Why a Dog Might Bite
Just like humans, even the best behaved dog has both good days and bad days. In fact, over the course of a single day a dog can go from feeling totally relaxed and easy-going to tense and cranky. Dog bites occur for a number of different reasons including:
- The dog is protecting a possession, its owner, its property or its puppies
- Something has frightened or provoked the dog
- The dog is old and does not have as much patience as it used to
- The dog is injured or sick
- Someone has startled or harmed the dog
- The dog never learned bite inhibition
- Herding breeds tend to nip when attempting to “herd” their family
In order to prevent dog bites you must first learn how to spot the warning signs that a dog is about to bite. These warning signs are always present before a dog bites, however they can be extremely subtle. Sometimes the dog exhibits these warning signs for months or years before the dog finally loses its tolerance and bites, surprising everyone around it. Warning signs that a dog might bite include:
- Ears pinned back
- Fur along the dog’s back standing up
- Whites of eyes showing
- Freezing in response to touch
- Direct intense eye contact from the dog
Preventing dog bites begins at home. If you do not intend to breed your dog, spaying and neutering can decrease the likelihood of bites. Making sure that your dog gets plenty of exercise can help to expend any excess energy that could otherwise be directed towards nervous energy. Playing with your dog helps to prevent bites by reinforcing your bond. However, rough games should always be avoided in order to prevent any dominance issues. Socialization is extremely important but your dog should never be allowed to roam free where they can pose a danger to other people and pets. If you have children, take the time necessary to teach them how to properly act around dogs, what warning signs to watch for and how to respond if a dog attacks.
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