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Posted On: 20th Dec 2012

Dog's Life Film on ITV Anglia and Central

Dog's Life Film on ITV Anglia and Central
Dog's Life Film on ITV Anglia and Central
Dog's Life Film on ITV Anglia and Central

Dog lover Zak Soan (21), from Peterborough, has developed the ability in taming even the most aggressive dogs, despite the difficulties from having only 25% of his sight.

 

He aims to encourage young people to better understand dogs through a part-animated part-documentary film and lessen the amount of dogs being destroyed or abandoned.

 

“The majority of dog attacks today are on children, the reason being that most children cannot read or understand the signs which indicate a dog is likely to attack,” he said.

 

“I've been around dogs my whole life, and maybe I do have some kind of natural ability with them. But it's about understanding a dog as a wonderful companion and working out their behaviour.

 

"A lot of children approach dogs in the absolute wrong ways and cannot tell if the dog is going to react. I want to educate people on how to treat dogs to stop them being overlooked just because of their behaviour.”

 

In 2011 Zak adopted an ill-treated four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier regarded as being dangerous.

 

Through continued attention to how his dog (Taz) acted, Zak has managed to tame him through communication and care.

 

“I hope my  film can be taken to schools, classes, and any other groups around the country,” he said. “Owning a dog is a privilege, not a commodity, and it is important they are looked after correctly.”

 

Lynn Bradbury, who helps Zak care for the dogs at Dogs in Mind rescue centre, said: “Zak has a way with the dogs that come in to the rescue centre, and has spent a lot of his spare time listening and learning about canine behaviour.

 

“He is just amazing around the dogs. I know that he can and will make a difference to educating children about dog ownership.”

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