Pitbulls & Dangerous Dog Breed Bans & Safety - Part 1

Deborah Wolfe on Pet Life Radio

Three brutal attacks on elderly couples near Vancouver by pit bulls sparks breed ban demands while in Montreal the SPCA got an injunction to stop a breed ban and the Province of Ontario has one in place.  Many American cities and entire European countries have passed breed bans against pit bulls and sometimes other breeds too like Rottweilers,  but do they work? Are pit bulls that different from other dogs? They are over represented in fatal bite statistics but is that stat relevant to the mutt you might meet at the dog park who looks  like a pit bull? Deborah asks Stan these questions and points out that she’s experienced other breeds that more dangerous and  met many pit bulls and pit bull crosses who are lovely.  Dr. Stanley Coren explains the truth about pit bulls, Staffies, Rotties, Cane Corsos, Dogo Argentinos, German Shepherds, Dobermans, Jack Russels,  behind the stats and stories and gives you solid advice for you and your kids on how  to avoid being a bite victim.  Is your dog kinda strange? Does he or she do something odd or weird? If you have any ‘why’ type questions about the behavior of your dog please send  them to me and I’ll ask Dr. Stanley Coren your questions next time we are on-air in January.

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Stanley Coren is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Pennsylvania and his doctorate in Psychology is from Stanford University. He is best known to the public for his popular books on dogs and on general psychological issues, however within the scientific world he is also a highly respected scientist. He has published over 350 scientific reports in professional journals as well as 19 books for students and professionals. He has received many honors and awards for his scientific work, has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and was named as one of the 2000 outstanding scientists of the Twentieth Century by the International Biographical Society.

His engaging writing style has made his books for general audiences extremely popular. All of these books, including “The Intelligence of Dogs,” “How to Speak Dog,” and “How Dogs Think” have reached bestseller status. His recent his book for children, “Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses?” received the Animal Behavior Society’s award for the best “Children’s book of the Year”  and also the Red Cedar Award for best children’s informational book. His newest book, “The Modern Dog,” explores the relationship between dogs and humans. He has also received the Writer of the Year, from the International Positive Dog Training Association, for his most recent works.

Many professional associations have recognized Coren’s work with dogs. He has received awards from several major police dog organizations including the California Canine Narcotic Association who cited him for his “continuing contributions toward the understanding of canine behavior.”

Coren’s knowledge of dogs has often caught the attention of the media and he has been the subject of feature articles in USA Today, New York Times, People Magazine and others. He is a popular guest with broadcast media and has been featured on numerous television programs including Oprah, Larry King, Dateline, 20/20, Maurie Povich, Good Morning America, Charlie Rose, the Today Show and many more. He was the host of the nationally broadcast television show Good Dog! and is now seen regularly on Pet Central on the Pet Network. He is also a regular contributor to a number of dog and pet related magazines including Modern Dog, AnimalSense, Pets Magazine and Puppy and Dog Basics, among others.