggressive and disruptive behaviours but they’re mostly a creation of their living environment, especially if the required instructions to manage boundaries, rules, and social interaction have not been put in place,” DogSmart Australia director Olga Hromow said.
“I believe that it’s vital to promote responsible pet ownership, which is the key to creating a safer environment for dogs and the community at large.
“Everyone in the household plays an important role in the care and wellbeing of their pets. For this reason, I make it a priority to instruct all household members on the rudiments of instinctive dog behaviour and the importance of socialising their dog from an early age or as soon as possible.”
This includes teaching dog owners and carers competent leadership, handling skills and safety principles in any form of interaction, and how to establish and maintain a safe, calm and well-managed environment for the dog.
Additionally, prevention strategies are prioritised in the training process to counter potential dog attacks and how to identify the triggers that create them.
“What concerns me is how dogs are behaving more aggressively and how vulnerable children and adults have become,” Hromow added. “It’s easy to blame it on the perceived lack of legislation but dog owners need to remain apprised of the required legislated duties and responsibilities.
“Professional dog training provides many untold benefits. We owe it to our children and the public to create a safe, loving and harmonious environment for all pets.”