If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones
are too busy to give you any time,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without alcohol,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
Then You Are Probably..............................
The Family Dog!
Handle every Stressful situation like a dog.
If you can't eat it or play with it,
Pee on it and walk away
Unfortunately dogs are intelligent enough to get messed up by humans.
I am a morning walker and I see lots of dogs who are clearly stressed out of their minds by neglect and lack of attention and exercise.
They go nuts when you walk past (sometimes on the opposite side of the street)
They are probably smarter (and more sensitive) than their owners.
I think a bit of attention would make a big difference to their behaviour.
Everyone has their limit and then must speak up!!! Frustrated dogs neglected or mistreated by their owners have only one way to let the rest of the world know and that is to be loud.
If that doesn't work sometimes they can progress to becoming aggressive when neglected or mistreated for long enough.
As they say, there are no bad dogs, just bad owners - pit bulls excluded, they're just wired wrong. (The dogs, not the people! (or maybe both?))
Are pit-bulls actually that way? I've known a few owners and their dogs have never had any issues as far as I know, and I wonder how much of the behavior is due to so many of them being bought for the purpose of training to be aggressive.
I tend to agree, one of the best natured dogs I've ever met was an American Pit Bull Terrier. That said I've met a few very bad natured ones too...
Originally Posted by Dragunov21
ALL breed of dogs have to capacity to be gentle, loving and loyal companions.
The opposite also applies, as above it all comes down to how they are bred and raised by humans.
Humans usually anthropomorphize....wonder oh why oh why is that animal behaving like and animal.
Recognise and remember that all dogs are still a pack animal and will behave accordingly.
To be fair, you've gotta admit domestication plays a role - it wouldn't be smart to try and raise a wolf, for instance.
I just dunno whether there's truth to the pitbull thing or not.
In the time I was involved with dog obedience I met one psycho dog and lots of inexperienced and naive owners
In addition to whatever greater predisposition some dog breeds may have to turning agro....there is the issue of the amount of damage done when this occurs....a nutcase Chihuahua is less of a problem than a pit bull. Agree though, that most problems start with owner. But there are some risks that are probably worth avoiding, and can be avoided humanely.
When it comes down to it, some character traits are hard wired into the genes of certain breeds. Border Collies have a tendency to want to herd, German Shorthaired Pointers "point" at game and have a "soft mouth" without being taught. Pit Bulls were bred for a purpose and even if its buried deep in the genes, the attack and fight gene is there. As a number of unfortunate parents and other dog owners have found, when a trigger sets them off the outcome is usually fatal. The sad part is that alot of people that are attracted to this breed usually want to portray a certain image which is in line with the dogs aggressive image. I'm sure these people also encourage aggressive behaviour in their dogs to try to make themselves look tougher too.
Originally Posted by Dragunov21
There's no doubt some Pit Bulls could make a decent pet but kids or other dogs that come into close contact with them would be at much greater risk than most other breeds in my opinion.
Years ago when I was attending a dog obedience school it was a similar situation. The encouraging part was that responsible people sort out training for their dogs and themselves to try to make both their lives happier.
Originally Posted by don_nairn
Back then, Dobermanns were the choice for people who wanted a "tougher" dog and in all the years I've owned dogs the main breed I personally have had issues with. Once at the training centre I had my German Shorthair Pointer off lead in the reserve and a Dobermann calmly walked across the length of the oval right up to my female pointer and just bit her in the rump for no apparent reason. Another time I was walking my parent's 2 little dogs along the beach and from 1/2 a mile away 2 dobermanns at the other end of the beach came running towards us and grabbed the little dog. Fortunately I was close enough and angry enough to kick the Dobermann square in the side before it did any real damage and fortunately it took off. Not advisable obviously! The 3rd incident I knew of was a guy who bought a very well bred Dobermann and brought it to training but it was always aggressive no matter what he tried. The last straw was when it attacked him at home as he was putting down the food bowl for it. Needless to say after that it attacked no one else. It just seemed around that era there was an excess of Dobermanns with aggressive character traits. Maybe the Genes that were desirable for a guard dog never disappeared from the breed.
A lot of people own the wrong breed of dog for the wrong reasons.
Do you really need a "watchdog" that will attack an intruder, as opposed to just making a hell of a lot of noise?
Too risky for me that the Meter Reader, Postman, Jehova's Witness, Avon Lady, or neighbourhood child gets savaged.
Dogs get out of their yard on occasion and then someone innocent gets hurt.
Many years ago a dog ran out of an open gate and put me over the handlebars of my motorcycle. The owner's only offering was "he's never got out before". A lot of good that did me.