Pit Bulls Already Banned in a Dozen Countries

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Pit bulls have been banned the world over
Though a proposed ban on Broward County pit bulls was shelved last night, if the legislation reemerges in some form -- and actually passes -- the prohibition on the dog wouldn't be anything unusual.

In 1989, Miami may have been one of the first communities to ban pit bulls -- but it sure hasn't been the last, raising questions as to whether it's only a matter of time before every municipality imposes some sort of regulation on the animal.

Already, more than a dozen countries have banned pit bulls, making it, quite possibly, the most regulated and feared dog in the canine world.

Composed from various online resources, here's a breakdown of the bans and regulations:

Countries that have enacted regulation on pit bulls (or some deviation):
**In 1991, Singapore prohibited the entry of pit bulls into the country.
**In 1993, the Netherlands banned pit bulls.
**In 1997, Poland enacted legislation enforcing pit bull owners to display "clear warning signs" and keep the animal behind reinforced fencing.
**In 2000, France banned pit bulls. The goal was to let the breed "die out."
**In 2001, Germany banned pit bulls.
**In 2001, Puerto Rico banned pit bulls.
**In 2003, New Zealand banned the importation of pit bulls.
**In 2004, Italy banned pit bulls.
**In 2009, Australia prohibited the imports of pit bulls.
**In 2009, Ecuador banned pit bulls as pets.
**In 2010, Denmark banned pit bulls and pit bull breeding.
**In 2014, Venezuela will ban pit bulls.

Nationwide, a ban on pit bulls is also far from exceptional.

Cities that have laid down some sort of legislation:

Sioux City, Iowa; Council Bluffs, Iowa; Independence, Missouri; Royal City, Washington; Denver, Colorado; Springfield, Missouri; Youngstown, Ohio; Melvindale, Michigan; and, Livingston County, Michigan.

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ExpatNetherlands
ExpatNetherlands

I had written to the blogger previously, but I am assuming - given the lack of response or correction - and not to mention the overall inaccurate content of this post, that he has no interest in accuracy or credibility. In any event, pit bulls are NOT banned in the Netherlands. They were banned, but it was REPEALED - EIGHT years ago. Even more interesting, it was repealed because it had NO impact on dog bite incidence or increases in public safety at all - i.e. it was an utter failure in terms of its stated goal - making the public safer and protecting against serious injury from dangerous dogs. 


I recently moved to the Netherlands from the U.S. - and I moved my American Pit Bull Terrier with me. I had absolutely no problems at all - it was the exact same process and documents required for him as were required for moving my two cats - nothing extra for the fact that I was moving a dog, or that he is a registered pit bull. 


Anyway, this blog is littered with inaccurate statements - the least of which is the Netherlands issue - but I think it about sums up the quality of this post and this blogger - nothing but misinformation and knee-jerk statements that are not based on facts - used to prop up an argument that, on an emotional level, some people like to believe because it puts things into neat boxes and 'good' and 'bad' terms (which doesn't require a lot of critical thinking). However, logically, based on sound data and research, the arguments for pit bull bans do not stand up (which is why the Netherlands repealed their pit bull ban). 


And really, can anyone make a worse argument than 'everyone else is doing it! We should too!' Are we now arguing to pass legislation based on the mentality of a middle schooler? 


Pathetic. 

goodplans4you
goodplans4you

@ExpatNetherlands What is pathetic is people not caring about their fellow human beings.  The vast number of maulings and kills by pit and pit mix FAR exceeds other breed types.  You will not see this kind of damage coming from Danes, Pinschers, Boxers etc..  Do you care?  I hope so.  If you do then work toward breed specific legislation.  EXCERPT:    the boy sustained broken ribs, a gash over his eye, a facial bite that nearly removed an ear, and multiple slashing wounds on his stomach so severe that paramedics found him with his intestines on the point of spilling out, Thacker said. 

"I heard that there were some intestines that came out," he said. "It was a through-bite that tore into the inner part of the child — the actual cavity. It didn't just break the skin; it punctured into the bowels."     http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/animal-rights/pit-bull-rescued-animal-shelter-attacks-5-year-old-boy-2-weeks-after-adoptio

ExpatNetherlands
ExpatNetherlands

@goodplans4you 


Pointing to single incidents does not make them representative of the whole. It's a sampling error, and though people have a tendency to focus on the horrific, it does not mean the horrific is characteristic of the whole. 


For example, in the U.S. statistically the majority of serial killers and homegrown terrorists are white males. Yet, it is not white males that are characterised as inherently dangerous. And rightfully so. Most white men are not violent. Doesn't mean we should lock them all up and have them put down! Similarly, white males are also THE most likely to be carrying illegal drugs. But, because of racial profiling, it is primarily people of color who are targeted, and we let those most likely to be breaking the law to go unchecked and about their business in society, simply because they do not fit the stereotype of a drug dealer or user in our mind.


The point is, your bias and profiling of anyone - human or nonhuman - does not create reality. Jack Russells kill too (go ahead, google it) and usually kids and babies -- but no one is going after the Jack Russells. And it certainly doesn't make national or international headlines. Why? Because it's not the stereotype. 


Now, back to to point, we know that time and again dog breeds are misreported by media (a pit bull attack gets the headlines) -- and even when the police department confirms later the dog was of another breed, a lab mix or whatever, the media rarely change their stories. In short, the number of actual attacks by pit bulls is impossible to confirm -- both because of misreporting, and because of incorrect breed identification. 


Now, I do care deeply about human beings and public welfare. I just don't think killing en mass innocent animals -- when such laws have failed time and again to increase public safety -- is reasonable or logical. It's a knee-jerk emotional reaction, that doesn't make kids or people any safer. On the other hand, dangerous dog laws that target the act (such as the Washington, D.C. dangerous dog law) and not the breed, have shown significant success in drastically decreasing dog bite injury and fatalities. So rather than enacting a mass genocide against millions of dogs based on their appearance, to no positive effect, I support taking logical and proven steps that dramatically increase public safety. 


On a side note, in the story you linked, the parents had left a 2 1/2 year old alone with a dog they had JUST adopted and did not yet know. That is BEYOND irresponsible, and quite frankly the parents should be charged with child endangerment. No dog should be left alone with a child. We forget that ALL dogs are predators. Humans domesticated these animals thousands of years ago to hunt with, and guard our property and homes from strange humans and wildlife alike. A little child does not look like an adult human to a dog. They smell different, make squealy sounds not unlike a squeaky dog toy (which is exciting to dogs because it mimics a dying animal's cries), and run (something to chase!). No dog -- of any breed -- should be left unattended with a child until that child is old enough to understand proper interactions with a dog that prevent bites.


