Potential dangerous dogs what to do?

rspcaI have been brought up by a packs of dogs erm I have had dogs around me all my childhood: my folks, grandparents and friends have always had dogs around them. My uncle has trained police, security and guide dogs and is still one of the most known people in Denmark when it comes to dog training and keeping.

I think from what I have learned over the years from having dogs and from what I have learned speaking to my uncle and see him training, I have a pretty good understanding of how to keep a dog.

I know the sound of a dog having a good old laugh playing with its new toy or mate and I know the sound of a dog when it is about to rip your arm off.

Some of you might have seen our neighbour’s dog, a Staffordshire bull terrier. It has some play mates: two other bigger Staffs.

I have seen the owners of these dogs hitting them when the dogs didn’t walk to heel etc. The way the dogs are are walking around, either on the lead or off, you can see that the way they have been “trained” is with a heavy hand, tail between the legs, ears back and head kept low. The owners just keep shouting and swearing (not that it matters to the dog) at the dogs to get them to come back.

Today they have been running around in the garden and some of the play fights have turned rather nasty. And we then had the kids running around playing along, running about between them. And it is not just one day this is happening, quite often I have heard these fights going on in the garden and seen them.

But, by the sound today, we are just one little step away one of them biting one of the kids. In early spring two of them were playing with a ball with one of the kids. It got a bit rough and I heard the kid cry out in alarm when the two dogs was snapping at each other.

So the main question is: where can we report this? Is there a way to put this on record? As if the worst happens and one kid is missing an arm one afternoon, I would like it that there was a history of what has gone on to prove that they are not fit to keep dogs. Though they do look well fed and kept, if you look away from the hitting.

Update : I have talked to others and they say that I should record this and send to http://www.rspca.org.uk/

Naming a dog

bessieFinding a name for a dog is right up there like finding a name for your kid. We have been talking about a name as long as I have been nagging Peli about getting a dog.

It should be something that is easy to remember, spell, write and above all easy to shout out in the park.

Indy : We both love that name but quite a few people are calling their dog Indy. What about Mr Jones? but that is not good for a girl.
K9 : All I can say is Dr. Who.
woofy : After a little German girl who we spotted in Denmark pointing at a cute dog across the road saying “schönest woofy”
Newt : After the little girl in Aliens.
LEGO : Well what can I say 🙂
Bob : Is the name I fall back on when I can’t remember some ones name and a tribute to Black Adder.
Squirrel : Just because I pissed myself silly when I watch UP. But way to hard to say or shout in the park so it is pretty much off the list before it is on the list.

Newt and K9 are probably the two hardest to shout out. LEGO would be a laugh and you would get some funny looks shouting that in the park.

Ball is also on the list but just because of the funny scene in Bolt. Laika too as a tribute to my old dog by that name.

Then there is Flea, Rusty, Coco. Buy I think Pootle is the winner as that fits to our Peli and woolly pootles we do with our cycling friends.

Training your dog

zitta my dogI have had a fair amount of dogs. Even though I haven’t been old enough to be the main trainer, I have learned a lot about it. What will mess up a dogs head is that one person says that it can be in the bed for example and an other person says it can’t. Though what is worst, if you change your mind everyday, that will truly confuse the dog.

So, some simple rules and stick to them, is the way to go.

It has been around 20 years since I have been the “master/owner”* of a dog, so I’m probably rather rusty.

The families I see around here with dogs clearly haven’t done any discipline or training. I have even seen them hitting their dogs**. Every day I see them walking their dog in a 45° angle, trying not to fall over as the dog is pulling the lead that hard. Or them shouting at the top of their lungs in a vain attempt to gain control of their K9.

I for sure will take up some training when we get our woofy. As there surely will be some helpful hints told at the sessions. Like when you can expect the dog to learn certain things, the best ways to discipline etc. For me it is a better way to learn as I can’t learn from a book. And its a great way to meet other dogs and owners.

And after I have trained our woofy I will would love to walk our dog through this area we live. Just to show them how it is done, walking your dog on heel. Maybe even without a lead as my uncle is very known to do with his dogs, but then again he is a professional dog trainer.

*) though we now have to use companion animals according to this.

**) now that is an other post in it self.