Florida - Akita Mauls Woman's Foot at Dog Show

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Animal control agents took a large Akita into custody after it attacked a woman at a dog show in Melbourne.
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jward67

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Feb 4, 2008
 
Here we go again. Another irresponsible dog owner showing up at an event where her dog is not in competition. This gives Akita's a bad name. Once again it is not the fault of the animal but the animal owners fault. Situations like this are why animals are needlessly put down. I feel that the events should only be attended by spectators who leave their animals at home. You can't be sure that everyone socializes and trains their animal properly. From what the article states Sally Jaffe needs to go through some training also since she has had several citations. As an Akita owner I would have to say I'm very disappointed. They are intelligent and loving animals that like any other breed have to be socialized and trained.

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Feb 4, 2008
 
I am actually suprised they ran this story seeing is how its not a pitbull that did the attacking. Akitas like pitbulls are loveing and fiercely loyal pets. Its the owners fault for the actions of their dogs. Its how they are taught and treated that makes the dog what it is. IMO
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Feb 4, 2008
 
How to prevent dog attcks: wash your feet

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Feb 4, 2008
 
OH MY GOD! A DOG MAULED SOMEONE AND IT WASNT A BULLY BREED BUT A BREED THAT IS HIGHLY REGARDED AS A VERY LOYAL, WONDERFUL FAMILY PET! where are all the people who love to spew vile rhetoric about pitbulls and other bully breeds now???????

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Feb 4, 2008
 
wow at least they showed the breed in the headlines.......... and it was NOT a pit.........

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Feb 4, 2008
 
the only thing my pit will maul is a steak. or a piece of chicken, or ham..crap...food in general.
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Feb 4, 2008
 
scott1 wrote:
OH MY GOD! A DOG MAULED SOMEONE AND IT WASNT A BULLY BREED BUT A BREED THAT IS HIGHLY REGARDED AS A VERY LOYAL, WONDERFUL FAMILY PET! where are all the people who love to spew vile rhetoric about pitbulls and other bully breeds now???????
Ahhh - NOT - Akita's are very aggressive dogs. I witnessed a horrible attack a few years ago - the Akita picked an 18-year-old girl up her waist and shook - she almost died of internal injuries. ANY dog needs training - but don't misinform people - this dog requires a LOT of training.

Educate yourself...

Akitas are a large breed. They are not considered to be a dog for novice owners, as the dog's master should be assertive in showing the dog its place in the pack, and to have some experience of dog behaviour. They are naturally wary of unknown people and animals and should be well socialised to avoid undesirable aggression. Left unattended in the backyard or in a kennel, they can develop "personality" problems, and may become destructive to the yard due to boredom. They are highly pack oriented, thus, isolating them from a social environment (i.e., the owner) causes them great stress. The Akita is a dominant dog which may expect other dogs to be submissive. Akitas should never be taken to off-leash dog parks due to this dominant behavior, as well as the fact that the dogs are large and strong, and would be difficult to restrain physically if the dog is not properly trained.

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Feb 4, 2008
 
jward67 wrote:
Here we go again. Another irresponsible dog owner showing up at an event where her dog is not in competition. This gives Akita's a bad name. Once again it is not the fault of the animal but the animal owners fault. Situations like this are why animals are needlessly put down. I feel that the events should only be attended by spectators who leave their animals at home. You can't be sure that everyone socializes and trains their animal properly. From what the article states Sally Jaffe needs to go through some training also since she has had several citations. As an Akita owner I would have to say I'm very disappointed. They are intelligent and loving animals that like any other breed have to be socialized and trained.
How is it not partly the dogs fault. Did the owner command the dog to attack? Was the dog sensing that a 70 year old woman was going to attack? If this were her child attacking the woman, would it not be their fault because the mother didn't train them "not to attack". It isn't necessarily the breed of the dog, but that particular dogs temperament. Sounds like he is not suitable as a "pet". Either way, he has no business out in public, and sure as hell shouldn't have been at a dog show! But, it sounds like, unless she plans to keep him isolated, something like this would have happened eventually.