For more info on this, visit: http://www.doggonesafe.com/Dog_bite_prevention_for_parents

goodplans4you
goodplans4you

@ExpatNetherlands @goodplans4you So inane to state that it's all about an incidence here and there.  The stats are clear.  


And WHY IN THE WORLD should a breed type be available for adoption anywhere that can do that kind of damage? 


You will not see the vast amount of maulings and damage and killings from any other breed type.  Breeds like Dane, Dalmatian, Pinscher, Boxer etc. simply aren't capable of such vicious attacks .... not of the same nature and in the same amount of time.


Why would someone want to try and nitpick when children's lives are at stake?


We need to work together to find solutions to stop these horrible events.  


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2014 Dog Bite Related Human Fatalities


41 Dog Bite Related Fatalities

by Breed:


26 by Pit Bull / Pit Bull Mix

3 by Bullmastiff / Mastiff Mix

4 by Rottweiler

1 by Cane Corso

1 by Shepherd Mix

1 by Catahoula Leopard Dog

4 Unknown Breed 

1 Mix Breed


By age:

20 Children 

21 Adults


loutownslugger2
loutownslugger2

Here's what you guy's don't understand. Here's a riddle for you. Yes any animal will bite, nip you on the hand when threatened. You say "owie dogie bit me".. Yes those are common bites. But here's when you neanderthal pitbull owners who insist on owning the most dangerous breed don't understand. Serious dog bites, bites that require hospitalization. In 2008 9,500 dog bites required hospitalization, and Pitbulls were responsible for 68% of those attacks. Fatal dog attacks 95% this year. Yes any dog will bite in defense, nip ya, it's reported as a dog bite. But what you buffoons fail to realize is that Pitbulls are responsible for the vast majority of serious bites, bites that require you to be hospitalized. No dog breed comes with in a 1/5 of pitbull maiming's. So yes a poodle can bite you on the hand, that's a dog bite. But serious dog bites, almost everyone is a pitbull. Fatal attacks, serious attacks, maiming's. Be sure pitbull neanderthals to look at that part, when reviewing dog bite numbers. Sure any little dog when threatened will bite you, but pitbulls are responsible for the vast majority of "SERIOUS" attacks. An almost all killings. But why bother. Talking to you pitbull neanderthals is like trying to teach a monkey new tricks.

blt54321
blt54321

@loutownslugger2I have a pitbull and she's smarter than every single other dog we have met (obviously not in the world or some shit) people say "wow your dog is so well trained" and we trust her enough to go in and out of the house as she pleases. We taught to jump through a fucking hoop in one day. Idk how you can call an entire breed of dog bad. People who train their dogs to attack are just going to find another breed if pitbulls are illegalized (prob rottweilers) then if they are illigalized, another. it's what people do with or to the dog to make them aggressive and aggressive people want to look tough so they buy a tough looking dog. you prob own a cat or something so get your bitchass out of here and stop talking shit. Btw it's teach an old dog new tricks not monkey idk if you're mentally handicapped or something, if so sorry.

crescent_garner
crescent_garner

@loutownslugger2   Just so you know I am a well educated neanderthal pitbull owner and so is my boyfriend.  Please do me a favor and don't reproduce, we don't need another non educated person like you having kids and spreading the "stupidity gene" you have a lot reading and educating to do on the subject before you open your mouth.  And just so you know get the whole story on the biting that has occurred for for you speak.  Usually its someone like walking up to my car and putting you hand in the window.  That car is their space and they are protecting it.  Or maybe your the person that runs/walks up to my dog and sticks your hand out....again big no no.  If you have any breed of dog please do a favor and let have a better owner then you.  you may never want to leave your house.  I was neanderthal lab owner and they bite too.  Also if you were educated you would realized numbers can be spun anyway they want you to see it...if you work, your company does it all the time to make whatever they want look they way they want.  


http://www.dogster.com/dog-breeds/pitbulls



bryn0sands
bryn0sands

You, Neanderthal, obviously don't have your research right and are projecting your swayed views on your so called numbers. Ask your own veterinarian about temperament and pitbulls are not on the list. Yes if a bite occurs it is not comparable to the chihuahua but Rottweilers laboradores and poodles bite. I work in a dog friendly company and many customers own pitbulls and they are welcome guests. The only bite which ever occurred and did require stitches was a chocolate lab.

digomide165
digomide165

@loutownslugger2 You are right man. Pitbull owners are uneducathed, they must be taught some lessons. It seams they ignore the FACTS the breed was created to fight, that when they bite they refuse to drop the attack, and even breeders admit they were not meant to get along with other pets. They are uneducathed because they live in society, but dont give a crap about the society, children and neighboors safety, no matter how many pitbulls attacks are well documented (across the globe, from china, to muslim countries, to america and latin america what discard the possibility of a "plot" against it you morons). they always came up with petty excuses: oh but my pitbull is docile, pitbulls are like any other dog, pitbulls attack because of its the owner not the dog, blah blah blah. Serious you idiots? Is that the best you can make up?  Society is not suppose to pay for your bad treatment of the dog you bastards (which is irrelevant, since is more than well documented and proved they can attack for no reason at all). Take a look at street dogs, that are treated like worms, and hardly will cause any damage or get agressive at all. Yes the problem may be the owner, since any owner of pitbull is an uneducathed person, or a monkey trying to show up: Oh loook how tough i am with my pitbull. Perhaps they should not ban only the pitbull, but their owners too (altough it would be too good to be true, we work to ban of the societ only this beast they call dog)

rtarp1
rtarp1

@blt54321 @loutownslugger2  just because you have a bomb that hasn't gone off doesn't mean it isn't still a bomb



Simply put, border collies do not herd sheep because they are raised on sheep farms; rather, they are raised on sheep farms because they herd. In addition pointers point, retrievers retrieve, and mastiffs guard, all because those traits are part of their breed expectations, meaning strong and continuous selection in the underlying breeding program "

Simply put Pit bulls do not attack because they are raised with dog fighters and drug dealers, dog fighters and drug dealers use pit bulls because they attack!

It is their nature, their genetic truth and reality.!!

It is not how you raise them rather it is simply what they are.!!

Just like sled dogs run and pull, it is just their nature.!

A pit bull type dog is what it is and does what it is.You can no more alter it genetic makeup then you can a collies to herd, a hounds to track, a retriever's to retrieve, a labs to swim, a pointers to point, a sled dog to run and pull.



