As you lot know, the research I carried out on dog bites in Ireland was published a few weeks ago. Since its publication there has been a lot of support, but also a lot of criticism, generally with the same theme – that, regardless of what peer reviewed scientific research says, Joe / Mary’s opinion trumps this research, and, despite what experts with years of studying and experience under their belt have to say, Mary and Joe are right, and the experts are wrong.
Now the journalists are jumping on the band wagon, taking my research, misinterpreting it, and publishing (incorrect) results of the study.
There’s something about dogs that makes everyone an expert! I’m no mechanic, I’ll believe what the mechanics say. I’m do medical expert, I’ll believe what the doctors have to say. I’m no historian, I’ll believe what the historians have to say.
However, if it’s a topic I’m super interested in, and I have the time, I will research the area more to educate myself.
Anyway, back to the issue at hand. I am still being met with two common strong opinions.
Group A, the “yeah, well, some breeds are made to do x, y, or z”.
Group B, the “No matter what you guys have to say, when one of THOSE big dogs go for you, they’ll do way more damage than a smaller dog”.
Let’s look at it with some common sense, shall we? (wow, I’m cranky today!!)