|Barked: Wed Nov 30, '11 7:34am PST |
Akitas are already banned in some areas. They are also a targeted breed. Thankfully certain elements of the public aren't as aware of them. Our local shelter euthanizes Akitas as soon as they come in. There are areas of California where they cannot live and I'm sure if I checked I could find more. I feel educating people about what they are getting into with pet ownership,and the actual responsibilities of meeting the dogs needs and making the dog a good member of society is very important and needs to start with young people learning that there are commitments,responsibilities to the dog,and to their community when they decide to get a pet.Unfortunately that is not the education they get. To many pets are disposable,train themselves,and grow up to be what they are supposed to be,and the only responsibility the pet owner has is to feed and water the dog when they think about it or feel like it. People who have that type of attitude are a much bigger problem in society and as you said unfortunately cannot be banned. It would be nice if society recognized and worked at making a different dynamic possible for all breeds so that people wouldn't need to resort to BSL out of panic. I have made the effort to make my Akitas good neighbors and try to show the breed in it's best light,when someone does comment on how nice they are,how well behaved,etc... and that they are nothing like the monsters they heard they can be I am also honest enough to say that it takes alot of time,energy,and effort,to get them the way mine are and that they are a difficult breed not everyone can work with and tell them mine are only good because I put in many,many hours of effort seeing that they were socialized and continue to be,trained daily and will be for life,and that having made the commitment to own them it is my obligation to see that they stay the way they are. I also tell people just because mine are good doesn't mean they can own one and expect the same unless they are willing to dedicate alot of time,like at least an hour a day for the first year or so to making certain they meet enough new people,several hours a day for life in basic training,broken into 15 min segments, time finding the right breeder and waiting for the right pup,not necessarily getting the puppy that most appeals to them visually but letting the breeder make the best choice of placement etc... Most usually decide by then that mine are great dogs but more than they are willing or able to take on. To me that's a good thing.
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