They do what they are and a pit bull type dog is a mauling violent killer that has been bred to be a land shark, nothing you do can change that, even if you have them from birth.



No matter if you love them, or how you nurture, train, rehabilitate, raise them optimally as normal dogs from birth, you can not change their Genetic reality to Kill, Maul, Maim, Disfigure, Dismember, cause Life Flights or trips to the Intensive Care Unit.


For over 600 years the current pit bull type dog was brought into being through careful selective genetic breeding to create the most violent murderous fighting dog possible

rtarp1
rtarp1

@crescent_garner @loutownslugger2 



Simply put, border collies do not herd sheep because they are raised on sheep farms; rather, they are raised on sheep farms because they herd. In addition pointers point, retrievers retrieve, and mastiffs guard, all because those traits are part of their breed expectations, meaning strong and continuous selection in the underlying breeding program "

Simply put Pit bulls do not attack because they are raised with dog fighters and drug dealers, dog fighters and drug dealers use pit bulls because they attack!

It is their nature, their genetic truth and reality.!!

It is not how you raise them rather it is simply what they are.!!

Just like sled dogs run and pull, it is just their nature.!

A pit bull type dog is what it is and does what it is.You can no more alter it genetic makeup then you can a collies to herd, a hounds to track, a retriever's to retrieve, a labs to swim, a pointers to point, a sled dog to run and pull.



They do what they are and a pit bull type dog is a mauling violent killer that has been bred to be a land shark, nothing you do can change that, even if you have them from birth.



No matter if you love them, or how you nurture, train, rehabilitate, raise them optimally as normal dogs from birth, you can not change their Genetic reality to Kill, Maul, Maim, Disfigure, Dismember, cause Life Flights or trips to the Intensive Care Unit.


For over 600 years the current pit bull type dog was brought into being through careful selective genetic breeding to create the most violent murderous fighting dog possible

blt543211
blt543211

@rtarp1 @blt54321 @loutownslugger2 I literally laughed out loud when I read this ahahaahaha omg. If I took oh say a Border Collie that grew up in a normal suburban household, brought it out to a farm, then told it to herd sheep would it do it?? Of course not because it has not been trained to do that, it is of course easier to train a border collie to herd sheep then it would be for other breeds because it's in their genetics that are responsible for their PHYSICAL attributes but they are MAMMALS they learn through experience, very little is automatic. 


A spider on the other hand is born knowing everything it will ever need to know to survive, there is no training it to spindle a web or catch bugs it actually is hard coded into the spider's DNA to just do it without knowing why.


Dogs are like people, they favor nurture over nature, if a Pitbull is raised in a normal household where there is no fighting or training for fighting, it will not be biting other people or dogs, just like a German Shepard isn't going to sniff out drugs if it was never trained to. As I said earlier it would be easier to train it kill because they have the physical attributes to be better fighters but they won't as long as the owners aren't bad. 


I know I didn't just change your mind on Pitbulls but your argument falls apart when you consider the fact that dogs no matter what, still need to be trained to do what they're breed is specialized in.


And I'm going to let you know that pitbulls; one: have not even existed for 600 years and is a generic term to describe a number of actual breeds, two: dog fighting has only been around since the 1800s.


I would suggest you google "the truth about pit bulls natgeo" it has a good infographic you learn a little bit from.

blt543211
blt543211

@rtarp1 @blt54321 @loutownslugger2 I literally laughed out loud when I read this ahahaahaha omg. If I took oh say a Border Collie that grew up in a normal suburban household, brought it out to a farm, then told it to herd sheep would it do it?? Of course not because it has not been trained to do that, it is of course easier to train a border collie to herd sheep then it would be for other breeds because it's in their genetics that are responsible for their PHYSICAL attributes but they are MAMMALS they learn through experience, very little is automatic. 


A spider on the other hand is born knowing everything it will ever need to know to survive, there is no training it to spindle a web or catch bugs it actually is hard coded into the spider's DNA to just do it without knowing why.


Dogs are like people, they favor nurture over nature, if a Pitbull is raised in a normal household where there is no fighting or training for fighting, it will not be biting other people or dogs, just like a German Shepard isn't going to sniff out drugs if it was never trained to. As I said earlier it would be easier to train it kill because they have the physical attributes to be better fighters but they won't as long as the owners aren't bad. 


I know I didn't just change your mind on Pitbulls but your argument falls apart when you consider the fact that dogs no matter what, still need to be trained to do what they're breed is specialized in.


And I'm going to let you know that pitbulls; one: have not even existed for 600 years and is a generic term to describe a number of actual breeds, two: dog fighting has only been around since the 1800s.


I would suggest you google "the truth about pit bulls natgeo" it has a good infographic you learn a little bit from.

grandma3d
grandma3d

This is a very sad situation, I know pit owners love their dogs however, there is just no way to avoid the huge elephant in the room, it is inevitable pit bulls need to be banned. It doesn't matter if you raised them in a loving home since they were born/ It doesn't matter if you have him/her trained. They snap and revert back to their instinctive behavior and kill. These animals must go. ASAP. They are taking babies out of their crib at night they KILL THE BABY AND THEN EAT IT!!!  There are too many people getting killed by pit bulls and every year it will get worse. 

bryn0sands
bryn0sands

Grandma you are seriously in need of an education. Sorry to tell you. But please think before you post.

rtarp1
rtarp1

@bryn0sands  HERE IS YOUR EDUCATION.



Simply put, border collies do not herd sheep because they are raised on sheep farms; rather, they are raised on sheep farms because they herd. In addition pointers point, retrievers retrieve, and mastiffs guard, all because those traits are part of their breed expectations, meaning strong and continuous selection in the underlying breeding program "

Simply put Pit bulls do not attack because they are raised with dog fighters and drug dealers, dog fighters and drug dealers use pit bulls because they attack!

It is their nature, their genetic truth and reality.!!

It is not how you raise them rather it is simply what they are.!!

Just like sled dogs run and pull, it is just their nature.!

A pit bull type dog is what it is and does what it is.You can no more alter it genetic makeup then you can a collies to herd, a hounds to track, a retriever's to retrieve, a labs to swim, a pointers to point, a sled dog to run and pull.



They do what they are and a pit bull type dog is a mauling violent killer that has been bred to be a land shark, nothing you do can change that, even if you have them from birth.



No matter if you love them, or how you nurture, train, rehabilitate, raise them optimally as normal dogs from birth, you can not change their Genetic reality to Kill, Maul, Maim, Disfigure, Dismember, cause Life Flights or trips to the Intensive Care Unit.


