My dog is extremely wonderful as well as gentle. I can trust him around all people as well as dogs. I didn’t train him to be this way. It’s just the method he is.
But as well often, my dog’s actions are associated to what he appears like – a black Labrador.
This is the case when he chases after a sphere or when he dives head very first into the lake or when he lets a kid kiss him on the nose.
His actions are connected with “Lab” since “Lab” is the type of dog people see when they look at Ace.
“Labs are nice dogs,” people state while petting him.
Or, “That’s what Labs do. I like Labs.”
Or even, “Black Labs are the best.” (As though blacks are somehow better than chocolates.)
But my dog is only 50 percent Lab, according to his mixed-breed DNA test.
The rest of his heritage is a mix of so many breeds, the test couldn’t differentiate them. It suggested traces of German shepherd as well as dachshund, among others.
For me, this is why we requirement to be cautious about the generalizations we make about dogs based on their appearances. What we believe we see is not always accurate. And even if we (rarely) get the breed right, we still shouldn’t presume a dog will act a specific way.
Yes, my lab mix just occurs to be totally consumed with a tennis ball, however lots of Labs won’t fetch a thing.
For the most part, I assumption you might state my dog is setting a great example for Labs, however people are likewise enabling him to strengthen the unfair as well as even dangerous stereotypes such as “Labs are excellent with kids” or “Labs are excellent household dogs, they’ll do anything to please.”
We should be cautious about these assumptions since some Labs are terrible around kids. Some Labs are rather aggressive; they’re not so “eager to please” as well as are not the very best “family pets.”
I was bitten in the thigh as well as breast by a Lab-type dog named friend when I worked at a boarding kennel. This was extremely frightening for me, as well as the experience would likely cause some people to (understandably) dislike all dogs that look like that dog.
My point is, each purebred dog is an individual, just like all dogs are individuals. as well as most dogs are mixed breeds anyway, like my dog.
Do we requirement Pit Bull understanding Month?
Every year, I’m a bit hesitate to compose about Pit Bull understanding Month. I remain broken on it today.
Obviously, I comprehend the requirement for awareness, however I likewise concern about what occurs when we separate a group of dogs as well as label them in a different way or include them in outrageous statistics.
For example, one of the memes floating around on Facebook tells me I’m 60 times more likely to be killed by a falling coconut than a pitbull.
Um … OK. Yikes!
Doesn’t that make pitbulls noise frightening to somebody who may not comprehend dogs? You wouldn’t state something so ridiculous about a beagle, would you? Or a black lab mix?
So, what I’m trying to state is this:
1. Don’t judge any type of dog by his appearance. judge him by his actual behavior.
2. Don’t make breed assumptions. most of us are terrible at determining breeds, as well as most dogs are mixed breeds anyway.
3. look at each dog as an private as well as see her for just that, a dog.
I have judged dogs before too, as well as I understand it’s wrong
I dislike to admit it, however when I see a small, white dog, I just presume that dog is going to freak out as well as lunge at me.
Last week, when my other half suggested we should get a Belgian Mallinois puppy some day, I said, “Those dogs are crazy.”
And when I see golden retrievers on walks, I don’t bother to provide them additional space because I presume they’ll be friendly.
I’m sure I don’t requirement to explain why these assumptions are wrong as well as just ordinary stupid.
Not only am I being unfair to the dogs that in shape those descriptions, however I’m being unfair to dogs as a whole.
So, for “Dog understanding Month,” I’ll be trying to be a bit less judgmental of dogs as well as their owners overall.
Co si myslis? Do you ever discover yourself making assumptions based on breed?