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I'm frankly sick and tired of hearing about how dangerous Rottweilers, German Shepherds and other dogs are to society. The sensationalism caused by media coverage always seems to neglect much of the root cause of most dog biting incidents. This in turn drives politicians to create a blanket laws to address a symptom instead of facing the actual problem. The reason for this no doubt is because dealing with the problem is much more difficult and complex.

Understand that I'm not suggesting that a dog bite or mauling isn't unfortunate and sometimes results in a deadly situation. Some dogs have simply been trained to be aggressive and when they get free, the results are sometimes tragic. Notice that it's an individual animal however and not the whole breed. Politicians, in their typical knee-jerk reactions, write laws that cover a whole breed placing law-abiding citizens in a difficult situation. A good example of this is that some towns and cities have outlawed having certain breeds within city limits. So because one pit bull Terrier was involved in a serious situation, all pit bull owners are expected to suffer.

These types of laws in turn provide cover for homeowners insurance companies to deny liability coverage for specific dog breeds. Again, law-abiding citizens are forced to get rid of their family pets because of media hysteria and political overreaction.

A careful review of most dog bite situations would reveal that in many cases, it's the lack of socialization and training that was the root cause of the tragic event. This is why it's so important to adequately train and socialize your dog. A well-trained dog from the size of a Chihuahua to a Bull Mastiff are a joy to be around and a great member of any family. These same dogs can quickly become a menace and danger to others without proper training. Use the link below to get a free report on effective obedience and crate training.

There's no denying that Rottweilers, German Shepherds, and Pit Bull Terriers seem to get the majority of bad press. How would one explain however that one third of all homeowners insurance liability claims are for dog bites? Certainly the problem is much larger than three breeds of dog. Making it illegal to have these specific breeds in a city is a foolish reaction by politicians who want to appear as if they're doing something about a situation.

A better solution is to use those animal control licensing fees to provide training opportunities for pet owners. Owners keep their dogs tied up or chained, mainly because of a lack of training. This is a major clue to identify the actual cause of the dog biting problem. This has been established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) which claim that a chained dog is almost 3 times more likely to bite than an unchained animal.

Just as Society is unwilling to allow people to drive without adequate training, we should also consider dog ownership in a similar way. Train your dog and welcome them into our modern society and not make the mistake of blaming a breed for the actions of one animal and the inaction of their owner.
About Author Abigail Franks :

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