BEHAVIOURIST AND WELLNESS ADVISER - For all that a dog is and all that a dog can be. To strengthen our bond with dogs. To help mitigate injustice. Dogs are very intelligent, sensitive beings - more so than most people realize. Dogs can help us see what we missed seeing, what we missed understanding the first time around. They give us a chance to learn about ourselves, about nature. If you pay attention - look, listen, feel, be aware they can teach you how to be a better human being.
may have compressive jaw strength and superior overall body strength…they also
posses great intelligence, sensitivity and train-ability.
PIT BULLS ARE LOVING
There are many
thousands of Pit Bulls who live with their human families in harmony. These
dogs contribute nothing but love and affection to the families and communities
that they live-in. Living, breathing proof of the loving nature of the breed.
DE-BUNKING THE BAD
There are more
attacks recorded by other breeds such as Golden Retrievers(sorry doggies no offense intended) than there are by Pit Bulls. Pit Bull attacks simply feed the
need of some people to victimize and buttonhole - meaning it makes for more
sensational news - so gets the reporting focus. Years ago the focus was
Dobermans, then German Shepherds, Boxers, Rottweilers - each of these breeds went
through this cycle of bad publicity based on uninformed, reactive human emotion.
Our current age of
enlightenment currently shines the focus on Pit Bulls.
Pit Bulls are sweet
Pit Bulls are not the problem - humans are! Many people do not
even know the difference between a Pit Bull and similar looking breeds…so not
only is the Pit Bull vilified but also other innocent dogs. I have had people
recoil from my Boxer as they ask me ‘is that a Pit Bull?’ And so what if he was!
A Pit Bull in its natural state is a social being, a pack animal with the potential inherent to get along with others.
There are very
with 'bad wiring’. When a dog goes bad it is almost always a
human who is
the bad behaviour.
IT’S EASIER TO BLAME THE
centuries humans have selectively bred dogsfor both physical and behavioural
was to achieve
with stamina and intelligence that could be taken into war, or employed as a
It is humanity that has created all of these
breeds yet it is humanity that mishandles them, disrespecting the dog’s needs
and requirements. Humans use and abuse the dog for selfish reasons, altering
the dog’s natural state and transforming its good and social nature. When
things go wrong it is
blamed. It is the dog that suffers, it is the dog that does not get to
live the life it was born to live, the life it deserved to live.
PIT BULLS DO NOT HAVE
When the wrong
people, for the wrong reasons acquire these beautiful dogs- the nature of who
they are truly meant to be is disrupted. The dog may be taught to use its
natural abilities for harm instead of good. No dog wants to be bad. All dogs
want to have the opportunity to receive fair instruction, coaching and
mentoring to help them be social happy members of society - the same thing that
a child wants. Children don’t want to be bad - but when the lack the proper guidance,
just like a dog they have little choice. Is it the dog’s fault that its human
is too lazy to coach and mentor it? Is it the dog’s fault that it’s human is
aggressive and wants to teach the dog to be aggressive as well?
The dog has little
choice - the human has supreme power to ensure compliance - brutality and
Animal laws need to
focus on the human’s responsibility and not blame the dog. Do we blame a child
when it is neglected, abused and poorly taught? The child like the dog has
little choice about how they are treated and what they are taught…and so it is
for a dog.
So many dogs have
been put to death needlessly, while the humans who altered the dog's natural,
balanced state of being, walks away; never taking any responsibility for what
they have done.
PIT BULLS ARE VICTIMS
Pit Bulls are victims
of the selfishness of humanity.Untold numbers of Pit Bulls suffer great pain
and death - brutally used in dog fights for the entertainment of humans. Other humans
use Pit Bulls to booster the human’s desire to evoke fear and power. Do we punish
human victims of bullying? Or do we seek to find and treat the bully? Why would
we treat a victimized Pit Bull with ire and cruelty rather than with sensitivity
Invariably it is the
dogs who suffers most. Misunderstood, euthanized.
FOR THOSE THAT SAY ‘IT WAS THE DOG’S
A dog learns aggressive-reactive behaviour because a human
enables the behaviourin a dog. Aggression is not embedded in a Pit Bulls
nature. If aggression exists humanity has created it. It is the human (who has
taught the dog aggression) that is bad, it is the human that lacks ethics,
morals, sensitivity and the will to delineate right and wrong.
There are very
few dog attacks that are not-unprovoked…it is just that no one was there
at the right time to intervene in the right way when the provocation first
started to build.
When we pass the dog to someone else - we just
pass the problem on. When we summarily euthanize the dog we are making a huge
When we do not take the opportunity to correct the dog in a
respectful, firm way without anger, fear or other emotions we create
psychological damage in the dog. We miss an opportunity to change future
outcomes - we make one more mistake in the dogs’ life - we set the dog up for
future failure…just as we would be doing with a human. I help people and their
dogs repair this type of issue all of the time.
There are very few dog attacks that are
not-unprovoked…it is just that no one was there at the right time to intervene
in the right way when the provocation first started to build.
A dog that nips has already been let down by humanity - it
does not need to be euthanized, it does not want to be bad - it just wants someone
to step up to the plate and provide it with kind, considered direction.
If not addressed in time the nip eventually
turns to a bit and the bite can turn into a deathly compressive lockdown. Not
the dogs fault - humanities fault.
For those who have suffered from traumatic dogs bites
(either human or animal companions), for those who have died as a result of an
attack by a dog and for their loved ones who are left to try to understand - it
is a tragic and life altering situation. But99.9% of the time it is the
humans behind the reactive dog who are at fault - not the dog who is
IT IS EASIER TO REHABILITATE A DOG THAN IT IS TO
REHABILITATE A HUMAN
Because dogs live in the moment it is easier to change a dog's 'bad habits' than it is a
human's. Humans carry grudges, dogs do not. Dogs are very forgiving and treat
each day, each experience as a new beginning. It is only with difficulty that
we are able to convince, permit and allow ourselves to do the same.
determination, persistence, respect and an understanding of dog and human
psychology are key. Coach and mentor the dog, train the people.
PIT BULLS HAVE MUCH THAT THEY ARE WILLING TO SHARE WITH
If we are willing to
open our minds to see, we can learn so much from them about ourselves. They can
help us be more aware of our own behaviour and give us a second chance to grow
into better, wiser and happier individuals. When you help a dog it is not just
the dog that gets a second lease on life and a new opportunity...it is also the
SO BAN BSL
Dog aggression IS NOT
BRED SPECIFIC - therefore Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) is wrong!
BSL is legislation
born of fear, ignorance and laziness. BSL is not based on logic, common sense
BSL is not a cure, it
is racisim. Address the root cause - if you want to make a change - go after the
people that cause the problem, not the innocent dog.
SHAME on ONTARIO, CANADAand all of the other places in the world that have adopted BSL!
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