Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Dog Abuser Gets Face Bitten

Here is a real life story of a dog abuser:

Here’s the set up.

The family has 3 dogs. A timid Jack Russell Terrier, a Labrador Retriever, and a Border Collie. The mom also has 2 sons, 17 and 21 years old. The sons terrorize the dogs. They have “fun” doing things to cause the Jack Russell to run away in fear. They have played a game of “siccing” the Lab on the Jack Russell, and now the Lab has torn off part of that dog’s ears, and is now attacking other dogs. These two guys also think it funny to pin down the Border Collie, and rub their knuckles hard into its ribs until it growls and snaps at them. Oh, and they think the way the mom should discipline a dog is to beat it and leave it in the back yard for a week.

The mom plays with the Border Collie, using a laser pointer. A laser pointer shines a beam of light, like a flashlight. You can get a dog to chase the spot of light on the ground and make the dog run around to try and capture it. While she was doing this, the 17 year old son tried to grab the dog while it was chasing the spot of light. The dog turned around and attacked his face, causing him to be rushed to the hospital, where he required 25 stitches to his face.

(Good. The dog wasn’t a fault here. They should take a digital photo of his face, blow it up, and hang it on the living room wall with a caption: “Animal Abuser Gets What He Deserves”)

First, I DO NOT BELIEVE IN USING LASER POINTERS WITH DOGS. I have seen dogs get neurotic over chasing the spot of light, to the point that they can’t stop chasing lights and shadows even after the “game” is over. It is also highly frustrating for any human, or for any animal, to keep chasing after something it wants and never being able to obtain it. Frustration Aggression results.

Second, what kind of moron pins a dog down and hurts it, in the name of “fun”? That provokes Defensive Aggression. That’s not a game. You are training the dog to attack YOU!

So, now when you combine the fact that this dog was in a state of frustration, and then the dog perceived it was going to not only be prevented from obtaining the prey object (the spot of light), and the dog was perceiving another round of physical pain, the dog did what the owners set up. It attacked the 17 year old.

The sons now think the dog should be beaten for what it did, and be banished to the back yard for a week, as punishment. The mom isn't going to do that, and wants training advice.

Here is my professional opinion:

a.) What the sons have been doing is animal abuse, it is a crime, and could land them in jail

b.) She can’t allow the sons to continue their abuse of the dogs

c.) Her dogs have become trained to be dangerous, and might not only seriously hurt someone else, she might even go to jail if one of her dogs mauls someone

d.) She has a family problem, that goes way beyond dog training

The 17 year old got what he deserved. The dog should get a medal for standing up for itself.

The dogs should probably be removed from the home, and the sons should be told to move out and go find something useful to do with their lives, instead of picking on helpless animals.

And if it keeps up, the police should be called, and they should be charged with a crime and ultimately serve time in jail.

There is no way that any kind of dog training can prevent this. This is a people problem, not a dog problem.

Note, too, that you can make any dog vicious through abuse, regardless of the breed.

No comments: