Davis85 you do have a point about holding responsibilty as a pet owner.. but the bottom line is when the pets in your yard, in your vechile it is confined as much as it needs to be, so shitty deal if some inbreed kid decides to stick his hand in your car and get it bitten off. That party needs to all the learning here! END!
public in this day and age of lawsuit happy people and all the bad publicity about vicious dog attacks and breed banning it is ever more important that we safe guard our pets from becoming a statistic. as the boxer person pointed out her dog is very protective. that means she has to keep an eye on her dog even more carefully. kids need to be taught how to approach an animal correctly that is true. but a kid will be a kid and they will do these things whether they were taught properly or not. you as a pet owner are responsible for your pet at all times. i have two protective breeds. if i am out walking and i see them start to get curious about a situation i watch them very closely. if i think theres a chance that something might happen i turn their attention to me or i turn away from the situation. i would not want my dog to be labeled a vicious dog for doing something it was bred to do. i know that and i use precautions wherever i go. so far i am lucky with my dog. she has not shown any behaviors that would give me cause to worry. but that may change as she matures into an adult. that is why i have socialized her extensively. i cannot predict what other people will do so i need to be able to predict my dogs reactions and avoid situations where there may be a problem.it doesn't make it right but that is reality. like it or not if your dog is protective of you in your car keep the windows rolled up to avoid a problem. then you wont have to worry about something happening.
Yeah kids will be kids, but I live with two kids (7 & 8) and they would know better than to go running around torturing animals. If they came home bitten because they were messing around with someone's pet, they'd get fixed up by the doctor and we'd tell them tough luck because that's what happens when you screw with an animal. Parents have complete responsibility to teach their kids how to behave in public and around other people and animals. As for some kid sticking his hand in your car, what the hell? Some people are screwed up in the head. A growl is a warning to tell someone that if they don't back off they will be in serious trouble. It's in no way an attack and it's not a sign of a dangerous or vicious dog, it's the opposite. It shows that the dog knows to warn before they attack or bite. rednosered, I agree. I'm ashamed I'm a human sometimes. That's why I'm a dog person, not a people person.
I totally agree with both scout and frosty, you are right, however, in this day and age the dog owner gets blamed no matter how bad the situation. Yeah so it is good to just watch your dog at all times, which can be hard. Best of luck.
I was reading a couple of months ago on one of my pitty dog forums,not sure which forum. This is a sad story,but a story about parents who don't watch their kids and the owner of the dog gets blamed. This 3 year old is out playing ,they live next door to a pit bull owner. The dog is tied out.The 3 year old is out wanders over to the home of the pit bull owner. The 3 year old must have wandered over to the dog. They think the dog killed the child,they found the childs body next to the dog.In the article they have vicous pit bull mauls child. So again the owner of the dog gets blamed,not the parent . The parent of the child didn't even realize her child was missing until 2 hours later.This is a case of parent neglect,it's not the dogs fault.What parent in their right mind would leave a 3 year old out playing for 2 hours by it self.Humans make me sick sometimes.