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Aggression in Dogs

January 18, Holland, MI - Police shoot and kill Pit Bull after entering a neighboring area and attacking their pets. January 17, Memphis, TN - A 5-year-old boy was attacked by a Pit Bull named "Beast". The dog was shot and killed by police. Mobile, AL - A 4-year-old boy was attacked by a Pit Bull family. Mims, FL - Three Pit Bulls attacked several dachshunds in a neighbor's yard, killing one, and destroying the other. January 15, Spartanburg, SC - Pit Bull attacks a 62-year-old woman. Oberlin, OH - A 25-year-old man was attacked by his Pit Bull. January 9, Darwin, Australia - A 12-year-old boy was attacked by a Pit Bull family. January 9, Lake of the Woods, CA - A 75-year-old woman was attacked by two Pit Bulls. January 5, Muriwai Beach, New Zealand - Pit Bull attacks horses and riders. The list goes on and on.

We often hear that Pit Bull's pets have gone bad. The sad fact is, not every owner is right for Pit Bull. They have been specially bred to be protective, non-aggressive, and well-trained and well-trained. When they don't, they become headlines. Pitt Bull is responsible for 63% of all dog bites, but many Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds and Doberman fists are wonderful animals. It all depends on their socialization and early training and the environment they have. Dogs are dogs, but aggressive and aggressive dogs require special attention placed on socializing and training.

Dogs usually do not suddenly turn on someone. For dogs unexpectedly biting and biting aggression is extremely rare. Dogs are very social creatures and most see family and other humans as part of their social structure.

So how can you tell if a dog will be aggressive? There are many reasons dogs can act aggressively. Fear may be earlier. If a dog is afraid they may come out. Protection is next - dogs feel a strong need to protect their people, pack members or territories. Watch your dog around strangers. The dog should be protected and alert but not suspicious and aggressive. Your dog should calm down after you tell him it's okay. In the end, some dogs are simply aggressive and this behavior has been promoted or not corrected properly and is now out of control.

If a dog wanders or is hit for no reason, or acts strangely, you should see your veterinarian! There are many medical conditions that can cause pain or brain problems that can cause this behavior. Most likely only minor medical problems, but other more serious problems can occur. Doctors have medicines for pain, pain and other rare conditions that can change behavior. If not medical, your doctor may refer you to professional training or behavioral counseling.

People need to learn, teach and practice obedience to their dogs. This puts you in the position of leader and they learn to consistently respect human power. Many good obedience exercises allow intrusion in the examination.

If you are attacked by a dog, use physical objects and protect yourself. Get a clipboard or handbag between you and the dog's teeth - no other dog will hurt you! Don't kick a dog, if they get their feet or legs, they can't let go.

It can be normal for a dog to bite. If you roll a dog's tail or surprise it while eating, it can be bitten. It is called a "provocative" bite and does not pose a serious concern as it is considered normal behavior. However, large or aggressive breed bites need not worry. The law is clear - these dogs must be trained or confined by a rope, nozzle or pen.

Keep in mind that triggering a bite can be a normal behavior, but if not proven, it can be a very serious - even life-threatening - event. ALL dogs need socialization and early training in life. Problems are more difficult to fix when a dog grows up.



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