PET charity Blue Cross is attempting to change the stereotypical image of bull breeds by encouraging responsible dog ownership from young people.

Tackling the problem of 'status' dogs such as the Staffie, and anti-social behaviour from a young age, has seen Marion Jones, education officer, journey across the country with a recent stopover in Hounslow to run a RespectaBULL workshop.

With her non-status pug Bert in tow, Ms Jones arrived at the Hanworth Centre last Wednesday (March 6, and discussed the legal issues surrounding dog ownership and animal welfare, as well as sparking debate using hard-hitting imagery and videos.

Ms Jones said: “Sadly, there are often misconceptions surrounding young dog owners, which are reinforced by a minority of people who have dogs for the wrong reasons. We hope by getting young people thinking about the responsible ownership and welfare of their pets, we will be able to make a positive difference to the reputation of certain types of dog owners and the breeds they choose who currently get a lot of negative publicity.

“Dog ownership issues are relevant to a lot of young people and we always get some lively discussions going. We’ve had lots fantastic feedback for the RespectaBULL talks and often hear that discussion continues after we’ve gone.”

The free education talks target schools, youth groups, probation units and prisons. Blue Cross sees educating the dog owners of the future through programmes like RespectaBULL as a vital step forward.

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