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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.Read more ›
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.
This important book starts with after page of fascinating and very easy-to-read statistics which clearly show current anti-dog hysteria is pointless -- and in fact a waste of time on the part of our civic leaders. There are clearly more important things to do with their valuable time.
I was astounded to learn how many thousands of people and children are crippled and maimed yearly -- by ordinary household objects and other primates! Dogs are clearly at the bottom of the list of things that hurt us and our children.
Janis points out that even the definition of a dog bite used in commonly cited studies is flawed - dog bite statistics commonly include contact, that may be scary to those contacted, that doesn't break the skin!
The current hysteria is clearly fueled by fear and ignorance. Bradley's book can help clear things up!
This book is obviously recommended for dog owners, dog advocates, animal care professionals -- but MORE importantly for those who make decisions affecting our canine companions: civic leaders, doctors, lawyers, fire fighters, police, teachers, parents, landlords and insurance industry executives.
The book is packed with enough citations and reasoning to convince the most critical of thinkers ... and includes good sections explaining the whys of canine behavior -- good and bad -- and a section offering practical advice for living safely with dogs and even a discussion on how to breed and train safer dogs.
Read this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dog bites and fatalities from dog bites are a very emotional topic. As can happen with emotional topics, data can get skewed, making it difficult to make logical decisions. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Donald J. Hanson
It truly shows you how ridiculous it is to think your everyday family dog is anymore dangerous than the other crap we do almost daily. Read morePublished on April 11, 2014 by Zach
Bradley provides a sensible, balanced view of dog behavior, aggression and "the dog bite epidemic". She provides a nice overview of available statistics/research and their... Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by Veronica Lynn Pit Bull
The book is in mint condition and it is full of wonderful information.
I have a paper to write on the topic and it will be extremely helpful.
Want to know the truth about the dog bite "epidemic" you see in the media? This book will give you a more realistic perspective about dog bites and how concerned you should or... Read morePublished on June 6, 2012 by Sue Brown
Fantastically written and completely engaging.
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
This book is an essential read for those government authorities in positions of power, before making any breed specific legislation. Read morePublished on July 30, 2008 by Gillian Shippen
I think that this book is a must-read for dog trainers, home-owners' insurance salesmen, and anyone involved in dog legislation. Read morePublished on November 14, 2007 by DENISE
Another pro-dog diatribe, attempting to justify dog ownership by trivialising the danger to children and the elderly from unconstrained dogs. Read morePublished on September 16, 2006 by Grantus