A question for dog lovers

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@shamzy18 (2319)
October 8, 2008 11:36am CST
If you had a dog and it bited your little child or sister or brother even KILLED it ( which has happened) Would you start hating dogs? Or would you say not all dogs are like that? But would you ever have a dog around a small child either yours or someone elses ever again? could you trust dogs ever again?
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@lisa0502 (1726)
• Canada
8 Oct 08
I have had a couple of dogs that have bitten my kids. No major bites but enough to draw a little blood. In my case the kids were teasing the dogs and the dogs were protecting themselves. Trusting dogs is a big issue. I had a pitbull that had bitten me on the arm, I had her paw caught in the door by accident while holding her collar and her reaction was to bite. She knew that she hurt me and was sorry about it. If it is an unprovoked attack then it is different. I trust dogs on a case by case senerio. Not all dogs are bad dogs and you can't judge them all the same.
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@shamzy18 (2319)
11 Oct 08
Omg well you have been in the position that i was talking about. And after reading your response i think differently now.
• Philippines
8 Oct 08
We cannot avoid to hate our dogs if they did something wrong to us or to our family. But it doesn't mean that we have to abandon or kill them. For me, they are like humans and it is their instinct to protect their master. Their behavior like what you've mentioned can be avoided if we show love and affection to our dogs. I believe that a dog wouldn't hurt their master if they didn't do something bad to them like hurting them, kicking them, slapping them or anything that would trigger their anger. We have a dog eversince I was a kid and that never happened to us. We just have to keep in mind that responsible pet ownership is the best key in taking care of our pets.
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@shamzy18 (2319)
11 Oct 08
cool yeah if the dog is trained/ brought up properly then yeah hopefully things like that should never happen.
@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Would I start hating dogs? no of course not....that would be (in my eyes) like hating all white me because it wsas white men do hurt me..Same logic IMO.....HOWEVER that said, Iwould be leery of having little ones around the same breed of dog that did the attacking especially if there ws no known reason for it..
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@shamzy18 (2319)
11 Oct 08
lol yeah i understand that logic now never thought of it that way before. But yeah people still should be aware of dogs round children.
@minx267 (14934)
• Hartford, Connecticut
8 Oct 08
That would be a very sad day indeed. But I would still say not all dogs are like that. You need to really know how a dog reacts to certain things. Were there any other circumstances? did the child maybe do someting to the dog? Was it a stray/wild dog, they may be only trying to survive...I would not hate all dogs. But little children and dogs should always be supervised together. Unless you absolutley know and have complete trust in your dog and it is an extremely gentle natured dog. I would not leave them alone. My dogs are fairly gentle, but large and could easily even knock over a child. I would still Trust dogs or more to the point, my knowledge of dogs. I always watch them around all people.
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@shamzy18 (2319)
8 Oct 08
Yeah i agree little children should always be supervised, if children do something some children are too little to know anything. But yes other children who understand do sometimes provoke dogs.
@stylioJ (403)
• United States
8 Oct 08
I would be very saddened if I had an animal that hurt someone. I try to find nice animals who would not do that, but even with proper training, you sometimes just can't fix every problem a wild animal could have. I would not hate all dogs if something happened though. That's like hating all people because there are certain people who hurt and kill each other. There are bad situations and bad forms of all living creatures. You can't just hate blindly because of a tragic experience (although you may be very cautious and unsure in the future).
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@shamzy18 (2319)
8 Oct 08
True i guess if you put it that way you cant hate all people so you cant hate all dogs.
@capirani (1841)
• United States
8 Oct 08
First I would have to find out what actually happened. Sometimes kids provoke animals and pushed to a limit even gentle animals will bite to protect themselves if they feel threatened. However, if it was one of those cases where the child was bitten without having provoked the animal, I would have to put the animal to sleep and deal with the consequences. This is why I don't like having animals that could be dangerous around children. I have had to put a dog I really loved to sleep because she could not adjust to living in town where there were always so many people around, including the teenage friends of my teenagers. She would nip at them because she was afraid of them, not because she was mean. She had been a rescued dog who was abused by a former owner. While we lived in the country she was very gentle and a good watch dog, very protective of our family members. But in town, she couldn't handle it. Everyone was a potential enemy in her mind. I didn't want anyone getting hurt so I had her put down. Giving her to someone else would not have solved the problem...it would have just become someone else's problem.
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• United States
9 Oct 08
i wouldnt started hating all dogs for something like that because really all dogs arent even like that but you also got to think if a dog feels as if its being threated of course its going to attack. I have a full blood chow and i never know when hes going to turn but beleive it or not the only one that can get near him is my oldest son everyone else he'll start showing teeth at them. My oldest son is 2 years old so someone has to help him put the water and food in there but we dont let me son near him when we are doing that because we dont know what could happen for the simple fact one my other chow did turn on me which he was killed by an officer do to chaseing a man threw our backyard and he went to attack and they hit him in the head with that pole thingy a couple of times. and i still to this day like dogs.
