One dog trainer has said owners should follow his advice to prevent their animals from thrashing, and doing so could save lives.
Former Police Officer Colin Tennant is a former police officer and director of the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behavior and Training.
He says there are hundreds of instances of people walking dogs every week, and sometimes he sees a dog walker with a pack of five or six huskies that he can’t control.
Colin, who is also the chair of the Canine and Feline Behavior Association, shares his recommendation for a safe number of dogs to walk.
“Unless dog walkers and owners are very well trained, which most won’t be, it is not advisable to walk more than four dogs at a time,” he writes in the Sunday Telegraph.
“We always say it depends on the size of the dogs and the breed. What people can decide is amazing.
“I’ve heard of people leaving 20 at a time. The rule I have is that you can only walk the number of dogs you can physically control in an emergency.
“From my point of view, the maximum is generally two.”
Coin has trained and evaluated more than 25,000 dogs and says dogs revert to type when they get out of control and a “pack mentality” kicks in.
Once an attack begins, there is a “fog of aggression” that often results in walkers being bitten if they put their hands down to protect their dog.
He likens this to a bar fight where people lash out as the adrenaline kicks in.
“All dogs react to circumstances and that is natural. It’s not bad or good just the way they are
Domestication doesn’t mean they aren’t wild. It just means we took away the edges.
“They can bite anyone, even someone trying to help, and may decide to target a squad leader.”
It comes as witnesses described how a 28-year-old woman was bitten to death by a pack of dogs in a park.
The victim tried to keep onlookers away as she tried to fend off the animals and there was “no support just her screaming,” they revealed.
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