Originally Posted by diablo13
Of course some breeds do have weariness and aggresion bred into them, it's like a Bettas instinct. But most dogs, unless trained or rabid, won't go up ad kill a toddler for the hell of it. Sorry if that cane off as rude, it wasn't suppose to.
I'm not trying to pick at you but this brings me to something else I always feel needs to be said.
No dog, no matter what, bites without reason. There are always subtle signs even if the person doesn't pick up on them. Rabid dogs and the very very small percentage of dogs with severe mental issues aside (because let's face it, both of those populations are practically negligible in most bite cases).
The sad fact is that most people don't know how to read a dog.. they don't notice that subtle stiffening, lip licking, eye rolling, and posturing that happens seconds before a bite, some even ignore warning signs like growls.
Which brings me to yet another point. Don't EVER tell your dog not to growl (you in general). I know people who tell their dog to stop that and try to train it out of them. Never make your dog feel like it can't express itself when it is uncomfortable. That is how "unprovoked" attacks happen... but like I said.. no attack is unprovoked.