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INSURANCE ADVISER KEVIN LANG
Help! How Do I Keep
My Dog From Biting?
Dog bites are dangerous for people and the dog. People can be seriously
injured and dogs can be euthanized as a result of it.
It’s important to keep in mind that unless the animal is sick mostly all dog bites are
provoked. According to the American Veterinary Association this can happen if a
dog finds itself in a stressful situation or feels threatened. Dogs also may nip while
playing. That is why dog owners are discouraged from playing tug-of-war, which
can lead to nipping and biting.
A dog that has bitten should be crated when children and unfamiliar people are
around to avoid the risk of a future bite. Dogs can bite because they are scared or
have been startled, or because they feel threatened. It may also bite to defend its
territory. In addition they may bite to protect something that is valuable to them,
like their puppies, their food or a toy.
Obedience training is recommended to refocus a dog’s mindset, assist with
impulse control, and modify problematic behavior. It can be helpful to place signs
around the house to make family members aware of the latest training measures.
Physical barriers such as baby gates may be necessary. Placing a “dog in training”
vest on the dog in public may be best and possibly a muzzle, if necessary.
For assistance, be sure to hire a professional dog trainer to avoid any potential
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