All strong breed dogs such as Akitas, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, Cane Corsos, Huskies, Mastiffs, "pitbull-type" dogs, and many other strong breeds and mixes require responsible ownership for happy pets and families. While all dogs deserve responsible ownership, strong breed dogs especially require it to help ensure everyone's happiness and safety. Below, we list five of the most critical factors for responsible dog ownership - almost all serious dog bite incidents (by dogs of all breeds) are the result of a failure of one of these factors related to responsible ownership.
Five critical factors for responsible ownership:
Many dog bite incidents can be prevented by heeding the basic warning signs of canine aggression and problematic behavior. Any severe aggression or unsafe behavior should be immediately assessed by a veterinarian or professional dog trainer. While all dogs may exhibit some level of aggression in certain situations, any unsafe dog-on-dog or dog-on-human behavior should be professionally evaluated. In most situations, aggression and problematic behavior can be successfully mitigated with professional training, by avoiding specific situations (like dog parks), by using devices such as muzzles on walks, or with veterinarian prescribed medication (anti-anxiety, sedatives, etc.). Warning signs can include:
The factors for responsible ownership listed above are only guidelines - all situations are different and all dogs are individuals that require different levels of care, attention, training, and commitment. Dogs fully rely on their human companions for everything in life - from proper care and training to happiness and safety. Great dogs are created when they are properly and responsibly cared for - and when they are, humans are rewarded with a loyal best friend that will provide companionship, happiness, and unconditional love.
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