By now, most people should know that “dangerous breeds” laws have proven ineffective and banning dogs because of their appearance does nothing to prevent problems. It only tears up families with loving dogs.
So what are the three most dangerous types of dogs …?
1. The under-socialized dog
This is by far one of the most overlooked aspects of raising a dog. Proper socialization is essential. I preach the importance of early socialization for puppies between 8 and 16 weeks old. The vast majority of the aggression cases I see are due to fear-based aggression. NOT the territorial or dominant aggression that most people think of.
A dog that is insecure or scared is likely to respond (bark, growl, fall, bite, etc.) to protect itself or its owner.
2. The tired and overworked dog
Patience and energy are finite resources, they DO NOT last forever. When, like humans, you have a long and stressful day at work, your “backup” is much shorter and your tolerance of your family when you get home is much less. As a result, you are quick to argue or say something that you normally wouldn’t say. It is no different with your dog.
Stress and fatigue build up. Your dog may be able to tolerate certain stressors for a while. However, if he’s tired from a busy day, interacting too much with strangers / dogs, being a pet or being kept too much, etc., he may be more likely to respond with a bite. Even the healthiest dog can react when they’re tired and stressed. So don’t put your dog in compromising situations that place undue stress on him. Instead, stand up for your dog by controlling and limiting certain interactions to keep your dog and the public safe.
3. The untrained dog
Not only will a poorly trained dog ignore your commands when it matters most, but they also lack the vital self-confidence that proper training can provide. Good obedience training develops a language, a communication system between dog and owner. This strengthens the dog’s trust in his family, but also the dog’s trust in himself and in the world around him. Start with these three behavioral traits that every dog needs to know.
Think about these things and share them with your friends and family. This way we can ALL help keep our dogs happy, healthy, and safe.
Putnam NY dog trainer Steve Reid from SR Dog Training in Putnam County NY. Find out more about Steve below www.srdogtraining.com and www.Facebook.com/SRDogTraining.