Tracy - posted on 08/27/2009 ( 59 moms have responded )
There has been a few cases of dogs attacking small children lately in the media. Do you think banning certain breeds would solve this problem, or is it just caused by irresponsible dog owners or rather lack of supervision.
Apparently 80 per cent of dog bites in Australia happen at homes or in friend’s homes and the dog is known to the injured person, so it’s essential to take precautions with any dog. I believe young children should never be left alone or unsupervised around a dog, no matter what the breed. Especially child under 5, their behaviour around dogs can be unpredictable and the dog may react if frightened or threatened. Any dog can be dangerous if cornered and feels there is no escape.
Some breeds temperment can be more aggressive than others too but I don’t think banning dogs is the answer. I think owners of these dogs need better training and maybe this needs to be enforced more by local government. If your dog escapes its yard and injures/kills someone then harsh penalities/jail time might be the answer. I love dogs and have worked closely with all breeds of dogs as a Veterinary Nurse and they all can be aggressive. I think with better housing and education/training we could decrease the amount of cases of poor children being scared for life or even losing their lives.
This is just my opinion what is yours?