Originally Posted by chichismom
OK, this Lady is entitled to her own opinion, but she is spreading these horribly untrue things about these gentle giants around to other people. I agree some are dangerous, but they are not family dogs, they were raised for sport or to breed. If she knows dogs than she knows they all can be dangerous, not just the pit bulls.
I'd quite like to add my two cents here as well. Apparently this lady `knows' dogs. Well, I would also consider myself someone who `knows' dogs, given that I work with them and am training to become an obedience trainer. Pitbulls, whilst having possibly more of a high prey drive than say, a cocker spaniel, are no more dangerous when raised correctly than other dogs. Pitbulls, remember, are a type of terrier, and ALL terriers are naturally more tenacious, with higher prey drives, than other breeds. Jack Russells are included in this too!
Someone earlier mentioned that people who are attacked may have missed `canine warning signs'. This is absolutely true. Many people (including many breeders and trainers also, sadly) do not truly understand the nature of dogs, and expect them to behave the way WE want them to behave. This just doesn't happen.
Dogs operate on a pack awareness. Even if they are single dogs, they will automatically view every other being in the house - cat, human, bird, rabbit etc, as part of their pack, and unless trained otherwise, will assume the role of alpha dog. This leads to alpha behaviours such as jumping up, barking at strangers, pulling on the lead, separation anxiety etc. As soon as you learn to interpret these signals from the dog's
point of view, and start to manage them by assuming the alpha role, you take a lot of responsibility and anxiety away from the dog.
Someone who could be petting a quiet dog who `out of nowhere' turns and bites, may well be dealing with a misguided alpha dog who is acting protectively, rather than aggressively, only we see it as aggression because we don't understand the signals.
Unless abused, tortured or raised on purpose to be aggressive, dogs just ARE NOT naturally aggressive, unless protecting members of their pack. There is no such thing as a `trigger' to make a good dog turn bad, just misread signs that lead to an unacceptable behaviour, leading from not the dog not understanding its role and acting from a misplaced attitude.
Trust me, if you are truly own the alpha role with your dog, it will never, ever do anything untoward, because that's not it's job, and dogs take these things very seriously.
Yes, it's the nature of the beast to operate like it would in a pack, but it's NOT the nature of the beast to be vicious or aggressive for no reason (even if we don't happen to see one) because that just ain't the way it is!
A very famous dog behaviourist and trainer, Jan Fennell, first came up with and used the `alpha' theory and another method called Amichien Bonding to interpret and explain dogs' behaviours, and to help with behaviour modification. She has had resounding international success, has a pack of eight dogs including German Shepherds, and has total control. She has successfully saved many, many dogs from being put down after being judged as `untrainable' or `too vicious' and turned them into well-adjusted, happy, gentle - and most importantly - properly understood dogs. She has developed a way for a dog's TRUE nature to show, and it's been an eye-opener and very pleasant surprise for many people who thought their `aggressive' dogs were beyond helping.