Originally Posted by spade2you
How fast is a dog and how fast are you? He who hesitates......
The perspective is a little different when you're on the business end of an aggressive or defensive dog.
When I was about 7 or 8 My father and I were in the hills hiking around when a pack of 4 large dogs, aggressive in that considered themselves the master of the landscape that day and came to us to investigate us. NOT in a happy go lucky wag yer tail kinda way but a pack on patrol kinda way. As they came closer my father instructed me as to exactly how to behave, what to do and not do. I am pretty sure all he told me is all basic stuff. Don't run, don't pet them, stand still and let them smell and size you up. Do not let them sense any fear. Do not look in their eyes but keep yourself facing them unless they go around. Stand your ground. We did, and they had a look at us and moved on. The sense I had was one wrong move and they would have jumped us. It was a stressful situation.
Since then the lesson served me well. I have had to deal with dogs and basically you stand your ground and keep your face to their front. If they are going to attack they are going to. That is another matter but until the dog does very little of it's actions matter before that point because most of it is fluff and posturing. A dog that means business won't mess with the fluff it will quietly and methodically move in for the attack. You just need to understand the nature of the animal.
Other times it's best to run for your life! I had to once with two doberman dogs. But I was not stupid about it. I never let on I knew that I was aware of them. I made my way back to my van. They followed and I am pretty sure they intended to attack but they were taking some time to size me up first. When I got near enough the van I bolted. I got in just in time and I would have shot them had I beed able to because they were up to no good and made that clear.
What is clear to me in a lot of the dog shootings is the cops doing it don't know crap about dogs. Like the officer that shot a Chiwawa in it's cage.
The problem has reached the halls of government and I am on solid footing in my observations.
<<Colorado Wants to Stop Police From Shooting Dogs
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In response to a series of seriously unfortunate incidents involving police shooting dogs, Colorado lawmakers have introduced a bill that will require law enforcement officers to undergo canine behavioral training in an effort to stop the use of deadly force when dealing with dogs.
One incident involved a 3-year-old lab mix named Chloe who belonged to Gary Branson. Chloe was staying with a relative while Branson was out of town when she escaped through an open garage door. She was later cornered in the garage and tried to escape when she was caught on a catch pole, at which point an officer shocked her with a taser and then shot her five times.
They claimed she was aggressive, but a neighbor caught the whole thing on video and it doesn’t really look that way. It looks more like a dog who is wary of being menacingly cornered by multiple strangers who then only tries to escape the situation. According to the Denver Post, Officer Robert Price is facing a felony charge of aggravated cruelty to animals.
Branson is left with nothing but memories and a ceramic paw print. He told KRDO he can’t bring himself to watch the video, but hopes that this legislation will give Chloe’s life a bigger purpose and help save other lives in the future.
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