Does Your Dog Bite?

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MuttShack Foundation for Animal Foster and Rescue, claim that dogs bite more than 4.7 million people each year in america.

The blame may be the dog’s, the owner’s, or the victim’s. But the person who always pays, is the proprietor. The owner of the dog becomes responsible for paying for the medical bills, time lost from work in addition to pain and suffering. The person who suffers most, is the dog that’s left in a shelter or disposed of.

Dog owners must assume more than their share of the responsibility for protecting people and other animals from their own dogs, and assume the responsibility to protect their dogs from individuals. Kids will run as much as a puppy screaming in delight and frighten the dog. A puppy in his enthusiasm to greet someone may jump up and scrape her or him. A passer-by may approach a dog harshly or provoke him. Neighborhood kids may allow the dogs out just to have some fun.

There’s absolutely not any way to ensure that your dog will never bite someone.

This important and regular procedure will lower your dog’s desire to roam and fight with other dogs, making safe confinement an easier task. Spayed or neutered dogs are not as likely to bite.

Introduce your dog to many different kinds of people and situations so that he or she’s not nervous or frightened under normal social conditions.

O Train your dog. Accompanying your dog to a training class is a wonderful way to socialize him and to learn proper training methods. Never send away your dog to be trained; only you can teach your dog how to behave in your property. Note that training courses are a terrific investment even for seasoned dog caregivers.

O Be alert with your dog around kids. Rambunctious play can startle your dog, and he might respond by biting or snapping. Neighborhood children may be drawn to your dog, so be certain to get a child-proof lock onto your gate and there’s absolutely no way for small hands to get through the fence.

Never teach your dog to chase after or assault others, even in fun. Your dog can not always understand the difference between real-life and play scenarios. Set appropriate limits for your dog’s behaviour.

Don’t await an accident.

The first time he exhibits dangerous behavior toward any individual, seek professional help from your veterinarian, an animal behaviorist, or a qualified dog trainer. Dangerous behavior toward other animals may eventually lead to dangerous behavior toward people, and it’s also a reason to seek expert help.

O Be a responsible dog owner. For everyone’s safety, do not allow your dog to roam alone. Make your dog a member of your loved ones. Dogs who spend a whole lot of time alone in the backyard or tied to a chain often become dangerous. Dogs that are well socialized and supervised are not as likely to bite.

If you do not know how your dog will react to a new situation, be careful. Work with professionals to help your dog become accustomed to these and other scenarios. Until you’re confident of his behavior, however, avoid stressful settings.

I thought you said your dog does not bite? “That is not my puppy”… says Peter Sellers.

Seriously, if your dog bites someone, act responsibly; consider these measures to mitigate the injury:

If needed, seek medical assistance.

O Provide the victim with important information, like the date of your dog’s last rabies vaccination.

Strictly follow quarantine requirements for your dog.

O Seek expert help to stop your dog from biting again. Speak with your vet, who may refer you to an animal behaviorist or a dog trainer. Your community animal care and control agency or humane society may also offer helpful services.

In case you need to let your dog go, do not drop him off in a shelter, where he will only be given a few days to live. Take the opportunity to find him a new family. To do this there’s a training and support network named MuttShack, at, that will teach you how you can re-home your pet.

O If your dog’s dangerous behavior can’t be controlled, and you need to make the painful decision to give him up, don’t give him to someone else without carefully evaluating that person’s ability to protect your dog and stop him from biting. Because you know your dog is dangerous, you might be held responsible for any damage he does even when he is given to somebody else.

o Never 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 have to give up your dog due to dangerous behavior, consult with your veterinarian and with your community animal care and control agency or humane society about your options. Be safe, be responsible and most of all, teach your dog to be a good canine citizen.

O Your dog lives to make you happy. If he knows what you want from him, he’ll make you proud.

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