Apart from being obvious, the findings of research done by the PDSA, which shows that dogs which have not been obedience-trained and socialised at a young age grow up to be a nuisance to all, could equally well be focused on the children it thinks should be taught at school how to be good owners ("Owners urged to train dogs", The Herald, November 8).
I would argue that school teachers have enough to do teaching rather more important skills.
It would be interesting to substitute the word "children" for "dogs" in the final paragraph of Ellen Thomas's article: "The charity's research warns that the primary cause of the anti-social behaviour is a lack of socialisation and obedience training when the dogs are young"
Although it took longer, I think I was more successful with my children than with my current Jack Russell.
Joyce Hunter Blair,
33 Main Street,
Stewartry of Kirkcudbright. Kirkcudbirhgshire.
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