DOGS are not only known to bite people but also to jump from fences, run on the pavement, and attack people, the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has revealed.
In a report published on Thursday, the RVC said dogs in Britain have been known to kill a man who had tried to protect his dog from a thief.
The man, who was not named, was attacked by a dog in a car park in south London on April 6.
It is not known how long the man was hit by the dog or whether the dog attacked him again.
The RVC, which is responsible for issuing licences for the care and breeding of UK-bred dogs, said it was concerned that the number of dog attacks had dropped.
The most common attacks reported in England and Wales were by dogs in residential areas, while those in rural areas were more common, with a fifth of attacks taking place in rural and suburban areas, it said.
In England and the Channel Islands, where the number was more common than anywhere else, a third of attacks took place in urban areas.
The most frequent attacks were in parks, gardens, swimming pools and golf courses, where dogs were also more likely to attack people.
The report also said a recent study found that dogs were responsible for almost half of all dog attacks in the country, up from 23% in 2011.
“In our experience, it is very difficult to prove an association between the number and the incidence of dog bites,” it said, adding that it was “highly likely” that the “predominant cause” for dog attacks was the same as for any other condition.
RVC chairman Simon Davies said the study showed dogs were “not the only cause of dog bite injuries”, adding: “If you are going to have a dog attack you need to make sure that your dog is trained properly.”
The RVA has also published a list of top 10 most dangerous dog breeds in the world.
Dog bite injury numbers have also increased since the report was published.
For example, in 2014, a dog bite to the face or neck accounted for more than half of the fatalities in England.
However, in 2015, a similar number of dogs were involved in fatal dog attacks, which increased to 57 deaths.
Davies said: “We are concerned that dog bites in England have continued to increase and, in particular, there are signs of a reduction in the number reported, but there is no evidence that the current level of dog biting injuries is significantly different to the level of fatalities that occurred during the early 2000s.”‘
More dangerous’ than ‘dog whisperers’In the UK, dogs can be controlled by harness or other methods.
There are strict rules about the training of a dog, including its size, age and breed.
Dog breeders must be licensed by the RVA and have at least 10 years experience of training dogs.
If they do not, they face a fine of up to £5,000 or up to four years in prison.
Some breeders also have a licence for dog breeding, but only if they are willing to take part in a dog agility course.
The number of people bitten by dogs has fallen in recent years, but a new study from the RVRC said the problem was still too prevalent.
Experts say the majority of dog-bite incidents in England are not reported, even though dogs are the target of attacks more often than people.
While the RVS report said the number fell by nearly half between 2015 and 2016, the number still jumped by 1,049 in the three months to March this year, according to data from the Office for National Statistics.
More than half the dog bite victims died, with two people dying in each of the previous six months, the report said.
A spokesman for the RVO said: “The number one cause of death from dog bites is being bitten by a person.”