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Feb 4, 2008
 
Sara wrote:
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Ahhh - NOT - Akita's are very aggressive dogs. I witnessed a horrible attack a few years ago - the Akita picked an 18-year-old girl up her waist and shook - she almost died of internal injuries. ANY dog needs training - but don't misinform people - this dog requires a LOT of training.
Educate yourself...
Akitas are a large breed. They are not considered to be a dog for novice owners, as the dog's master should be assertive in showing the dog its place in the pack, and to have some experience of dog behaviour. They are naturally wary of unknown people and animals and should be well socialised to avoid undesirable aggression. Left unattended in the backyard or in a kennel, they can develop "personality" problems, and may become destructive to the yard due to boredom. They are highly pack oriented, thus, isolating them from a social environment (i.e., the owner) causes them great stress. The Akita is a dominant dog which may expect other dogs to be submissive. Akitas should never be taken to off-leash dog parks due to this dominant behavior, as well as the fact that the dogs are large and strong, and would be difficult to restrain physically if the dog is not properly trained.
we know that those types of dogs can be nasty just like PITS.....and agreed these really do need experienced handlers.........but its more to make a point, I was going to say it but scott got there first........ as a pit owner my self it was just "nice [not the right word of course for some one getting hurt] but "nice" it was not YET another pit mauling being reported.

regards & any idea where this breed came from oringally?

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what on earth wrote:
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we know that those types of dogs can be nasty just like PITS.....and agreed these really do need experienced handlers.........but its more to make a point, I was going to say it but scott got there first........ as a pit owner my self it was just "nice [not the right word of course for some one getting hurt] but "nice" it was not YET another pit mauling being reported.
regards & any idea where this breed came from oringally?
I'm thinkin', her house.

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Feb 4, 2008
 
Crap! That wuddent funny. And, I should have put a question mark after. But, still not funny.
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Feb 4, 2008
 
I have to say I get nervous around pitbulls. My neighbor had one and it was loose running the neighborhood all the time. On top of that - it had puppies and they would be running around with her. You never know what a dog with puppies will do. I'll be honest I freaked whenever I saw the dog - even though she never seemed aggressive. I have little kids and I'm not sure I want to take a chance on that breed. And I KNOW there are MANY nice pitublls - but I just can't shake my uneasiness. I just can't see taking the risk.

I just wanted to point out that Akita's are aggressive too - there are certain breeds that are predisposed to aggression. Not all owners are responsible - and while unfair to the breed - I think we can all agree that an untrained pitbull or akita is more dangerous than an untrained chihuahua. I'm glad you are a true lover of the breed and respect your decision to own one responsibly. I just think you need to respect some people's mistrust due to the fact that pitbulls are aggressive and do need to be trained - and not everyone is as responsible as you.
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Feb 4, 2008
 
Akita's are from Japan.
A pit/bully is a lot more predictable than Akitas
and German Shepards.
My homeowners ins. policy had a list of 8 breeds
that I could'nt own ( without voiding the policy).
Akitas and German Shepards were 2 of them.

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Feb 4, 2008
 
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<quoted text>I'm thinkin', her house.
oh very bloody funny..........

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Sara wrote:
I have to say I get nervous around pitbulls. My neighbor had one and it was loose running the neighborhood all the time. On top of that - it had puppies and they would be running around with her. You never know what a dog with puppies will do. I'll be honest I freaked whenever I saw the dog - even though she never seemed aggressive. I have little kids and I'm not sure I want to take a chance on that breed. And I KNOW there are MANY nice pitublls - but I just can't shake my uneasiness. I just can't see taking the risk.
I just wanted to point out that Akita's are aggressive too - there are certain breeds that are predisposed to aggression. Not all owners are responsible - and while unfair to the breed - I think we can all agree that an untrained pitbull or akita is more dangerous than an untrained chihuahua. I'm glad you are a true lover of the breed and respect your decision to own one responsibly. I just think you need to respect some people's mistrust due to the fact that pitbulls are aggressive and do need to be trained - and not everyone is as responsible as you.
oh totally agreed.......... mine is good but is a bit iffy around other dogs sometimes, but due to her being iffy everyso often then I just have a mental rule that she is NOT good with others period....... other than that she is a very big softie and as you can see by the picture loves being dressed up.......... it took ages for our insurance for the house to cover her but I think thats more to them just being idiots.

