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Old May 2nd, 2009, 01:34 AM
Promethean Promethean is offline
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Originally Posted by Lynne_B View Post
Picture this scenario...you're at the dog park, there's a kid there that has something in his hand, icecream cone, dog treat, cracker, whatever. Dog or puppy comes up, goes to snatch it out of the kids hand, and a tooth accidentally scratches the kids hand, maybe he gets knocked over and starts crying. Mom or Dad freaks out, reports your dog as having bit their child, and sues you. Not a great scenario, but it happens. Maybe they don't sue you, but then you have to pay the added fee for a license for a "dangerous dog" and have him wear a muzzle from now on out in the public. Still no fun.
How about this scenario:

Brad jerks a dog for no reason while the dog was looking at a child. The dog then associates punishment and pain with children. The result is a dog that will see a child and expect an aversive event. In order to avoid this event he will strike out at the child in an attempt to avoid this punishment. Brad reacts by punishing the dog for barking thereby cementing this association of child=punishment making the dog dangerous to all children.

My scenario has the advantage of adhering to our understanding of animal psychology and cognition.