Friday, November 28, 2014

Guard Dog Rips Off Owner’s Arm

En el hospital. “No me había mordido nunca, lo tenía de cachorro”, dijo ayer Muñoz.
There’s no dangerous dogs any more than there’s dangerous guns, it all depends on the human handling either one.

Emilio Muñoz lives in Huiliches, a lightly populated district in the province of Neuquen, Argentina. Because of the crime problem that affects the entire country, Muñoz bought two Rottweilers as a guard dogs. Mister Muñoz suffered seven robbery attempts in four and a half years. His male Rottweiler called Otto did the job it was supposed to, defending the house, even killing two robbers during break in attempts, one in 2011 and another one in 2012.

The dog had never bitten its owner before but two nights ago when Emilio Muñoz parked his car after dinner Otto attacked him and didn’t let go for 12 minutes. The female dog did not attack him but it didn’t defend him either, instead retrieving to its dog house and occasionally coming back to lick him as he was struggling with Otto. A neighbor eventually heard the screams and came to his aid, pulling back the attacking dog and eventually strangling it to death with the choke collar.

Just buying a dog and letting it take charge of your household is a VERY bad idea. Large, powerful breeds require an owner with years of experience handling dogs of all sizes. The Rottweiler is not my favorite dog. It’s not as much the dog’s fault as the people owning them and breeding them, in many cases looking to develop and breed dogs with more violent tendencies rather than focusing more on maturity and obedience. The Dogo Argentino would be such a dog, powerful yet with an extremely cool temper. Dogos will defend the home and owners well from both two and four legged predators. Last year A Dogo killed a puma (cougar) that attacked two little girls in a farm.

Over the years I’ve heard of many incidents where dogs kill family members in Argentina. Without exaggerating at least eight out of ten times it involves a Rottweiler. Again, they are all animals, they all may have instinctive reactions, but either they are focusing on breeding particularly violent, unstable specimens of Rottweilers in the country, or those buying them are particularly ill equipped to handle them.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.


Anonymous said...

Something is very wrongwith this story. Rottweilers are big and strong but generally are not vicious to their owners. There has to be a reason this dog attacked his owner.

C# said...

Hey Ferfal,

I agree with your assessment here. An aggressive, unstable animal is not a "guard dog", it is a dangerous liability.

I am guessing the owner never protection trained his dog, which involves teaching the dog the most important command: the "out".

And I am guessing, too, that like you said, the breeder was focusing on aggression more than stability. A real protection dog should not react until there is a threat, or the command is given.

I train dogs here in the U.S., and I can say that I come across a lot of unstable purebred dogs. I love German shepherds (and own one), but many I come across are real nervous liabilities.

I would say, people, if you buy a purebred, do your homework and spend the money. Buy from someone who specializes in protection dogs. If you don't want to spend the money, don't buy the dog. Your best bet, then, is to rescue a stable pit bull from a shelter. They seem to be the best "bargain" out there: easily available dogs that tend to have the drives to do protection.

Sam said...

I disagree with you. I'll just use a simple example to show why. Some humans are raised right and attack others and their parents. So is it the parents fault? Dogs can be the same. They're breed to be vicious anyways some can just go nuts. They have little control over themselves even if you train them. If a dog lives with you just how much training should you be required to keep it from ripping your arm off? I don't blame the guy I blame the dog. Some dogs just suck and the more vicious the dog is breed to be the more likely something like this will happen.