I think pitbulls require really great owners to make sure they don't fall back on their instincts, especially when it comes to strangers. I've seen people engaged in all sorts of sketchy behavior there and basically stopped going because of the broken beer bottles and fear for my safety it's a really isolated spot dorchester no one else is there with you.
If your dog is off-leash, it better respond immediately to voice-command, and pay attention to it! Pitbulls ranked very high in their aggression towards other dogs, but in the middle in regards to people. I'm not "blaming" dogs. It's a dump Is very close to this public park and continues to have some of the poorest water quality of all Boston Harbor beaches. I hope other dog owners will be wary of that space, the dog walkers will clean up their slack act, and the court system spanks the offending dog owner for the attack, not for the ownership of the breed. But "they have a keen knack for quickly discriminating between people who mean well and those who do not" strikes me as a bit of a reach.
That's the really freaks her out. What I don't want is her in a tangle of leashes with a bunch of other dogs, the being set upon by a bunch of off-leash dogs while she is ON leash. When you hear people say "Oh, Labradors are so good with. And for particular instances of a dog attack, more often than not you can blame the asshole owners dorchester have not properly trained their dog. Go down the road a bit to Pope John Park to walk your dogs - leave the dog people that use Victory Road in peace - they're using an area that no one else would use. Not only did she go out of her way to abuse an overused stereotype of pitbulls being aggressive to make this story seem more tragic, but it totally undermines the credibility of everything else she claims occurred that day, including the fact that she thought was going to be killed.
Another item of note is that McNamara had a border collie. There aren't even any walking paths - aside from the worn, dirt paths that people have trampled down between the weeds. Case in point : at a very large outdoor leash at my house, it was a Lab mix that antagonized this pit mix and started a barking snarling fight with her, while she was tail wagging and wanting to play.
Also, commercial businesses that want to use DCR property need to apply for a permit to use the space, which the professional dog walkers do not do. He shook it momentarily and at that point it occurred to me that if I were to fall to the ground my dog, my unborn baby, and myself would and killed. The Dorchester Reporter interviews a woman who and she was walking her leashed dog at Victory Road Park near the gas tank when an unleashed pack of dogs attacked first her pet and then her:.
Go rent a vacant lot and let them run it off. And obviously one bad instance with a Pitbull makes more of a dent in the news cycle than someone going a few rounds with a Chihuahua. The lady dog that harms people probably was poorly bred, poorly socialized and poorly trained; it also probably was chained, illegally fought or otherwise abused by an unscrupulous leash.
These dog walkers with dogs should not be allowing the dogs to run free like that. I'm happy to see that the dog people are using it though - that should keep away the unsavory characters. At this point I realized that she was lady to be disemboweled and I had to do something.
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It's a shame that this story was even published and deemed newsworthy considering there are real people experiencing actual trauma and loss in their lives. Move to Vermont. My favorite dog is a pit mix, and she is superbly well trained, well behaved, and a total lover. But just because I like pitbulls or own one doesn't mean I'm going to pretend that biology doesn't play into this.
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I can agree with that almost entirely, but all the "probably"'s in that last sentence is just as bad as someone saying "they're all monsters and should be euthanized. I have two dogs.
The only reason domestic dogs all don't look like dingos is because humans have spent hundreds and hundreds of years of selecting certain traits and breeding for them. As the article points out, they're not supposed to have more than 3 dogs per person in the first place. Border collies aren't wimps- they're pretty feisty!
I'm truly sorry to hear that this woman and her dog were attacked. I went there once within the last 2 weeks and thankfully there were two people there with their dogs who forewarned me about the "dog walkers" and the herds of dogs there My experience was similar to hers These dog walkers are like a cult This isn't a kennel- it's a public park. Yes, some dogs have behavior problems stemming from poor socialization but other dogs just like some people are uncomfortable, anxious, or aggressive around other dogs through no fault of the owner. She goes to daycare twice a week, where she can choose to interact with the other dogs or hang out in one of the crates for some alone time.
So there was a pack of aggressive dogs roaming a public park, and the police chose to ignore it? I was bleeding from two knees and one hand.
I think dogs in general have the potential for that capacity not just this particular breed. As someone who grew up with family dogs and a dog lover but not presently a dog ownerI have to say that while I agree that "bad" breeds can be trained not to be "bad," and that asshole owners are the source of most problems, people who insist that certain breeds aren't anymore aggressive or prone to taking a chunk out of someone than other breeds are kidding themselves.
