However, our ABC and NBC affiliates instead, every night this week, chose to sensationalize dog bite injuries by running week long campaigns on "vicious dog" attacks. Instead of educating people, they chose to do this:
- Have your reporter stand next to a fenced yard and say "Thank God this dog is behind a fence." The dog is a collie and snooping for something in the grass, with its hind-end facing the reporter.
- Have a cameraman stare down a pit bull, until the dog lunges at the camera. Lesson? Look how vicious dogs can be if all you do is look at them. (Why bother to say "don't continue eye contact with dogs that are scared or dominant or are strays.)
- Take your leashed dog for a walk (don't bother teaching it to walk properly on-leash) past a yard with an unleashed dog that barks but never leaves its yard. Call the unleashed dog vicious. (Don't bother to say that it's protecting its territory or that it's trained well enough to not leave its yard, or that it just appears to be "talking" to the dog passing by.)