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5 Ways To Help Prevent Your Dog From Biting Someone

5 Ways to Help Prevent Your Dog from Biting Someone

Almost 5 million people are a victim of dog bites every year in the U.S. More than 1/5 of them needs to have their bite wounds treated by a medical professional. Children are the most common victims and tend to end up with more severe injuries from bites. Most dog bites occur during an interaction with dogs they already know. Understanding the reasons why dogs bite can help you keep your dog from ever biting someone. The top 5 reasons for dogs to bite people are:

  1. PossessivenessThe instinct to protect property is a common cause of dog bites. For a dog “property” can be any type of thing, from your yard, a toy, food, to a human. To prevent your dog from doing this, start early. Begin training your dog right away to minimize this behavior. Teach your dog to “Leave It”. When you give this command, the dog should drop whatever it is he’s trying to protect (food, toy, etc.). Also, teach your children to never touch or go near a dog that is eating or has a bone.
  2. Fear – When dogs are afraid, like most animals, they bite to protect themselves. Fear mostly occurs when confronted with strangers or when they are in unfamiliar situations. Don't approach a dog you do not know and teach your children to do the same. Expose a dog to many different social situations, places, and people from a young age.
  3. Pain – Dogs that are in pain can bite. Pain can lead even the most gentle of dogs to bite. If your dog has a chronic condition such as hip dysplasia, or severe arthritis, teach your children to not touch areas that are sore, such as the rear hip bones, and be extra gentle touching the dog. If your dog suddenly becomes aggressive for no reason you know of, pain might be the cause so take the animal to the vet for a checkup.
  4. Maternal Instinct – Even a dog that has been trained and has always behaved really well can become aggressive when she has a litter of puppies. Show respect for the natural maternal instinct and teach your children to do the same. Explain to them that, although new puppies are cute, momma dog just wants to look out for them. Keep your new mother from biting by providing her and her new family with a safe place to sleep, away from the hustle of normal daily activities.
  5. PreyThis is another natural instinct that you should be aware of. The prey instinct can be provoked by joggers, bicycles racing by, or skateboarders. These all bring out the natural urge to chase their “prey” and catch it. You can limit your dog’s instinct to chase moving objects by teaching it early, on a leash, not to chase people. Walk your dog and if he moves his head to follow, say, a jogger, jerk sharply on the leash, bringing his attention back to you with a loud “NO”.

Zane Schwarzlose is a writer at Fahrenheit Marketing, an Austin web design company. Zane is glad that his miniature Schnauzer hasn't bit anyone.

Avoiding Personal Injury: Common Ways To Treat Dog Bites

Dog bites are a common injury that many humans have to deal with each year. Despite the fact that humans and dogs interact all of the time, there are still situations where a dog may decide to bit, especially when a child is involved. There are some important steps that you should take if responding to a dog bite in order to cause the least amount of damage and get the victim the help that the need. Here are some of the steps that you can take in order to effectively treat a dog bit.

Control Bleeding

If you are not the one who was attacked by the dog bite, it is important that you take the necessary precautions to ensure that you do not get harmed as well. Make sure to wear protective equipment before helping the victim. Once the protective equipment is on, you can take the time to control the bleeding from the bite right away. Try to not use a tourniquet unless the bleeding is so bad that other options are not working. Once you have the bleeding under control, use some soap to clean out the wound so that there will be less chances of irritation and infection later on.

Cover the Wound

Now that you have taken the time to control the bleeding and clean up the wound, you need to make sure to cover up the wound. Use dressing that is clean and dry so that you do not cause any more damage to occur. If you have any on you, it is a good idea to also cover the wound with some antibiotic ointment. As you are applying the covering, look to see if any of the common infection signs are present including weeping pus, heat, swelling, and redness.

Seek Medical Attention

After taking care of the victim, you need to give their doctor a call to see if it is necessary to seek medical attention. There are many cases, such as puncture wounds that are deep, that may need antibiotics. Some wounds may need stitches put in and if there are any bites to the face  or the hands, the doctor will insist on seeing the patient to avoid loss of function in that area and scarring. Even if the victim does not need to go in and see the doctor, many areas will require you to report dog bites and an easy way to do this is through your doctor.

Make sure that any dog that has bitten can be identified. If the dog is not able to be identified, you must get the victim to the hospital right away. Unidentified dogs often carry rabies, which will be fatal to the victim if it is not taken care of right away. Even if you are able to find out who owns the dog, they must be able to prove that the dog has had their rabies vaccination, otherwise you should still take the victim in for emergency care.

Have any of you readers ever been bitten by a dog? Tell me all about it in the comments below.

