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#BSLbytes #112: The Story of Fudge

Posted by Chantelle Mackney on

"Fudge was just five-months-old when he was destroyed. His owner, Carole from Liverpool, had rescued him at just six-weeks-old and had no idea he might one day be suspected to be a prohibited type.But a neighbour, who thought he resembled a pit-bull, reported Fudge to the police.Carole was not aware that she could challenge the ruling and apply to have Fudge exempted by applying as a responsible owner. This would have meant Fudge could live, although under restrictions such as being muzzled and on the lead at all times when out of the house.Carole has said: 'BSL was something I...

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#BSLbytes #113: International Association of Canine Professionals

Posted by Chantelle Mackney on

Breed specific legislation is not evidence-based and lacks support by reputable academic and professional groups. We will be talking about some of these groups as part of our #BSLbytes campaign. The International Association of Canine Professionals​ is dedicated to the education, development, and support of dog training professionals world-wide. Their position statement on breed-specific legislation “strongly opposes legislation which discriminates against dogs and their owners by labeling certain dogs as ‘dangerous’ or ‘vicious’ based on breed or phenotype. “Breed or breed type is only one factor which determines an individual dog’s temperament. Many other factors also influence behavior. In the...

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#BSLbytes #114: Decoding Fake News Part 1

Posted by Chantelle Mackney on

Have you ever been confronted by someone who claims something outrageous like “75% of serious dog attacks are by ‘pit bulls’”? Then they’ll point to a “study” reporting this, as if that settles the issue.NOPE.That's a big NOPE. And we have a series of #BSLbytes lined up to help you understand why. You probably know that not all “studies” are created equal. Anyone can publish a “study” using Google research, or their friends list as a survey audience. If you want to go a step further, there are even fake journals, some with official-sounding titles, that will “publish” your study...

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#BSLbytes #115: Decoding Fake News Part 2

Posted by Chantelle Mackney on

Remember all the NOPE we discussed in BSLbyte #114 – specifically, those studies that say things like “75% of serious dog attacks are by pit bulls"?Today we’re going to talk about something called a literature review. Keep reading! It’s not boring, we promise, and we'll point you towards a study that may be the only citation you need next time you find yourself in a conversation about breed and bites.--A single study should always be taken with a grain of salt, even when it’s a well-constructed study and published in a proper journal. A study can be legit but still come...

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#BSLbytes #116: Decoding Fake News Part 3

Posted by Chantelle Mackney on

Have you been following our tips for decoding fake news and generally being a smart person? Great! Then here's a POP QUIZ! What do coin tosses have to do with dog bites? (Scroll down for the answer).---If you read #BSLbyte #116, we described how chance can influence the outcome of research studies. We used this example: if 50 experimenters flipped a coin 100 times, most of them would get around 50/50 heads and tails. But some would get 70/30 or an even more dramatic ratio.That's one way a study can come out with dramatic and unexpected results - pure chance....

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