#BSLbytes 15

Posted by Chantelle Mackney on

The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association identified seven controllable factors associated with fatal dog attacks (breed was not one of them). We are discussing each of these factors over a two-week period as as part of our #BSLbytes initiative.

Factor #1 – lack of supervision (see Tuesday’s post!)
Factor #2 – lack of familiar relationship between the victim and the dog (Wednesday)
Factor #3 – failure to spay/neuter (Thursday)
Factor #4 – victim had a compromised ability to manage interaction (Saturday)

Factor #5 - dog was kept as a resident, not family, dog

In 76% of cases, dogs were kept as resident dogs rather than as family pets. A resident dog is defined as one that is isolated from regular, positive human interactions. When not afforded the opportunity for these interactions, a dog may be more likely to behave defensively in situations they perceive as stressful or threatening.

Dogs are predisposed to form attachments with people and we have an obligation to provide for their psychological and social needs as well as their physical ones. Effective animal control laws will regulate elements like chaining, tethering, isolation, and general welfare, recognizing that by addressing these risk factors, we may eliminate aggressive behaviour down the road. Outreach programs like Beyond Fences can also play a role by working collaboratively with owners to improve the quality of life of dogs in their community.

#endBSL #notoBill128 #Canada150 #BSLbytes
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Source and further reading:

http://avmajournals.avma.org/doi/abs/10.2460/javma.243.12.1726

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2016/05/in_an_excerpt_from_pit_bull_bronwen_dickey_explains_how_unchaining_dogs.html

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For background on the #BSLbytes campaign visit the HugABull blog: http://blog.hugabull.com/take-a-byte-out-of-bsl
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