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Dangerous Dogs Awareness Training

Dangerous Dogs Awareness


Course Background

We may have an inherent fear of dogs; we freeze when a strange dog approaches, we simply do not know what action to take. On most occasions the dog may pose no harm, but are there certain things that we can do to avoid a frightening encounter? This one hour dangerous dogs awareness training session is designed to provide staff who may come into contact with aggressive dogs with the necessary skills to keep themselves safe.


The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, defines the fundamental structure and authority for the encouragement, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare within the United Kingdom. Section 2 states that “It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his/her employees”.

Provision of such information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of his employees. If as a result of the nature of work, staff could reasonably come into contact with a dangerous dog, staff should recieve appropriate training with regards to what actions they should take to make themselves safe.

Section 1, Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 was introduced by the UK Government as a direct result of a sudden increase in the number of fatal incidents resulting from attacks by dogs. The Act sought to impose specific bans (or in exceptional circumstances certain conditions) on four breeds of dog. The dogs were identified as; Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa, Fila Braziliero and the American Pit Bull Terrier

On 13 March 2014, The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, Part 7 Dangerous Dogs – Keeping dogs under proper control, created a further offence in respect of keeping dogs under proper control in a public and private place.

Dangerous Dogs Awareness Session Objectives : 

  • Actions to take when confronted by a dog you don’t know
  • The Dangerous Dogs Act,1991
  • When is a dog safe to approach
  • Should I interact with a service users dog
  • Do I look directly at the dog or should I look away
  • Should I appear confident and unfazed, or should I retreat slowly away from an aggressive dog
  • What items can be used to keep me safe if an aggressive dog approaches me
  • What new powers do individuals/organisation hold with regard to The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014
  • What are the new responsibilities for all dog owners
  • What should I do if a dog bites me

Who can benefit from this training?

Hostel and housing staff, social workers, health workers, estate agents, probation workers, postal staff, mental health support workers, youth workers, carers … anyone!

 Dave Conway
Dave Conway

The Trainer:

Dave Conway has worked with dogs almost all his working life. Retiring from South Wales Police in January 2013, he completed over 24 years as a member of the Police Dog Section with responsibilities for handling both general purpose dogs (German Shepherds etc.) and specialist search dogs in operational environments.

In 2008, Dave qualified as a Dog Legislation Officer and was involved in the identification and seizure of prohibited breeds as well as dealing with dogs with behavioural problems and assisting major crime enquiries regarding the identification and temperament assessment of dogs.

Dave spent the last thirteen years of his service as a full time instructor at the Regional Police Dog Training School.



1998 Home Office Instructor – General Purpose and Drugs dogs 2000 Home Office Instructor
Explosive Search dogs 2008 Dog Legislation Officer (Dangerous Dogs) 2009
Instructor Animal Control Shield 2009
Law Enforcement K9 US and Canada 2011 Institute of Leadership and Management – Trainer Skills for First Line Management

Dave continues his passion and interest of working with dogs presently operating as a search dog handler and trainer, working at several high profile venues throughout the UK.

Dangerous Dogs Awareness Session



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