Professor Luna Teaches Historic Torts Class To Widespread Public and Academic Acclaim

IMG_3525Yesterday, Professor Luna Turley taught her first law school class at George Washington University to immediate acclaim and rave reviews. Luna helped teach animal liability and is shown here with a few students answering questions after class. One small concern was the observation that a few students were slipping Professor Luna treats to gain her favor. That could be an issue for the Tenure and Promotion Committee, but her pedagogical technique was flawless.

We gave Luna a bath and a brushing before I took her to school but she ruined her hairdo by sticking her head out the window for the entire trip into the city.

Luna demonstrated differences between ferae naturae and mansuetae or domitae naturae as well as animus reverted (habit of return). She then explored traits of domestication in animals and specifically the line where a vicious or violent propensity in dogs triggers strict liability. She used a large stuffed Wile E. Coyote to bring home the distinction between the wild and domesticated Canis.

It was a masterful performance, but then again she is a certified J.D. (Juris Dog).

21 thoughts on “Professor Luna Teaches Historic Torts Class To Widespread Public and Academic Acclaim”

  1. phillyT … any Shutzhund trained dog, titled or not, is un-insurable for liability where I live and that’s just nuts. ESpecailly if the title level is just a BH obedience title. An untrained and adapted dog is far more of a risk liability wise, for the reasons you cited…”Golly, gee…I didn’t know…etc.” All dogs can bite and do harm, well trained ones don’t do that ad hoc. People can do far worse harm than a dog…as the “news” these days illustrates.

    You are far more likely to be nipped on the ankle by a berserk untrained Chihuahua than any of my German Shepherds, whom you must first provoke and even then, if under handler control, that can be mitigated. The sign-age issue is almost funny, you’re danged if you don’t do it, and danged if you do. BTW…I had an insurance guy tell me the same thing about sign-age a while back. It begs the real question…is the dog are the dogs “trained” to not be generally uncivil lunatics? You climb the fence or break down the house door and get bit…why is that person surprised? I secure our doors more for the dogs’ protection than the populace on the street.

    The instance I cited earlier where one of my dogs took a car-jacker down was a fortunate one. He ran away first chance he got…what’s he going to do …tell the police I and my dog interfered with his robbery? I never heard a word from the guy or his accomplices who also fled. They weren’t even locals…just tried to act like it…until the fugits hit the fan so to speak. The guy who got to keep his truck was very happy and grateful…it all happened in seconds and “Zoya” performed as trained to distinct provocation. I figured I’d get grief but never did. Good dog.

  2. Aridog, one insurance rep explained to me that putting a sign up that says “beware of dog” indicates that you KNOW your dog is dangerous, and are therefore more liable than someone who has no sign up who can claim “gee, my dog never did anything like that before…I had no idea”.

    Also I suppose it would depend on what you mean by trained. A level III Shutzhund dog, trained as they might be, is capable of doing serious damage and might be tough to insure!

  3. T Hall … yep someone had to say it. But that isn’t answer to my question(s). Why is it that better trained dogs are more of an insurance liability? Locally I can’t insure them, other than for physical loss based upon pedigree, and that seems bass awk-wards to me. I have all the de rigueur sign-age and fence (staked down to the ground at 3 foot intervals), so I wonder what else I could do to protect those who’d be fools to enter my home or yard unwelcome. Quite simply, I can’t.

  4. I’d recommend, for those interested in dogs per se, that you find a local Shutzhund Club and attend a full trial (BH, IPO1,2, & 3, and maybe FH1 &2) to observe how well trained dogs behave and obey. The “FH” titles are for advanced tracking. The GSD’s, the Rotties, Dobes, Malinois, Groenendaels, & Boxers will surprise you…plus some other breeds who make the Shutzhund grade…such as “American Bull Dogs” and even some bird dogs. I promise it will adjust your idea of what “obedience” is when you just see the BH phase alone. If you can just do that BH level stuff alone with your dog, small or big, you’ve done one great job….for a dog among people or other dogs, even cats. Try it, you’ll like it.

  5. Just in passing…German Shepherds also have webbed feet and can swim like champs. We couldn’t keep our dog “Ari” out of the water if he saw any close at hand, puddle, creek, river, or lake…his very rare moment of disobedience. He’d paddle out fast and turn back acting all so proud of himself. He just had to be part seal. His long hair made it funny and wet for you if he shook off near-by afterwards.

    Next, I find it odd that liability increases if you’ve trained your dog in basic Shutzhund, where the first and foremost phase is obedience (the BH title, whihc is mandatory)…and if you proceed to titles in Sch1,2, & 3 (same as IPO) you must continuously repeat the obedience along with the protection phase…in short teach the dog when to bite and more importantly when NOT to bite….and to call off on command if there is any doubt. My best Shutzhund trained dog was “Zoya” (all were trained to some degree) who was flawless and never screwed up, even when used to clear darken buildings…she’d walk quietly up to whomever was there and just emit a low growl giving them time to flee, without pursuit. Though a female, she was an intimidating bulk of Czech GSD…huge neck and shoulders, flat top line. She knew her job was to clear the place not capture anyone.

    Yet, when threatened directly she would act immediately to take down the threat…and did so in an instance when we walked up inadvertently on a car jacking and one guy got all hostile. I’m pretty sure when the dude got his shoulder repaired (it was a mess…saw it when I called her off with an “Aus”…e.g “out” … before he fled like a jack rabbit) he didn’t screw around with big focused dogs again.

    Zoya, Ari and Dera were the safest dogs anyone could ever be around, same for ole Ikey boy if you were a child…he didn’t like adults much so I had to be careful with him.

    Why is “training” in an obedience emphasizing discipline considered a liability?

  6. National Lampoon published an extended article entitled “The Law of the Jungle” which explored all the cases and conflicts in the law. Very thorough and very funny.

  7. Screams of a jaded law prof. frankly. We humanize y’all plenty.

  8. Now, this does not rise to the level of humor to make The Onion (even though you are trying).

  9. LOL! A couple of “adults” are following me around this morning, acting nastily, proving my point that dogs are often preferable to adults. You can’t make this stuff up.

  10. “We gave Luna a bath and a brushing before I took her to school but she ruined her hairdo but sticking her head out the window for the entire trip into the city.”

    And beautiful in spite of it. What a great dog.

  11. “Ellen
    1, October 23, 2015 at 9:03 am

    That explains it.”

    Over time, people often give themselves away. (Smiling. Thanks, Ellen.)

  12. I prefer dogs and children over adults. Hell, I even prefer many cats over adults.

  13. Over time humans may have learned more from animals than from any other source – what to eat, how to catch it, how to store it for the winter, how to cooperate, how to share, how to dig a fox hole, the benefits of loyalty, not to mention medical advancements.

  14. Juris Dog. I like that one. We had a dog in the dogpac here named Full Moon Luna. Yeah, it is a redundancy. But when we called her Full Luna it offended her because she thought we were calling her fat. If Luna has webbed feet then she is a full blooded lab. She can swim. Those who can swim do. Those who can’t swim: teach. Those who cant teach: teach law professors.

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