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Old 06-22-2013, 03:34 PM
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The Anatomy of a Dog Attack - An article from K9 Magazine

The Anatomy of a Dog Attack

An article that all dog owners, and those who interact with dogs, ought to read.
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Fantastic article and so, so true. :\
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This just made me cry

SOOOO glad that our country isn't so quick to euthanise dogs...only when they're unwanted which is just as bad

We seriously need to up the education of people and how they view dogs. Calming signals, how to approach animals, how to train them. Something needs to be done.
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So to help educate, what should have been done to prevent the attack?
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wow, what an intense read. well written and crystal clear. Thank you for sharing it It is so sad, especially when its clarified as it was in the article.
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So to help educate, what should have been done to prevent the attack?
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In the example in the article teach the owner to pay attention to his dog's signals, and teach the friend the same. Dogs give some very obvious signals, we just have to pay attention to them.
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But how would you actually diffuse the situation? What would you recommend the friend should have done? Or the owner?
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The owner should have asked his friend to wait, outside the fence, put Max on a leash, and asked him to sit. Only then should the friend have been allowed to approach. The owner maybe offer to shake hands with the friend, talked in a normal tone of voice, and only once Max had a chance to observe the casual friendly interaction should the friend offer his hand to Max.
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Good article, although very upsetting. Interesting how each action was shown as to how the dog may be interpreting it. Good reminder that we need to acknowledge that our best buddies see things in a much different way than we do. (by the way, I'll never see a pair of sunglasses in the same way again!!)
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Well said Ruth. My old boy roscoe was very protective of me, but when people came over, I always put him on a leash and kept him by my side.

I told them don't use an excited voice or raise your hand, because he took that as a threat to me.

People have to pay more attention to their dogs signs, they are always there. Just take the time and watch, and act accordingly.
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