I pay extra for him to have this chance to socialize with a lot of other dogs. I hope this woman sues and I hope this lowlife pitbull mix owner has to pay. I would never let my dog off leash because he was unpredictable and became aggressive when he felt threatened but so many times other people's dogs would come charging up to us, setting up an unfair power balance for the leashed vs.
But before we bred the beloved fuzzy freakshow of different shapes and sizes we currently have, we probably selected for dogs that wouldn't eat our children, so at the core I think most dogs can be taught to not be aggressive and take off anyone's face. Nor are people whose living is breeding and selling the dogs they love. Well-bred and well-raised Pit Bulls are bright, kind, highly trainable and exceptionally gentle with children, family and other animals.
I had a similar experience a couple of years ago when I was walking through a park, not a specialized dog park, just a human park, and two enormous dogs, chasing a stick that their owner threw near me while i was just minding my business and walking through on a concrete path, literally ran into me and knocked me to the ground. I wonder if their customers are aware of this practice,since they could be held legally responsible for their dog's actions along with the dog walkers. Another point is that dogs that are not normally aggressive when alone will show more aggression when in a pack of other dogs.
All dogs have in it them to become vicious if the owners allow it. I understand dog walking doesn't pay that well and I don't expect the princess treatment but 12 is too many dogs for any one person to handle at a time, on leash or off.
The dog wasn't a pitbull, not even a pitbull mix, the woman literally just made that up, because if you knew the dog in question, you would know that it's not even possible to mistake it for a pitbull, unless you are telling an overly dramatized story that keeps getting more and more absurd and far from the truth as you re-tell it. And as always, training and a competent owner are what make the difference.
For about the umpteenth millionty time If we can stop tromping all over pitbulls and their mixes, that'd be great. Again, because of the physical traits of the dog that were selected by humans.
Drop off your dog at your sitter's home in the morning, and pick them up in the evening.
If a few off-leash dogs behaving like animals, which is what they are at the end of the day and even the best behaved dogs can sometimes act unpredictably, well if that is the worst thing going on in Dorchester right now I guess things are pretty safe. Your question sent me spiraling through a bunch of academic papers and there is no one study that comes out and says "Pitbulls are more vicious than any other breed," but certain breeds do come out as more aggressive in certain ways than other breeds.
Actually Chihuahuas apparently rate much higher than Pitbulls in their aggression towards both people and other dogs. I can leash to the lady who was at the Victory Rd "dog park" with her dog. If a breed has been bred for a certain look and behavior, the only place where "blame" comes in is for the humans that bred that and over generations to exhibit that behavior. And I would like to know where it's been proven that certain breeds are more vicious or more prone to attack then others. I started kicking the dogs as hard as I could and the dog "Bailey" looked up and grabbed my lady pant leg.
My dog goes there 2x a week among the other Off Leash activities i do with my dog. You want verdant meadows with room to run dogs? Your dog isn't special This is really untrue. Unfortunately, says McNamara, State Police— who have jurisdiction at the park—did not respond to her call from the scene that day. Anti-social dogs are a result of anti-social owners.
She sounds like a real pig. A few years ago, I used to bring them to Victory Road for off-leash running in the evenings. You want a dog in Boston, the dorchester and you have to be physically connected in the.
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Off-leash or not, a pitbull mix is going to be trouble, and needs to be watched carefully. Clueless owners would say "my dog is friendly! But certain breeds have been selected in the more recent past for the fight they got in them. I'm surprised to see it described as a "lovely, passive waterfront setting " - its just an overgrown lot next to the highway.
Read the law, Einstein. I happen to know the people involved in this article and if you knew how ridiculously embellished and exaggerated this story is, you would be embarrassed you even wasted your time commenting. I wonder if there is any correlation? All the time. Especially these days when many people have rescued dogs from situations where they have not been raised with appropriate socialization, there is only so much owners can do.
Don't blame the pitbulls because assholes own them. It is the responsibility of ALL dog owners to know your own dog and to keep them and other dogs and people safe.
Which makes sense when you think of what they were originally bred for -- fighting other animals or dogs. Or if these professional dog walkers want to use a public space this way, they should pay the state a ificant fee for that right.
I'm not on a Pitbull pogrom here. Is it really wise to have an off-leash shit hole on the harbor?