Millions of us share our home with man's best friend and the vast majority of these relationships are happy and rewarding. Not only do dogs make wonderful companions, they also give us the opportunity of making friends. Scientific evidence shows us that children brought up with pets are more considerate and responsible. They will often confide in their pet and those with learning difficulties have been shown to lead a happier and more contented life. I strongly believe that the majority of dog attacks can be prevented. For example, you should NEVER leave a baby or small child alone with your dog Do not play aggressive games with your dog Give him proper socialisation when a puppy Never approach an unfamiliar dog Spay and neuter your dog Never tease a dog There really must be an emphases on responsible dog ownership and better education. I do not believe that people would deliberately put their child in danger, but with attacks on the increase, I honestly believe that we, as dog owners, must take far more responsibility for their actions. In view of the above, I would like to ask the following - How many of you dog owners did their homework before buying a breed? For what reason did you chose your particular breed of dog? Has he/she attended training classes? Have they been socialised? Have they been neutered? Do you play aggressive games with your dog? Dog attacks will continue to increase unless we do some basic homework and start to take responsibility for their actions.