For over 600 years the current pit bull type dog was brought into being through careful selective genetic breeding to create the most violent murderous fighting dog possible

BSL.Doesnt.Work
BSL.Doesnt.Work

FALLOUT FROM THE SOLESKY PIT BULL RULING:

A class action Complaint seeking injunctive and declaratory relief has been filed in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland that addressed this issue, captioned Weigel v. State of Maryland, (Case No.: 1:12-cv-02723-WDQ). Plaintiffs in Weigel sued on behalf of low-income dog owners at Armistead Gardens in Baltimore against the State of Maryland, its Governor and Attorney General, the Court of Appeals and its Chief Judge, and against the Armistead Homes Corporation.

The Weigel Complaint alleges that in response to the Tracey opinion, Armistead Homes notified the proposed class members that they are in violation of their lease and under the provisions of their membership in the cooperative association were immediately subject to termination.

In nine separate counts, the Weigel Complaint alleges against all defendants, (other than Armistead Homes), that the “unconstitutionally vague” Tracey opinion violates the plaintiffs’ of their Fourteenth Amendment rights under the United States Constitution and their rights under Article 24 of the Maryland Declaration of Rights and that it is “so overwhelmingly arbitrary and irrational” as to violate the Due Process Clause and Article 24. Plaintiffs also allege that the opinion amounts to a “seizure of property” in violation of the Fifth Amendment and in violation of Article III, Section 40 of the Maryland Constitution. The Weigel Complaint seeks a Declaration that the Tracey opinion is “unconstitutional, void an unenforceable” and that eviction of Armistead Homes tenants based on the Tracey opinion should be “preliminarily and permanently” restrained.

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GET THIS:  MARYLAND COURTS DO NOT HOLD TAVERNS - WHO DIRECTLY SERVE PATRONS ALCOHOL IN PERSON FACE-TO-FACE - RESPONSIBLE IF THEIR DRUNK PATRONS LEAVE THE BAR AND CAUSE AN ACCIDENT. 

In dismissing the cause of action, the Maryland Court of Appeals held that:

A part from statute, the common law knows no right of action against a seller of intoxicating liquors, as such, for "causing" intoxication of the person whose negligent or wilful [sic] wrong has caused injury. Human beings, drunk or sober, are responsible for their own torts. The law (apart from statute) recognizes no relation of proximate cause between a sale of liquor and a tort committed by a buyer who has drunk the liquor.

REPEAT: "HUMAN BEINGS, DRUNK OR SOBER, ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN TORTS."    Except, apparently, when the human owns a PIT BULL.  Then every person who ever heard the NAME OF THE HUMAN OWNER is responsible that human's dog's actions.

THEY HOLD A LANDLORD, WHO MAY LIVE HOURS AWAY, RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTION'S OF A TENANT'S DOG WHOM THEY MAY NEVER HAVE EVEN SEEN, NOR HAVE ANY CONTROL OVER TRAINING, CARING FOR, RESTRAINING, NOR SPAYING/NEUTERING.  THREE MALE JUSTICES, AGES 69, 75, 75 (and a female justice Age 62)  - RULED THAT AN 89-YEAR-OLD LANDLADY WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTIONS OF HER TENANT'S DOG THAT SHE WAS NOT ANYWHERE NEAR WHEN THE INCIDENT OCCURRED.  YET THEY RULE A TAVERN SERVING ALCOHOL DIRECTLY TO A PERSON IS *NOT* RESPONSIBLE IF THE PATRON GETS SO DRUNK THEY LATER HARM SOMEONE.

http://www.msba.org/sec_comm/sections/litigation/newsletters/LitigationJan2013.pdf

BSL.Doesnt.Work
BSL.Doesnt.Work

HOT OFF THE PRESS!  MARCH 21, 2013:

MARYLAND LEGISLATURE PASSES ANTI-DOG-FIGHTING LEGISLATION.

The bills increase the punishment for using dogs as bait animals — imprisonment for up to three years and a $5,000 fine — the same punishment as for dog fighting.

The Senate on Thursday voted 47-0 vote to pass SB 360.  The House also gave preliminary approval to its version of the bill, HB 542.

In “baiting” a dog is used to train a fighting dog or to test the fighting or killing instinct of another dog.

Sen. Bryan Simonaire, R-Pasadena, and Del. Tony McConkey, R-Severna Park, introduced bills last March after two dogs were found with wounds in Brooklyn Park and Linthicum. But both bills didn’t get a vote by the time the regular session ended.

Simonaire and McConkey came back this year with animal rights supporters, law enforcement officials and others.

EXCERPT FROM ONE OF MY OTHER POSTS BELOW:

MD Legislative Process:http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frm1st.aspx

MD House Bills (click HB 78):  http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/pubs-current/current-house-status-report.pdf

MD Senate Bills (click SB 160):http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/pubs-current/current-senate-status-report.pdf

BSL.Doesnt.Work
BSL.Doesnt.Work

“There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.”― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Fuzatz
Fuzatz

So I am assuming all of you that ore for BSL will work to ban all 91 breeds involved in fatal attacks since 96'?  Or just the ones you hate.  If it's the latter, please tell me what pecentage of existing dogs that bite/ maul or kill is acceptable for you, instead of copying articles from dogsbite.org.  I have yet to have a BSL advocate accept this challange.

BSL.Doesnt.Work
BSL.Doesnt.Work

"I''ve trained countless pit bulls, and have found them to be among the most loyal, smart, and trainable dogs I've worked with."

Victoria Stillwell
Dog Trainer in TV Show "It's Me or the Dog", Creator of "Positively" Dog Training

nick
nick

@BSL.Doesnt.Work yeah and their eye contact which never yields can be very intimidating to a lot of regular people.  The sad thing is you standing behind a breed that can and does 'snap' and kill little children, old adults and regular people and they don't just bite and run off, no they grab on, shake (a killer's move) and eat.  They toss babies and children around like rag dolls.  It is so obvious they have this within them unlike most breeds, that one could associate them with a wild animals that certain people try to domesticate.  


You put your reputation on the line, so there is no way you would say any breed is untrainable, yet how many videos, photos or graves have you visited to heighten your own professional knowledge about the breed?


And who's to say you're actually Victoria Stillwell, yeah sure. Oh if you are you most definitely got the job based on looks and personality, the two most sought out qualities for those shows, with knowledge a distant third.  Finally I'm a dog and animal lover, but putting an animal over the safety of children and the elderly at this point with so many unnecessary and vicious deaths is just ridiculous.  If there were this many tiger maulings the public would be outraged, but here it's just an ity bity doggie who looks so cute as a puppy… ahhh.  Face reality.

