It is the Owner of a Dog that Makes it Dangerous Essay

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What has four legs and an arm? A happy pit bull. What happens when you cross a pit bull with a collie? A dog who bites your leg off, then goes for help. Contrary to tasteless jokes and public opinion, it is not the breed of dog that makes a dog dangerous, rather it is the owner of a dog that makes dogs dangerous. But, let’s face it, there are certain dog breeds that demand their owners be aware of negative opinion; and it is the owners’ primary responsibility to implement careful training and socialization of their pups in order to bring an understanding and acceptance of the breed by the general public. The breeds currently labeled aggressive include Akita, Boxer, Chow, Dalmatian, Doberman, Alaskan Husky, American or Staffordshire Pit…show more content…
Most dog fighters prefer to fight pit bulls. Generally, pit bulls are gentle and fiercely loyal toward their owners. This quality has made them attractive to dog-fighters because they will withstand considerable abuse and neglect at the hands of their owners, but with certain, barbaric training practices, become tenacious fighters with other dogs. To train a fighting dog, handlers keep the dogs chained or in small, filthy cages. With the dogs chained in place (by heavy chains), the handlers often add extra weight to the chains with the purpose of increasing the dog’s upper body strength. Some handlers make their dogs tug on hanging objects, like tires, to increase jaw strength; and some handlers file their dogs’ teeth to make them as sharp as possible. Other training techniques include keeping other dogs nearby, but just out of reach of each other, in order to increase their antagonism. Dogs are frequently beaten and antagonized to enhance aggressiveness. They may also be starved or malnourished, to increase their hunger. Handlers will use cats or rabbits as “bait.” The bait animals are tied up while the dog is restrained, or they’re put in small enclosure with the dog. After training with the bait, the handler releases the dog and encourages him to kill the bait. Dog fighting is prohibited in the United States, but continues to exist as a form of entertainment and gambling in many rural areas. When Michael Vick was arrested, there was a humanitarian group
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