Dogs can be very sensitive at this time of year and easily upset by fireworks, a dog behaviour expert has warned.
The debate over the behaviour of family dogs has arisen again following the death of four-year-old Lexi Branson who was attacked by her family's pet dog.
Dog behaviour expert Robert Alleyne said the public needed to be reminded that a dog is an animal and you cannot absolutely be sure of any dog's nature in any scenario.
Tributes have been paid to a four-year-old girl who was mauled to death by her pet bulldog.
Following the death of Lexi Branson, Battersea Dogs Home have issued tips for ensuring the safety of families around dogs.