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Prevent Dog Bites With Proper Dog Training

Updated on October 14, 2014

In the United States alone, there are between 1-2 million people, dogs bitten each year. Fortunately, most of these bites are not serious or life-threatening and less than 5% are infected. Nevertheless, dog bites have received lots of bad press lately, with more and more laws against dog breeds being introduced in the United States.

Training Puppies and Older Dogs Not to Bite

It is not difficult to train young puppies to not use their teeth. Whenever your puppy catches your clothing or skin in his mouth, say in a deep tone of voice "Do not bite". Repeat this every time he tries to bite you. If you have a regular biter, put one hand on his neck and close his mouth with the other hand, wrapping your fingers around his muzzle. Keep it up and say, "Do not bite!" Give him a chew toy instead to let him know that he can do that with a chew toy. Although older dogs have more difficulty learning the new rules, it is still possible, if you are consistent with training. If you are not sure of your dog's behavior when you go out in public, be sure to put on one of the best reviewed dog training collars to keep control of your dog on a walk.

You must teach your dog not to bite anyone, including you! Your dog does not need to take control of any situation, even during training sessions and games. It should also never choke or mouth when you petting, grooming or nail trimming. If you have trouble teaching your dog not to use their teeth on people, seek immediate professional help and advice. This is not only to protect the interests of the general public, but also your dog. Remember: All it takes is one bite and your dog may be put to death. I know you love your dog so teach him not to bite today, not even for play!

Dog Bite Responsibility Lies With the Owner

One of the most common reasons that dogs continue to bite is that people have misconceptions that their dogs do not bite. While everyone experiences a certain level of respect for the big dog that growls, we all become too casual about our dogs.

How do you ensure that your dog will never bite someone? We all think our dogs are gentle in spirit, until proven otherwise. Dog owners often claim that their dogs are completely at ease with children for example, until their dog bites a child who was taunting him. And while this of course is wrong of the child, the dog is at fault.

Certainly some breeds of dogs bite more than others. However there are some human behaviors that can provoke a bite and it is important to know these:

  • Disturbing your dog (or dogs) during a meal.
  • Sudden Movement that startles the dog
  • Feeling of invading the dogs' territory
  • Breaking up a dog fight
  • Touching a dog who is in pain
  • Feeling of fear or danger
  • Possessiveness of toys or food

Ways to Prevent Dog Bites

Preventing dog bites begins with owner. If you have a dog, take these steps to reduce the risk that your dog can attack someone:

  • Spay or neuter your pet
  • Socialize your puppy at a young age.
  • Invest in some sort of formal training program.
  • Do not allow your dog to roam freely.

Be a responsible owner and start working with your puppy or dog today.

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