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Local dog trainer has advice after being attacked by dog

Posted at 11:21 PM, May 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-31 10:50:16-04

A local dog trainer was attacked by a dog while on the job and now he has a message for dog owners.

Don Knetzger believes the recent dog attacks are the owner's fault and not the dog's fault.

"Breeds have almost nothing to do with these dog bites," said Knetzger.

Despite many articles online saying dogs like Akitas, Huskies, Bull mastiffs, Shih Tzus, Rottweilers, and Jack Russell Terriers are not family dogs, Knetzger says otherwise.

He says any dog is trainable.

He has advice for you if your dog is aggressive and starts attacking another dog or child.

"Stop the shaking," he said. "Grab the dog as high up on the head as you can, curl your fingers right into the middle of the throat."

That will stop the dog from shaking his or her victim. After that, he says you need to protect yourself because the dog may still be acting aggressive.

"Lay on top of him, get him on to the ground and protect your face."

Knetzger is aware dog training is controversial and that other local dog trainers may believe in different tactics but these are things Knetzger has used day in and day out to turn aggressive dogs into calm and loving dogs.