Dog trainer weighs in on Medford's dangerous dog proposal

, Written by Roma Villavicencio, Posted: Thu, January 16 2014 at 10:25 PM, Updated: Fri, January 17 2014 at 2:32 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Medford Police said Pit bulls have killed eight animals in the last three years and that they're the choice of dog for Medford drug dealers. It's the topic that's getting a lot of attention right now in Medford as the city considers stricter rules and regulations.

Jason Lake has trained all types of dogs for decades through his family business Prodogz.

He said the history of Pit bull's shows that they were bred for barbaric purposes. But in his 20 years of experience he's learned Pit bulls are not out to attack. He said they are a dominant breed that can act dangerously.

"In the Rogue Valley here we have so many people breeding Pit bulls. So we have all these people that are breeding all these types of dogs. Every dog is different based on their breeding and their temperament," said Lake. 

 Lake said it's all about training your dog and teaching them certain commands.  Just some steps that could help prevent dangerous dog attacks.

"The dog doesn't just snap. The dog doesn't just say, "I'm going to attack my owner, or one day I'm going to attack this dog." The Pit bull is a dominant breed."

 Lake said if they're well trained and loved like family, they can be well behaved. But he says training a dog especially a dominant breed takes time and patience. If a trainer is not in the budget, Lake said you have to put in the work yourself.

"It really has to do with the relationship with your animal."

Lake said even the simplest commands create a special language between the dog and owner. So if a confrontational situation comes, the dog will listen.

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