The British Horse Society (BHS) is holding a puppy socialisation clinic on Friday 20 September near Banbury, Warwickshire, where owners can bring along their young dogs to meet a variety of livestock. 

The number of dangerous dog attacks on people and animals has been steadily on the rise. This year, new legislation has been brought in regarding animal-on-animal attacks.

"Our horse accident website was launched in November 2010 and includes reports of dangerous dog incidents," said the BHS's Sheila Hardy. "Since that time, we have had somewhere in the region of 550 incidents involving dogs attacking horses reported. These went through to the police and enabled them to help get laws changed."

At the clinics, puppies are introduced to horses, sheep, goats and poultry. The aim is to reduce the number of dog attacks on livestock by ensuring their first experience with livestock is a positive one.

PC Keith Evans, dog legislation officer at West Midlands Police, said: "We need to get people to introduce a range of different animals to their puppies at the earliest age possible in a nice, calm, friendly manner. The dogs should be fed treats when they see the animals, it should be a light-hearted association and kept short and sweet so the dog doesn't have time to stress."

Puppies must be under five months old to take part in the clinic. Places for the upcoming event in Banbury are limited on a first come first served basis and can be booked by contacting the safety team via email: s.hardy@bhs.org.uk

More information about the clinics can be found at on the Horse Accident website:  http://www.horseaccidents.org.uk/Advice_and_Prevention/Recent_Updates.aspx?_cldee=YS5jb2xlbWFuQGJocy5vcmcudWs%3d