Mil­lions of dogs are ’sim­ply out of con­trol’

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

Amanda Bar­rie, ac­tress Wal­ter Koenig, ac­tor, Sam Neill, ac­tor, Mary Crosby, ac­tress, Morten Har­ket, singer

Kim­berly Wil­liams, ac­tress, An­drew Lin­coln, ac­tor, Tinchy Stry­der, rap­per, WHILE ab­so­lutely con­demn­ing the per­son who put up the warn­ing signs for dog own­ers at Long­wood, as one who finds the be­hav­iour of dogs and their own­ers to fall very short of rea­son­able, I do un­der­stand why he or she has been driven to do it.

Ac­cord­ing to the Pet Food Man­u­fac­turer’s Or­gan­i­sa­tion there are cur­rently 9,000,000 dogs in our coun­try, the vast ma­jor­ity of which are house­hold pets.

I have looked ex­ten­sively on­line to find the num­ber of these an­i­mals which have un­der­gone any for­mal train­ing.

I only man­aged to find one ex­am­ple and it es­ti­mated less than 30%. This means there are at least 6,300,000 dogs which are ef­fec­tively out of con­trol.

My own ex­pe­ri­ence of own­ers shout­ing at their pets to ab­so­lutely no avail would tend to sup­port this statis­tic.

In­deed, only once in years of walk­ing this green and, sadly, in­creas­ingly un­pleas­ant land, have I seen a dog re­spond im­me­di­ately to its owner’s com­mand and it was a joy to be­hold.

So, while I ac­cept the per­son re­spon­si­ble for the signs has erred se­ri­ously, dog own­ers must look at them­selves to find the rea­son why. Septem­ber about more “places to go.”

As a can­cer suf­ferer I have a spe­cial card pro­duced by Macmil­lan Can­cer Care, which I can use in shops etc to get dis­creet at­ten­tion.

This has al­ways worked well un­til this week when I was in Hud­der­s­field and I had to go to six “out­lets” be­fore I could find one with ac­ces­si­ble toi­lets.

Ap­par­ently if you want to go in the cen­tre of Hud­der­s­field you have to ei­ther don climb­ing gear or min­ing gear as the shop toi­lets are ei­ther in the top or base­ment of the premises.

Even the staff told me that they have to go be­fore they have to go!

Keep hang­ing on.

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