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Dogs Bite: But Balloons and Slippers Are More Dangerous Paperback – September 1, 2005
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Not many books can make you laugh aloud uproariously and at the same time teach you so much. Chapter 5, in which she examines her own childhood family's interactions with various pets, is poignant and instructive. Bradley tells about her defensive aggression toward Chipper their parakeet, and her mother's maternal aggression toward Tippy their Sheltie-cross puppy, among several anecdotes. In these incidents, she analyzes each animal's motivations and behavior (through the clear lenses of ethology and behavior analysis) and provides readers with diagnoses on the type of aggression, if any, involved. Take home point: aggression is normal across most animals, yet dogs seldom take their aggression to the point of hurting people or each other.
Bradley's chapter on the current state of research on biting dogs is incisive and scathing. One can only hope that it motivates researchers to clean up their statistical act and revise their highly suspect recommendations.
If for no other reason, every dog loving citizen should have this engaging, enlightening book on their shelf in the remote chance that a dog mauling or fatality occurs in their city. Then they can use its clear, calming data to offset the rising hysteria in a letter to the editor, to legislators, and to anyone else who wants to bridge the schism in the human brain between fear and reason. With Bradley's brilliant book, maybe we can help our cortex prevail over our ancient alligator brain!
Of course, dogs are carnivorous animals with sharp teeth, and consequently we do have a solemn duty to socialize them early and to teach them good bite inhibition, so that if they ever are pushed beyond their tolerance level, they don't do any harm. Bradley's point in Dogs Bite is simply that we need to respond rationally to dog bites, with a sense of the great good dogs bring us as well as an accurate knowledge of the real extent of the danger.
I would recommend this to anyone in a Critical Thinking course, or to anyone interested in dogs or local legislation of any sort.
The book reveals the reality behind the terrifying headlines about dog attacks against innocent humans. The fact of the matter is that while dogs are more likely to kill children and the elderly than hale and hearty adults, they rarely commit fatal attacks on humans of any age. A far greater risk to children is their own parents.
Bradley has produced a variety of statistics on the death and injury rates produced by various causes. More people die of fork lift accidents, balloons, and 5-gallon buckets than die of dog bites. And of the high number of reported dog bites (Some 800,000 each year in the US) remarkably few actually result in medical care.
This book is important to dog lovers right now, especially those who have certain breeds such as the dreaded pit bull or look-alikes such as the Staffordshire Terrier. The media focus on pit bull attacks has made them into pariahs, when in fact, they can be gentle, loving pets. Even a cocker spaniel or a dachshund can kill someone. In fact both breeds have. But no one is threatening to ban those breeds.
Bradley writes in an engaging and personable style about legislation, liability, breeds and appropriate strategies for managing the dogs in association with the people in our homes. If you want to get past the hype to the truth about dog attacks, this book is a wealth of information.
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I have a paper to write on the topic and it will be extremely helpful.
A real life expose of how dogs fit into our lives with real statistics that show just how safe living with a dog is compared to...Read more