Now, this suggestion may or may not be popular and yes it will not reach everyone but its a proactive start.
How about anyone involved with dogs. All dog trainers, vets, pet shops and behaviourists hand out information and discuss basic dog safety and the dog control act with their clients? It’s easy enough to make up FAQ sheets.
I have just put together a one stop dog safety resource page. Titled: Dog Safety Advice for all (not just kids) most dog bites are preventable.
There are different coloured links to videos, articles & graphics. All information is free to use. All information is copyright so a mention or link to the various authors of the graphics, articles & videos including ZeroBites Dog Training, would be greatly appreciated.
I have been a advocate of dog safety education, including the Dog Control Act for years.
To that end I have been discussing and handing out information on both, to my clients for a very long time.
I’d be interested to hear from any trainer, club, vet who is doing this as well, apart from myself.
We as educators have a opportunity to make a difference and maybe along the way,
prevent someone from getting bitten and save a few dogs, a one way trip to the vet.
We are on the front lines so to speak, we can make a difference! We have the opportunity to be part of the solution, and if we do nothing, are we passively contributing to the problem?
Rescues, SPCA, Plunket and the like, are on the front lines also, they like us, have a great opportunity to educate their clients about dog safety, keeping both dogs and people safe.
It would be good, if we could all in a small way, help turn the tide in 2017 and try to reduce, by education, the number dog bites/ dog attacks in NZ.
Again, hopefully along the way, prevent someone from getting bitten and save a few dogs, a one way trip to the vet.
Another link you maybe interested in reading:
A big “Thumbs Up NZ” for the lack of imagination & foresight and daring to be different. The new proposed dog control laws, leave a lot to be desired.