Dog Biting Problems
Many dogs, like the Rottweiler,
Pitbull, tend to bite people around them and are
often noted for their snappy behaviors.
There are several factors that
may cause a dog to bite. Biting is one of the most
common problems faced by dog owners. It’s
a mode of communication resorted to by the dog right
from his puppy stage that helps him to dominate
over the others.
The Center for Disease Control
and Prevention estimates that over 4.7 million people
are bitten by dogs every year. Most of the victims
that die each year due to dog bites are children.
A dog may be prompted to bite when
in an aggressive mood. This may happen when he is
in excruciating pain due to a tumor or even arthritis.
A good vet is to be consulted the moment any snappiness
is detected in the dog.
There might be some normal factors
for aggressiveness, like sibling rivalry or maternal
protection, which justify the dog’s biting
tendencies. But aside from these the only other
plausible causes are bladder problems and even indigestion.
Some of the dogs have the tendency
to assert themselves as the leader of their pack
and this in turn make them indulge in snapping at
others and often worse, biting them.
These dogs are also of an overtly
possessive nature. The mildest threat to their property
like their bed or the food bowl triggers off an
alarm in them that ends in a merciless bite.
A dog uses biting as a self-defensive
mechanism as well. If it has ever been ill-treated
as a puppy or even as an adult, he tends to grow
apprehensive of people around him. This is when
he attacks anyone who might come across (to the
dog) as unfriendly.
There is a major flip side to it.
A dog that has been known to bite, is barely trusted
upon by people and is treated as an unfriendly creature.
The best solution to dog aggression
in general and dog biting in particular is obedience
training. The answer to a host of problems lies
in obedience training, even if it has not been done
at the right time.
When the training message sinks
in, the dog grows to accept the fact that its position
is somewhere lower than his owner’s family.
Socialization and hormonal medication
too, are some of the effective ways to cure the
dog of his aggressive trait.
Keeping the dog within confines
in the presence of unfamiliar individuals is also
an option but the final word should always be that
of the veterinarian’s.
Train Your Dog to Obey You and
Stop All Bad Behavior, Excessive Barking