What is a dangerous dog?
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" What is a dangerous dog? " For me this question is inappropriate. Ask me if the dog is a potentially dangerous species and there I would answer yes, no doubt. Dangerous because of its natural aggressiveness, its morphology and its predatory nature.
And yes! Even your Labrador or Dachshund are still predators , carnivores that nature has equipped with tools to feed, defend, defend its territory and its social rank. As for aggression, it is a natural tendency necessary for the conservation of the species.
We are not without it, of course, call it combativeness or tenacity or whatever you want but the fact is there, aggression is necessary to find a place (do not confuse aggressiveness and violence)
The bite of the dog: what meaning?
A bite is dangerous, it comes from a mastiff or a small dog. First by the suffering it inflicts and then by its hidden meaning. Most of the time, what is to be taken into account are the motivations that gave rise to the dangerous behavior as well as the circumstances in which the dog acts out.
It seems to me important to quickly return to the origin of dog breeds. Today there are between 700 and 800 dog breeds , all consequences of the intervention of man in the life and the reproduction of the canids.
The man having understood how much this animal could be useful because sociable, holder of very sharp senses and great learning abilities, created the breeds for specific needs.
Dog breeds, creations of the hand of Man
In crossing individuals selected for their flair, their tenacity, their endurance, their vigilance or their muscular power... Lines were obtained, then breeds intended for well-defined tasks (hunting, flock, research, guarding, etc.) ). Genetics was then used to develop breeds with skills passed down from generation to generation.
Today, the dog's place with us has changed. We expect him, regardless of race, to be a good pet . However, his skills are still there, perhaps a little attenuated but underlying.
It sometimes happens that these traits do not always stick with the life of a pet dog and with masters little aware of the origin of the breed they have chosen nor to the notion of hierarchy indispensable to any dog.
When we say Yorkshire, many of us see the small salon dog with a n & oelig; ud on the head. Know that this little breed is a formidable hunting dog in the burrows. I happen to meet in consultation with masters distraught at the tenacity and resistance of their york disguised behind his small size, proves to be literally tyrannical. Transpose this to an Argentinean Dogue... here you are!
Where does the dog's aggressiveness come from?
Add to that, the fashion effect, the flourishing pet market, and you get degraded lines with deviant behavior and therefore a certain danger.
A dog separated from his mother before 8 weeks (limited legal in France for the sale of puppy), from a dubious breeding in terms of lineage (consanguinity) or environment (battery breeding with little stimulation and bitches carried on litters), suffering from an illness or disability (often ignored by the masters) or living under inappropriate conditions, may present (and will certainly present) behavioral problems and act out.
The gravity is not the same whether it is a Poodle or a Rottweiler, it goes without saying, and yet the rules to follow are the same.
It is essential to accept the idea that, no, we do not know our animal by c & oe and it is impossible to predict his slightest reactions since the dog adapts to the situation he encounters. Even if he is the good big Labrador of the family who, at age 8, has never even grumbled at anyone.
When I go for consultation for a dog aggressive , the masters are often surprised to see that their dog does not welcome me as it usually does with everyone. This is because I knew how to introduce myself to this dog and position myself immediately (in a few seconds) so that the dog does not feel authorized to act. Surprised, it acts indeed differently.
Understanding the psychology of the dog
There is an attitude to have vis-à-vis a dog that we do not know, even a small. When will we learn this from our children, who are too often victims because they are within reach!
A dog never acts by chance , the animal in general either. The free act does not exist in the dog, it is just difficult sometimes to make the relationship of cause and effect.
We must accept it too: the logic of the dog escapes us most of the time because this is not the same as ours
So yes, the dog is a potentially dangerous animal . Avoiding assaults, however, is possible by learning about the conditions and rules of the dog's life, by educating him adequately and by reflecting on the commitment that the presence of a dog gives.
Aggression of a dog is unacceptable but it often happens as a result of the living conditions that we impose on him. Without responsibility or control of the origin of our animals, we will always be, and I think, more and more, confronted with these situations.
Article written by Valérie BARRE for AllCreatureAnimalClinic.com
Canine Behaviorist - Dog Side
And on AllCreatureAnimalClinic.com in the Behavioralist Directory
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