@belk89 (1103)
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
I would never let a dog around children. And if in cases like the dog bite a child or any family member. I will right away put the dog to a place where they can take care of abandoned pets. If the dog has endanger one of my family member i will not take the risk of taking care of it anymore. I wouldnt hate it but i will not be interested of taking care of it.
• United States
9 Oct 08
If my dig bit one of my kids or any other kid for no reason what so ever, I would have to get rid of him. I couldn't go out and kill him but he would have to be gone. If one of my kids were bit or another kid was bit and the kid just wouldn't leave him alone and was hitting him or something of the nature, I would have different feelings on that. Either way, I wouldn't hate dogs. Dogs usually behave according to how they are raised. I wouldn't hate all dogs just because one bit my kids or someone elses, or even myself was bit.
@airl1527 (355)
• China
9 Oct 08
Hey, my friend, i think we shouldn't blame dogs because they are animals and they have little mind and they can't think. We are human beings, we have to first think about it that whether the dog will attack the child or even kill it if we put or allow the dog to stay at a place near the child. I am going to have a baby, i am thinking i will think about all the dangers my child might face and i will kee him safe and will not let any animals stay at a place near him.
@granmeme (162)
• United States
9 Oct 08
I am a dog lover but I am also sensible about it. If I had a dog that would harm a child or kill one I would no longer want that dog. I think if a dog killed a child the owner would be forced to put that dog down. I do not know if I could make that decision myself or not but probable could, human life means more than a dog's life. I have a small dog she is prone to growl and snap at children but has never bit one but when she does that I correct her and make her stop. She has never liked children and I have always known this and taken proper percaution when she is around a child. She is never around a child alone and I explain to them why they cannot pet her or how to be careful if they do pet her.
@JerzeBch (50)
• United States
9 Oct 08
Luckily I have never known anyone who was killed by a dog, so I can't say how I would feel. I guess I probably would hate THE dog, but not all dogs and not even the breed. Just like all people are different, so are all dogs. I have had dogs since I was about 5 or so... I got my first puppy before I started school. And... I HAVE been bitten by dogs, I only remember 3 vividly. One when I was a toddler, my Grandmother's poodle mix bit me on the face. I still have the scar 30+ years later. Then my neighbors dog bit my arm when I was about 7 or 8. The boys weren't supposed to leave me alone with the dog... and they did. I'm sure I provoked him somehow! Then I've been bitten by my own dog, though he was in pain and I was trying to help him. My own daughters have both been bitten by dogs... but each time was not a vicious attack. It was when the dog was sleeping/eating/should be left alone and we didn't see them go to play with the dog. You would think... I would hate dogs... or be leery of them. But not at all! I love them and can't imagine life without them.
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
I really love dogs. If that happens, i would not really hate dgos because not all dogs are like that. i hear a lot of good things about dogs. But that experience will serve as a lesson to everybody to be careful next time. It's better to be careful than not to be at all in dealing with dogs.
• China
9 Oct 08
I like dogs very much.One day,I was bitten by a dog in the finger while i was playing with it.It was a very young dog and i thought maybe it was too excited and forgot it would hurt me by doing so.I dont't hate it.But i really suggest people who have a little child raise dogs with more stable and mild temper.
• United States
9 Oct 08
I hate dogs I hate everything about them.I hate that they bark and you can't stop them they lick themselves in disgusting places and you can't stop them.They are gross I hate everything about them.However i do not wish them harm,I would never hurt them in anyway on purpose.I just think everything about them is gross, due to child hood abuse and satanism I endured beyond my control back then I grew up with a different opinion of dogs then what most people have.
• United States
9 Oct 08
Good topic... I am a firm believer that not all dogs, or type/breed of dogs share the same characteristics. If a dog is raised properly, it can be a very loving animal. If your child or a child you know has been injured or, God forbid, killed due to a dog attack, then that dog felt scared or dominated somehow by the child. I am by no means saying that its the childs fault, but I am guessing that that it may have been an adopted or rescue dog that maybe had already reached adolescence. I adopted a 13 month old pitbull mix and I am the father of 8 year old twins, one of which has autism. I was very hesitant at first to adopt him, but I did extensive research on the breed(s) and made sure the first thing I did was make the dog aware that the children were "pack leaders". It takes a lot of training and discipline to be a dog owner, especially when you do not know the dogs history or past temperament. Dogs live "in the moment" and do not have very good short term memory. They respond to their current feelings and are very good at reading a humans body language. So even if you aquire a dog that has a history of being aggressive, it would only take a little effort to train the dog and change its mindset. To asnwer your question though, I would be a little reluctant to own another dog after experiencing an event such as an attack on a child. I send my condolences to you or anyone that had to experience something like that. I will always be a dog lover, but I would only suggest getting a dog after learning exactly how much attention and discipline it takes to raise a dog.