So, now you have an arsenal of the most important tools to keep your dog from becoming aggressive and attacking other people and other dogs. Getting attacked by a dog is a really scary event because their bites can cause serious injuries or death. It is important to always protect yourself by carrying a dog repellent spray on your keychain for when an unexpected event happens.
Scores of people believe that if a dog displays aggressive behavior towards other dogs, they will become aggressive towards people too. As robin rock, who works for Petfinder, clearly states in her web article
Pit bulls are not the only breed that bites. This means that any other breed of dog can potentially bite or act violent. You may have seen the statistics for dog bites but many of those charts are unfair and none of them are accurate. It is not possible to calculate a bite rate for a breed [because] mixed breeds are commonly described as purebreds [and] the actual number of bites that occur in a community is not known if they did not result in serious injury. (American Veterinary Medical Association, 1733) Some dog breeds are more patient that others and every dog has a different personality just like people do. Dogs aren’t able to express their feelings using words so if someone like a child or an adult is bothering them, they can only tolerate so much until they snap at you. Any dog would do this if being pushed too much but pit bulls are at a disadvantage because they are much bigger and built stronger so when they attack
There are aggressive dogs in any breed of dog and all breeds of dogs are capable of becoming dangerous in the wrong hands. The factors that cause dangerous dogs include:
If they witness any concerning behaviors such as growling, biting, food aggression, or aggressive behaviors toward other dogs they will make supervisors aware. At that point, we will assess the dog individually in as many different situations as possible (interaction with men and women, how do they act in the cage versus outside, allowing them to be near another dog in a controlled environment, can we touch tail, paws, mouth, etc.) to see if they react to any of the stimuli. We do not have anyone with a degree in Animal Behavior on our staff, so we are not able to do what is considered a full “Behavior Evaluation,” but between all the staff there are many years of experience working with animals of all types and we use this experience and best judgement to determine if the dog has aggressive tendencies to the best of our abilities. One downside to our evaluations is it is very hard to replicate some experiences a dog may be placed into in the “real world” that cannot be replicated in the shelter setting, so there is always the possibility that even though we evaluated the dog still could show aggression due to a certain unknown
However, it is known that a dog’s breed is not a risk factor associated with biting or aggression. Of course there are a few difficult pit bulls, but that can be said with every breed, from Chihuahua to Great Dane. In fact, pit bulls consistently score above average on behavioral tests against other breeds.
As a matter of fact, hunting dogs and other sport dogs, including pit bulls, display animal aggression. No correlation between animal aggression and human aggression exists. Most dogs that live in at a shelter or safe house go through temperament testing. A mandatory series of temperament testing shows the dog’s level of aggression. Certified therapy or rescue dogs take required temperament testing, and this option exists for any pet dog. Of all tested pit bulls, they pass at a higher rate than the dog population in general (Hiding Truth).In Janis Bradley’s 2014 revised book, Dog Bites: Problems and Solutions, she states the issues behind the cases of pit bull attacks, “The most comprehensive study of dog bite-related fatalities to date covered all 256 incidents that occurred between 2000 and 2009. The study reliably identified seven factors potentially within the control of dog caretakers that co-occurred, in various combinations, in the overwhelming majority of the cases examined.14 It is based on investigative techniques not previously employed in dog bite-related fatality studies, which had relied primarily on media reports.15,16 This current study utilized sources more complete, verifiable and accurate than media reports. The researchers identified a co-occurrence of multiple, controllable factors: no able-bodied person being present to intervene (87.1 percent); the victim having no familiar relationship with the dog(s) (85.2 percent); failure to neuter/spay the dog(s) (84.4 percent); a victim’s compromised ability, whether based on age or physical condition, to manage interactions with the dog(s) (77.4 percent); the owner keeping dog(s) as resident animals rather than family pets (76.2 percent); prior mismanagement of the dog(s) (37.5 percent); and abuse or neglect of the dog(s) (21.1 percent)” (4). This leads to people mistakenly blaming this breed of dog for
They aren’t born aggressive. A dog's breed has far less to do with aggression than owner-dependent factors such as how a dog is trained. If a dog was raised to fight or was brought up in a poor home environment, the dog is more likely to be aggressive regardless of its breed. The American Temperament Test Society evaluated the temperaments of various dog breeds, 85.3% of American Pitbull Terriers passed the test whereas other breeds such as Border Collies and Old English Sheep Dogs ranked in the 70th percentile. In many cases, the influence of owners have no effect on the conduct of the dog. Take Lilly, for example. Lilly was a Pitbull gifted to an alcoholic as a method of sobering her up. As any humans can infer, living with an alcoholic is no easy vocation, even for a dog. However, Lily’s hard home life didn’t clog her judgement. One night, Lilly’s owner passed out on a pair of train tracks with a train hot in pursuit. Thanks to none other than Lilly, her owner was pulled off the tracks just in time. Although her owner escaped without scratch, Lilly wasn’t as fortunate. Even with life-threatening injuries, Lilly remained by her owner’s side until help arrived. Ultimately, Lilly had to undergo several serious surgeries and ended up losing a leg. Lilly, a pitbull, put her inattentive owner’s life above her own. Even today, Lilly and her owner remain best friends even though that commitment almost cost her her
Defensive aggression is when a dog has his features tucked away, and ears tail and head are tucked low to the ground. On the contrary, offensive aggression makes the dog to look larger and the features will be extended on his body such as the tail and ears and head.
Pit bulls are that aggressive, in fact they aren’t even actually pit bulls. The dog they call a pit bull is actually an American Pit Bull Terrier. Most of the “pit bulls” that get reported for biting or attacking are
As I stated before, Pit bulls and Rottweilers are not more prone to aggression than other dog breeds. In order to prove this, a comparative journal, written by experienced doctors of veterinary medicine, studied the difference in aggression levels of a “nonaggressive” dog
1. Thugs who need a tough dog to feel tough intentionally doing everything they can to make their dogs mean. This includes, beating, starving, baiting, feeding weird crap like gunpowder....They also never socialize, train, or neuter their dogs. This intentionally creates a dog that is both dog and human aggressive and will most likely kill other pets and end up being euthanized for biting someone.
Aggression is defined as behaviour directed towards another living being with the intent of harming or injuring them in someway, and can be defined as either
There is a quote by Zach Hunter that states ¨ Anybody can make a difference, be a voice for the voiceless¨ and that what i'm trying to do. Getting rid of breed discrimination laws is very important to our society and our dogs. It causes a lot of damage and makes people think good dogs are not really good at all. Breed discrimination toward pitbulls is wrong because they are not all vicious , it gives the dogs a bad name making them used for fighting, and it affects the good owners and dogs. That's exactly why it needs to come to an end, just imagine if one day your dog was suddenly the bad guy. This is what has happened for years and right now pit bulls are the victims. Just first issue is a serious problem people mistaking pit bulls as
Dog fighting is an aggressive sport. Michael Vick said,” I didn’t do it for the money I like the competition part about it,” This shows that people don’t just do it for the money, but the competition the aggression. Another example, of dog fighting being aggressive is when,” The police spotted blood on the floor they suspected an illegal dog fighting operation wa being ran. Based on this, dog fighting is a aggressive because you have two animals fighting too the death. Dog fighting is a very illegal sport for example,” Michael Vick went to jail for 18 months.” This shows how aggressive