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Opinion: It’s all gone to the dogs

It’s not unusual to hear about a dog attack involving a rottweiler or a pitbull – in fact, it’s quite common for this to happen. Only yesterday an article was posted regarding a pitbull that had been shot by police for attacking its owner.

The dog had also been fighting with two others (one pitbull and one lab cross). The sergeant on duty said that the dog was very aggressive and that it had a “pack mentality”. My question is why?

Why are these dogs so aggressive, and why is it that they act out and attack. Many people say that it all comes down to the breed, that they are and always will be a particularly violent dog. But I do not agree.

If you are brought up in a bad environment with no attention and no one to care for you, that is all you will ever know. If you are treated badly, both physically and mentally, then that is how you will treat others. To me this is no different with dogs.

Having grown up with a rottweiler and never getting bitten or feeling threatened, I find it hard to understand why people are so quick to judge.

With the right love, care and attention any dog will be brought up to protect and reciprocate the message of love. The same goes for people. In most cases, when these dogs do attack, it is out of protection for their family members…in a way it is very admirable.

But in some cases, these dogs have been brought up to fight, to attack, to hate. It is these cases that fuel the stereotype and the hatred towards these breeds.

I realise that a dog is “just an animal” to some people, most of which have never owned one before and don’t understand just how amazing they are.

I will be the first to admit that there have been times when I was more afraid of a tiny pomeranian growling and yapping around my feet than a big cuddly rottweiler or a pitbull.

It is my belief that all animals are a at some stage a potential risk as we do not speak the same language.

Communication is minimal, so there will always be an issue, but with patience and an open mind there can be opportunity for a future free of breed bias.

Samantha Worthington
Samantha is an aspiring broadcast journalist who loves to write, talk and most importantly, eat. Born and raised in Auckland, NZ.
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