Dog Owners Should Have Mandatory Training
It's in the news far too often: a dog escapes from its owner and attacks another dog or a passer-by. After the ensuing media frenzy the dog is put down and its breed is vilified.
Professional dog trainers including Cesar Millan and Brad Pattison have emphasized that it's not the breed that makes a difference. The problem doesn't always originate with the dog, either. It's the people who influence the dog. Dogs are pack animals, and they need to learn their place in the pack. When a dog thinks that it's the alpha, usually due to poor communication from the rest of its 'pack', it will behave accordingly.
If dog owners took courses on how to train their dogs properly, problems wouldn't occur as often. Think about it: we all need to undergo testing of some kind in order to prove competency at something, particularly if that something is potentially dangerous. There are tests to graduate from school, to drive a car, to get a job. Why not in dog training? It would certainly prevent many dog-related accidents.
My late aunt had a long succession of dogs over the years, beginning with a lovable beagle named Sheba. Every one of them was friendly and among the most well-behaved dogs I've ever seen, because she trained them properly. Dogs respect those who respect them.
I can hardly say the same for the miniature collie I encountered yesterday. The owner wasn't holding the leash closely enough, and as I walked by the dog lunged at me and scratched my leg.
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