My best friend is watching his sons pit bull while moving. I admit I am not a fan of aggressive dog breeds. Anyhoo, I go to his house. Dog is wagging his tail and seems happy to see me. I can't say the same and ignore him. Couple minutes later he can't take his eyes off me and starts growling. I told my buddy get that effing out of here I told you so. He said it was because I ignored the dog and it thought I was up to something. ****? I don't want to cater to a dog's thought process. None of my dogs acted like that. So is it true they smell your fear and attack?
My opinion is, the dog saw you as a new member to the pack and your behavior made the dog decide to challenge you to assure his place in the pack.
Former Mini Mart Magnate
I am just here for my amusement.
What useful purpose does he serve?
Leaving Florida... take a developer with you!
And then ask yourself why this dog has to be any different?
Leaving Florida... take a developer with you!
As for me....mine is now that of one of those fainting goats and if I had to guess......I believe that the "Turner River Terror" would be a crotchless thong stealing (used of course) Chinese Hairless wearing rubber boots.
I've read of many attacks and mauling over the years.... never read about a pointer, retriever, lab, golden, poodle, dachshund, spaniel, and other docile canine pets attacking or mauling people, especially children. The only two dogs I've ever read that attacked or mauled people are pit bulls and rottweilers.
So again, what useful purpose does that dog serve?
Small dogs are some of the MOST aggressive not docile as you imply. Problem being small dog bites are rarely reported or commented on. Also to the news all dogs are a Pit Bull regardless of actual breed.
LOL very true. They run around bitting my pants leg. I don't give a rats **** about them.
good info, very well said. Thanks.
You're right, small ankle nippers are very annoying and do probably bite more often than others.... maybe they have a Napoleon complex.
And I know the media gets things wrong a lot, but they sometimes show the dogs being hauled off by handlers and more often than not, they're pit bulls.
Last weekend a neighbor from the next street walked by with her visiting daughter, who was walking a pit bull. I was cleaning my boat and they stopped to chit chat. The dog had a yellow warning tag attached to its collar that said "do not pet". So what good is a dog like that? Especially when children are around.
In my experience, if a dog circles around you, and tries to get behind you they intend to bite/attack. I met several who tried, none would ever attack me head on, they all went for the ankles, and all went when my back was turned. I always carried a mag light flasthlight with me and i told the homeowners when i saw a dog "listen if your dog bites me, i'm going to react to it". But I only did this if the dog seemed hostile. So maybe 4-5 times in hundreds of visits with dogs.
But by and large, i met dozens of dogs, and I would stop an owner at the door in the middle of a greeting, take a knee and address the dog as soon as I saw him. "excuse me one second sir *kneels down* Good morning! *pets dog*, I know, i hate cats too, how are you doing this morning? Then stand back up and talk to the homeowner.
I never met an entire breed I felt was bad. That pumpkin headed pit's name was Cash, i guess after Johnny. And he was the sweetest ball of fur on the planet.
I agree. Get down on all fours and let it hump you and you'll be ok.
Either that or act calm and assertive. Jeez, didn't any of you watch Cesar Millan?
Protection when you have valuable drugs on hand?
If you are going to get a dog for protection, these breeds are the ones to get. That doesn't mean they are born maulers. In fact I would argue it is far easier to train a Rot or Bull to be a docile and friendly pet than a small dog like a chihuahua or miniature pincer.
How would they know before hand? I don't think Pits are incessant barkers. They're more the quiet type. Some dogs go crazy when you ring the doorbell or approach a house, which I find extremely annoying. My son has two Weimaraners, the most annoying dogs ever.... and dumb as dirt. They don't fetch, sit, shake, and undisciplined.
Anyhow, I used to have a full blood German Shepard. He was protective, but friendly. Still, he did bite two of my friends. Both were people he knew well. I was not home and they petted him while he was chained. Not a problem - until they turned to leave. He jumped and grabbed their upper arm from behind and clamped down, drawing blood. Exact same thing on two occasions.
One of the dumbest questions in the world us ..."Does that dog bite"?
They all bite...that's why God gave them all teeth.
I have asked many times..."Do you have a dog"? and when the answer comes back "Yes"...I would ask them to lock it in a room just to have the owner say...you guessed it...."It doesn't bite"...
It's like someone asking..."Do you have a firearm on you"....and getting a reply like...."Yes I do...but don't worry..... I never shoot anyone with it".
Funny how German Sheppards don't get a bad rap. They are just as easily trained to attack.
That's my next dog by the way. Fiercely protective, easy to train, brilliant and overly affectionate.
Other than my own, the only two homes I have been in the past year are neighbors on either side. One of them has some kind of toy dog that seems to like me. Other than that I see Fred walking Toby in the morning and being a lab Toby is a sweetheart.
Old age is creeping up.......
Before I put our last and probably final dog down...if I knew you were coming over I would lock his golden retriever ...giganasourus werewolf...king cong mastiff ......black bear...pit bull...all mixed up crazy **** behind a steel door and turn on the 500,000 volt force field to slow him down should he smash through the door and get through the mine field.
...and you wouldn't have had to ask me...."Hey Schmidty....does he bite"?
"IF" a dog would walk on our property he would kill it...and it you didn't get to it quick...he would eat it... and if someone...other than me tried to intervene....he would kill and eat them as well.
He would listen to me....but the only one he actually loved was "the bride"...he was 147 pounds....had psychotically long fangs and wasn't afraid of anthing. He once walked through a campfire...caught himself on fire...stopped, dropped and rolled to put it out and then went about his business like nothing out of the usual ever happened.
I never trained him, but he would do anything I asked...except not killing things and he could not be trusred....so we didn't.
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I worked as a mailman on a walking route for about a year and a half in my younger days. Only dog that ever got me was a dachshund. Took a chunk out of my calf when I wasn't looking.
A personal injury lawyer's wet dream....:grin
Thay are called sausage dogs for a reason, and its not their looks!