|Barked: Wed Aug 17, '11 7:43pm PST |
|So I have a friend who is dead set on the idea that pittbulls are unpredictable and *will* snap, turn on, and kill people in their vicinity. Her other comment was that she won't trust a dog "that doesn't wag it's tail." I tried to give her accounts of my wonderful PERSONAL experiences owning and training pitts, but that didn't seem to help. She quoted CDC fatal dog bite statistics by breed and, since pitts are at the top of the list, used that as validation that she's correct. I explained that their research methods were flawed (they collected the information from media sources, who go bonkers with anything involving pitts and are quite about a lot of other stuff), and also had no way to verify the breed of the dog. The CDC themselves said:
"A CDC study on fatal dog bites lists the breeds involved in fatal attacks over 20 years (Breeds of dogs involved in fatal human attacks in the United States between 1979 and 1998). It does not identify specific breeds that are most likely to bite or kill, and thus is not appropriate for policy-making decisions related to the topic."
There's also a LOT of other factors that influence this that has NOTHING to do with the breed of dog, but rather the conditions the dog is raised in. Any dog, if they are raised abusively and not socialized, has much higher chances to be reactive/aggressive. And, unfortunately, I know lots of pitts that have come from just that type of situation.
Anyway! I love pitts. And I love to educate people about them. It just doesn't seem like I'm going about it the right way. Does anyone have other information that can be given out, or tips on how to enlighten people?
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