Several recent dog bites involving family pets and children is raising the issue of how to make sure you bring home a pet that isn't going to be aggressive.
In one particular instance, the dog had a history of aggression.
Cheryl Wyman, manager of Pet Warehouse in Onslow County says, "You do want to check the background on an older dog. The background is kind of like the biggest part. You want to know how it was raised, what the people did with."
In some instances, depending on how the dog was raised, Wyman says that can affect the way the pet interacts and in turn can be aggressive. "Most dogs for the most part is how they are raised by the owner as to whether or not they have any tendencies to be aggressive to anything."
Other things Wyman says to look out for in puppies is the way they play. "If they don't play bite or play growl and are instead serious when you are playing with them, then maybe that dog has an aggressive behavior."
The dogs involved in the recent attacks in onslow county were a pit bull and a boxer.