So in essence, what you are saying is that everyone should NOT own a German Shepherd. Now when I have said that in the past, folks get their knickers bunched up and feelings hurt.....but the reality is that this breed requires responsible owners for WHAT the breed is. Plain and simple.
God, it is not rocket science to own a GSD. I don't believe irresponsible is incurable. I don't think it is genetic. I think we can hold people to a higher standard and a great many of them CAN achieve that higher standard. Yes, I did say that we should tell people that they need to be more careful with their dogs, or not own one of these dogs. That is like telling a teenager that he needs to leave his phone in his pocket or not drive a car. We are not suggesting the kid stop driving. We are suggesting he stop fmessing with his phone when he should be focused on driving.
There are a LOT of people walking through life these days with a bad case of irresponsibility. Common sense may be genetic. Intelligence potential -- you may be born with that, but you still need to work to reach your potential. But Irresponsibility is more like laziness. The good news is that NO ONE likes to hear that they are being irresponsible. If a co-worker comes in and says that their dog ran up to a lady riding a bicycle and the lady got so scared she crashed. I think it is our duty to point out, "That is really irresponsible to let your dog chase someone, she could have gotten hurt, you could have been sued." Immediate anger and excuses will be forth-coming. And maybe the owner won't tell you stories like that again. But probably she will think about it when the initial emotion goes down, and get a better handle on the dog.
Instead we (in general) tend to commiserate and excuse apparent accidents. I think we need to change that. I need we need to let people know, bluntly, that our dogs should not be running loose. If the dog got hit in the road, what was the dog doing in the road?
You could expect a certain amount of irresponsibility from first time owners, young owners, people who move to the country and then think it is ok to let their dogs run. Sometimes we need to teach these folks, nicely if possible, bluntly if necessary, that they need to protect themselves, by protecting their dogs, by protecting others from their dogs. The problem is, there seems to be a lot of people, not just young people or new folks to dog ownership, who seem to feel it is perfectly ok to be irresponsible with their dogs. Maybe they do not see it as irresponsibility. Maybe in the current climate it is so taboo to tell someone something they do not want to hear, that people are just smiling and nodding and saying "How nice." Instead of telling them, "What are you crazy, the dog is YOUR responsibility, you need to train it not to charge the door. You need to contain it before opening the door if you cannot stop the bad habit. You need to get the dog under control because it is IRRESPONSIBLE to let it frighten people or run in front of cars or chase other dogs.
It is cruel to let a dog get into a bad habit and remain there for months, when a solid, well-timed correction when it first happens, will eliminate it. The same is true for humans. It is doing no one any favors to excuse or ignore irresponsible behavior with regards to dogs. Unsolicited advice is generally not well-received. But, if someone's irresponsible behavior is likely to effect the breed as a whole and how the public views the breed, I think we should do more than excuse or ignore. Accidents don't just happen. These aren't pygmy puffs. Control your dog!