There are many reasons why people own dogs, from companionship to home protection, and any dog could bite.
Most instances are preventable and as an owner, it is important for you to understand how to reduce the risk of your dog biting someone.
1. Learn the signals
Dogs typically bite because they feel scared, stressed, or want to defend something valuable, such as territory or food. If your dog bites someone, it could result in injuries and legal action. Your dog’s body language can indicate raising stress levels or feelings of fear. Pay attention to the position of the tail, ears and hair on the dog’s back. Look for changes in facial expressions and posture.
2. Correctly socialize the dog
Ideally, your dog should socialize with a variety of people and animals from a young age. This helps the dog feel comfortable in different situations throughout its life. However, improper socialization techniques can force your dog into uncomfortable situations and reinforce negative feelings. Introduce your dog to new people and animals carefully and monitor its behavior to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
3. Minimize risky situations
Certain conditions make it more likely that your dog will bite. If your dog has puppies, is ill, meeting new animals or people, or does not have a leash on as it explores an unconfined area, the chances of a bite increase. Keep your dog on a leash and seek the advice of a professional if necessary to ensure your dog behaves appropriately in a variety of situations.
Taking steps to prevent dog bites can protect you, your dog and others from harm. Socialize your dog and continue to expose them to different situations for their entire lives to boost their comfort levels and reduce the risk of a bite.