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Should Some Dogs Be Labeled "Dangerous"? I'M All For It

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, pets, dogs )

- 1943 days ago -
When you don't alert your vet about your dog's tendency to bite, that's just not cool. But hiding a dog's bad behavior during adoption is plain unethical AND illegal.

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penny C (83)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 7:19 am
Very true.

Eve L (57)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 8:58 am
I have a small yorkshire terrier who is sometimes aggressive with children. I would never euthanize him for that. It's my duty to keep him safe and the children safe. He has NEVER been aggressive with me. I don't know why but he doesn't like children. And he never had a bad experience with them. It's just the way it is. I would definitely tell the Vet about his behavior. We never know, it's still a dog! Even if he is a tiny one! : )

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 10:16 am
As a vet tech, shelter worker, and occasional victim - I agree WHOLEHEARTEDLY!

Suzanne L (99)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 10:18 am
don't know that I'd use the word "dangerous" necessariy but certainly be upfront about dogs who will nip or bite or who are nervous around strangers.

Ruth C (87)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 10:50 am
They should label some people with that name, "dangerous!"

Julie E (405)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 10:57 am
I was an apartment manager and I had a tenant that adopted an adult terrier. (don't know breed). The dog wanted to bite me and was very aggressive when I went to her door. I said that I knew how to stop the behavior. So she handed me the dog that was on a leash and the dog was still aggressive but I was able to keep him from biting me. After watching Cesar Milan so many times, I thought I was him for the day. I was going to train the dog like Cesar!
Well I was walking away from the owner with the dog and the dog stopped growling and yapping at me and was walking calmly, well until I went back and got close to the owner again.
The dog grabbed a hold of my leg and chomp! All I could do was laugh. It was my fault. The tenant was so upset that her dog bit the manager.
Thought I would share.

michelle t (41)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 12:38 pm
Humans should be labelled as dangerous not dogs.
A dogs reaction is dependent on in what manner they are approached by humans.
Suggesting that some dogs be labelled as dangerous is utter stupidity and reaks of an anti dog person.I am shocked and dissapointed that you would print this vicious rubbish Cher

Carol H (229)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 12:48 pm
I agree with Suzanne, thanks Cher, noted

Nola g (5)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 1:41 pm
Thank you for the article. I think these dogs need a strong hand. A woman I know with 4 kids, her hubby brought this dog home, it wont listen, all the neighbours are scared of it. I think they are going to try and find a better home for him.

Sharon W. (4)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 2:34 pm
I would not label these dogs as dangerous, but as an owner, you are responsible for your pet, and if it tends to be aggressive, you either have to control it or keep it away from the people it reacts aggressively against.

donald Baumgartner (6)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 3:00 pm
YES & thanks Cher!!

Joanne Dixon (38)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 6:00 pm
If you don't like the word "Dangerous," how about the word "Caution"? We are not talking about a judgment here, we are talking about keeping people and animals safe. Even "Fractious" is better than no warning at all.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 6:05 pm
Also, this applies not just to dogs. Any animal can be difficult. The classic cat example was "Boris" in the "All Creatures Great and Small" books (and TV shows). Thank God I never had one like that! I did have one who tried to kill me, but she tried so hard to make it look like an accident it was almost funny. There would have been no tooth or claw marks for sure.

Julia R (296)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 9:42 pm
Although, I think that this article has merit and vets should be forewarned about a potentially "dangerous" dog and certainly a shelter has both a legal and ethical obligation to tell a potential adoptee of any bites that may have occurred in that dog's past, I feel that this vet isn't very confident around dogs and even sounds quite insecure about being around them. I certainly don't think this vet would make a good dog behaviorist or trainer! I found that some of his statements were contradictory. In this paragraph, he says "Some would argue that a potentially aggressive dog should not be offered for adoption at all, even with warnings. One school of thought holds that such dogs should simply be put to sleep. This is especially popular among some liability experts I know who believe that no warning can eliminate the potential for lawsuits. Some people who believe this way do not advocate training, socialization, or consultation with behaviorists, because a mauling could occur before the process is complete. They recommend going straight to euthanasia. I disagree, but I believe the argument has some merit." So, he leaves us with the impression that he is "generally" in favor of trying to modify that dog's behavior through a trainer or a behavior expert.

Then he says in the last paragraph, "And on the rare occasions when owners have asked me to euthanize dogs because of aggressive behavior, I have complied with a clear conscience. I could not live with a preventable dog-mauling on my conscience." First of all, the statement he makes here, for me, is quite a different situation than a shelter knowingly adopting out a dangerous dog and withholding this information than an owner whose dog may be showing some aggression. Without even questioning the owner about the circumstances that the dog might show aggression (is it just sometimes, in certain situations, or is it all the time and what may elicit the aggression, or if they have tried consulting a dog trainer?) he then says without any reservation, that he complied with clear conscience, the request to euthanize. I have a dog who at one time displayed aggression, even to the point of biting someone in my family. But, we were able to break that behavior through the help of a trainer and now Herbie is the most lovable dog and hasnít bitten anyone in six years! Iím very glad I didnít go to him if I had any doubts.

reft h (66)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 11:03 pm
Individual dogs, perhaps, but not breeds. And some owners also should be labelled dangerous.

Jaime Alves (52)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 4:33 am
Not breeds of dogs just certain dogs are dangerous and normally the fault lays with the owner.!!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 8:04 am
I think information should be shared about aggressive dogs and habits just because some people don't know, but call me hopeful I would like to think that love can change a dogs bad behaviour.

Sandi C (98)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 9:10 am
I'm for it.

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 11:59 am

Colleen Prinssen (14)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 1:30 pm
in the wrong hands an ("American style")Akita and Greyhound can both be a disaster?

Latonya W (82)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 11:42 am
say what u want she is absolutely right........

Leslene Dunn (84)
Monday February 4, 2013, 12:11 am
Noted - and we only have ourselves to blame - but there is none so dangerous as the human race!
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