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Misunderstood dogs

I remember when my dog Tank would run up to me every time I got home. If he wasn’t with me he would run around and play with kids. He would always lick you or play with you. Many would not believe Tank would be such a good dog because he was a Pitbull.


Pitbulls are one of the most misunderstood dog breeds in history. Not all dogs are the same; it would be like saying all people are the same and are just alike. My opinion is dogs are not bad because of their breed, but it’s their owners that make them bad.


I feel like you shouldn’t judge a dog until you have had one of that breed or mixture. Most people hate dogs because they have been influenced by their friends’ opinions. Most people don’t understand it’s not that breed but how the dogs have grown up and been treated. 


According to American Kennel Club dogs act aggressively towards things that they fear. “Perhaps unsurprisingly for dog lovers, fearful dogs were found to be much more likely to behave aggressively than non-fearful ones — up to five times more likely, to be precise”. Dogs can also act aggressively because of pain, age, size, environmental factors, and biological sex. 


Even breeds that are considered nice can be aggressive depending on their history. For example, even an abused poodle could bite someone. Just like in humans, if a dog is abused it is more likely to lash out. We are taught not to judge someone before you get to know them. I feel like that works with dogs the same way. I think we should treat animals the way we treat others.


Dogs that have grown up in a dog pound are scared of cages. People have to work to earn their trust. Misunderstood dogs are not the problem, it’s the people that treat them poorly and disrespect them. If people were treated how dogs were, they might react aggressively, too. Many dogs are like prisoners, being locked up in a cage all night and having zero privacy. They often straighten up when they are not locked in a cage all day.  


You have to let dogs get to know you and get used to being around you. When you first get around a dog you can’t make sudden movements/ changes. You have to take things slowly like for the first you probably let them sniff your hand and get used to your scent being there. 


Judging a dog before you get to know it is like judging a book by its cover. You should rather get to know the dog’s past before you just judge the dog. Dogs are like humans; they have feelings just like people do. People might think just because they’re an animal they will be ok. Someday you will say to yourself I hope I treated that dog well and he/she loved her life.

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Gaige Hulett
My name is Gaige. I am a photography/newspaper student. Some things about me are that I like to ride around town on my BMX, I like to hang out with my friends and I drive race cars almost every weekend. I like to listen to music when I’m doing something or working on something. I think I'm a more athletic person than a lazy person. I don’t like certain subjects in school cause I would rather have a fun teacher than one that’s not fun.   Some things I like are long bike rides at night. I also like the skate park. I used to go to Florida almost every break we get from school to go see family. I mostly took this class because I like to take pictures.   Over summer me and my friends would go to Walmart to mess around but never do anything to break stuff. I don’t really care what people have to say about me. I would rather do me than worry about other people and what they have to say about me. It’s easy to make friends for me cause I just be myself instead of trying to fit in. The longest friendship I have is 10 years.
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