Fear of dogs has grown in a decade
6:20pm Thursday 8th August 2013 in News
ONE in five British people is more frightened of dogs now than they were 10 years ago, according to a survey by animal trainers The Company of Animals.
The survey coincides with the launch of public consultation regarding tougher sentences for owners of dangerous dogs.
Of the 1,035 people asked, 71 per cent said they were nervous around dogs they don’t know, and 21 per cent are more frightened now than they were 10 years ago.
Three quarters of people questioned said that use of a muzzle is a sign of a responsible ownership and that the dog is wearing it for a reason.
Company of Animals founder and animal psychologist, Dr Roger Mugford said: “While I welcome a period of public consultation prior to any change being made to the Dangerous Dogs Act, I do believe that more must be done to help solve the problems of poor dog control.
“We must get to the roots of the issue by educating owners before incidents occur – otherwise we will not see any change.”
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