Electric Shock Collar: Government Update

Let’s imagine that I was training your dog’s unruly behaviour and I suggested the use of an electric shock collar, would you be happy?  According to a recent  survey conducted by the Kennel club 73% of us would disagree. Surprisingly it seems that the Scottish Government is now actually promoting or at least condoning the use of electric shock to train dogs.

This issue has recently been debated by the Scottish Government following pressure from many animal welfare groups. Their conclusion? Ignore the request for a ban and instead regulating the sale of electric shock collars and introducing a new qualification to promote the use of these collars on dogs. This decision was made shortly after the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, announced the government’s intention of increasing the sentencing guidelines for animal cruelty from 6 months to 5 years.

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My Visit to Parliament – Dog Theft Awareness Day

As I was drinking my now-cold cappuccino at my local coffee shop early in the morning, an email notification popped up on the bottom right hand corner of my screen. An invitation to Parliament to discuss the rise in dog theft across the UK. Despite my initial excitement at the thought of going to Parliament, my heart sank a little at the prospect that dog theft has now become a national concern.

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Crufts 9th – 12th March

Crufts – one of the largest dog events in the world is only around the corner. Time sure flies!

I’m pleased to say I’ll be there with Doglaw at Stand 80 in Hall 3 promoting our Doglaw seminars on dog legislation and responsible ownership. It’s a great opportunity to meet with professionals and dog owners alike as it applies to everyone with a four legged friend. In any spare time I do have, I might even be a little ambitious and handle a dog around the ring!

Anyone else tagging along? I look forward to meeting you there!