Is aggression in dogs is completely genetic? Or does human society play a part?
The Dangerous Dogs Act (1991) was introduced by the Government in response to incidents of serious injury or death resulting from attacks by aggressive and uncontrolled dogs, especially on children.
This meeting will look at the Dangerous Dog Act and the question of nature vs nurture – is there a difference in the psychology and effects of genetics of dogs and humans, two similarly social animals whose lives have been intertwined for thousands of years? And should experts in both animal sciences and human behavioural sciences compare notes to see if there is a link between the two?
It will cover topics including the social bonding consequences of being 'man's best friend' in the modern age, when people are at risk and when animals are at risk. It will also highlight the overlap between the protection of children from aggressive animals and animal protection from humans.
This meeting will be of interest if you in animal care and work with those who come across violent people and aggressive dogs. General Practitioners in human and veterinary practice will also gain insights to expand the evidence used to make everyday decisions, as well as accident and emergency staff, social services and all those working in child and animal abuse protection.
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