Since the enormous changes within England and Wales of the Dangerous Dogs Act came into effect from 13th May 2014, the law now states that ‘A dog doesn’t have to bite to be deemed dangerous in the eyes of the law’.
The new legislation now covers private homes as well as public places, so the most important point to consider is how to keep unexpected visitors or delivery drivers safe on your property.
YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT ANY VISITOR CAN SAFELY ACCESS YOUR FRONT DOOR WITHOUT ENCOUNTERING YOUR DOG.
What you may consider as your dog being friendly someone else may see it as threatening behaviour; For example, your dog being friendly by jumping up at visitors.
You need to make sure that any visitor can safely access your front door without encountering your dog.
We therefore recommend:
- our sign positioned at your front gate,
- a postbox near the sign,
- and a wired / wireless doorbell be positioned next to the sign.
This would at the least allow you to argue that you took adequate precautions to prevent people entering your garden.
It can be argued that this new law has yet to be tested and no sign will stand up in court, however, Benjamin Franklin once quoted
AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION IS WORTH A POUND OF CURE.
Signs For Your Home – £14.95
Made from strong plastic with rounded edges. Size of sign 20cm x 30cm x 3mm
*GBP 2.95 Extra for Postage.