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article imageRecent Pit Bull Attack Raises Question About Aggression, Breed

By Carol Forsloff     Jan 15, 2009 in Lifestyle
Stories about pit bulls are usually of these dogs involved in serious incidents involving injuries or death of people. Still there are those who, properly trained, can be pets.
Within the past week there was an incident in Anaheim, California where it was reported that a man stabbled a pit bull to death. Six people surrounded the incident, and Doug Perry, the man who stabbled the dog, said he did so to defend his wife and others. The pit bull had attacked a couple of other dogs and Perry's wife, all of whom were rolling around on the ground at the time Perry intervened. He said that before the incident he believed that the dogs had been given a bad rap but that afterwards he maintains that they should not be kept as family pets. But that other point of view lingers. It may be because of misunderstanding of the breed or aspects of the breed that requires that owners be cautious and that the public understands that pit bulls who attack human beings are not the ordinary and likely shouldn't be pets.
Several articles recently about the pit bull dog breed have brought out a serious debate about them. These dogs have their advocates and folks who believe that the dog shouldn't be blamed for aggressive attacks.
There are pit bulls who can be trained as family pets, and people say that if they are treated kindly, they are safe and agreeable.
The Positive Pit Bull Awareness Society advocates owner awareness and good training of these dogs. It is their premise that the breed has often been raised for blood sport, and the genetic makeup of these animals requires that the owner be properly informed on how to raise, train and work with these dogs. The Society is careful to note that theres is a difference between aggression towards humans and aggression toward other dogs. They further explain that aggression towards humans and aggression toward other animals may indeed be separate in terms of anticipated or potential behaviors.
The Society underlines in strong language the need for pit bull owners to be especially vigilant. That's because, as they observe, the dogs are descended from a breed history that was oriented towards training the dogs to fight. The main instruction on this site is "THE GOLDEN RULE OF PIT BULL OWNERSHIP - NEVER TRUST YOUR PIT BULL NOT TO FIGHT! "
The Society information is organized under Pets.ca, a group of pet lovers around the world. It states its intention to educate and inform the public and pet owners about the types of pets, care and training, and issues related to certain breeds.
Pit Bulls can be aggressive toward other dogs, but according to those who have raised these dogs, and the Society that is devoted to educating people about them, they aren't innately aggressive towards people.
This is what is said. Pit Bulls are precocious and incomparable escape artists, who will often seem to squirt right out of a supposedly secure yard or enclosure. When coupled with # 1 and # 2, you can see why a responsible Pit Bull owner is a vigilant pit bull owner.4. Pit bulls are intelligent, and most enjoy training, if it is done properly. This makes them excellent prospects for dog sports such as agility, obedience, weight pull, and Frisbee competitions. .5. Pit Bulls tend to LOVE people. All people. This makes them a poor choice for a "guardian breed". Most of them are simply too friendly to protect a house against strangers. A Pit Bull that shows unprovoked human aggression (puppy play nips do NOT count) is showing BAD temperament and in most cases should be put to sleep. Such a dog should obviously NEVER be bred under any circumstances.
The San Francisco Chronicle several years ago had an article on pit bulls that reflects the issues, but presents the fact that pit bulls if these animals are bred and trained properly, they can be wonderful pets. The article goes on to say that "if there is a lack of stability, though, they have the proclivity and ability to inflict serious damage. So the training becomes important.
In the Anaheim case reported this week the pit bull first attack the other dogs in the group. It was noted that the people there, including Mrs. Perry, tried to stop the pit bull from that attack. Maybe it was then the pit bull began to attack a human. According to experts on the breed, that may have been what had occurred because pit bulls are aggressive naturally towards other dogs and not people.
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