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By Diane Jessup
For the Sentinel 

Companion Animal: It's in the genes

 

Contributed: Diane Jessup

PROPER MANAGEMENT: Managing a pet properly means knowing what their in-build genetic disposition is and respecting it.

"It's all how you raise them!"

If you own an American pit bull, German shepherd, Rottweiler, Doberman or any other breed labeled "aggressive" by the media and public, no doubt you have received this widely held but utterly false piece of guidance many times. Of the many myths surrounding dog ownership, "It's all how you raise them," is the most well-intentioned yet ultimately detrimental concept concerning dog ownership.

Usually intended as a positive and affirming assertion congratulating the dog owner on having produced a dog which is not making negative news headlines, in fact the comment does much harm by lulling a dog owner into thinking that their actions alone will ultimately chan...



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