Picking A Dog That Won't Be Aggressive

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.


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  • by eric here on Feb 17, 2011 at 06:50 AM
    Aggressive, not aggressive a dog is a dog and they live and die by the pack. If u r the pack leader odds r the dog won’t show much aggression and will b passive but if he or she believes they r the pack leader they will b aggressive toward anyone they believe is challenging their rule or territory. If u r unskilled with animals don’t get an older dog get a puppy and learn tips on how to properly control them regardless of breed from the start. Be smart about it and hopefully nothing bad will happen to u or your loved ones. and "devil dogs" lol. And last thing it may be “another dog story” but they got u to look at it and that’s all they r after in the end.
  • by washingto on Feb 17, 2011 at 04:49 AM
    there should be a very very strick law on owing a pittbull. my son's dog was attaccked by two pitts last week almost killed the poor dog. and dont tell me it is how these devil dogs are raised it is in their blood and genes. he has got a mighty high vet bill that these pitts have caused
  • by Dog Owner on Feb 17, 2011 at 02:49 AM
    Neo thats nasty"animal mouth kissers".I have seen people let their dog do that right after that dog lick himself you know where.US-First I could not agree more.
  • by Tyee Location: Hyde County on Feb 17, 2011 at 01:17 AM
    To the gentleman or lady who wants more education in this forum. I guess you want a homework assignment for tonight or tomorrow---so here it is: Study all you can about "Jacobs Ladder" then give us a report on what you have learned tomorrow. Smile, you are on candid camera. Good night, sweet dreams.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Feb 16, 2011 at 11:51 PM
    Smooth move...you shoved two other articles in between the Vick/Orca story that nobody cares about and yet another article about nasty pets and their equally pet hair covered owners.
  • by US-First Location: Greenville on Feb 16, 2011 at 07:20 PM
    Lets make it simple. If it is called Pit, Rot, Chow, Doberman. Probably not going to be a family trust around the kids type animal in most cases. After understanding that, use the methods mentioned in this article and those posting here.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Feb 16, 2011 at 06:44 PM
    This is classic, a Michael Vick story with a story about picking a non-aggressive dog right underneath it. The animal mouth kissers will be blabbering on and on about this one.
  • by Tyee Location: Hyde County on Feb 16, 2011 at 06:27 PM
    When I pick a pet dog to buy, just get one with a wagging his or her tail and saying buy me and I!ll make you happy.
  • by ANOTHER DOG STORY on Feb 16, 2011 at 05:10 PM
    ANOTHER FREAKING DOG STORY. WITN REPORTS TOO MUCH ON ANIMALS. I GUESS IT IS EASY TO REPORT ON ANIMALS, SINCE THEY DON'T TALK AND THE REPORTER DOES NOT HAVE TO DO MUCH WORK EXPECT TAKE SOME FOOTAGE. AGAIN, I SAY, LET'S HAVE STORIES ABOUT PEOPLE AND STUDENTS TO DO WELL IN SCHOOL ACADEMICALLY. WE GET ENOUGH SPORTS AS IT IS. WE NEED GOOD PEOPLE NEWS, NOT ANIMALS OR THUGS THAT SHOOT AT PEOPLE AND INJURE BABIES.
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