Jennifer is a legal blogger for The Loewy Law Firm, a personal injury law firm in Austin, Texas.  She loves her two dogs and is proud of how well behaved they are.

Raising a Puppy that Doesn’t Bite

All dogs have sharp teeth,and all dogs can bite. Even little dogs can do damage with their teeth. In today's lawsuit-friendly society, a dog bite can be a death sentence for someone's canine best friend. Fortunately, most dogs don't behave in this way, and they don't routinely injure their human family and friends.

Puppies are like sponges when they are babies - they soak up so much information from their environment, their littermates and their owner. While they can be taught to sit and drop, and go to the toilet outside, they can also be taught not to bite.

How do you raise a puppy in those first few months of life, so they don't learn that biting is an acceptable way to behave?

Socialization and training are the keys.

One major cause of biting in dogs is fear. If a dog feels threatened and can't see any way of escape, he will bite to defend himself. This is appropriate in some circumstances, but biting because he is scared of people, for example, just isn't acceptable.

The way to prevent him growing up with fear aggression is to actively socialize him while he is growing up. Take him to puppy pre-school and dog training, and introduce him to people of all shapes, sizes and ages. Walk past noisy schools and bus stops, and give him every opportunity to get used to the world around him. By doing so, he'll be less fearful  and less likely to feel the need to protect himself with his teeth.

Another reason that your pup may bite is to protect something he really values, such as his bone or his dinner bowl. This too is understandable, but not at all acceptable. Your pup needs to learn at a young age not to guard his resources. A good obedience trainer will help you train him to give up what he has when you ask him to. This doesn't need to be unpleasant for your pup, it can be done in a gentle and positive way, but it is a necessary part of his upbringing.

Dogs will also bite when they are in pain, but when they do this, they are trying to stop any further hurt. It may not be possible to teach your pup not to bite when he is sore, but you can still avoid getting bitten yourself. If your dog is injured and you think he may snap at you, then use a soft muzzle to gently hold his mouth closed. This may be the only way you will be able to help him. If you're not sure how to apply a soft gauze muzzle, your veterinarian will be able to show you how to do it. They deal with dogs that are sick or in pain every day and have mastered the art of keeping themselves safe.

There are very few occasions when you can justify a dog biting a person. Pain would be the only one. While you can never fully guarantee your pup won't ever bite, the right training and socialization will help to reduce the likelihood of it happening.

Dr. Susan Wright DMV is a dedicated veterinarian that enjoys writing articles highlighting various aspects of dog training.

Top Tips To Stop Puppies From Biting

What Is The Best Way To Stop Puppy Biting?

by Sandy Rutherforde

If you would like to find out tips on how to stop puppies from biting, there are actually all kinds of training recommendations online. The truth is, this could turn into a serious issue if left unchecked, but fortunately it's not that hard to fix. For starters, here is a brief explanation of why they bite.

In a lot of situations they just would like to play. While in their first 3 months, they're likely to want to play all the time, and this doesn't change when they're taken out of the litter. If they are used to actively playing with the litter and biting other puppies, odds are they will take that behavior over to their new home. If you discover your dog biting at your feet when passing by them, this is just their own way of telling you they wish to play.

An additional reason is the fact that they want to show they're the top dog, which is often the situation soon after they're removed from the litter. Another possible cause is the animal is just hungry, and that is their method of telling you this. Now and again they might be in addition frightened or angry, because this is really a dog's natural defense system.

No matter what the cause, there are a variety of actions you can take to stop puppies from biting. First of all, set the ground rules regarding just how much mouthing they can get away with. For example, you could allow them to lightly touch your hands with their mouth, and in a few instances you might want to prevent it entirely. When they get to the place where you would like them to quit, just yelp when they bite you, then turn away from them.

The reason this works is the fact that it signals them they have hurt you, since you're essentially mimicking a dog. The majority of dogs won't bite another dog past the stage where they yelp, since this warns them they must stop. Furthermore, ensure that you move away, mainly because your pet will then have their playmate taken away. Because puppies enjoy having an individual to play with, they are going to realize that biting takes that away, and as a result they'll stop.

Yet another thing that works is introducing them to some other dogs. Puppies like to play, but they will quickly realize they do not enjoy being bitten, and will consequently quit doing it to others also. This is one of the more effective methods available, so attempt to get your dogs around others if possible. In addition, it will help them get used to being close to other dogs and interacting with them, and it will help them reduce all of their energy. You may want to have them stay at a dog daycare whenever you are at work if you do not want to have a wild dog to go home to.

Fundamentally , there are plenty of ways to stop puppies from biting. The important thing is to try many them and find out exactly what works. When you apply these recommendations, you should notice results shortly.

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