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Why not keep a big dog in town


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For some time now, residents of apartment buildings began to keep huge dogs in their homes. About this rather strange hobby willy-nilly had to find out not only their neighbors in the house and yard, but relatives and acquaintances coming to visit them, who, waiting for the elevator, suddenly discovered that it was not only people who arrived, but also for example a huge dog on the long, thin legs, with an oblong face and attentive gaze. Such a "pet" reaches the height of the chest of an adult man and therefore does not feel any trepidation in front of him, does not feel respect for him and is not at all a fact that it intends to follow any good tone rules towards him.

Such a dog is not at all afraid of a stranger, understands well its power superiority over him and perfectly feels the fear that its very appearance evokes - even if it is not ferocious, but neutral or rather friendly. At the same time, not necessarily the powerful jaws of such a "man`s friend" will be muzzled - on the contrary, the owners who are completely confident in the harmless disposition of their "pets" the calf`s height will often be complacently sure that "he does not bite", "well, he only sniffs you in order to meet you", "he will never attack anyone in his life", "he only looks so terrible, but in fact he is kind", "he is harmless as a teddy bear".

Alas, the cruel and grim reality now and then refutes these misconceptions, and from time to time it is reported in the press that living in the city toothed muscular dogs attack not only random passers-by, but also their owners right in apartments and mutilate or kill them or their children left at home, sometimes for no apparent reason. Well, what can be added here about sports enthusiasts living in megalopolises, doing jogging around the park in the morning? It`s likely that they had to suddenly feel a strange touch on hand lowered in motion of something warm and wet, or, precisely speaking, the face of a high, strong dog, for whom do not matter strict orders of his master walking with him: "Near!", "Sit!", "Lie down!" - and who is much more obedient to the call of instinct, prompting to start the pursuit of "biped prey" running away somewhere.

And, it should be noted that the lover of an early morning jog in the fresh air is again very lucky if the "harmless" pet of a meter height who caught up with him will be limited in manifesting its instincts with a muzzle. And the fate of an athlete will be much worse if this saving device doesn`t appear on the pet, for example, for the simple reason that its owner is firmly convinced that at six in the morning only he and the dog will walk in the park and no awakening its predatory nature "moving targets" nearby certainly will not be.

Sometimes the time to notice the start of the attack time to call out the owner and the animal, if you're lucky, will stop their attack. But it is also possible that the owner of a furious dog will be drunk and, therefore, or simply will not pay attention to her enthusiasm for pursuing a person or, without realizing the consequences of what is happening, simply will not give her any importance. Against this background, the opinion that the dog perfectly feels that its owner is a podshofe, and then, understanding the lack of proper control over his actions, begins to allow himself what he considers to be forbidden and unacceptable under the supervision of a sober master.

Especially dangerous in the society of a drunken owner is the bull terrier, which, like an infernal machine, is just waiting for the opportunity to release a badly concealed fierce disposition outward. That's why, one day, walking along a country road and noticing the man walking toward him, who was dragged by a horrible creature with great force for a long leash, all of which showed a genuine interest from afar and obviously gathered at least me to "sniff" , as naive people imagine it, but in reality, most likely, and to bite my teeth in the leg, I asked this drunk dogman to slow down a little, turned resolutely and went in the opposite direction, eventually making an impressive detour, to avoid a meeting with this terrible couple.

I must admit that the drunken master tried with all his might to keep the stretched leash, like a string, the bull terrier, and even shouted to him the word "sit", but these measures did not exert any influence on the dog that had suddenly opened up freedom of action. He showed such genuine interest to me that another hundred meters after this extremely dangerous meeting, going in the opposite direction, I seriously feared that a toothy creature would break free from alcohol-weakened hands and rush after me in pursuit.

In his book "Man meets dog", Konrad Lorenz, an outstanding Austrian zoologist and zoopsychologist, one of the founders of the ethology of the animal behavior science, winner of the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, in the 15th chapter, entitled " Dog's Mood ", describes in detail the glamorous summer day spent on the Danube along with his favorite little Susu chow-chow. Despite all the emotion she brings to her master, Susie on the way to the river manages to catch and eat one field mouse, on the other side of the Danube tries to catch a wagtail, almost catches a huge musk rat, then tries to catch a frog, and on the way back to the mouse Meadow catches in a row has three fatty voles.

Thus, almost all the time spent in a wild environment, the home dog of the famous scientist spent on hunting, and at the same time her victims were four field mice. It is difficult, of course, to call the chow-chow a small dog, but its one "exit to nature" was enough to become for her a real calamity. Not surprisingly, therefore, that a much bigger and more ferocious dogs, constantly living in the concrete jungle, sometimes suddenly feel the desire to hunt. And for the reason that cats, sparrows and pigeons fall into their field of vision not always, and they behave themselves, knowing well what to expect from dogs, carefully, the object of hunting becomes, alas, a man.

So, you do not need to keep a big dog in the city, which is dangerous for passers-by, and for the owner and his family, needs abundant food and, growing and gaining strength, will feel less willing to obey all possible commands and prohibitions and increasingly take power In their paws, and that is especially scary, teeth and jaws.

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