Focus on dogs
In this activity, young people will begin to think about the consequences of having a dog that you encourage to be aggressive. The activity concentrates on the consequences of dog fighting, with a focus on informal fighting between dogs. It examines the impact of the fight on the dog itself.
Young people will:
- explore what the consequences might be of having an aggressive dog
- understand that dogs can cause serious injuries to animals, including other dogs
- understand that dog fighting can be organised or spontaneous
- know that dogs that have been attacked by other dogs or involved in either formal or informal dog
- fights can sustain serious, painful and even fatal injuries
- understand that it is essential for your dog to go to the vet if he/she has been bitten by another dog, otherwise your dog could suffer and could even die of an infection
- understand that any involvement in dog fighting is against the law and allowing your dog to harm another animal is an animal cruelty offence. These could result in prosecution, a fine and a possible prison sentence
- understand that dog attacks can be caused by any type or breed of dog ¿ not just banned types like pit bull terriers
- learn that the owner of a dog is responsible for that dog¿s behaviour. If their dog attacks another dog or a person, it is the owner¿s fault.
Number of participants: You can run this activity with an individual or in a small group.
How long it will take: This activity will take approximately 45 minutes to complete in full. You do not have to complete every activity.
Included in this guide:
- Activity sheets
- Fact sheets