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Defence of dogs symposium

AN IMPORTANT symposium sponsored by James Wellbeloved will be held on Sunday 29th September at the Sports Connexion, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, near Coventry.

James Wellbeloved are so concerned about the increase in the number of prosecutions and the severity of some of the sentences inflicted by the Courts on dogs and their owners that they have agreed to sponsor a National Symosium on thematter.

With the anti-dog campaign growing in momentum across Europe and particularly in the UK, it is becoming more important that all dog owners should have access to information and advice at any time that they may fall foul of the many laws currently being enacted within the UK with regard to dogs. This includes the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act which may be amended at any time now, the 1871 Dog Act which can encompas so many situations and also the various Noise Abatement legislations which is in my place.

It is of paramount importance that every person who instructs in the art of dog training regardless of the discipline involved ie show conformation, obedience, working trials, agility or field trials, should at least be able to give basic advice to any of their club members/clients who fall foul of these aforementioned laws.

Too many owners have been foubd guilty and dogs condemned to death because these owners have not had access to initial sound advice. The laws governing all dog situations have become a specialist subject and the advice from specialist solicitors and barristers becomes essential. The Kennel Club recognises this fact and under their Accreditation Scheme for Instructors in Dog Training and Canine Behaviour, recommends that all Instructors should gain a basic knowledge and understanding of canine law.


Trevor Cooper, leading solicitor in canine law, who has more knowledge and experience in this field probably than anyone else in the UK, will be giving an in-depth paper at this symposium from 9.30am to 12.45pm. Trevor is an advisor to the government, legal bodies and has represented dog owners in British Courts of Law on more occasions than any other solicitor and understands the intricacies involved through defending dog owners and their dogs in hundreds and sometimes complex cases.

Trevor Cooper is aware of the many changes in the UK Canine Law currently under review and will be able to advise on the consequences of such changes particularly those that may affect the 1991 DDA.

Anyone concerned with the welfare and safety of their dogs should not miss the opportunity of listening and taking advice from such an expert in this field.

After lunch the Symposium will take a lighter direction but certainly just as informative when the UK’s leading expert on canine agility competition, Peter Lewis, will give a number of papers on this sport and its development, training dogs to win, course building and judging from novice through to ticket winners. Whether already involved in the sport of agility or just starting out there will be something of interest in Peter’s papers for all the delegates that attending this symposium.

Peter Lewis was one of the first people involved in the sport of agility, wokring with the legendary Peter Meanwell, Fred Welham, Ted Groome, Les Robinson and, of course, John Gilbert and other famousnames too numerous to mention here. In fact it is probably true to say that Peter Lewis was mainly responsible for compiling the Kennel Club’s Rules and Regulations for the sport and for recommending that challenge certificates were introduced in the sport and he is still today a member a Member of the Kennel Club’s Working Trials, Obedience and Agility Committee.

Attendance at this symposium will count towards Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme for Instructors in Dog Training and Canine Behaviour.

Tickets £26 including lunch for this James Wellbeloved Symposium are available from Mike Mullan, chairman and organiser.

Dunsmore Kennels, London Road, Stretton-on-Dunsmore, Warks CV23 9HX. Tel 024 7654 2566. Cheques made payable to J M Mullan, S.A.E. A5 size please!