Recent and severe dog attacks in San Diego have raised alarm about the dangers posed by certain dog breeds, the manner in which dogs are kept, the number of unregistered dogs and laws that determine the disposition of dog bite cases.
Here are a few articles out of the local paper:
The San Diego Union Tribune actually ran on page 1,2, and 3 feature articles about the problem of dog bites. The paper identified pit bulls as the breed responsible for 14 percent of all dog bites, ten times more than the boxer and twenty times more than one of the most loving dogs of all, the golden retriever. Surprisingly, one very small dog, the Chihuahua, had caused four times as many reported bites as the boxer. I can attest to the ferocity of the Chihuahua because one of my pest control technicians had his nose ripped open by his own Chihuahua! Prior to this dog bite, another one of my pest control technicians was attacked not by a customer’s dog but by the neighbors’ German Shepard dog that was loose.
Briefly searching the internet this morning, I found that in Denver, the Chow Chow and the German Shepard produced the most dog bites. But then I noted that Denver has banned new dog ownership of pit bulls. Do you think pit bulls should be banned? Should certain breeds require special licensing requirements?
Dogs make mistakes, just like people. Often, it is the people who are truly guilty, yet the dog always suffers the consequence. Unless a severe bite occurs, it is unlikely that a dog will be put down. This two or three strike rule makes sense, unless you were the person that was severely scared or even killed on second strike.
I am a dog lover. But I cannot say that all dogs are born with a pleasant disposition. Certain breeds are bred for defence and agression. These dogs are not born bad but they are easily led that way when trained or treated in a manner that brings out traits common in a breed. Perhaps, if it was up to me, I’d require certain training and signed statements of liability from dog owners of breeds prone to attack. I’d heavily fine and in some cases I’d jail those dog owners that buy breeds prone to attack, abuse them, train them for merciless attack and ultimately do what the owner recklessly wanted them to do upon the least threat – kill.
The postal service is well aware of dog attacks and their consequences. Here the postal service lists top dog bite cities. and also has several recommendations on how to avoid dog attacks. But the recommendations were too late for this postal worker from Poway, CA who was killed while delivering mail in Oceanside, CA.
So what should the policy be among pest control companies for dealing with customers that own dogs? How do you conduct business with this type of liability, knowing that a large percentage of your clientele are dog owners? To what extent will you go as a pest control owner to protect your technicians, even if it aggravates your customer who is sure “my dog doesn’t bite.” Pest control technicians can appear very threatening to a dog, especially when they invade the territorial boundaries of a dog. Each breed and dog have their own definitions of territory that needs to be defended.
The first best thing to do is to educate your pest control technicians and your customers about dog attacks, why they occur and how to avoid them.
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