I am a vehement advocate for animals, more particularly for dogs. I have two rescued friends asleep next to me as i type these lines, snoring to their own heart’s contempt and I am more than happy with this. Life is good. At least mine right now and theirs.
The number of “breed-specific haters” is increasing, but more than just hate the breed, it is important to analyze what is it that you are actually hating. Is it the dog because of the way it looks? The fame it has? Have you or anyone you know been attacked by a dog of this breed? Each story has two sides and it is my personal experience that the chances that the dog is a vicious being are extremely rare. It is far more likely that the dog reacted to the humans aggression even if this aggression was unintended.
This is particularly true in the case of children. Parents who let their child run towards an unknown dog regardless if the child is screaming in joy, sadness or in the middle of a tantrum, can be overwhelming to the dog. There are many dog owners (such as myself) who do not have children in their homes, so our furry friends are not used to these small sized humans. It is only logical to understand that if to a full size human, such action from a child can be obnoxious, it can certainly be perceived as aggressive by a being that does not speak our language.
While it might be too much to mention it still and again do take into consideration children who aren’t taught the basics on respect. The dog is an animal that has been domesticated for many centuries, but it still is a full blown individual that has a temperament and a character; as such they are also able to distinguish things that they like and things that they do not like. If the dog has always shown that he/she is not prone to have his/her tail yanked, allowing a kid to do precisely that, is naturally a Russian roulette on the kid getting bit.
But these events are not solely applicable to children. Adults are the same and move by the same premises. It is far too common to see an adult kick a dog just because the dog was there and the adult was having a bad day. What more normal would it be if a stranger or even your brother walks up to you and punches your face in? Are you going to kiss him or to throw a punch right back at him?
These are the things that should always be considered before saying: This or that breed are evil and should be destroyed. It could be as simple as the dog being bullied and harassed prior to you walking on its path; they too have bad days and again, these bad days are sole responsibility of the humans that interact with the dogs.
So, what IS the solution? The solution, as always is to make sure that the young kids learn the basics about caring and interacting with dogs and with any other form of life in this beautiful blue marble…
* Respect. Interaction with other life forms means that there has to be common ground as to when and how to interact. A dog is not a toy and it is not a “thing” that can be used however the human pleases.
* Care. The way parents teach their kids to care for life forms that are less independent is the way their kids will care for them when they are senile. If you want, do not look at it as teaching, consider it a wise investment
* Commitment. A dog, a hamster, a cat, a parrot or even a gold fish are not “toys” that bore the kid and should be discarded. Teaching the kid commitment will also teach him or her about family building, so that when the time comes and he/she has kids of his/her own, they will be treated in the best possible way and not as “closet kids” that are taken out when company is coming but otherwise are left to their own resources.
Kids who lack these important teaching often turn to become criminals. The amount of problem that comes from this is something that modern day society is experiencing first hand and not without a big degree of terror….