The Center for Disease Control (CDC) revealed that more than 4.7 million people a year are bitten by dogs. These high accidents of dog bites result in various medical bills, law suits, and sometimes euthanasia for the dog. These cases may be avoidable if dog owners take safety precautions such as training their dogs not to bite.
There are many common techniques that can be used to assist a dog to decrease, and eventually eliminate, biting behavior. The effectiveness of these techniques will vary from breed to breed, but with patience and repetition, puppies and adult dogs can learn to not bite.
The younger the dog, the easier the training will be. Because mouthing, nibbling, and nipping come naturally to a puppy, an owner must be firm to stop this behavior when it starts. Even though it may begin as a cute nuisance, it can turn into a bad habit if not contained from the get-go.
Puppies as young as five weeks old can begin to respond to simple commands. For biting behavior, a gentle, firm "No!" and a slight squeeze of the muzzle can be a good place to start. Be careful that you do not squeeze in a way that causes the dog to bite its tongue. Also be careful not to squeeze hard or too high up on the muzzle. Sensitive and delicious odor receptors of the dog are located high up inside the nose.
Squeezing your dogs muzzle will help him associate the verbal command with the discomfort of the squeeze. Since most dogs are uncomfortable with having their muzzles squeezed, this will help him think twice about biting.
Another dog training technique that might help eliminate biting is to socialize your dog since dogs that are not use to people or other dogs do tend to bite. You want to socialize your dog eat an early age to develop his calmness and confidence. Your dog will be more friendly to your guests, other animals and even strangers if socialized properly.
Socialize young dogs with other non-aggressive dogs. This will help them to adjust to differences in smell, looks, temperament, etc. and, absolutely, prevent fearful and territorial behavior.
Although dogs have the tendency to mouth and nip, they typically inhibit this behavior when they are playing with their mates. Train them to develop this behavior by expanding his playmates to include your family members, guests and other pets.
When introducing your pet to an animal from outside the home, be sure to keep both animals at a distance from each other. Allow the animals to approach one other at a slow pace while they take in their smells and act out other normal behavior.
Keep an eye out for uncomfortable body language, growling, ears that stand up straight or other signs of possible anger. Have the dog sit down, rub it's back area, and extend your hand to the second animal, and then convey the second animal's scent to your pet. Allow them to get to know each other slowly.
At the age of four and a half months, dogs typically learn to inhibit biting. But for some dogs, the learning process may take longer time. Dogs behavior and their ability to learn varies with the breed, age, an other factors. Training of dogs will be more easy if they are started young.
Some dogs never completely let go of the biting instinct, and in this case, the dogs must be carefully watched by their owners. If your dog is a biter, then you must insure that it can not get close enough to bite a person or another animal.
Persistent long term use of these dog training techniques will likely result in a more stable and fun pet, not to mention that it could prevent an unwanted situation where your dog could get hurt or hurt someone else.
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