£1,200 spent on how to deal with angry dogs

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More than £1,000 has been spent teaching South Ribble Council staff how to deal with angry dogs.

New figures show how the Leyland-based local authority splashed out £1,200 so that 14 of its dog wardens could attend a course which taught them how to spot an angry dog.

The cash-strapped council has revealed the details of all its expenditure over £500.

The course, entitled Understanding Canine Aggression, at Myerscough College, included an introduction entitled ‘what is an aggressive dog’, and went on to guide the wardens on reading a dog’s body language.

The cost also included a section where wardens observed hounds interacting with each other and with people during the two-day course.

The course has been designed specifically for wardens from local authorities and finishes by teaching the handlers how to integrate pets back into society.

The council’s dog warden can often be called upon to deal with aggressive dogs.

In one incident last year, a Rottweiler escaped from a house and set upon a Yorkshire Terrier on Towngate, killing it.

Coun Jim Hothersall, cabinet member for neighbourhood services, said: “As part of a restructure last year, canine welfare was transferred from Environmental Health to Neighbourhood Services.

“A number of roles were merged to create teams of employees who carry out a multi-functional role. A total of 14 employees were sent on this training course to learn this element of the job.

“The course taught them the relevant legislation and gave them training in dog handling and understanding aggressive behaviour in dogs.”

A spokesperson for Myerscough College said: “The Canine Aggression course is one of many bespoke courses that the college delivers in the area of animal welfare, animal health and animal behaviour.

“The Canine Aggression course is very much geared to the needs of local authority dog wardens and their health, safety and professional development.

“We run the course quite regularly and have wardens from local authorities across the UK.”