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02 December 2009

Dogs And Dogs


This picture was taken by TK at the BarRun @ Changi earlier.

Bruno and BearBear were our guests of honour. Yeah. You saw right. They are Rottweilers, which in recent times, have been given a really bad name over attacks,which the media used as fodder to stir into a crazy frenzy just so that they can sell a few extra miserable copies.

Look at the above incidents. What do they have in common?

Obviously, it's not the breed type since the 4 examples above are all different but somehow, it is always the Rottweiler (and a few other isolated breeds like the Pit Bull) that always get singled out.

So what is the common denominator here?

I would say size and correspondingly, strength of the animal.

Who is to say that a Chihuahua or a Pomeranian won't attack? Problem is that due to their size (fun size! LOL!), we are able to fend them away relatively with ease. So more often than not, these incidents go unreported and do not reflect in the stats.

So are we barking (no pun intended) up the wrong tree here? 

I believe the key point here is responsible ownership. Injuries inflicted by a bigger and stronger dog obviously have a tendency to be more serious. Owner of big dogs must recognise this and manage their pets accordingly. Dog training is definitely a must but problem is perhaps that there are some owners who can afford thousands of dollars on a pedigree but just too cheap and/or lazy to send them to school?

And there is the question of what goes into the training of the dog.

What are these owners training their dogs to become? Encouraging aggressive behaviour in the dog is just asking for trouble but yet some owners are stupid enough to think otherwise. Perhaps it is wiser to put these owners to sleep instead?

So what else can we do?

Public education. Teach the public what to do during a confrontation with a dog. Some times people get attacked because they do not know how to avoid and suay suay do the VERY thing that triggers a canine attack and I reiterate, regardless of breed.

Then again, what is the dog doing outside, unleashed?

Read This --> Dog Bite Avoidance - What to Do When Facing a Strange Dog

Trackback: Bear Bear the Fearsome Rottie: Another step back for Rottweilers.
 
Image Credit : TigerKiller
- Voxeros

1. siren left...
Thursday, 3 December 2009 2:54 am :: http://yourroyalsiren.blogspot.com
I might be wrong here, but in my experience, animals usually don't attack unprovoked or if you give them a damn good reason to. Especially for domesticated animals.
Bruno and Bear Bear are amazing!!! Always had a thing for big dogs and seeing how well-trained these two are (kudos to TK) just made me love rottweilers more. If you ever get attacked by dogs like them, you probably deserved it. Haha.


2. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 3 December 2009 8:54 am :: 
Siren: I would agree with you on most occasions but there are times dogs are agitated moments before and the passerby just happened to suay suay come into the line of sight. Or it could be a case of the oblivious soul getting in the way of the dog and say, it food unknowingly.

Or if the poor bastard is a Liverpool fan.


3. Naiveguy left...
Thursday, 3 December 2009 9:31 am
if all else fails get a cat :D


4. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 3 December 2009 10:06 am :: 
Naiveguy: Cats worse lor..... out of the blue for no reason will scratch and bite you one lor..... ok lah... not fatal one lah. :P


5. THB left...
Friday, 4 December 2009 11:03 am
TK don't get attacked 'cos he is bigger and scarier than the dogs... *run away*


6. JayWalk left...
Friday, 4 December 2009 11:30 am :: 
THB: So BAD!!!! *stifling laughter*
 

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