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Dog bites can cause big problems. It will make you feel worried and upset. Questions like, “Will there be any legal actions?” or “Will your dog be euthanized because of what he did?” will come creeping into your mind. You might panic after your dog bites someone, but it is imperative for you to stay calm and do the right action after it happens.

If you know the reasons why dogs bite, you’d most likely avoid doing things that could trigger this aggressive behavior. Both adults and children should know the safety precautions around dogs. And the most important thing is, dog owners should always be responsible.

What to do after a dog bite

  • Stay calm and act as fast as you can.
  • Confine your dog in a crate or kennel.
  • Gently wash the wound.
  • Bring the victim to the nearest hospital.
  • Call the local authorities and provide all the needed information.

Causes of dog bites

Dogs bite people if they feel threatened. Biting is part of their natural instinct, regardless if they are the nicest domesticated dogs. That’s why it is essential for us to be aware of what can trigger their aggressive behavior.

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  • Dogs are territorial. They may bite to defend their territory.
  • Dogs are protective. They will be aggressive whenever they feel threatened. They are also protective when it comes to their owner and their little puppies.
  • Startling dogs, like approaching them from behind, can provoke them to bite you.
  • Running from dogs even during play can also trigger a dog to bite.
  • Fearful situations can cause a dog to have aggressive behavior, especially if he was abused in the past.
  • Dogs commonly bite whenever they are suffering from illness or injury. During these times, your dog might not want to be touched, even by their favorite owner.

Prevention

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Be a responsible fur-parent. You should train your dog for you to keep him under control all the time. It is essential to do your best to stop your dog from biting. Here are some dog bite prevention tips:

  • Teach your dog the basic training. Train your dog continuously too to reinforce all the things that you’ve taught him.
  • Let your dog socialize and interact with other dogs and people. But make sure that it is in a calm and positive environment.
  • Expose your dog to different situations that might cause fear like loud noise, vehicles, machines, etc. You should start at the youngest age and keep his experience positive.
  • Never use violence whenever you discipline your dog.
  • Know the body language of your dog. Pay attention to him when you’re around people. This will help you know whenever his aggression builds up.
  • Always put a leash on your dog. Keep him within your sight all the time, especially when you’re outside or when there are other people around.
  • Warn other people if you notice that your dog is scared or aggressive. Do not let anyone approach him unless the situation is under control.
  • Lastly, don’t forget your dog’s vaccinations. Visit your vet regularly for check-ups.
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