Dog Days – Sarge

Posted By on February 25, 2012

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6 Responses to “Dog Days – Sarge”

  1. Gary Carbone says:

    I hope Sarge gets a lucky break, sounds like he deserves one. But it does seem like he needs to be watched closely by his owners, and kept away from situations where he might feel the need to defend himself or his property/owners. I’m watching this story closely, becuase our dog Bodhi has demonstrated guard dog/protective tendencies recently. Very wary of strangers at certain times.

    Randy can you elaborate of what recommendations you made to Sarge’s owners? Anything that would be of use to owners of dominant dogs? Our prayers go out to Sarge and family…..

    • Randy says:

      Gary, you are quite correct in your observations that Sarge, and indeed any dog, must be supervised so that it takes its cues from the handler instead of taking matters into its own mouth, as it were. There is nothing innately wrong with a dog exhibiting wariness of strangers, or guarding tendencies, and these routinely manifest because they are fundamental behaviour characteristics of specific breeds. They can, however, appear because of unsound handling, and therein lies the root of many calls we get for remedial training.

      As I said at the start of this article, it’s only the first in a series. I will be bringing out the details, and much of that will be of use to any dog owner, regardless of breed, but most importantly to the owners of demonized ones. As usual with a story that most people have only been exposed to through media reports and the word of mouth rumour mill, Sarge’s tale has become a polarizing influence. Public sentiments are running to extremes and in that process, a lot of valuable information is going to get lost. I intend to prevent that as far as I am able.

      • Gary Carbone says:

        “Public sentiments are running to extremes and in that process, a lot of valuable information is going to get lost. I intend to prevent that as far as I am able.”

        I can’t imagine a higher calling or a more spiritual pursuit.

  2. Silvia Jay says:

    I second Gary. Curious to read more. And also wonder why, after the first incident and great lengths the owners went to get him back, Sarge was given the opportunity again to charge a person – and bite, as I understand it.

    • Randy says:

      Thank you Silvia. You pose a very important question.

      In fact, as this series unfolds, you will see that the Sarge case represents an amalgam of many important questions. As a representative and highly educational case study, I don’t think I could have invented a better one. Please do keep reading Dog Days. As always, we value your input and observations.

  3. Silvia Jay says:

    Thank you, Randy. I most definitely will keep on reading – as you know I am all things dog.
    By the way, I absolutely agree with you that stranger wariness is a dog-characteristic, or seems to be according to observations with feral dogs. That said, it also seems that barking and ritualistic posturing is what is normal, not biting. I argue that when a dog bites, the root is often human influenced or caused anxiety.

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