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Riverside Rob wrote:
Akita's are from Japan.
A pit/bully is a lot more predictable than Akitas
and German Shepards.
My homeowners ins. policy had a list of 8 breeds
that I could'nt own ( without voiding the policy).
Akitas and German Shepards were 2 of them.
thanks, was not sure.. I used to have a german shepard but she had some serious behaviour issues that no matter what we did she would not accept my son was above her pack wise, so she had to go, she went to a super home and when I last checked she was doing great, but other than her trying to dominate my son she was perfect.

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Sara wrote:
I have to say I get nervous around pitbulls. My neighbor had one and it was loose running the neighborhood all the time. On top of that - it had puppies and they would be running around with her. You never know what a dog with puppies will do. I'll be honest I freaked whenever I saw the dog - even though she never seemed aggressive. I have little kids and I'm not sure I want to take a chance on that breed. And I KNOW there are MANY nice pitublls - but I just can't shake my uneasiness. I just can't see taking the risk.
I just wanted to point out that Akita's are aggressive too - there are certain breeds that are predisposed to aggression. Not all owners are responsible - and while unfair to the breed - I think we can all agree that an untrained pitbull or akita is more dangerous than an untrained chihuahua. I'm glad you are a true lover of the breed and respect your decision to own one responsibly. I just think you need to respect some people's mistrust due to the fact that pitbulls are aggressive and do need to be trained - and not everyone is as responsible as you.
the owner of the roaming dog in your neighborhood needs to have her animals removed. not just for the neighbors safety and well being but for the dogs as well. this is why you see dead dogs in the middle of the road. if you are uneasy about pits you should meet mine. trust me when i say my pit and my am staff could be ambassadors for the breed they are so sweet and extremely goofy dogs. my pit is a big clown. they aRE not naturally agressive, they are naturally protective of their owners. there is a difference. but you were right with one thing for sure, it all comes down to the owners and how they raised and socialized the dogs. and have you ever been attacked by a group of angry chihuahuahs! i know i screwed that spelling all up..those lil dogs will destroy your ankles! you cant even see them!
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Feb 5, 2008
 
All you Pit Bull lovers/owners please take note:
The media DID report another breed of dog mauling someone.
There is not a "conspiracy" against Pit Bulls by the media to sell newspapers or increase ratings and market share.

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Feb 5, 2008
 
william wrote:
All you Pit Bull lovers/owners please take note:
The media DID report another breed of dog mauling someone.
There is not a "conspiracy" against Pit Bulls by the media to sell newspapers or increase ratings and market share.
I'm not a fan of pitbulls. That being said, I think responsible pitbull owners do get upset because they personally feel attacked. Like almost any dog, good owners almost always raise good dogs. The problem with pitbulls is that they are a STRONG dog and IF they attack, they can and will cause death.

I would however like to see certain breeds sold to licensed owners only - who have taken classes or whatnot to show that the understand the responsibilities of owning certain breeds (large, sometimes agressive breeds). I don't think any responsible owner would object, and it would only benefit the reputation of the dog. I don't think they are a bad breed - BUT - like a gun - if they are in the wrong hands - they can be deadly.

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I'm not a fan of pitbulls. That being said, I think responsible pitbull owners do get upset because they personally feel attacked. Like almost any dog, good owners almost always raise good dogs. The problem with pitbulls is that they are a STRONG dog and IF they attack, they can and will cause death.
I would however like to see certain breeds sold to licensed owners only - who have taken classes or whatnot to show that the understand the responsibilities of owning certain breeds (large, sometimes agressive breeds). I don't think any responsible owner would object, and it would only benefit the reputation of the dog. I don't think they are a bad breed - BUT - like a gun - if they are in the wrong hands - they can be deadly.
the vast majority of pitbull attacks and what not are by dogs who come from poor breeding stock including inbreeding as well as idiots who breed for specific agressive traits. then you have people who train their pits to be mean because they feel it is a tough image for them. people like this would be piss poor dog owners no matter what breed. my pit is very strong and he is only a year old so he is still learning that he needs to control his strength. its an ongoing process of training him. but other than wanting to pull when first put on his leash, he is doing great. you have to give them an outlet like tug of war and such. it lets them exercise their strengths but also burns off energy. anytime someone downs the entire pit breed or am staff breed i invite them to meet my dogs, but so far none have taken me up on the offer, which means they will remain ignorant to the fact that they can be wonderful, loyal dogs. my 5 year old can even walk both of my dogs without problem.

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