4 Things Not To Do When Owning A Power Breed Dog
We do want to remind all dog owners that owning a dog comes with great responsibility.
We encourage power breed owners to guard against aggression.
— Belinda Abrahams, Cape of Good Hope SPCA spokesperson
First, don’t support backyard breeders and second, don’t accept a puppy unless you fully understand the nature of the parents. The reason is that puppies bred from aggressive parents have a high tendency for viciousness.
Aggression starts in puppyhood. Unless you can meet the resources – of both time and finance – of training, socialising and developing tolerance in your puppy towards children, adults and elderly people, then here’s number three; don’t get a power breed dog.
Children running past fenced-in dogs can unintentionally tease these dogs. If you own a power breed, and you are found to be liable of negligence in terms of the Animal Matters Amendment Act, you potentially face a fine, or imprisonment. So, for number four; don’t get a dog you don’t have time and space for.
So, please. If you do, or intend to, own a power breed, ensure the following:
- Your puppy comes from happy, well-adjusted parents
- You spend sufficient time training and socialising her with other dogs
- Develop tolerance in your puppy for at-risk groups, like children and the elderly
- Finally, get plenty of exercise with your dog, every day.