Banning Certain Dog Breeds Not the Answer
Prince George, B.C. – In the wake of two recent and vicious dog attacks, a Prince George based canine behavioural specialist still says banning breeds is not the answer.
“I think the issue has to be addressed in a different way,” says Noel Pepin.”I believe that sometimes when we highlight certain breeds, not only do we do the breed a disservice, but we create an ownership profile that likes to be on the edge and own dogs like that.”
He says a better method would be to get people to license their dogs and make them behave.
“Dog ownership is a responsibility and teaching the dogs proper manners and how to behave in certain circumstances is important for owners to do and freedom comes with responsibility,” says Pepin.
“Like the young teenage boy or girl learning to drive, if they drive recklessly, their parents will likely take away their car privileges. If owners don’t manage their dogs carefully their ownership of dogs in the future should be somehow addressed.”
But are certain breeds more predisposed to act in a more aggressive manner than others?
“Well it’s a very complex issue that way and certain breeds over time have been bred for certain purposes,” he says.
“But I’ve seen more variation within breeds regarding aggression than seeing any breeds having a natural disposition for it.”
Pepin continues: “And how they’re brought up is very important. If you have a dog that has a tendency to play rough or to be somewhat aggressive, then you need to have proper management. There’s just a higher level of management required for dogs that have the power and strength of the bigger breeds.”
He adds like it does with humans, the pack mentality can also kick in when it comes to dogs.
“Think of the Vancouver Canucks when they almost won the Stanley Cup and all the people when they packed up and did things they wouldn’t normally do on their own,” says Pepin.
“Dogs are no different in that sense . It’s the same but it can be destructive.”
Pepin’s comments come less than two weeks after attacks in Fort St. John and Richmond.
Up north, a couple was brutally attacked by two dogs on Christmas day. Both were injured, an adult male severely so. A go fund me page has been set up to help them cover medical expenses.
The investigation into the attack continues.