This week the RSPCA’s Dog Welfare Specialist, Dr Sam Gaines, joins Anna to discuss the latest on Breed Specific Legislation. Following a recent debate in Parliament prompted by a petition urging for reform as the 30th Anniversary of the Dangerous Dogs Act (1991) approached on August 12th. We discuss that as a ‘nation of animal lovers’ the UK is behind other countries in its approach to dogs and public safety. The banning of four breeds: the Pitbull, the Japanese Tosa, the Fila Brasiliero, and Dogo Argentino has not worked with dog bites rising year on year. We discuss other approaches not least education, bringing back dog licences, new bylaws that would be in the public’s safety. We chat about the potential of an independent review and study to ascertain whether certain breeds are more ‘dangerous’ than other breeds or cross breeds. If the independent review concludes there is insufficient evidence to support the Governments position on BSL, the hope is this aspect would have to be revised.
What's in a word? We communicate through speech, but dogs rely on body language, and minute facial expressions to get the meaning of 'words'. Dogs are great at reading us, but do we spend enough time learning to 'speak dog'?
A DOG'S LIFE with Anna Webb. Jo Good joins Anna for a stroll down memory lane as The Barking Blondes
Broadcaster, Jo Good, joins Anna for a rare chat about the ‘Barking Blondes”. Skipping down memory lane with Matilda, Molly, Mr Binks, and Prudence reminiscing about Barking at the Moon, The Titchmarsh Show, Crufts and other TV, their signatory book and many Radio adventures, not least creating the only radio show for dogs that’s aired on BBC Radio London for 11 years.
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Adapting to the changing climate of the Pandemic, the great 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme was brilliant to help lockdown puppies get socialising and learn doggy dining etiquette