According to a news report in the Daily Mail, attack dogs such as bull terriers are responsible for almost an attack a week on guide dogs in the UK.
The Guide Dogs charity have put forward the idea that microchipping all dogs would encourage a more responsible attitude from owners as it would be possible to trace and prosecute them.
In one successful prosecution, a London dog owner whose dog attacked a guide dog was was banned from keeping dogs for ten years, sentenced to a three month suspended jail sentence, ordered to do 150 hours community service, pay £1200 compensation to the Guide Dogs for the Blind plus £500 to the owner of the guide dog which suffered the attack.
David Blunkett the former cabinet minister and one of Britain’s most high profile guide dog owners has said that the UK’s dog laws are not protecting guide dogs well enough. The problem of attacks on guide dogs is compounded by the fact that the guide dog owner cannot see how injured their guide dog is.
So, if you’re not sure which degree to study at university, you can now get a B.Sc (Bachelor of Science) degree from Chester University in “Canine Assistance”!
According to Civil Society…
Guide Dogs for the Blind has launched a three-year foundation degree course for its employees.
The creation of the Canine Assistance: Client and Dog Partnership degree concludes a four year programme to reform the organisation’s approach to professional training.
The course, which is accredited by Chester University, takes a ‘building blocks’ approach and allows employers to take modules relevant to their current job role.
Those interested in moving into different roles can take additional modules, while gaining credit for their existing knowledge.
Trainers on the course can also advance to a full Bachelor of Science degree.
Beverley Aylott, head of employment at Guide Dogs, said: “The degree will involve a varied selection of modules which explore dog care and welfare, dog breeding and stock management, re-homing, teaching and training adults as well as modules that explore implications of sight loss in people and the Guide Dogs partnership”.
The programme will be run from the Guide Dog Training Schools in Leamington, Forfar, Atherton and London.
Goodness. I guess that’s Chemisty, Biology and Physics out the window!