BSL.Doesnt.Work
BSL.Doesnt.Work

HOT OFF THE PRESS FROM AN HOUR AGO - TENNESSEE WITHDRAWS ITS BSL PROPOSAL!!!

ANOTHER STATE DUMPS DISCRIMINATION, BIGOTRY AND HATRED AGAINST INNOCENT DOGS AND THEIR BELOVED FAMILIES.

HERE IS AN UPDATED LIST FOR YOU RAGE-FUELED PIT BULL HATERS TO CHERISH:

States that PROHIBIT BSL:

CALIFORNIA (allows spay/neuter BSL),
COLORADO, 
FLORIDA, 
ILLINOIS, 
MASSACHUSETTS, 
MAINE, 
MINNESOTA, 
NEW JERSEY, 
NEW YORK, 
OKLAHOMA, 
PENNSYLVANIA, 
TEXAS,
VIRGINIA.

Other states in progress to PROHIBIT BSL are 

CONNECTICUT (two state legislators are pit bull owners), 
NEW MEXICO, 
NEVADA, 
RHODE ISLAND.

States who have DROPPED proposed BSL-contaminated legislation:
TENNESSEE
FLORIDA (BROWARD COUNTY)
OKLAHOMA

States that recently REVERSED existing BSL:
OHIO
MARYLAND - Both houses of their State Legislature unanimously voted to REVERSE an Appellate Court's ruling that 1) Pit Bulls are inherently dangerous and 2) that landlord's (and other third parties) are responsible for the actions of tenant's dogs.

<cough> <ahem>  Who says BSL is SPREADING?   A small town with 200 people here and there?  The only thing spreading is hater lies.  Notice a pattern here?

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I did not want the word ban to imply anything other then that I  am saying and I agree fully that in some way, form or fashion Pit bulls are regulate or banned. Further that laws enacted or repealed are done so with deference to Pit bulls. I am saying you are drawling a conclusion from a repeal that not only is incorrect but not relevant to establishing the dangerousness of Pit bulls which regulations bans and repeals all testify to. .  Further that the three issues before Ohio since the repeal are Pit bulls then ,  rather highlights that regardless of laws, that you and me,  we, both agree and I support that  all dog breeds and owners should be held to the same standard, is  that pit bulls and there owners are suffering the consequences of those laws. This fact   reveala them as the number one most dangerous breed. Not  what you are proposing , that a repeal is a agreement by a state that they are not dangerous. You are trying make a connection that not only does not exist but is not relevant to the inherent dangerousness of Pit bulls. Rather it highlights it. My question is how did you come to a different conclusion??

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"Bully breeds are among the friendliest, most playful dogs there are.  Should I ever have kids in my family again, I would love a Rottweiler or Pit Bull because they are so accepting of children.  Again, they need to be socialized early.  Far too many dogs are treated like livestock."

Ian Dunbar, Veterinarian, Animal Behaviorist, Author of award-winning, best-selling books, videos, behavior columns and pamphlets; Lecturer for over 30 years having conducted over 800 days of seminars.

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IDENTIFICATION OF "BREED" (Part 1)

A study was performed by Dr. Amy Marder, another Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist and Director of the Center for Shelter Dogs in Boston, a great use of her knowledge and experience. They sent in DNA samples to the MARS Wisdom panel, of dogs identified as “pit bulls.” Sure enough, they came back with some Am Staff yes, but also plenty of Vizsla, Gordon Setter, Irish Setter, etc. In some of the truly ‘bully’ looking dogs, Am Staff wasn’t even present, or was present only as a ‘trace’ amount. She also showed a slide of a fuzzy, fluff ball spaniel-y looking thing, who turned out to have a significant amount of Am Staff…who would have guessed it? (Not me, neither did any of my colleagues).

Granted, we all agreed that DNA testing of dog breeds is a work in progress. Is it 100% accurate?  No, it truly isn’t, it is relatively new, and it is so complicated (after all, look at all the breeds that are less than 150 years old that were created from other breeds…)

Lastly,  Dr. Marder discussed a study in which they did behavior evaluations on 61 shelter dogs, 21 of whom had been identified as ‘pit bulls.’ The ‘pit bull’ types showed no more aggression over food  or handling than the ‘non-pit’ dogs, although the bully type dogs did test out as being more easily aroused.

Patricia McConnell - PhD, Professor of Zoology, specialized in canine aggression for 22 years, Ethologist, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, dog trainer, author of dog training books, World-wide, highly respected Seminar Presenter, co-host of radio show "Calling All Pets" for 15 years
http://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/tag/dr-victoria-voith

(Twoface:  Does Patricia sound all "scientific" to you?  Guess what?  She's a scientist and she IS scientific.  Does that threaten you?)

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IDENTIFICATION OF "BREED" (Part 2)

Victoria Voith, one of the first board certified veterinary behaviorists in the country, enrolled [fellow behaviorists] in a study she is doing on breed identification. Given that breed bans are based on, well, breed identification, she and others are gathering breed identifications from a total of 1,000 people. We all took the survey, being shown about 25 or so photos of dogs, and were asked to identify the dog as a purebred or a mix. If we thought it was a mix, we were asked to identify the primary and (if relevant) secondary breeds contributing to the dog.

After we all took the ‘test,’ Dr. Voith told us the results of DNA testing from the MARS breed identification tests...Most of the dogs shown came up as mixes of mixes: 25% this, 12.5 % that.Very few came out as 50% of one breed and 50% of another.

I’ve always wondered why people tend to describe mixed breed dogs as the offspring of two pure bred parents, and I’ve long believed that it is VERY difficult to guess parentage of a mixed breed dog. I came to that conclusion after reading Scott and Fuller’s study, and looking at the photos they have of some of their crosses (beagle/cocker for example.) If you look at all their photos, some of the pups look like their father, some their mother, and others look like just about nothing at all (or another breed altogether.) Dogs are so structurally labile, surely it is truly hard to predict exactly what a mix is going to look like...I am often shocked at the dogs who’ve come into my office described as a 15 pound “German Shepherd/Terrier” cross, or a “Labrador/Border collie.”

All this is good ammunition against breed bans… who can be sure a dog is a “pit bull” anyway? This study has the potential of providing good science that can be used to fight breed bans, which I am adamantly against.

