|Barked: Tue Jan 22, '13 10:40am PST |
|That is true, and I think, too, that it seems a lot of people feel they "know" dogs, or have a "special way," or just simply having an "aw, dogs will be dogs!" sort of attitude.
One thing I can tell you....it is DIFFERENT from where it used to be. There has grown to be this peculiar, inappropriate and IMO rather fantastical assumption that dogs don't bite. That there is something "really wrong" if they do. I grew up with a dog who was rather dangerous. Hatteras. In Manhattan. Walked him on streets there, tied him up in front of stores, took him to Central Park. Sorry about that tying in front of stores thing ....I was a kid and it was common practice At any rate, had things been then as they are now, he never would have made it. People always asked if they could pat....not only that question, but "does he bite?" and I would say yes and that was cool. If we were in the park and another dog came in view, I would call him and the other dog owner would immediately gain control of their pet.
It's just not that way now. Everyone has an opinion, everyone thinks they know something
I think too, in addition to these view shifts of dogs biting (which back in my childhood was just accepted as something some dogs do), dog parks have lent to this. Just take doggie to park and let them play....they LOVE that! Going back to my childhood, there was more of a common knowledge that some dogs didn't like others, some were fighters. There was a more innate reference to the owner as to what was what. Now I get "my dog is really friendly!" As if that has anything to do with anything
Edited by author Tue Jan 22, '13 10:42am PST
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