A survey by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta ("CDC") concluded that dogs bite nearly 2% of the U.S. population -- more than 4.7 million people annually. (Sacks JJ, Kresnow M, Houston B. Dog bites: how big a problem? Injury Prev 1996;2:52-4.)
WOW! That's a LOT of Sch dogs!!!!!!
allaboutthedawgs: "dogs bite nearly 2% of the U.S. population...WOW! That's a LOT of Sch dogs!!!!!!"
Schutzhund Cocker Spaniels, Dachshunds, and Chihuahuas?? I sure as hell have be bitten by these breeds--never by a schutzhund-titled GSD.
Just A FYI Every time a K9 bites in the line of duty that is counted as a dog bite against the GSD by CDC. These people have gone so far away from their mission of controlling COMMUNICABLE diseases and into political correctness of telling us how we should live our lives they are a #*! joke. JMHO. More people are killed by medical negligence in this country than just about anything yet they somehow avoid THAT topic assiduously.
me too, Louise. In fact I'm pretty damn nervous around cockers, having been bit on more than one occasion by the little schizoid freaks.
I with you all on the Cocker, Chihuahuas, etc, but I am sad to say that in the town where I am the Animal Control Officer, for the second year in a row, the GSD is the #1 biter. NOW, it is a small town so in 2007 we only had 3 GSD bites followed by 1 Lab, 1 Dachsund, 1 Husky, 1 Labdradoodle, 1 Border Collie, 1 Cockapoo.
I have never been bit but my mother seems to be a magnet for black lab bites, on the butt. How sad is that? I have been snapped at plenty of times by nervous little dogs but never bitten, unless it was on my shoe while kicking it away. For some reason I get bombarded by small dogs while walking mine. My dogs don't usually fight the little heathens but stand by and let me dispatch them. This I am thankful for because I could just bet the owners would try to get a vet bill out of me, when their stupid dog was the one off leash running at me and mine. I swear the smaller the dog the dumber they come.
As a child I was once bitten by an english bulldog, and once by a greatdane. (both times were my own fault and the only part of me that was hurt was my feelings). As an adult I have bitten by a GSD, but it turned out he had some serious issues, but it was two different cockers that did some serious damage to my hands! (grooming injuries). With schutzhund, it has been my experience the fearful and timid dogs are the ones you have to be more worried about and they get weeded out by virtue of the training process. I know that dogs that are abused can become dangerous, but I have only witnessed this kind of thing once. It was a really nicely bred dog, but the handler would loose his temper over the slightest thing, and really take it out on the poor dog. I heard stories of the dog being hanged over & over, shocked very severely, boards broken over him, that kind of thing. We all know the most important never to be broken rule that you never ever never take frustration out on or lose temper with a dog. Long story short, the dog finally came back up on the guy bad enough and now with little provocation, so the guy was scared. One of the gals at the club begged him to let her have the dog, she was very experienced, and figured the dog was ruined for schutzhund, but she wanted to try to give him a good home if she could gain his trust. She was doing a real good job of it, slowly getting the dog so he wasn't completely scared shitless or acting bonkers if she was in his run with him. Unfortunately one day she was in the run, slipped & fell, it freaked the dog out to the point where he attacked & bit her pretty bad, so she & her husband took him to the vet & had him put down. Incidentally, this guy was not a club member, nor a person really interested in schutzhund, he was one of those yahoos that just wanted a macho dog.
so what would that number be if we all reported the number of times our dogs have taken a nip at us during training, or a cheap shot on the helper?
like my father was so fond of saying
"you give me the statistic and 5 minutes, and i will spin it however you want"
Oh crap John, accidental (I put my body parts in the dogs mouth) bites? Skyrocketted the average then! LOL
The CDC statistics come mostly from agencies required to report dog bites such as police,animal control and emergency rooms. Usually those bites come from untrained pets, not trained or titled dogs with the exception of PD working dogs who also must also report bites.
The statistics have nothing to do with cheap shots in training. I don't know decoy,helper or trainer who would even bother to report those bites even if they needed stitches. Who cares? We all get bitten from time to time in training. So what?
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