Avoid the Dog Biting Problem

More than 4.5 million dog bite incidents are reported in the United States per year with approximately half of incidents involving the family dog. There is no guarantee your dog will never bite someone. A dog can behave unpredictably and become aggressive and bite causing injury, but why?

The possibilities include heredity and personality (or DNA, if you will), prior difficult experiences, lack of proper socialization, fear, lack of proper training with regard to discipline, territory and boundaries, and lack of proper guidance from the pack leader or leaders, meaning the guardian or guardians.

The risk factors that can precipitate a dog bite incident can be significantly reduced.

Spayed or neutered dogs are less likely to bite. Dogs not socialized with children can possibly react to situations by biting. The most common reason children are bitten is a dog that is fearful or wishes to avoid what it is not sure of, resulting in aggressive behavior in an attempt to make the problem or situation go away.

You do not want your dog to be afraid or become aggressive; therefore socialization is very important from the earliest stages of life.

There is a difference between biting in play and aggression.

ogs are perfectly capable of being trained to grab enthusiastically and gently without crossing the line to aggressive biting behavior, a lesson that is naturally taught by their mothers, littermates and other pack members. Young dogs bite each other everywhere and anywhere when they play. This is when they learn limits to their biting and learn control and boundaries to their play. If they are too rough with their playmates, they will find out by how the other dogs and puppies react to them. This is something that canines can accomplish and teach each other through trial and error, learning from their own experiences in the early stages far more effectively and efficiently than we can teach them. Because we take them away from this environment before this learning process is completed, it is necessary for guardians to take over and complete the training.

Physical punishment is the quickest way to erode the dog’s trust.

It is up to the dog’s guardians to establish appropriate boundaries and behaviors in all aspects of living as a family pack unit through an education process without physical abuse by the guardian. Dogs can love you almost unconditionally because of their loyal characteristics, but that does not mean they trust and respect.

Training the family dog should be a family matter.

Every household member should learn the proper training techniques and participate in the dog’s education. It is best to not send your dog away to be trained; family members should be the ones, with proper guidance, to teach your dog how to behave in your home. Note that training courses are a great investment even for experienced dog caregivers.

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