Originally Posted by MostlyHarmless
I never said it wasn't the owners fault, and I agree with that point entirely. I was just saying that some dogs have qualities which you can't "train out". Of course if the owner doesn't train the dog well, obviously blame is put onto the owner, that's just common sense. But I have heard that some of these cases of dogs mauling people have been done by, in most people who new the dog's eyes, a good dog who had been trained. You can only train out aggressive animal instinct to a certain extent.
And to those who said that dogs react to being hurt: You say that many of these dogs are good and only react to being provoked, which you say is fine and understandable. What about, if a child (Who knew no better and was just playing) pulled a dog's tail, and the dog reacted aggressively and seriously hurt the child. Yes, the dog was reacting on instinct, but is that really acceptable? It could have been a perfectly fine family dog, but just out on a walk, on a lead, and a child runs up... You cannot blame the dog for being what it is, but in some cases that is what it is and it isn't safe.
Well obviously, they're animals. You can't blame a dog for being a dog. People tend to humanize dogs way too much. If a child touches fire they get burnt, is it the fire's fault? If a child hurts a dog they are going to get bitten, it's not the dog's fault. Most dogs aren't going to attack unless they are attacked first(or think they are being attacked), and just because they defend themselves it does not make them dangerous.