Patricia McConnell - PhD, Professor of Zoology, specialized in canine aggression for 22 years, Ethologist, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, dog trainer, author of dog training books, World-wide, highly respected Seminar Presenter, co-host of radio show "Calling All Pets" for 15 years
http://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/tag/dr-victoria-voith

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The man who has won millions at the cost of his conscience is a failure. - B.C. Forbes

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Greed is an imperfection that defiles the mind; hate is an imperfection that defiles the mind; delusion is an imperfection that defiles the mind. - Siddhartha Gautama

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REASONS WHY BSL IS INEFFECTIVE IN PROTECTING THE PUBLIC


- Dog control problems are PEOPLE problems, and are not limited to a breed or mix.

- Banning a breed or declaring it inherently vicious punishes those responsible dog owners who are the type of citizens that communities need to keep, not drive away.

- Communities that have instituted such bans often find that the irresponsible owners and the criminals who use dogs for illegal purposes simply switch to another breed.

- Banning a breed or particular mix of breeds punishes those dogs that are reliable community citizens, therapy dogs, assistance dogs for handicapped owners, search and rescue dogs, drug-sniffing dogs, police dogs, etc., and drives them out of the community.

- Breeds and mixes are often difficult to identify.

- The "pit bull" is a TYPE of dog bred for fighting, not a specific breed.

- Passage of laws that are only enforced on complaint cause two problems: they create disrespect for the law if the authorities require compliance only upon complaint, and they provide ammunition for neighborhood feuds.

http://www.animallaw.info/articles/aruslweiss2001.htm

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MEDIA STEREOTYPING

Journalists need to produce news stories quickly and succinctly. Stereotypes provide a way, through their frequent use, to present easily recognized representations that audiences feel they know. Complex news items can be made more understandable by using stereotypes of the "hero", "villain", and the "victim". This structure allows for a quick and convenient way to deal with the tight deadlines faced by journalists.

EFFECTS OF MEDIA STEREOTYPES:
The repetition of these images may have serious consequences. If people come to accept these images as true, then misrepresentation occurs. These stereotypes seem to give us permission to overlook the individuality and the particulars of any situation. They can breed hatred and fear of specific groups. They can affect one's own perceptions. They can place impossible demands on individuals and foster a lack of self-esteem. Stereotypes influence our perceptions of ourselves and others. Stereotypes, repeated often enough, come to be viewed as reality rather than a chosen representation.

http://www.saskschools.ca/~ischool/media20/unit_2/stereot2.htm

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NEW ZEALAND SPCA DIRECTOR - CALLED OUT ON HATRED

What's Going On Mr Kerridge?

For years you have abused your position as the face of the SPCA in this country to deliberately mislead and delude the NZ public about the nature of the American Pit Bull Terrier.

Your comments, made very publicly (and described by an ex-insider of your branch as a "pathological hatred" of the breed) are nothing short of scurrilous.

In your position - where you must almost certainly know better - your proactive demonisation of the breed is nothing short of criminal. In fact we would go so far as to say that your behaviour is a form of wanton animal abuse as you must realise what sort of nutters are brought to our breed as a direct result, and the suffering and deaths that inevitably ensue.

http://www.purebrednz.com/bob_kerridge_busted.htm

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BSL STUDY - MARYLAND - EXPENSIVE FAILURE

One of the few known instances in which a breed ban’s effectiveness was examined and reported on in the United States occurred in Prince George’s County, Maryland, where a task force was formed in 2003 to look at the effectiveness of its pit bull ban. The task force concluded that the public’s safety had not improved as a result of the ban, despite the fact that the county had spent more than $250,000 per year to round up and destroy banned dogs. Finding that other, non–breed–specific laws already on the books covered vicious animal, nuisance, leash, and other public health and safety concerns, the task force recommended repealing the ban.  It was ignored by those that passed the law for that would have been akin to admitting failure and gross waste of taxpayer dollars and the senseless murder of hundreds of innocent dogs.  Better to keep it in place and save face than humbly eat crow to the benefit of ones residents.
http://www.americanbar.org/newsletter/publications/gp_solo_magazine_home/gp_solo_magazine_index/pitbull.html

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HATE THEORIES

How Normal People Turn Into Pit Bull Haters

Social psychologists have traditionally considered hatred, prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination and intergroup aggression to be important, socially relevant topics, and thousands of studies by social psychologists have examined these and other issues related to hatred.

The human mind is an imperfect information processing tool that frequently utilizes shortcuts in order to quickly and efficiently categorize information from our social worlds and draw conclusions from what we perceive. These shortcuts allow for faster processing of information, but they also make us susceptible to a wide array of poor judgments.

Deindividuation, diffusion of responsibility, and conformity help explain how groups become aggressive.

Authoritarianism and social dominance describe the individual differences in social styles that people have, as well as their implications for prejudice and nationalism.

PREJUDICE, INTERGROUP AGGRESSION, CONFORMITY
- When an ambiguous situation is encountered by a social group, individuals look to each other and collectively define a reality consistent with their beliefs.
- Demonstrated when news organizations reflect a dominant world view, to the exclusion of alternatives.
- When faced with a non-ambiguous situation, if a social group takes a stance that one member finds objectionable, the member often time conforms anyway to go along with the crowd.
- Members of groups who share a strong common identity likely feel tremendous pressure to conform to accepted norms, even when conforming means violating their inner beliefs and attitudes

DEINDIVDUATION, DIFFUSION OF RESPONSIBILITY, PLURALISTIC IGNORANCE
- Theories that explain how groups become aggressive
- Being a member of a large crowd produces a state of deindividuation, in which the individual is less likely to attend to his or her inner values
- Individuals in groups feel less responsible - diffusion of responsibility - which explains why those in large groups are less likely to help
- Pluralistic ignorance is when people will often look to each other for information, and if other people are behaving as if something horrific is OK, then they conclude that nothing is out of the ordinary
- Contributes to the expression of hatred, murder, and genocide through the creation and maintenance of stereotypes
- Not all who engage in hateful behavior will see it as such (some see their hostility toward outgroups as justifiable and perfectly reasonable)
- The situation itself can elicit both the best and the worst types of behaviors from individuals who often have a very poor understanding of the power of the situation to influence them

SOCIAL DOMINANCE
- Theories that help us understand the individual differences in socio-political styles that people have, as well as their implications for prejudice and nationalism
- Social dominance is the degree to which an individual endorses the myths that legitimize social hierarchy or
- The extent to which an individual desires and supports social hierarchy.

