YOUNGSTERS should be taught about responsible dog ownership, according to a Bolton MP.

Julie Hilling is calling on schools to introduce lessons on dangerous dogs after noticing a rise in the number of incidents reported to her.

Ms Hilling, the MP for Bolton West, has teamed up with Blue Cross, a leading animal welfare charity, which has developed an educational workshop for young people.

The lessons aim to stimulate debates about responsible dog ownership, anti-social behaviour and the law.

Ms Hilling has sent letters to all local primary and secondary schools urging them to provide the free workshops.

She said: “More and more incidents involving dangerous dogs locally are being reported to me.

“I’m pleased Blue Cross is eager to work with local schools to teach children about responsible dog ownership and how to stay safe around dogs.

“I urge all local schools to get involved in this programme.”

For more information, schools should contact education@ or call education officer Paul Hodson on 01942 816333.