In spite of the close association between man and dogs, these animals’ aggression have resulted to dog attacks that caused minor to fatal injuries. In US over 1000 people require emergency treatments for injuries associated with dog bites every day. Dogs have different personalities and while some would be crowned as most congenial pets others noted to have aggressive personalities are trained for protection work. However, there must be a reason why dogs are acclaimed as man’s best friends. For ages, dogs are seen beside man – being a loyal and affectionate pet as well a dependable helper and protector. Dogs have the wolves for ancestors and in spite of being tamed, the aggressive nature and the high prey drive will kick in from time to time. Even well a mannered dog will attack if the inherent ferocious nature is triggered by a person or by a situation in the environment.
Dogs are physically capable of toppling people down. A dog’s jaws and teeth have the power to deliver hundred pounds of pressure on human flesh thus it would not be surprising if people will be wary of these animals. Dogs are wonderful creatures and most people would choose a dog for a pet. It is really quite unfortunate that some dogs with aggressive behaviors would mar the outstanding reputation of man’s best friends.
Why do dogs attack? Studies on dog attacks showed that in many instances, the dog’s aggression is spurred by human behavior . People have grown to love dogs, unfortunately, many pet owners are mauled by their own pets. Being pack oriented, a dog that is allowed to take the alpha male role will dominate other pack members. Dogs are well loved pets that are considered as members of the family thus it is not surprising for an owner to give in to the wiles of the pet. Pets are loved but it would not be wise to let the dog be the leader of the pack as the dominant behavior can develop a tendency to attack.
Dogs are very protective of their territory. A dog that perceives a threat to its litter, to its food and territory will attack. Children (and adults) are cautioned not to approach an eating dog as even the simple act of removing the dog bowl to add more food will prompt the dog to attack. Dogs consider the human family as its pack. A dog believing that the shouts of the playing young master is a cry for help can attack the playmates.
Not all people love dogs. Abused dogs may feel the need to attack when exposed to fearful situations. Dogs that had a traumatic experiences have the tendency to be snappish as even a hand extended in friendship will be viewed by the dog as a hand that will inflect pain.