Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
How about we start something called the "Small Dog Owners Need To Teach Their Dogs Manners" movement, please?
I've seen more aggressive small dogs (think poodles, Shi-Tzus.. I have no idea how to spell that..etc.) than big dogs. The owners don't do any training because they can just force the dog around.
My Rottie is very well trained - but she HAS to be. Any mishaps from her (being an "attack dog" breed) may lead to her being put down, which I couldn't stand, so Rich and I had to lay down a solid foundation on her.
I still stand firmly on my view that it's not the dog that's the problem, it's the owner.
HAVING SAID THAT, there are "bad seeds." I believe that animals, just like humans, can be "wired" strangely, and they can be not right in the head. Those dogs can be dangerous... but it can happen just as easily to a Pittbull as with a Lab.
I personally have heard of more dog bites from "gentle" breeds than "aggressive" breeds.
Agreed! And can we teach children how to address strange dogs and not to provoke them? I HATE that parents let kids run up screaming to a strange dog and get in it's face and even if the dog tries to retreat the kid just keeps on and on until the dog finally snaps...I understand kids don't always udnerstand it,, but the parents need to teach them that not all dogs want to be petted and they should ASK to pet a dog before doing and pay attention to their kids. Can we make a leash law for them? LOL
When I was growing up, Mom didn't let me pet a strangers dog without asking or being offered first. I wasn't allowed to trespass to see a puppy and I wasn't allowed to wake up our own dogs.She told me to think about what I was doing to the dog and ask myself "would YOU want your sister to do that to you? Well, the dog doesn't want it either, so when they try to go away, let them" Or "how would you feel if someone dumped dirt on top of your head? (or whatever dumb thing a kid would do to an animal)" .