Life, Liberty, and Justice for Dog An educational alternative to breed-specific legislation

Society often stigmatizes certain dog breeds--such as pit bulls, Dobermans, and German shepherds--as exceptionally dangerous, particularly to children.

Consequently, these breeds are frequently subject to discriminatory breed-specific laws in an effort to curb dog bites.

However, a dog does not bite because of its breed. Rather, the dog was likely unintentionally provoked by the child. For example, a child may pull a dog's ear or tail, try to kiss an unwilling dog's nose, or approach a dog on a chain.

If children are educated on how to safely interact with dogs, tragic attacks can be much more easily avoided.

Bite prevention programs give children hands-on opportunities to learn about proper canine interaction and enable them to make wise decisions about dog safety.

As a result, these programs are a far better method of preventing dog bites than breed-specific legislation, which fails to reach the core of the dog attack issue: ignorance.

When children are prepared to safely interact with dogs of all breeds, both the children and the animals are able to benefit from the positive relationships that ensue.


Created with images by MichaelDarby1976 - "pit-bull service dog veterinarian" • skeeze - "working dog military growling" • pasa47 - "Warning Pit-Bull"

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