How to Prevent An Aggressive Dog from Biting
9 September, 2013

As dog owners, we hope that you never will be in the situation where your dog bites someone.

Maybe your dog is overly aggressive and you aren’t sure what to do about it.  Don’t panic if your dog is this way, because there are ways to help an aggressive dog stop biting other people or animals.

There are three basics that you can to do to prevent your dog from biting (and fighting).

1. Spay or neuter your dog

This important and routine procedure will reduce your dog’s desire to roam and fight with other dogs. Spayed or neutered dogs are much less likely to bite and/or fight.

2. Socialize your dog

Introduce your dog to many different types of people and situations so that he or she is not nervous or frightened under normal social circumstances.

3. Train your dog

Take your dog to a training class and learn how to socialize your dog and train him or her. Every member of your family should learn the training techniques and try to be involved in your dog’s education.

Teach your dog how to behave

Teach your dog how to behave appropriately. Don’t teach your dog to chase after or attack others even just for fun. Your dog doesn’t understand the difference between play and real-life situations. Set appropriate limits for your dog’s behavior. Don’t wait for an accident. The first time he exhibits dangerous behavior toward any person, seek professional help from your veterinarian, an animal behaviorist, or a qualified dog trainer.

Take good care of your dogs

It is important to follow your local state laws and license your dog and provide your pup with regular veterinary care, including rabies vaccinations. For everyone’s safety, don’t allow your dog to roam alone. Make your dog a member of your family: Dogs who spend a great deal of time alone in the backyard or tied on a chain often become dangerous. Dogs that are well-socialized and supervised are much less likely to bite.

Keep your dog away from stressful situations

If you don’t know how your dog will react to a new situation, be very cautious.  Your dog may panic in crowds and it is then best to leave him or her at home. If your dog overreacts to visitors try to keep him or her in another room. Work with training professionals to help your dog become accustomed to these and other situations. Until you are confident of his behavior, however, avoid stressful settings.

If your dog does bite someone, below are some recommended steps that you can take:

1.  Seek professional help to prevent your dog from biting again. Consult with your veterinarian, who may refer you to an animal behaviorist or a dog trainer.

2.  If your dog’s dangerous behavior cannot be controlled, do not give him to someone else without carefully evaluating that person’s ability to protect him and prevent him from biting. Because you know your dog is dangerous, you may be held liable for any damage he does even when he is given to someone else.

3.  Don’t give your dog to someone who wants a dangerous dog. “Mean” dogs are often forced to live miserable, isolated lives, and become even more likely to attack someone in the future. If you must give up your dog due to dangerous behavior, try to talk to your veterinarian about alternative options.

I hope that you never get into a situation where you have a dog that bites more than he should, but if this happens, there are ways to combat it.  Good luck!

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