It sickens me to see a badly mauled child being blamed for a dog attack. Kids need to be 'trained' too (rich or poor, a brat is a brat), and if a child over the age of five or six is deliberately annoying an animal (prior to that, children really are not all that capable of understanding and need to never be left alone with anything
that could hurt them) to the point of biting, my question is - where the hell are that kid's parents, and what are they (not) teaching their child?
My mother (who was mauled by a shepherd as a child) taught me this from the time I could walk: NEVER touch a dog, of any kind at all, even the really cute fluffy ones, without the owners' permission.
This very basic bit of common sense was drummed into my head, non-stop. To this day, I will never touch another person's dog without asking the owner if it's okay, every time. Most dog owners really appreciate it as a basic courtesy.
I've owned a dobie x bull terrier (hoboy, imagine an english bull terrier - on dobie-legged stilts, that was one ugly ass dog), several purebred bullies (piglets, all) and a dingo. The dingo was a challenge and a half, I can tell you. They are terribly difficult to train and have restrictions as to fully enclosed yards, etc, because they can climb a 10 ft wire mesh fence like a monkey if they really want to.. never mind opening high-up rounded door handles with their creepy hand-paws.. and omg, the public reaction.. dingos eat babies, dontcha know!?).
Out of all of those dogs, the only one that needed some very firm "dominance training" (NOT the kind where you HIT the dog...
) was.. the dingo. As I said, dingos are very hard to train, they look at you like, "Sit? But.. I'm not tired. Thanks anyway."
I did NOT want a wild-breed dog even begin to imagine he would ever be in control of my household, so we had a lot of work to do there. All the other dogs were taught basic obedience from puppyhood, and I never had a lick of trouble out of any of them.
I kept those dogs as far away from young kids as I possibly could. It wasn't that I did not trust my dogs - I didn't trust the kids
. So I kept my big strong dogs away from toddlers and the stupid children of stupider people as best I possibly could, and never, ever left them unsupervised with strangers of any age, and we all had a spectacularly good time.
The things about common sense is - it really isn't all that common..