Protection or Pets?

United States
May 18, 2009 4:06am CST
How many stories have we heard on the news or in the papers about a dog gone wrong? A dog who was raised as a pet attacking or killing an innocent child. It's not just pitbulls or rotties doing the damage, they are pets like Labs or bulldogs. What makes an ordinary dog turn on a child or an adult for that matter? There was a story here that a two-year old who had been raised with a pitbull and Lab and she innocently walked between the dog houses where the dogs were growling at each other. The child was violently mauled, but thank goodness lived. No, it was not the pitbull that attacked her, it was the Lab. Should we keep two dogs within such close proximity of each other to bring out that killer instinct or separate them, putting them at different spots on the lot. I, myself, believe a dog should never be left outdoors; they are our friends and deserve to be treated as such, but that in itself does not mean a similar circumstance may not happen. What brings out that vicious side of a dog; even one that we would never believe would attack an innocent child?
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@bjcyrix (6857)
• Philippines
19 May 09
I think it is in their nature to 'attack' especially when their guard is down. We have 2 dogs and we dont keep them inside. When we had the female we used to keep her inside to protect her from the males especially when it was her 'cycle'. Now that we have 2 males. The big one's home is in the garage. He's quite used to it and is happy with his living arrangements. We give him free reign to go about the neighborhood and he knows what times he should be leashed up. The smaller dog is kept outside in his doghouse. He just never learned to keep his surroundings clean. I mean, he'd do his 'business' anywhere he likes. The big dog has a place he goes to to do his daily business. So with that we have to keep him outside. Anyway, I got attacked by their fleas. Not their fault of course. I was playing with them and forgot to wash up. So I had bites all over my arms and legs the next morning. Thank god its healing nicely. My cousin was nipped by her dog near the lip. The dog was sleeping by her side and she(my cousin) unconsciously touched the side which surprised him. So in defense, the dog nipped the closest thing which was her face. I guess it would be old age, jealousy, among other factors that could make a dog turn on its owner..
• United States
19 May 09
I suppose a lesson for us all is that any dog has the capacity to bite or even attack an innocent person; even if that person didn't do anything to provoke it. We've domesticated them, but deep down in their souls, they are still wild dogs from prehistoric times and that comes out once in a while.
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@bjcyrix (6857)
• Philippines
2 Jun 09
Yeah, we just have to be careful in interacting with them. We just never know when that 'wild' side will surface.
• United States
22 May 09
Labs are usually only aggressive when they need to be. I have a lab that barks when she's scared, but has never bitten ANYONE. The lab was probably only trying to protect the little girl, and attacked her by mistake. Labs aren't usually the smartest, but they'll protect you if they need to.
• United States
23 May 09
I, too, had a yellow Lab; she was the sweetest, smartest dog I'd ever seen. AND she wouldn't harm a hair on anyone's head unless she thought one of her "pack" was threatened. There was a little neighborhood girl who had no one her age to play with, so she started coming to visit Shasta (my Lab). The little girl was very tiny for her age and fragile, but Shasta sensing this perhaps, let that little girl ride on her back like Shasta was a pony, she would pull her tail and be none too gentle sometimes! Shasta endured it all without batting an eye! Labs generaly have a good reputation, but as in any breed, one can go bad, I guess. Thanks for the response!
@nv_jenn (207)
• Canada
20 May 09
I think the point in the story is that the dogs were provoking each other and the child just happened to be in the way of that which may have set it off. I don't think the dog intentionally chewed up the kid as much as trying to tell him/her to get out of the way! I have a boxer who sometimes gets mistaken for a pitbull (I don't see how) but he has never even tempted to attack anyone and he is 7. I have 2 kids that are 9 & 10 and he loves them bunches. You can take food from him, he lets you... he only barks if someone is at the door or if you ask him if he wants to box....lol, oh or a car ride! I think a nice family dog has to be provoked to attack. Also, my dog is never left outside, well maybe an hour but I can see him. He doesn't like it outside alone and he has very short fur so he gets cold if its rainy, snowy or windy...lol
• United States
23 May 09
My daughter adopted a full-blooded boxer from a shelter, who, according to the staff, hadn't led an easy life. Someone had tied off his tail with a rubber band until it fell off and appeared docked. You could tell a professional had not done this because it was crooked and the fur at the end of his tail (his name was Buster) grew out funny. Despite being abused, he was a sweet, playful, expressive dog. He could make some of the funniest faces! Unfortunately, however, I had previously adopted a female yellow Lab and from the moment we brought Buster into the house, my Lab went wild trying to bully Buster and generally make his life miserable. The alfa-female thing, I guess! ;-) A friend of ours adopted him from us and to this day they are living happily ever after. The moral here, I guess, is that some dogs get a bad rap just by the way they look! If only people would take the time to get to know an animal before passing judgment, there would be less and less abuse. Thanks for response!
@LadyMarissa (12165)
• United States
18 May 09
I believe you read (or saw) what you said. However, after having 3 Labs, I think there was more to the story than was told. None of my 3 are aggressive. My males have always been barkers who looked mean enough nobody would mess with them. However, if you walked in my yard, they ran. More than likely the Lab was attacking the Pitbull & the child just happened to be between them at the time. My male lab was miserable inside & begged to go out all the time. After a while he refused to come back in. When I got the second one, she wanted to stay with him all the time. So, they both stay outside of their own will...NOT because I make them. I've tried getting them to come in when it's cold in the winter or when it real hot in the summer. They won't have any part of it. Separating them would drive them crazy. I have no children to worry about & I don't fear for my life when I'm out with them. The worst that they do is jump on me to give me a kiss!!! I sometimes feel dogs are blamed for things that are seen from the human perspective.