Recent dog attacks highlights need for proper training

Following the death of a 6-year-old boy who was mauled to death by two dogs in Idas Valley, Stellenbosch last week, CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson speaks to Belinda Abraham, communications manager for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA.

When asked why dogs behave in the manner that these two dogs did, Abraham said that it could be that the dogs were not properly trained.

Although there are dogs that are aggressive by nature, a dog that is taught proper commands, basic obedience training and socialised as a puppy, that aggression can be managed, says Abraham.

She says if anyone is choosing to acquire a breed that is prone to aggression, they should put more effort in making sure that the dog is properly trained.

I wouldn't discourage anyone from acquiring a particular breed. We fully believe that aggression can be well managed

Belinda Abraham - Communications, Education & Resource Development Manager at Cape of Good Hope SPCA

Abraham also says that dog bite incidences in children between two to four-years-old are highly prevalent and that is a sign that children don't understand boundaries. She says a child could keep petting the dog even though the dog is showing signs of unhappiness with the petting.

Parents need to be more vigilant when it comes to interactions that occur between children and dogs

The pet owner and the parents are responsible at this point because neither the child nor the animal could control the situation at that point

Belinda Abraham - Communications, Education & Resource Development Manager at Cape of Good Hope SPCA

Listen to the full conversation below:

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