Re: Dog banningOct 22nd, 2004
Are they protecting their owners when they attack small dogs and small children?
If a dog attacks it is a human's fault. We made them. We keep them. We are responsible for them.
It's odd that you bring up German Shepherds. I had one, huge and violent. That was her nature. She was sure that everybody who wasn't me was an axe murderer. She was way over-protective. On the other hand, she'd lay on my chest playing "bite your face off" and never hurt me.
She also, if introduced properly, was a pal to everybody. She never really trusted them...she still looked at me to confirm Mrs. Rev's commands until the day she died...but she accepted that I wanted her to do listen.
Clyde was never listed as a dangerous dog even though she was likely more dangeous than most. Large, dominant, unwilling to cede, unwilling to accept authority, very willing to fight.
She never gnawed on anybody too badly though, and never touched anybody who didn't earn it. The one time she thought about going after somebody who didn't deserve it I said one word and she backed off.
I've been attacked by three German Shepherds in my life. It's been the same story each and every time...they perceived a threat and acted on it. Should we ban them? No.
It's a matter of training and tolerance and understanding. The average pitbull isn't any more of a problem than Clyde was. Huge and violent dogs are all puppies at heart. They'll all fight to the death for their pack too. It's up to us to define the pack and acceptable behaviour within it.