“The Problem with Pit Bulls” was the headline of a Time magazine story (June 20, 2014) by Charlotte Alter. My problem is with the story, not with the dogs referred to as pit bulls. The story, filled with inaccurate characterizations, called for breed-specific mandated sterilization, and ultimately vilified dogs referred to as pit bulls. Whenever anti-pit... Read more »
Q: On a recent podcast, you talked about a dog that killed a baby. When I was a kid, the family dog bit me, and he wasn’t neutered. Do you have any statistics on how many dogs bite family members? — S.F., via cyberspace A: According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,... Read more »
I’ve been outspoken and publicly critical of Cesar Millan’s training methods (of course, I’m not alone). Now, read the above caption. Millan’s told me his training methods are for entertainment purposes – well if a child replicates and gets bitten, then what happens? And Millan isn’t afraid to be bitten. That’s fine for him, but not the... Read more »
We are smack dab in the middle of Dog Bite Prevention Week, May 20 through 26. While dog bite prevention is important, some maintain there are an epidemic of bites, a theory I do not subscribe to. Here’s why: There are more dogs in America today than ever before, the number of reported bites actually... Read more »
What’s interesting and sweet in this video? What might not be so good? Anything?
I can hear it now – another call for Pit Bulls to be banned. Of course, the blame will be focused on all Pit Bull-type dogs – not that the owners who allowed dogs off-leash with a collar, but without tags, and well off their property. According to the Chicago Tribune, a 62-year-old man was... Read more »
When I’ve testified in opposition to breed specific bans (always involving a community or even an entire state seeking to ban Pit Bull-type dogs and sometimes Rottweilers and other breeds), I rattle off all sorts of facts – then I add, “There’s no data to support breed bans work to decrease dog bites, or dog... Read more »
Jean Donaldson – author of “Oh Behave” and “The Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way to Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Domestic Dogs” is simply brilliant. She is far more than a trainer who trains the trainers. In this video (recorded a few years ago), she talks about the ineffectiveness of breed bans. I... Read more »
National Dog Bite Prevention Week is May 15 through 21. The American Veterinary Medical Association has lots of dog bite prevention information. Here are tips for dog bite prevention from the United States Postal Service.
Where do you live? It turns out, Chicago dogs like postal carriers – at least more than 12 other cities do. The Postal Service released statistics today (May 12) highlighting the cities where the most dog attacks occur nationwide. Houston tops the list with 62 letter carriers attacked in 2010 (far exceeding the number two... Read more »