reply to post by stumason
I was actually being extremely sarcastic... I sometimes forget it doesn't carry too well in text
I'm one of those crazy fools that shelters
rescued pit bulls, and the idea of "breed bans" steams my potato like little else. For the record, I'm also deep into animal rights. Proper and
intelligent treatment of an animal is not abusive at all.
I always blame the owner for a bad dog. The way I figure it, there are three possible reasons for the dog being the way it is:
1) The owner got it from a bad breeder
2) The owner didn't know what they were getting into when they picked the breed
and 3) The owner was unable or unwilling to train the animal
#1: The worst place to get a dog is from the pet store, or from a "mass breeder" (aka puppy mills). Yet a number of people do just that. This
results in dogs with genetic problems manifesting in physical pain and psychological problems, both which can lead to aggression and other problems.
The two best sources for a dog are a reputable breeder, or a professional adoption program.
#2) Different breeds have different needs, even those that look superficially similar. For instance, I knew a family who got a dalmatian puppy for
their little son's birthday. Apparently they thought the animal would be like they are in cartoons, or perhaps they imagined it would just be a
spotty Labrador. What they got was a jittery, nippy, wreck of a dog that played very roughly (though not dangerously) with their child, and wound up
spending several years tied to a tree in the back yard with little more to do than eat and poop. They simply didn't take into account the needs of
the animal - frequent play and companionship with plenty of control, and a fair amount of privacy otherwise.
A similar problem is when people get the wrong dog for the job they want. Aside from fighting or bait dogs, the pit bulls I get most frequently are
from families that wanted a guard dog. Because the pit bull has a "tough guy" image, a lot of people think it's a good guard dog. It's definitely
not. They're absolute dopes when it comes to people. They also come saddled with a lot of the previous problems - they are nearly a hundred pounds of
raw muscle with the nervous energy of any other terrier. Left unattended, a bored pit bull will tear your wicker furniture to sawdust in under an
hour. Few people can handle such a strong and energetic dog correctly. Which leads to...
#3: Training is essential. Some breeds require more training than others, but every one of them can be trained to fill any role. The trick is, knowing
what role you want, knowing the methods of training your breed, and lastly, being able to give them that training. If you want your animal to be a
housepet, that's different training from if you want it to guard, or if you want it to hunt. While there is usually overlap, there needs to be focus
on what you want the animal for. The methods of training a tight-wound, somewhat dim Doberman are going to be pretty different from training a
laid-back but intelligent golden retriever. And finally, applying the training. I've seen people who beat their dogs, and call it "Training." These
people are also known as assholes. While yeah, sometimes you do have to get physical with the animal, this usually only involves some wrestling,
pressure, and maybe a bop or two on the nose. Most breeds don't even need that much.
The only thing a breed ban would accomplish is killing a lot of good dogs (mandatory euthanasia is enforced in those U.S. areas with a breed ban) and
every dog of similar breeds, won't punish hte people behind hte "bad dogs", and will just make the #2 "dangerous" dog the new #!... resulting in
another ban, no doubt.