SOCIAL COGNITION
- Theories that explain how stereotypes are formed and why they persist in spite of contradictory information
- Stereotypes are errors in evaluation of social information, and they are difficult to change - once a stereotype belief is embedded in a person’s view, it is highly resistant to information that counters the belief.
- When people evaluate information from their social worlds, they tend to accept without much hesitation that which supports what they already believe, a finding termed confirmation bias (as with biased newspaper reports)
- They say to themselves that this new piece of information simply confirms what they already knew to be true, so they don’t feel the need to be critical of it
- A prejudiced individual, encountering biased television news reporting is likely to have his or her prejudicial beliefs confirmed
- A prejudiced individual will try to disconfirm information which doesn’t fit with what they believe

SOCIAL IDENTITY
- People frequently prefer their ingroup
- Predicts the conditions that are most likely to cause intergroup hostility
- Explains how stereotypes are formed and why they persist in spite of contradictory information
- Placing individuals in random groups was sufficient to elicit ingroup preference
- Outgroup hostility occurs under specific conditions of status differential in terms of group stability, legitimacy, and permeability

Theories such as deindividuation, diffusion of responsibility, and conformity help explain how groups become aggressive. Social dominance theories help us understand the individual differences in socio-political styles that people have, as well as their implications for prejudice. Social cognition research helps us understand how stereotypes are formed and why they persist in spite of contradictory information. Social identity theory provides insight not only into the fact that people frequently prefer their ingroup, but also into what conditions are most likely to cause intergroup hostility.

(Gonna try and discredit this post by saying I'm just "trying to sound scientific"?  By the way, that little trick has been overused by Lynn Smith aka Ginny R and Julie E-M, so you really just appear to be a little drone to not just crazeen but these other women as well.  Maybe you should come up with your very own technique since copy cats aren't all that impressive.)

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11 Australian Cities Perform Public Dog Attack Study, Implement Prevention Program (2 years, 700 attacks)

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Not one mention of "pit bull" (non-breed-specific)

Proved that the owners were the cause of the problem

Over 80% of dog attack or menace incidents in public places occurred due to dogs not being adequately confined to the property.

The majority of dog attacks in public places (58%) occurred on the footpath or road bordering the property, not public parks, due to dogs displaying aggression (possibly territorial) towards passers by.

A wide variety of dog breeds (47 in total) were represented in incidents, including several generally considered to be less aggressive breeds. This suggested that the main contributing factor to dog attacks in public places is not so much the breed or other characteristics of the dogs involved, but rather the level of responsibility exercised by dog owners in keeping their dogs adequately confined or under control.

The offending dog owners were predominantly male, and aged over 36 years.

http://www.ccac.net.au/files/Prevention_of_dog_attacks_UAM01VandeKuyt_0.pdf

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THE MERRITT CLIFTON REPORT IS BOGUS!!! And not just a little, the whole thing is a pile of lies.

He's a hater like dogsbite.ogre that lies to create hyped-up hate to suit his personal agenda.

"Clifton issued a 2006 report that suggested there were 2,209 "attacks doing bodily harm" and 1,323 "maimings". A little math then shows that from 2006-2009, there were 485 'attacks doing bodily harm" and 170 "maimings" -- however, during the same timeframe, showed that the total numbers attributed to 'pit bulls, rottweilers and presa canarios" went up by 509 and 215 respectively - or more than the grand total of all dogs combined. This is, of course, mathematically impossible."

http://btoellner.typepad.com/kcdogblog/2011/09/merritt-clifton-when-the-numbers-just-dont-add-up.html

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3 MOST AGGRESSIVE BREEDS - based on a RESEARCH STUDY, not biased media reports which is all the pit haters use for their "statistics".

1) DACHSHUND,
2) CHIHUAHUA,
3) JACK RUSSELL TERRIER


"The researchers say that the bite statistics that have been released in recent years are skewed because most dog bites are not reported. Big dog bites are more likely to require medical attention, but this does not mean that those breeds are doing the majority of the biting."

"Pit Bulls and Rottweilers scored average or below average in the aggression study."

http://www.dogguide.net/blog/2008/07/the-3-most-aggressive-dog-breeds-revealed-pit-bulls-rottweilers-youll-be-surprised/

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TAKING RESPONSIBILITY


“When you blame others, you give up your power to change yourself.” ~ Robert Anthony

It is tragic when someone is hurt or killed for ANY reason, including an attack by a dog, ANY breed of dog. If a dog, ANY breed of dog is uncontrolled on public or someone else's property, especially if unneutered - or if the dog is chained which is known to cause aggression - any damage done by the dog is without question the owner's or guardian's fault.  Not the landlord, not the vet, not anyone else who doesn't have responsibility for training, socializing, and caring for the dog's heath and well-being.

However, any dog in controlled circumstances can also have external triggers set them off - physical harm; loud sounds; dog-aggressive signals (intentional or not); unfamiliar commotion, sights, sounds - and an accident can happen. It is human nature in cases of accidental harm or death to attempt to lay blame. Self-justification — describing events in a way that preserves our pride and reduces cognitive dissonance — causes us to distort the evidence and shift blame to others. Blaming something else assuages your own feelings of guilt. It can help you to feel you have regained control and make sense of an otherwise senseless tragedy. Having decided what else is to blame, the seeking out of revenge begins. This avoids taking personal responsibility and therefore avoids having to change oneself to prevent future occurrences.

Unfortunately, if you lay blame on something else for what happened, especially someone why truly had nothing to do with the incident, and do not take any responsibility, it can hurt others and destroys your emotional well-being and your relationships in your life.

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PIT BULLS - THE FOLK DEVILS OF TODAY


Stanley Cohen, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics, was fascinated by the process by which society invents demons—folk devils—as a result of powerful messages that spread through the community via a media filter. Recent examples are Salem Witch hunts in the 1600s and McCarthyism in the 1950s and pit bulls today. As it spreads, stories are embellished to give them the meaning its broadcasters consider important.

Media stories of deviance and disaster create demands for public action. Cohen described such sequences of events as moral panics. A moral panic needs a folk devil, the imagined source of terrible menace, to whom people assign all the traits that make the folk devil deviant and threatening. Today, any dog that is labeled a pit bull lives in the dark shadow of the manufactured villainy of a classic folk devil. 

The panic has changed the way the press reports a serious dog attack. If the press has a source that calls the dog a pit bull, a statistically rare tragedy can be portrayed as an act of deliberate canine malice, and the forerunner of impending disaster. As the panic has spread, the group of dogs that public officials and private panic mongers want to call pit bulls keeps getting bigger. Now it isn’t just two or three breeds of dogs, it is also mixes of those breeds, an increasing group of other breeds, and any dogs that share some physical characteristics in common with those breeds. 

