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Last login: Wednesday, November 30, 2011
I just heard 5 minutes of this program and am appalled at the prejudice against these dogs. While I have since left the field, I have spent 10 years employed as a veterinary technician.
Consider that- a veterinary technician's JOB is to do things to a nervous, anxious, animal that doesn't want things done to them. I have dealt with-literally-thousands of pit bulls and pit mixes. MAYBE 1% ever snapped at me in the course of my job. Other breeds, especially the toy breeds (those safe chihuahuas and poodles that one caller spoke about) were far more consistent in snapping.
I saw 3 dogs euthanized for vicious behavior that wasn't a result of upbringing- all three from the same litter (the were all bearded collies). Other dogs euthanized or given up for biting were ALWAYS the result of upbringing and improper training. It's also worth noting that improper training doesn't ONLY mean encouraging aggression. In fact, most of our patients who were prone to biting were spoiled and had learned from their owners that if they were slightly snippy, they wouldn't have to do what they didn't want to do.
99% of aggressive behavior is the owner's fault. not the dogs. I would have thought your listeners would know the difference.
November 30, 2011 at 12:51 p.m.
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