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Why Do Dogs Bite?

Posted Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at 1:39 PM

This is Charlie. He was adopted by a great family and loves to play with his toys.
Do you remember when your little brother bit you and your mom and dad scolded him for doing so? You may even still have a mark where you were bit. Do you remember why he bit you? It probably was because you made him angry. Maybe you took something from him he wanted to play with, or maybe you said something that irritated him. Whatever the case, you knew that when provoked enough, he may sink his teeth into your flesh.

Dogs bite too, but they don't bite out of anger. I don't believe that is an emotion a dog has. There are various reasons why your dog would bite a human. One such reason is dominance aggression. Due to the lack of leadership by the owner, the dog believes he's in charge. You've never shown him that you are in charge and he knows that someone has to be the leader. Showing a dog you are in charge is quite simple. If the dog wants something, for example his food, you ask the dog to sit, and once he does, he gets his food. This is called, "Nothing In Life Is Free" and it is something every owner should do with their dog.

Another reason for a dog to bite would be his protection of valuables. For a dog, those things would be food, toys, territory, etc. Teaching your dog to trade with you can help overcome this issue. When your dog has something that is valuable to him, offer him something of even greater value. Kind of like you are trading with him and he's getting the better deal. It takes practice. If this is a huge issue with your dog, you may want to only allow him to have that special item when he is in his crate or not have it at all. Don't set your dog up to bite, just remove the trigger.

Fear aggression is probably the most common, yet misunderstood type. Many times people see a snarling, growling dog and think, he hates me and wants to kill me, when in fact, he's actually scared of you. Dogs quickly learn that if they growl and snap at the object that is making them uncomfortable, that object will get away from him, resulting in exactly what they want. Pretty smart huh?

Make sure that you are teaching your children to stay away from any animal that is a new mom as well as her babies. Mommies are very protective of their young and will not hesitate to give you a signal that they want you to stay away. Just respect that and watch from afar.

One of the hardest things to do as a human is to not try and break up a dog fight. It is just our natural reaction to get our hands and bodies between them in order to stop the battle. Many people are bitten because of this. The best way to break up a fight is to throw water on the dogs, make a loud sound, or even throw a blanket over them. Anything to break their concentration long enough to separate them.

As your dog becomes older, watch for signs that he is hurting. One of these signs could be a snap or bite as you attempt to touch him. Take him to the vet to find out what is wrong and what options you have. Humans don't care to be messed with when they don't feel well either.

They last form of aggression is being pestered beyond their limits. Even dogs have a limit to how much they can take. Don't hug a sleeping dog, don't blow puffs of air in a dogs face, don't let children ride your dog as if it was a pony, and don't poke, prod, or tickle a dog. These actions would be the same as teasing a dog. No one likes to be teased, and when pushed to the limit, there will be retaliation.

In order to prevent your dog from biting, pay attention to your dog and watch the signals he is giving you. They don't just bite out of the blue.

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I appreciate this information. What we need if a department simular to Dmv. The lawyers r brainwashing us so we dont come up with a preventive solution as it may put them out of a job. They fill dog bite web site w advertisments the after the attack hire a lawyer solution. Attack the attacking dogs owners. Lets not give our money to them. Most dog owners love animals they have compassion hopfully for humans as 9well. I

believe most dog attacks are by ac

cident of a dog getting loose.

Lets educate dog owners require they be

lic to have a dog . Pass a test like dmv. The jobs and money generated would help the majority of people not just a a

dozen dog bite lawyers . Dont ruin famliies on both sides of an attack. Let think about a way to prevent attacks.

Please comment and share ideas so we can make this happen . We need to develop a dept Campare it to driving before the dmv.

-- Posted by Chowsy on Sun, Dec 9, 2012, at 7:27 AM

Chowsy, I'm a firm believer that education is a powerful tool in combatting many of societies problems.

There are numerous things happening in the animal world that are helping. Rescues and shelters are making sure animals are spayed and neutered before they are adopted, they are screening potential adopters as well as providing them loads of information on how to be a responsible pet owner. The internet and Facebook are providing us with excellent ways to network so much information. But, as they say, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.

Making people aware and holding them accountable for their actions is definately something that we all need to work on. Yes, if as much money was spent on educating people as there is on lawyers to try and get out of something the world would be a better place. Do your part, lead by example, and offer advice wherever you can.

-- Posted by Foster Mom on Mon, Dec 10, 2012, at 6:45 PM

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My name is Stephanie O'Brien. I'm an animal lover and enjoy volunteering. I have combined those passions into providing a temporary home to animals that would otherwise be sitting in a shelter or worse, euthanized due to lack of room in a shelter. For the past two years I've fostered pit bull type dogs for a rescue in South Dakota. I've also had the opportunity to do some presentations on responsible pet ownership and have been involved in fighting breed specific legislation in SD and IA. I'm looking forward to providing the readers with animal related topics and possibly answer any questions you may have. Enjoy! Stephanie Sioux Empire Pit Rescue Volunteer
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