The problem with “bad dogs.”

In January, a 7-year-old boy from Washington state was brutally attacked by three bull terriers. The boy faced head and facial injuries and was hospitalized. It was announced today that the three bull terriers will be euthanized.

This sad story is not as uncommon as it should be. Last week, a man was attacked by his own dog (also a bull terrier) while doing an interview with BBC. He has since passed away from his injuries.

According to dogsbite.org , 2016 saw 31 dog-related fatalities in the U.S. alone, and 34 in 2015.

And, yes, there is a correlation with breed:

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I previously did a post that concurred the stigma of pitbulls. Before we go to either side of the “Should pitbulls exist argument?” It’s important to know what makes this breed (and others) aggressive.

Besides the overbreeding, dogs can different types of aggression, including have social aggression, territorial aggression, redirected aggression, and others.

There are several methods of training to help with aggression, including professionals that specify in these areas. As the above article states, you can consult a veterinarian to make sure there is not a medical reason for aggressive behavior.

There are physical signs that show aggression in a dog during a given situation:

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It’s important to know your dog and pay attention to signs of aggression, as this may help prevent these devastating attacks.

 

 

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