Dog Bite Prevention Part 2, What Made Muffy Bite?

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What made Muffy bite?Dog's View

A dog's tendency to bite depends on such factors as heredity, obedience training, socialization, health, and the victim's behavior. Dogs believe that they own things. Their toys, food dishes, you. It is their natural instinct to protect their belongings. Their resting place and your property are also its possession. When it comes to children, the dog considers itself dominant. Sometimes, a little nip is nothing more than "behave" from the dog's point of view. It can also be a "hey, that hurt" when you accidentally step on its tail or pull on its ears. Accidental bites when you offer it food or a toy can be prevented by teaching the dog bite inhibition. He isn't trying to take your hand off in this situation, he simply doesn't understand that he is biting too hard. Serious injury often occurs when the dog is frightened and someone startles him. Of course, it's possible that he's just old or grumpy and having a bad day.

So, how do we prevent dog bites?

Dog with foodOne key is responsible ownership. Keep your dog on a leash when it's outside, or in a fenced area. Remember that an electronic fence might keep your dog in your yard, but it won't keep people or other animals out. Make sure to ensure proper nutrition. A dog that isn't feeling well can be quite aggressive. We'll touch more on that later.

 

PugStart your dog with a strong foundation on which to build. Socialize him. Ordinarily loving dogs may bite out of fear of strangers. Teach your dog the basic obedience commands: "sit", "down", "heel", and "no". It's also a good idea to train your dog to drop its toys on command so that you don't have to reach into his mouth for them or to retrieve items that they shouldn't have. While you're training, teach him not to jump on or paw at you for attention.

 

Play NiceDon't set your dog up for failure. Be cautious when introducing your dog to new situations and be ready to respond to any signs of the dog being uncomfortable. Avoid situations where your dog could feel threatened or be teased. Don't play aggressive games such as tug-of-war, chase-me, or wrestling with your dog and expect him to NOT get aggressive. Find non-contact games that your dog can enjoy without getting overly excited. Don't encourage aggressive behavior or barking.

Visit my next blog to learn safe behavior practices around our canine friends.

Dog Bite Prevention Part 1, Statistically Speaking

Dog Bite Prevention Part 3, Practicing Safe Behaviors

Dog Bite Prevention Part 4, OH NO! Here Comes Butch, And He Doesn't Look Happy!

Dog Bite Prevention Part 5, OUCH! He Got ME!

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Frank Schulte-Ladbeck
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Lissa, I need to forward this post to my neighbor. He believes that everyone's dog should be on a leash, except his own. I am trying to teach my daughter that she cannot run up and give a hug to every dog she sees. She has had only one bad experience so far, but even very friendly dogs will bite if they feel that they must.
March 15, 2008 06:48 AM #1
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Frank: I used to teach this to adults and children in the community and at schools when I trained dogs and did canine narcotics detection. If your daughter has this habit, the next blog in the series should come in handy.
March 15, 2008 06:51 AM #2
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Sean Allen
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Hey Lisa,

That was a very informative post. I'm sure many people will learn from it.

Sean Allen

March 15, 2008 07:07 AM #3
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Sean Allen
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Hey Lisa,

That was a very informative post. I'm sure many people will learn from it.

Sean Allen

March 15, 2008 07:14 AM #4
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Laura Giannotta
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Good post.  I do believe, however, the breed itself has little to do with aggression.  It's more the breeding.  Some dogs are bred to be aggressive (breeders using dogs that exhibit aggressive behavior for their breeding programs). It's not fair to say that pit bulls, shepards, dobermans and other breeds of this type are more likely to bite.  If they came from responsible breeders and are well trained and socialized with humans and canines it is unlikely to be a problem.

I love this post!!  DOGS RULE! 

March 15, 2008 07:29 AM #5
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Karen Moorhead
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Lisa,  This is very well timed.  I just took my 2 dogs in to the vet and my big dog was terrible.  He tried to bit when they had to draw blood and give him shots.  Yikes!
March 15, 2008 07:34 AM #6
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Interesting post!  Even though I have 2 dogs, I never let them be obnoxious to guests in my home.  If they can't behave I put them in their little bedrooms for awhile. 
March 15, 2008 07:35 AM #7
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Sean: Thank you. There's more to come.

Laura: You are correct. I used to buy my drug dogs from a breeder that bread specifically for that purpose.

Karen: Unfortunately, vets seem to have that affect on our animals. It's more fear than anything.

Diane: That's responsible dog ownership!

March 15, 2008 07:59 AM #8
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Linda Futral
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Lissa this is a great series.  I don't have a dog but absolutely love them.
March 15, 2008 02:05 PM #9
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Linda: You don't have a dog? Ya gotta have a dog!
March 15, 2008 02:09 PM #10
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Linda Futral
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Lissa my parent have a full blooded registered chocolate lab that I am often the keeper of as they travel in their retirement.  He gets to wander between the houses as we live next door to each other and greets most of my guests by slobbering all over their tires.
March 15, 2008 03:02 PM #11
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Chocolate labs are beautiful dogs. And very intelligent too. At least he's slobbering on tires and not the guests! lol
March 15, 2008 03:06 PM #12
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Linda Futral
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LOL, this is true.  He is very intelligent.  My dad couldn't find him one hot summer day last year and went looking for him.  Found him visiting with my uncle who is renovating my late grandparents home.  He was stretched out in front of a floor fan snoozing away.
March 15, 2008 03:08 PM #13
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Lissa Uder
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He created a pleasant memory, didn't he! Dogs are great!
March 15, 2008 04:01 PM #14
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Gayle Balaban
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I have an issue with people that allow their kids to just walk up and put their hands on my dogs.  I have an issue when adults do it too.  The curteous thing is to ask permission.
March 15, 2008 11:22 PM #15
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Gayle: So do I. It is a dangerous practice. People don't seem to understand that just because a dog looks cute, doesn't mean their temperament is. You can't tell by looking at them whether or not the dog is having a bad day.
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