Dog Biting Owner – Why It Happens and What to Do

Does your dog bite you? You are not an exception as most dog bites are domestic occurrences.

Biting is a form of communication for dogs, an inheritance from the wild, to establish standing in the pack.

Dogs take you and your family members as his pack members.

If your dog permanently bites you, it means he does not take you as a pack leader and believes he has a right to show aggression when he does not like something.

Dogs bite from their first days. As early you start training your puppy for obedience as easily you avoid bites in the future.

Even if your dog is already a big boy or a girl you, alone or with the support of a specialist, can make him a second in the pack.

Reasons why a dog bites are different.

One of the main reasons of it is dominance-dogs possessiveness may lead to biting.

Herding breeds and guard dogs are described as the worst offenders by specialists as they are tasked to protect.

Biting caused by dominance is frequent when an owner touches the dog or his food in the process he is eating or tries to take away a toy or a treat.

If a dog lacks obedience training, he considers himself as a leader, and you have no right to interfere in his business.

If you start an early training you will teach your dog that you are a “boss” a pack leader and not he.

Teaching a Leave It command, a Lie or Sit commands to calmly wait for food will minimize the risk of dog’s biting.

If you occasionally place treats in his bowl when eating you will show him that approaching of someone is not a bad thing, just on the contrary.

Surprise, stress, and fear may encourage a dog to bite, not only the wish of dominance.

Dogs are stressful in some situations. This may happen when they are in the crowd, see children, etc.

To observe your dog and specify when he is aggressive or stressful is essential as this will help you change the action.

Of course, you can just simply avoid stressful situations, but the action will not settle a problem.

You need to convince your dog that the things he takes as negative are good.

For this you need to involve positive actors in the play, for instance, if he dislikes one particular place give him a treat when there, show affection to him, praise him when he is calm.

As long your dog was aggressive to you and others in particular situations as long it will take to modify the behaviour.

However, if you decide to change your dog’s behaviour, you will do this if not alone, with the help of a specialist.

Early socialization is crucial so that the young dog is exposed to different people, situations or other animals.

If you spend time with your dog and enable him to visit various locations and people, you decrease aggression in him not only towards you but also to others.

An injury or pain are good stimulators for aggression in dogs, and the aggression may be targeted to you.

Do not wait to visit a vet to check reasons and medications to help your pet.

Prey drive can trigger dog bites. It is an instinct in dogs, and when chasing, he may bite.

Specialists recommend standing stall in a case and avoiding a direct eye contact with the dog as he may take it as a challenge.

There are many different reasons in support of spaying or neutering your dog. If your dog is spayed or neutered, he will be far less likely to bite.

Spaying and neutering change hormonal levels in a dog, supporting more docile behavior.

Your dog’s instinct to fight or wander with other dogs will be reduced.

Neutering lowers testosterone levels, making male dogs less aggressive.

If your dog bites you and people visiting you, punishing him is not an outcome as the punishment may turn him more aggressive.

If your dog attacks you and others, it means he is not trained and needs to have special lessons by you or by a specialist.

Until he is trained and well aware of responding commands, it is better to keep him crated, in a room or a location, from where he will not be able to harm your guests.

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