I was just reminded that a cousin of mine has a Dogo. Which is pretty cool, I like Dogos and they're one of the few mastiffy-types that I don't wrinkle my nose at (many are too heavy or drooly, sorry Mason!) and they're one of those breeds that I know a limited amount about but enough that I know they're not a fit for my home but that doesn't mean I can't yearn from afar!
Except my cousin with a Dogo didn't exactly uh... how to put it... think her idea through?
Well first, she bought this dog for a few hundred bucks (red flag #1) for a home defender. But she's afraid of dogs and has a very weird sense of how to train one (red flag #2) and this is her first dog ever (red flag #3). She chose the Dogo because "they look like big pit bulls" (red flag#4) and because everyone knows pit bulls are uncontrollable manbiters (red flag #5), they won't think twice about coming in when they see her Dogo.
Did I forget to mention that her idea of training this poor dog to be a guard dog is that she has to put it on a very heavy chain in the back yard with minimal human contact and just barely scrape by PA's minimum requirements for housing a dog outdoors? Meaning I can't even call AC on her because PA is dumb and has ridiculously easy laws to follow when keeping dogs outside.
Did I also forget to mention that she has a young child, less than 2 years old, who is also afraid of dogs, who is put outside with this dog on a chain by herself to play? She assumes that since there's a fence nothing bad can happen to my 2nd cousin.
Now this dog is about 2 herself and is "uncontrollable" and "too hard to manage" and "very aggressive", so she is no longer allowed in the actual house outside of sitting in a back room away from everyone so she "doesn't scare the baby". And my cousin was recently impressed by Mocha's good behavior with her kid (basically, Mocha had a new toy which = very high value to her, baby snatched toy out of Mocha's mouth, Mocha did not growl or bite), so now she thinks she wants a chow/lab because those are all good with children and none of them bite so they will make a perfect companion for her little girl. Any explination on how much training it took for Mocha to be confident enough to even be around so many people goes in one ear and out the other. Mocha might be essentially bombproof now but she wasn't always.
I should also mention that this cousin is ALSO unwilling to stop blaming my childhood GSDs for an "attack" on her sister that didn't happen. Long story short, my parents know that side of the family is afraid of dogs, so we locked the GSDs away from where they could easily get to. This includes children. This cousin's little sister wandered away on her
watch and managed to shut her hand in a door, which led her to start screaming. For some reason said little sister kept saying "doggy did it" so we went upstairs (note, we were in the kitchen at the time, which has the only staircase upstairs, and she didn't go through the kitchen) and yup, dogs still locked up where they were supposed to be. That entire side of the family still says our GSDs were vicious and attacked her to this day even though I'm pretty sure if 3 GSDs attacked a 5yo there would be a lot more damage than a horizontal bruise on her hand. In fact, after the incident with the baby snatching Mocha's toy, they brought it up again how that would never have happened and the baby would be dead if Mocha was a GSD. Oh, also, Mocha's not aggressive because she looks like a pit bull
Yup. I told you they have some weird ideas regarding dogs.
So. Just. ARGH. I'm counting the days until that Dogo bites the baby. She's essentially concocted the exact formula you need for a dog bite and she's not willing to hear that she might end up with a seriously injured child (because guard dogs don't hurt "their" kids or owners, just other people). AND she wants to add another that imo requires a very experienced hand because she's convinced that the ONE dog she's met all of 4 times is a good example of all chow/labs in all life stages. AND SHE'S STILL AFRAID OF DOGS.