Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Grayson County, TX - A 16-year-old girl was hospitalized following a dog attack in Grayson County. The attack happened around noon at a home off FM 697. The dog, an adult pit bull, was chained in the backyard at the time of the attack. The left side of the girl's face and right arm were mauled. The victim was airlifted by PHI air medical to Children's Hospital in Dallas with serious injuries. The dog had reportedly been given to the family by a friend.
The owner shot the dog five times before it released the girl.The news article also interviewed a "responsible" pit bull owner named Michelle Crouse. She said the media unfairly focuses on their breed. Yet no other breed -- on a constant basis -- requires a LifeFlight helicopter response unit due the acute injury this breed inflicts. Crouse, an obedience trainer, commented about a dog named Clutch, "[He] was a wonderful dog. He was good around kids, great around other dogs."
Clutch, however, couldn't live down his pit bull reputation.Last year a meter man came to his home in Bonham, Texas. Crouse said, "The dog came out, sniffed him on the legs, and he waved his hands up in the air, and he got nipped on the finger." Crouse says she specializes in animal aggression. She thinks Clutch felt threatened by the man because his owner was holding a baby. A legal battle ensued. Clutch didn't live to see the end of it. Now, Crouse has become an "ambassador" for the breed...
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| 3/26/2008 11:25 AM |
"I am a trainer that teaches you to communicate more effectively through understanding your dog’s language..."
hmmm.... apparently this dog trainer and 'aggression specialist' doesn't have the skills to understand her own dog's behavior.
welcome to the world of google karen!
| 3/26/2008 12:52 PM |
I think it is very important to note that the resume of this "dog trainer" is very shaky. It appears that she took a home correspondence course through "Animal Behavior College", and signed up for membership in a few professional developement organizations. She lists no certifications, nor personal successes as a trainer of her own dogs, e.g. acheivement of advanced obedience titles (CDX, UDX, etc.) that would indicate she knows what she is doing.
Unfortunately, dog training is not a regulated industry, and almost anyone can print up business cards and declare themselves a dog trainer. When I read the ridiculous statements made by this "trainer", who, according to the article, only had the pit bull for one month, but was sure she knew the dogs motives, it reminded me once again that we should be skepticle of "experts" who claim that pit bulls are "unfairly targeted". Many people who pose as "dog experts" or "trainers" or "dog behaviorists" actually have no real credentials, and are simply trying to lend credibility to their increasingly unbelievable arguments that pit bulls are "just like any other dog".
| 3/26/2008 3:50 PM |
Don't you all get it?...
These Dogmen Wannabe's actually believe they are superior dog owners and that they are smarter about normal dog behavior than the public. Maintaining Insurance and using muzzles are beneath them.
Classic Lion Tamer Syndrome
| 3/27/2008 12:36 PM |
The pitbull owner (Steve Foley) no longer plays in the NFL due to injuries he sustained while being shot by the police.
| 3/31/2008 4:51 PM |
Gotta love reading dog safety tips from a "dog trainer" who has had a Pit Bull euthanized for cause by the authorities. Especially, when the story involves a Pit Bull requiring five gunshots to release a 16 year old girl!
The new section has great info from studies done on Pit Owners: