Maybe, maybe not. It could also be because the dog wasn't completely unfamiliar with him. It could have been the time of day, the direction of the wind, the phase of the moon, or the season of the year. Who can say for sure? Until we have a mind reading device for dogs we can only guess. I used this story as an example and in context with the original story about dogs living with neighborhood kids visiting their home. It also made a good example for a minor bite incident vs the more serious one that happened here. Things worked out in this situation because it wasn't a serious injury and both sides were able to reach an understanding in a civil manner.Originally Posted By: selzerThe fact that the dog knew your seven year old brother may have had something to do with the fact that he only got a minor bite.
Times have changed so much that what a child knows varies so widely that it’s not even humorous. Common sense isn't common anymore and many parents don't spend time with their kids let alone teach them how they should behave or what happens in the real world. Turn the news on any given day and that much is pretty obvious. It's dangerous to assume any child truely knows better anymore.Originally Posted By: selzerWhat I was asking is if a brat came into a home uninvited as I and my brothers and sister did, met a dog we did not know, and got bit up for our tresspass, should the dog be expected to know and not bite kids? I really think not.
Even at four and five years old we knew enough NOT to enter a house or property that had a formidable dog.
I've read about Arwen on the boards and I happen to think she's a fine example of the breed and by the way you talk about her I'll bet she's one of your favorites. When incidents like this occur they tend to find their way into the court system and the choice isn't always left up to the owners on what happens to the dogs. I hope the choice would be yours to make.Originally Posted By: selzerI am not home right now. My Arwen is loose in my home. If a ten year old kid comes into my home and she bites him, my dog will not be euthanized. If the kid needs 100 stitches to repair his face, arms and legs, my dog will not be euthanized.
I really wish parents were more responsible with their children and I cheer when negligent parents go to jail for their stupidity. As adults though, we are responsible for other people’s kids that are in our lives whether we like it or not- hence the law suits when they get hurt on our property.Originally Posted By: selzerThere is a point where I need to control my dog, and a point where a parent or guardian needs to control their charge. The dog can't check the age on an id card and shouldn't be expected to.
This is probably the only comment that I made that deserves the harsh criticism here and it doesn’t really apply to this story or topic. I’m not trying to say that I’m protecting them from burglars per say. My original thought was more along the lines of kids being kids and coming over when I wasn’t home. A locked door is as good a deterrent as a crate is in such cases.Originally Posted By: selzerAs for crating dogs when you are not there to protect the dogs from the burglars, well, you have to do what you feel is right. I heard of a group of people going into a house and torturing to death the puppies in the house. I think that dogs in crates are easy targets for villians. True most burglars hear the barking and find another residence to victimize. Someone who comes in with a gun and is not afraid to use it might just do so to shut the animal up. The only thing you got going for you, if you have neighbors close enough to hear a gunshot (which I really do not), is that a gunshot is more likely to draw attention than a barking dog. But people who rob houses are not nice guys. I personally wouldn't want to leave my dog gift wrapped for them.
The adults should know better that children (just like puppies) can't be trusted 100% with "rules".Originally Posted By: tibvixie101
Im sorry but i have to disagree here, if the blood was in the house, then the kid was in the house. Sounds to me like the adults clearly forwarned the children to play outside only. Yes the dog should not have bit the child, but like others have posted before, at what point to dogs learn to bite only a certain age group? they dont! So if the child intruded on the dogs space, then i dont see why they were PTS.