What could be the reason why pitbull attacks their owner?
I have seen a video of man bitten/attacked by pitbull. It was posted in FB. I believe that the video was taken in Brazil. I don't know if it was the owner that been attacked for I cannot understand spanish. I thought pitbull is very friendly even with kids.
Pitbulls can be very friendly when properly handled. Unfortunately, they are largely bred to be fighting dogs and they are often mistreated and taught to be aggressive on purpose. Even when not taught to be aggressive, these animals are very territorial and protective. Due to the volatile and sometimes unpredictable nature of Pitts, many people fear them and some communities have even sought to ban them. I don't go along with that, but I think people who own them need to have a true understanding of what they are getting into and how to handle them.
There are several breeds that can become aggressive without proper handling. Pitts get the most negative press, but there are several - dobermans, rotts, etc. they can all be amazing pets, but they have to be properly cared for and controlled. In the right hands, a Pitbull can be an exceptionally loving and devoted dog. Sadly, too many of them end up with owners who are mistreating them or are simply ignorant as to how to maintain/control them.
Nearly all animals are kind by nature. They will become aggressive when mistreated. There are no bad mannered or ill tempered horses, until humans make them that way. What is required is to understand the animals needs and way of thinking.
There are very few animals other than humans that actually kill for pleasure rather than to meet their their food demands. This means most animals can be trained to be non violent. Unfortunately those that kill for pleasure can not be trained out of it.
If you hit a horse you have just taught it that this is a legitimate response to anger. Just remember it is 7 or 8 times your weight and it can feel a mosquito land on its butt, and then kick it to death. It is strong accurate, and fast so you do not want to make it angry, and worse teach it that violence is a valid response when it is upset. Unfortunately many humans do not engage their brain before reacting violently.
Horses do not judge as they lack a 3rd cortex to the brain so they react as they have learned to. The Pitbulls are the same, only they have a natural aggression too, so their learned responses are often very violent. Treated correctly and with gentle careful training (reward for correct response and no punishment EVER) they will be gentle and kind. If they perceive you that way, they will reflect your behavior back to you in the same way as they will reflect any negative training.
You must never punish the aggressive breeds with violence, as this is teaching this is a valid response, sometimes, only they do not have the capability to think and decide the circumstances when this is so. It is a failure to appreciate the differences in the psychological makeup of animals that leads to this type of poor training, and the consequent outcomes. It is sad that it is often the animal that pays with its life. It should be the trainer that is punished, as they had the capability to train correctly, but did not do so.
Humans tend to think that animals think like we do. They do not, and worse can not so, do not blame them when they react like the animals they are. This is why I do not think people in general should be allowed to keep dangerous animals, unless they have been properly trained. It is unfortunate that we do not have good certification procedures that could be required before acquiring such a pet.
Thank you for the info. I rarely see my brother's pitbull, he's jaw's big. Just not comfortable with a pitbull..
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