ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)