This article is NOT breed specific. Dogs are pack animals. If you own more than one dog, then you already have a pack. If you only have one dog, then your human family is the dog’s pack. A single dog is more likely to become aggressive and protective over humans in the pack and territory. Multiple dogs can become aggressive just because they are excited and they feed off of each other’s energy. Humans do the same thing. That is how riots happen.
Children are more likely to be harmed by dogs. The child could be seen as an intruder to the “pack”. The child could be seen as prey, especially if the child is loud, screaming, crying or running. The child could be seen as a lower member of the pack and the dog feels the need to “reprimand” or “teach” a lesson.
A child can easily be killed by a single dog if that dog has the strength as it can by a pack. Leash laws are so important because it keeps dogs home and under control. If your sweet family dog meets up with another dog while loose, they just formed a pack. If that other dog begins chasing and biting people, your dog will do it too. And your dog may like it and could feel motivated to be “bigger and badder” and turn it up a notch.
All dogs can bite. I do hate hearing the phrase “my dog would never bite. My dog loves kids. My dog would never kill a cat, he lives with cats.” Your dog is a dog. No matter what breed, he was a wolf descendent, a predator, a pack animal and has teeth.
Just because we do not understand why or how, just always know your dog can justify it in his doggie mind and will do things that you did not expect. We all can not have Cezar Milan save our dogs, but we all can do simple these things to ensure we are pack leaders.
Submitted by: Terri Baker
Animal Control Officer
Dayton Community News