We had a dog attack fatality in our area recently. I am thinking that, as good as dogs have it today, it is strange that there are so many mental/psychological/behavior issues that were simply unheard of thirty years ago. For instance, when I was a child, I don’t remember everyone worrying about dog on dog aggression issues. And dog bites were fairly common, usually when a dog was hurt or cornered and afraid, but out and out attacks seldom happened. So, is it something we’re doing? Don’t get me wrong, I am thrilled that dogs are mostly house pets now and I’m glad that chains are well on their way to being a thing of the past and that maybe in the near future, animal abusers will actually be punished for their crimes. But maybe we as a culture have gone overboard treating our dogs like children (myself included; I struggle with this all the time). I mean, we dress our dogs in clothes. I know several who have a bedroom of their own. We take them to parks designed especially for them and buy treats for their birthday parties at special doggy bakeries. I’m not being judgmental; I’ve done all these (except the bedroom, our house isn’t big enough). Then we are amazed when the dog gets jealous of other “children” and lashes out in the only way a dog knows. Does it seem like maybe we are creating dogs who are just children with identity crises? I am just rambling and it may come forth that the accused dog in this case was deliberately made mean or had something wrong with it, etc. But I do sometimes wonder about the long-term consequences of treating dogs as if they were children. I am interested in learning things you successful dog owners do to give your dog a quality life while still respecting him/her as a dog.