“Dog Whisperer” says banning breeds not the answer

Nationally known dog trainer Cesar Millan says banning Pit Bulls or any breed of dog is not an answer to preventing dog attacks.

Millan was in the Quad Cities for a Gilda’s Club charity event Friday. When asked about  the recent death of a 7-year-old Galesburg boy who was attacked by a Pit Bull,  he called the incident “devastating,” but he said passing new laws to ban pit bulls would not be an answer to future deadly attacks.

“That’s not the solution, banning the breed. It doesn’t solve the problem. The dogs that bite the most, it’s not the Pit Bulls. It’s the Chihuahuas. We don’t have a problem with a breed, we have a problem with humans not being educated,” Millan said. “I raised my kids around Pits and Rotts and German Shepherds.”

According to Wikipedia, there have been six deadly dog attacks so far this year in the U.S. The victims ranged in age from 14 months old to 91 years of age.  The breed that attacked, according to Wikipedia, in every case, was a Pit Bull.

Millan says the breed’s power and strength requires a certain kind of owner, and like all dogs, the animal must be fed a balanced dose of “exercise, affection and discipline.”

“Not just anybody is capable of having that kind of breed. So we need better education. It’s like driving a semi, not everybody can drive a semi. So the Mercedes Benz is a Lhasa Apso. The semis are the Rotts, the German Shepherds. It requires different education,” Millan said.

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