Last week, The newspaper reports two frightening facts about dog attacks on children in Quebec: a 5-year-old child mauled by a Great Dane in the Laurentians and a 2-year-old child who died in wounds in the Far North.
A simple little research on Google with the words dog, child and attack brings us a surprising number of terrible cases. Unfortunately, it is still relevant. Despite the Regulations for the application of the Law to improve the protection of people by setting up a framework for dogs, it seems that more needs to be done in terms of bite prevention. I love dogs, but I have a slight hatred for those that bite. Here are some thoughts on this sad topic.
To be taken seriously
A dog that has been bitten once should always be taken seriously and evaluated by experts. The same thing if the dog shows signs of aggression, because prevention is better than cure.
The best duo to consult for a biting or aggressive dog is a veterinarian with expertise in dog behavior and a dog education worker. Together, they complement each other perfectly to help the dog and the owner and thus avoid relapses.
We also need to realize that a dog that growls or shows its teeth tells us that it may bite if it continues. We need to stop finding this funny or mocking behavior, because I see it all the time on social media, and take this kind of warning seriously.
If the master is not responsible, the neighbors will be responsible. It is important to report any dog bite to the police. Failure to do so is tantamount to allowing a dangerous dog to run wild in one’s own neighborhood.
As reported by The newspaper, the Great Dane that caused great harm to a toddler in the Laurentians had to wear a muzzle in front of the children. At least that’s what one dog behaviorist recommends.
In this specific case, the dog would have already shown signs of aggression directed towards the children. So one can ask why the recommendation was not followed.
Unfortunately, some people don’t believe their pet could hurt or kill a child, even if told to by a dog behaviorist or veterinarian. And yet…
A small word of encouragement here: There are very good owners of dogs with aggressive potential who cooperate and follow the advice of experts consulted to the letter. Thank you!
This leads me to tell you about another fact: wearing a muzzle, which is often frowned upon. One might negatively judge the owner of a muzzled dog in public by asking, “Why does he keep a vicious dog?”
On the contrary, we should congratulate this guardian who is careful and responsible for his dog.
Tell yourself that if the dog is muzzled, it is likely to be scrutinized and may be aggressive in certain contexts. Also tell yourself that the owner has a responsibility to protect people and animals by beating his dog.
In addition, the muzzle is a very useful tool for the animal that wears it, because usually when a stranger invades its space so fast that a dog bites. However, naturally, we will stay away from the dog that has been pierced, for the greater good of the latter.
Did you know that there are registries of dogs declared as potentially dangerous in some cities or regions? In fact, it keeps a public register of dangerous dogs that are checked after biting and where the owners receive specific recommendations (wearing social muzzles, fenced yards, etc.) how to keep it safe.