Posted: 21/10/2014 at 09:24
A friend of mine was the landlady of the local village pub. She and I both had young labradors - litter brothers, both lovely dogs, both had done obedience and ringcraft training and had won classes.
One day her dog was let out just as the paper girl came through the gate, round the corner and into the pub yard to deliver the paper. The dog was excited to be let out, wouldn't be called back and rushed about and ran up to the girl and jumped up, biting at her arm and tearing the sleeve of her puffa-type jacket.
Many people, including the paper girl, said that the dog could be excused in the circumstances.
My friend had her dog put down immediately. She said that if her dog had done that to a smaller child he'd have torn her face. He would not come back when called and was therefore out of control and not safe. She could never trust him.
That is being a responsible dog owner.