December 5, 2017 9:55am CST
To a discussion that @poehere did yesterday regarding Pit Bulls and the fear that a lot of people have about them, I decided to put in my two cents. There are 45 million dog bites each year and do you know what the #1 dog is that causes them? The Chihuahua. Yup, that little, 20-pound 'Weenie Dog'. Not only do children get bitten by them but adults too; of course that would never make the news. Can't you picture the headline? "6'4", 240 pound Man Bitten By a Chihuahua". The Pit Bull and other breeds (Rottweiler, Doberman) take the brunt as the problem. In most cases it is children that cause getting bitten. A dog; any dog, will only take being poked in the eyes, ears twisted, tail pulled, feet stepped on or being hit before their natural instinct mode kicks in and they bite. Most of these instances could be avoided if the parents of the child taught the child correctly. Personal example: When I ran the animal shelter located on my property, a husband and wife; 8-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter came to look at a dog to adopt. As we were walking along the kennels, the girl went 2 kennels ahead of us, reached in the gate and punched a dog so hard in the face that it yelped. I yelled, "STOP IT!!" "WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING!!" "YOU DO NOT HIT AN ANIMAL!" The father said I shouldn't talk to his child that way. I told them to leave the property as they were NOT going to adopt from this shelter. Can you imagine if that girl did that to a dog what she might do to a cat? And people wonder why their kids get bitten? I'm sure if that dog would have bitten her in response, the parents would have gone ballistic and sued the shelter instead of correcting the girls behavior. So for you folks out there who have kids and pets, besides 'training' the animal, how about 'training' the kids.
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This may be true, however, Chihuahuas are not the dog responsible for most deaths from attack. Personally, I hate anklebiters...this includes kids in that category.
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• United States
I agree. Kids need to learn how to behave around any pet. Heck, most adults need a refresher course on how to treat and care for a pet of any kind. Schools really should teach, in my opinion, how to behave around the creatures we have here on this earth. The world would be a better place is humane education was taught in schools throughout a child's school career.
• Derby, England
They say there is no such thing as a bad dog just bad owners. Sadly many people who own these dogs don't know how to train them or deliberately train them to be vicious. As you rightly say sometimes dogs are just retaliating when they bite.
How cruel that one. I am surprised the dog did not bite her. I always thought it is a good idea for kids to grow up with animals but if the parents are not going to teach them how to treat animals with respect I take back that they should grow up with them.
• Fairfield, Texas
@Hannihar Yes she did. After 'those' people left, I checked on the dog. When I stepped into the kennel, he actually backed away from me. The mental hurt was far worse than the actual hit by the child. I stayed in the kennel for quite awhile loving on the dog.
• United States
I have to admit I'm very fearful of pit bulls, mainly because my cousin's daughter was attacked by a group of them, as she walked down the road, and was saved by a man driving by. I think the fear is that pit bulls kill, and small dogs can only cause a little pain. Though, the smaller dogs are so annoying. Coral's dog a chiweenie, will run up and bite strangers if we don't stop him. I'm glad you didn't let those horrible kids adopt a puppy.
• Fairfield, Texas
Some people don't realize either how certain hand movements can instigate a dogs response. My daughter was visiting her grandmother and the guy she was married to had a dog in the house. Now mind you my daughter had slept with this dog on numerous occasions. One day they passed each other in the hallway and my daughter (not thinking), reached towards the face of the dog. The dog immediately ripped her face open. Fortunately a few stitches and my daughter healed just fine but from then on she was more cautious of what and how she did things with the dog. @JESSY3236 .
• Jacksonville, Florida
My dog who we have had for 8 years has taken many kinds of treatments from little ones and she has never ever shown aggression in any way. We do teach our kids to be nice to animals but at 1.5 years old they don't get how to be nice yet. My poor fur baby has had her tail pulled, ears pulled, eyes poked, been crawled on top of and she turns around and licks them!! It's all in how the dogs are raised in my opinion. My dog is a Rottweiler and the sweetest dog I have ever been around in my life.