Are dogs vicious ???

Kottayam, India
December 20, 2007 9:02am CST
Recently my friend's son came back from his studies, and he was discussing certain things with his mother, then their pet dog attacked the son and catch hold his hand and would not let him go, by great difficulty, he removed him and ran to upstairs, otherwise it would have killed him, and it is reminder to each one we should be careful & expect the unexpected.(this is a true story)
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@makatas (1101)
• Greece
20 Dec 07
I dont believe dogs are vicious, thats not right term.However, as animals they do have strong instincts, and their training is very important as well.If their boss trains them to hate strangers you cant expect these dogs to come and rub themselves on you when you visit them.As you said, we must be careful all the time.I am a great fan of dogs and i get very angry when i see something like this happen.Most of the times the boss is to blame.
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• Brazil
20 Dec 07
My dogs whenever I arrive at home and am going to play my wife, they it comes and they are brave, I think that they he is jealous of the people, because when I kiss it also they always bark and comes for top of the people. Me them they are very affectionate I love my dogs.
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@Seraphine (385)
• Finland
20 Dec 07
I don't think dogs are vicious at all. It's just a training matter, not just training the dog but also the humans handling the dog. Nearly every dog bite is caused by humans and can be blamed only on the humans, not on the dog. You may not realize what you're doing but any small action you do that to you seems totally harmless can to a dog be perceived as a threat and the dog will react accordingly. An unsocialized dog is also more likely to bite out of fear. Most dogs in a threatening situation will first try to escape. If that's not possible, he'll growl, and if the growl doesn't make the threat disappear, he'll bite. Once a dog has bitten, he'll be more likely to skip the previous steps and go straight for the bite as he'll think that since it worked last time, it'll work again. He'll also skip the growling if he has been told off for growling in the past (never ever punish a dog for growling as that will give you a dog that bites without warning). I hope your friends really start working on training of the dog and seek advice from a behaviourist to minimize the risk of it happening again. A dog bite is not something to be taken lightly and it is NOT the dog's fault.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
20 Dec 07
reallly depends on the breed of dog and how you have trained him and loved him/her. Most dogs get bad reps. for their breed like pit bulls I have seen some lovely ones that are so calm that babies can rool al over them . How long had the son been gone from the house? another question just what had the son done to the dog before? If he had miss treated the dog the dog remebered and was really protecting himself and how could the dog kill him if only had ahold of the hand ? ya have to love and handle your pet right for them not to do this.
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
20 Dec 07
Some dogs can be vicious but not all my older dog I have head for over 10 years his son almost 9 years. I have yet to hear them even growl. They are labs and I don't think they would ever think of biting anyone. My last dog a dobie, took a chunk out of my hand one time. I think we have to expect the unexpected and learn about the personalities of different breeds before we take these dogs as pets. BTW What kind of dog was it?
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@yiskylee (141)
• China
21 Dec 07
man can be vicious why can't dogs be
• Kottayam, India
21 Dec 07
Yes
@Kowgirl (3490)
• United States
21 Dec 07
Oh Yes dogs can be very vicious...I had a German Shepherd that had 10 puppies that tried to kill each other. They were part pit bull. One of them got hurt trying to get through a small hole they had dug to get under the fence, once the puppies got the smell of the blood they all tried to attack this one puppy ,which started a big fight among them. I had to call Animal Control to help separate them. They were even fighting with me, my son and the mother of the puppies got injured by them. A friend of mine had a Doberman and he had to shoot him to protect himself when the dog bit the door knob off of the bedroom door and attacked him. He had raised this dog from a pup and had not had any trouble with him until then. He was to be given away to another family that afternoon. He was checked to see if he was sick and the vet said nothing was wrong with him. Guess he got mad because he couldn't get in the bedroom or somehow knew that he was going to have to leave . Dogs can sense more than we can and there may be a reason they do this.
@cotruelove (1021)
• Denver, Colorado
21 Dec 07
I watch a television show called "The Dog Whisperer." The gentleman, Ceasar, who is the dog trainer maintains that all dogs are good and that people are the problem. The lack of "pack leader" allows the dog to think they are the ruler of the house. Until the owner becomes the "pack leader" the dog thinks he is. It is the responsibility of the owner to become the pack leader and control the dog. Yes, I believe what I just wrote. I have had lots of breeds in my life that are considered to be "vicious" breeds. I have never had a problem with them, because I establish my dominance over them. For me, I didn't have to have someone tell me that, I just came by it naturally. I do know that any animal you fear can sense fear and that gives the dog dominance over the situation. Unfortunately, when people are afraid of a dog, that usually gets them hurt. It isn't about a dog learning to speak English, it is about people learning to teach an animal with a language they understand and in a way that establishes them as the alpha leader. People make dog's vicious in my belief by their own actions or failure to establish dominance.
• United States
21 Dec 07
i think its all on how the dogs are raised personally but some dogs can sense if you are scared and then they are more proned to attck someone also. Some people say pitbulls are a vicious dog and thats not true. Its how they are raised. Most pitbulls are raised for fighting and thats why they get the bad rep. If you raise a dog with tlc and around ppl it should grow up to be a nice friendly dog.
• United States
20 Dec 07
Dogs can be vicious when they are bred to be that way or when they sense danger. Evidently the dog did not recognize the son and attacked thinking the son does not belong. The dog, acting on protect mode, did what his instincts said. The woman should have introduced the dog slowly to the son, even though he lived there before, as he was gone for a while and smelled differently. Caution should be used. I do hope the woman in your story did not do anything bad to the dog. The dog did nothing wrong.