Visual breed identification of dogs of unknown origin is an unreliable, disputatious practice. Why is breed-specific public policy enacted since the 1980's based on the belief that visual identifications are accurate? In a regularly misrepresented JAVMA paper summarizing an analysis of canine-caused fatalities for the 20-year period that ended in 1998, the authors admitted breed identifications in news sources might not be accurate. They also reported that in approximately 30% of the fatal attacks they had identified they had been unable to obtain any breed attribution whatsoever. More than half of the dogs in the country are mixed breed dogs.

Therefore, perhaps the best answer to the question “What kind of dog is it?” is not a BREED but rather a DESCRIPTION of the dogs' treatment by its human owners - a "FAMILY DOG" that has been trained and socialized and lives WITH humans or a "RESIDENT DOG" who has been neglected and kept isolated from humans.

http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/uploaded_files/publications/230603563_Pit%20Bull%20Placebo.pdf

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CHAINING IS CRUEL AND CAUSES AGGRESSION:


Because domesticated dogs no longer have packs of other dogs to live with, they need to be social members of our families. Chaining or tethering a dog for long hours unattended keeps a dog in solitary confinement, continually thwarting instinct to be with their human "pack".

-- Dogs become socially compromised due to isolation
-- Creates a stress-induced environment
-- Allows unsupervised dogs to rehearse aggressive behavioral sequences over and over again without correction, increasing aggression over time
-- After long periods of social deprivation, dogs become easily overexcited when they're with humans of any age which often time causes bites of family, friends or strangers
-- Long periods of isolation can make a good-tempered dog quite ill-tempered
-- Living alone in the backyard actually constitutes a form of cruelty
-- In a pack, abuse-isolation from is a very severe form of punishment
-- Restricting a dog to a small, well-defined space intensifies territorial protectiveness which leads to defense-motivated attacks from encroachment
-- Chaining removes a dog's "flight" option, forcing a dog to take the "fight" option when danger is perceived and always increases the chance of an attack when feeling threatened
-- Chained and unsterilized male dogs are three times more likely to bite
-- Breeds most often chained will have more frequent occurrences of bites due to CHAINING, NOT BREED
-- Unattended, chained dogs can be attacked or attack, be stung by insects, abused or taunted by humans
-- Chained outdoor dogs can become overheated or freeze to death without temperature-controlled, protective shelter
-- Chained dogs are unprotected and can be raped by a loose domesticated dog or feral canine (e.g. wolf)
-- Chains can become tangled and strangle or dismember a dog, their collar can deeply gash or strangle a dog and much other horrific physical harm can be done with a chain
-- Irresponsible owners often neglect chained dogs, depriving them of regular food and access to clean water

http://www.unchainyourdog.org/Articles.htm

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REASONS DOGS BITE


1. FEAR/STARTLE. When a dog is in an unfamiliar situation with a stranger breeches their perceived personal and property boundaries. A normal startle response is to bite, so care must be taken to never abruptly jump on or wake up a sleeping dog or approach a dog from the rear while jogging and trip over it. Desensitization to abrupt sounds and touching can help minimize the bite reaction and teaching puppies and dogs that loud noises and surprises result in treats. Every human and every breed of dog in the United States will rightfully punch (human) or bite (dog) a person who silently ambushes them from behind, trips over them and tackles them, taking them to the ground.

2. POSSESSIVENESS. Dogs instinctively are protective of their pack/family, property, food, territory, bones/toys. This is DESIRABLE behavior when there is a serious threat of harm, but dogs need to be desensitized at a young age to NOT be protective of things when there is no serious threat.

3. PAIN. Pain can cause the friendliest dog to bite. Keep children away from dogs in pain. If your dog becomes snippy for no reason, consider pain as a possible cause and schedule an appointment with your regular veterinarian for a physical. Do not trip over and tackle dogs from behind - this is painful to them and could cause them to bite.

4. PREY DRIVE. Humans moving past a dog can trigger a dog's chase instinct. If you are jogging or cycling, avoid coming near dogs, especially from behind. If a dog chases you, stop moving and stand tall facing the dog and avoid eye contact. If a dog knocks you over then curl up in a ball protecting your face hands and neck and be still. Do not trip over and tackle dogs from behind.

5. MATERNAL INSTINCTS. The most well-trained dog can become a biter when she has puppies. Respect the maternal instinct around a bitch that has whelped recently and do not allow children to approach a young puppy around the mother and use caution yourself when handling puppies. Make sure the mother and puppies have a place where they can feel safe with minimal distraction.

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WHY DOGS SNIFF EACH OTHER AND EVERYTHING


Dogs can smell things humans can't because they have more nasal membrane than we do. We have about 65 square inches of nasal membrane and 5 million olfactory receptors, while dogs have about 900 square inches and up to 220 million receptors. 

Dogs' noses are always wet, trapping scent molecules as they waft by. Dogs wiggle their nostrils to collect scents and figure out where they're coming from. Dogs have the ability to take in and identify scents that humans don't even know exist. Much of a dogs' brain is devoted to remembering and interpreting scents. Smell memories last for life and affect almost all canine behavior. Scents tell a dog where something is, who it is and even what state of mind they're in - dogs CAN smell fear literally. Dogs use urine to leave their scent behind for others to smell.

Dogs introduce themselves by sniffing each other's faces but the back ends get the most attention. A quick sniff reveals a lot: how old a dog is, which sex, neutered or intact, relative or stranger. Scents also reveal a dog's confidence and social status, and what his mood happens to be at the moment. Dogs synthesize all of this information and figure out very quickly what their relationship with another dog is likely to be. Sniffing routines with strange dogs are longer because they have to process more new messages. Sniffing routines with housemates occurs likely to determine the other dogs' state of mind at that time.

Dogs' incredible scenting ability has been harnessed by humans in areas like Search and Rescue (some dogs track by air like Bloodhounds, others on the ground), drug detection, prohibited food imports at airports (e.g. USDA Beagle Brigade), low blood sugar levels for diabetics, mold detection behind walls in homes, and dogs have even been know to detect cancerous tumors before they become visible.

Dogs remember humans based mainly on smell, some with affection, others with fear. The one smell dogs value most is the smell of their owners because it is a familiar smell that conveys comfort and safety. Experts recommend leaving an article of worn clothing with your dog when you have to leave for any length of time to comfort. Dogs can detect mood through a person's body odor which changes with moods. Dogs like most smells; the few they do not include citrus and spicy and especially citronella. If a dog loses the smell sense and often appetite as a result, veterinarians advise warming food to boost the aroma, which may get them eating again.

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