As The Dog Owner:
Dogs are a great addition to the family, But they are not human. They do not rationalize. They only react.
Your dog’s body language tells you what it is feeling. Recognizing when your dog is unhappy, upset, aggressive, nervous, territorial or possessive is important. It will help you avoid dog attacks in your home or when you are out in public.
Many owners feel that they know all about canine behavior and body language. But it turns out that most still have a lot to learn when it comes down to controlling everyday situations.
- As a responsible dog owner, you must take the necessary time to learn and understand your obligations and responsibilities. Dog ownership is a privilege that can not be taken lightly.
- Do not allow your dog to jump up on others. While most people like dogs, they may not like it if your dog damages their clothing or knocks them to the ground.
- Likewise, some people are afraid of dogs. Your dog may only be “playing” or “being friendly” and in most cases it wouldn’t hurt anyone. But as mentioned above your dog can “sense” fear. If it does, it may see it as a threat and could bite. If your dog is ever seen as a threat, it can be deamed a “Dangerous Dog” and can be taken away from you and even euthenized.
- While in public your dog MUST always be under your complete control either by using physical restraint or voice commands. If your dog bites someone, it’s your fault. Your dog might also run away from you. If it does, it could be hit by a car and be fatally injured.
Your dog’s life is as much your responsibility as having a child. Don’t wait until an accident happens. Failing to be able to control your dog is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about! It happens. You just need to get some help from an experienced dog trainer or behaviorist.
Remember, these tips can help decrease and even eliminate needless dog attacks. If everyone follows these tips, it will go a long way toward doing it without needlessly killing dogs that are thought to be viscous or dangerous.