Dogs have been touted as man’s best friend for decades. However, when dogs are not trained properly, they can become a fatal enemy instead of beloved, furry pet. In some situations, even a well-trained dog can cause serious personal injury to an individual who crosses paths with the dog.
The situation recently played out when a pack of six pit bulls attacked a woman and her poodle. The 40-year-old woman was injured in the dog attack, and her poodle was killed.
Although the six pit bulls involved in the attack have not attacked humans previously, their behavior did not surprise one dog trainer. The woman stated that “pack mentality can escalate that kind of aggression because there is an alpha” in the pack. Although the six dogs could all be well-behaved on their own, allowing them to be together without proper discipline brought out the worst of the dogs’ aggression.
The dog trainer also added that aggressive behavior in dogs usually originates “not so much with the dog, but with the handler.” When dogs are not trained properly or when they do not receive proper discipline in the home, it can bring out the worst in any breed.
In addition, some breeds – such as pit bulls – are more susceptible to aggressive behavior than other breeds. During the past few decades, many pit bulls have been bred to be vicious fighting dogs. Although the dogs should never be trained to attack humans, their aggressive animalistic instincts can still pose serious threats of personal injury to innocent victims.
Source: 69 News, “Recent pit bull attack raises questions about breed’s danger,” Amy Unger and Bo Koltnow, Sept. 15, 2011