Most of us love dogs and even own one or two. Dogs make great pets and lifetime companions and most dogs will get into some type of trouble once in a while, but overall they are good creatures.
However, with any animal problems may occur. Whether simple or severe, behavioral problems are on the top of the list for issues that need to be fixed.
Today we will be discussing behavioral issues when it comes to biting and if it is likely or even possible for your dog to bite again.
Have a seat and get comfortable as we discuss our topic at hand.
The technical meaning of a dog bite is really any time a dog’s teeth come into contact with human skin or clothes in any aggressive manner. This does not mean that the dog actually has to penetrate skin or clothing for it to be considered an actual dog bite. Dog bites do not always have to be a serious injury.
Naturally, it is always best to prevent this behavior with proper training and coaching. Not only could your dog bite another animal, but he or she could also bite another human. This is not only dangerous and irresponsible, but it could end up costing you in medical bills and potentially hefty fines.
No matter where you live, you always need to know the laws in your area. Liability is always the main worry of any dog owner. Some states have stricter laws than others.
There are states they actually follow a law called the one bite rule. This basically means that the owner of the dog gets a “get out of jail free card“ in terms of liability. However, they only have the one time option.
The second bite is going to be a real problem. That is why it is best to watch for these habits as early on as possible and correct them whenever possible.
Some states with this law also have limitations to this law. A great example is if the dog in question showed any sort of aggressive signs or tendencies prior to the bite.
You could possibly get a pass as well if your dog has never shown these aggressive signs before. If things are done well and properly then most people will never have to utilize this exception.
Since this is really just a basic overlay of a law of this type, you should always confirm the exact laws and details in your area when it comes to dog bites.
Any time a dog bites someone, there is a higher chance that the dog will bite again in the future. Sometimes dogs will bite when playing, but most of the time if a dog bites it is because he or she was scared for some reason or another.
A lot of dogs will see biting as effective when scared and trying to get away. This usually sticks with the dog in their memory and know that he or she could use that strategy again in the possible future.
Biting is usually one of these behaviors that will always stay with a dog in someway.
When any dog bites once it will most likely happen again and again. A way to help determine this behavior is by keeping track of it and writing it down. Also possibly finding the reason for the biting will help as well.
Something that is very easy to fix or modify in your home could be the reason behind your dog biting. Proper training from a very early age is the absolute best solution if you have a dog that bites or has signs of aggression.
It is very possible that you may need to enroll your dog in certain training classes or obedience school.
The top goal for any dog owner is to always avoid your dog biting someone else or anything else in general. If you do have a dog that does actually bite, it is very important to learn how to lead dogs that bite away from the situations that might cause them to bite again.
If you need advice you can always contact a dog specialist, dog behavioral specialist, or a veterinarian for other tips and tricks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can A Dog Be Rehabilitated After Biting?
The short answer to this question is yes, a dog can be rehabilitated after biting. Most studies that have been conducted have come back with successful results of rehabilitation after biting another animal or person. A lot of this depends on a few major factors. The first factor being whether or not the dog in question is a repeat offender or not. The next factor to take into consideration is exactly how severe the injury to the person or animal was. Depending on these things will help when your dog goes to see a behaviorist to determine whether or not your dog can be rehabilitated or not.
Do Dogs Feel Guilty After They Bite?
Sadly enough dogs do not experience guilt. Your dog may be giving all of the signs that points to guilt, but this is not the case. When a dog bites you it is usually for a reason. When a dog shows signs of guilt after biting, it is usually because your dog knows that you are mad about something. Your dog has no idea what you are saying exactly so your dog behaves like this to show submission in order for you to calm down.
Why Do Dogs Bite Their Owners?
When it comes to your dog biting you, whether severe or mild there are a few different possibilities as to why your dog bites you. The first reason being that your dog is trying to establish dominance. Your dog most likely thinks that he or she is the pack leader and when you show that you are in charge, this can confuse your dog and cause them to bite. Your dog could also be trying to protect something of theirs. Dogs also have a tendency to bite when they feel threatened or are afraid.
Do I Have To Get Rid Of My Dog If He Bites?
Some dogs never grow out of this behavior however and become more aggressive as time goes on. There are a few things to consider first though before getting rid of a dog who bites. The first factor being the age of your dog. You should try to find the source of the biting as well. If you have ruled out health issues as the cause then you may need to take your dog in to have a psychological evaluation done. If they do not stop biting it is recommended that you get rid of your dog to avoid injuries.
Will My Dog Be Put Down For Biting Someone?
Just because your dog bit someone that does not mean that they will be put down necessarily. First thing you need to do is kennel your dog somehow and remove them from the situation entirely. Next you need to go talk to the person who was hurt. Tell them that you will cover all medical expenses and offer them a medical kit as well as to drive them to a hospital if needed. Now do not be fooled, this does not mean that you should admit that it was your dog’s fault. Never admit that it was your dog’s fault. After all of this you need to purchase a muzzle for your dog and take them to the veterinarian. Tell them what happened and that you need a referral to see an animal behaviorist who handles dog aggression. Remember all police officers and animal control workers need a warrant to enter your home and take your dog away from you.