A facebook video of a young girl hugging a Rottweiler went viral this week after a woman named Briana Aguon posted that she believed that the video showed a very dangerous situation because the dog showed signs of discomfort and a warning of aggression:
After watching the clip, animal behaviorist Terri Bright, of the Boston-based organization MSPCA-Angell, offered this analysis:
“This dog is showing ethological signs of fear and aggression. You can see the whites of the dog’s eye, showing teeth, lip-licking and growling. These are very clear warning signs that are the only way a dog can say ‘I am not comfortable right now.'”
To even an untrained eye, that dog looks uncomfortable and liable to lash out. It seems that the young girl is in danger.
However, other dog owners disagreed and claimed that this is Rottweiler-specific behavior that they have seen many times before. Folks posted videos of their own Rotties acting in a similar fashion, which they claimed was not aggression.
Watch the video below and then click the link to see other people’s responses. What do you think?
***Update 1/7*** I have contacted authorities in Middletown Ohio in regards to this video, they said because the dog did not attack the child no crime has been committed and they will not act on it, not even a courtesy call to the family to offer help.*** This is not my dog nor my child, please stop sending me messages and friend requests***Have you ever watched a video of a dog with a kid that made your heart race and your stomach nauseous? When the danger is brought to the owners attention they say, "That is in no way a mean growl." and "That is how he expresses his happiness. He smiles and growls." Wake up people! Know the signs (whale eyes, lip licking, baring teeth, growling, turning head away) before the kid needs plastic surgery and the dog loses its life even after giving several warnings. Teach your kids and your dogs boundaries.
Posted by Briana Aguon on Wednesday, January 6, 2016