Proper Training Gives Dogs and Humans Safer Interactions
Ask PHP Pete!
Dear PHP Pete,
I am not a dog owner but since I know you have the inner track to dog owners I want to share my story. I was walking on a public sidewalk in my town. A man was running his dog (actually his dog was running him) in a field next to the sidewalk. The dog approached me very quickly despite the weak begging from his owner to return. I stood my ground but the dog was not very well socialized and appeared frenzied with the fur raised on his back. I was able to talk the dog down until the owner could grab his collar.
Pete, if I did not know how to deal with dogs, this could have been a very bad situation. The really sad part about this whole experience was this was a pit bull mix and I know how truly loving pit bulls can be when they are properly trained. Pete, you are the bark of reason…please tell all dog owners of any type but especially mixed breeds that it is their responsibility to keep their dogs controlled.
Thank you for taking the time to bring up this most important topic. Dog owners owe dogs the safety of understanding their demeanor and working with them to live a happy socialized life while ensuring safe interactions with other people and dogs. Pete also supports mixed breed adoptions from local shelters! Pet Health supports shelters’ efforts to provide compounded medications for their pet residents. If you know of a shelter owner please have them call Pet Health to learn more.
To quote The Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan: “In the ’70s they blamed Dobermans, in the ’80s they blamed German Shepherds, in the ’90s they blamed the Rottweiler. Now they blame the Pit Bull.”
How long will it be before we blame humans when these interactions go awry?