aard wrote:I quit smoking so I've been cranky and mean. Not over the hump yet. What is considered " attacking" though? Dogs will run after cars or bikes... or whatever. They also bark. A dog that is running towards you barking is not " attacking" you. Is that what you think?
First off ..Congrats and good luck on the quitting smoking and staying that way..
Back to topic ..
I think that is your perspective. To many factors come into acct in an individual incident for you to make that blanket statement. A large barking dog, advancing on a person who has never had a dog before, could be considered aggressive by that person (just based on lack of experience). We/I cannot read a dog or its owners mind. I can only use personal experience and the dogs actions to determine if a dog is friendly or hostile. In my case an unrestrained barking dog thats is failing to heed its owners direction and is Chasing/lunging at my bike and heels while I am riding/running/ walking etc is and will be considered aggresive and will be dealt with accordingly.
Ranger Buddy of mine once killed a dog (like lassy) just for barking..suppressed M4 w subsonic ammo was perfect for that job without anyone hearing.
One of my other Ranger buddies had a Rescued Great Dane that was "docile and unprovoked" simply wrap its big mouth around his newborn infants head and punch holes in her skull. Wasnt a sound from either the dog or her prior to the bite. She just started screaming. He walked that dog out back and ended its life there. Thankfully little Nora recovered perfectly.
I like Dogs and grew up around my Best Buddy's dogs. I do not view them as "family members". So for me, when they become a liability its easy for me put them down. I am aware other people view dogs/ bigfoot and animals differently and they have a harder time with that then I do.