Generally, dogs bite when they are feeling threatened for some reason. It is pertinent to understand that no matter how well trained your dog is, every dog has the capacity to bite. Most commonly, children end being affected by it the most. Hence it is important to figure out why dogs bite in order to prevent them. Below mentioned are some reasons as to why would your dog bite:
- Your dog may bite if they are feeling too possessive. They can be feeling possessive about anything ranging from toys, food or even you. Guard dogs are more possessive as compared to other breeds and exhibit an aggressive behavior more commonly. You can avoid this by using the reward technique while training them. Start training them early. Try not to bother dogs unnecessarily.
- Fear can also make your dog bite. Your dog may be fearful of the vet or strangers such as the postman or the delivery man. Be careful to approach to an unfamiliar dog. Fear bites are common in situations where the dog is startled. Make sure neither you nor children sneak up on dogs to surprise them. You can further avoid it by initiating early familiarization during training.
- Your dog can also bite if they are in pain. No matter how friendly your dog is, if they are hurt or in pain, disturbing them unnecessarily may provoke them to bite you. If your dog is suffering from a severe earache due to otitis media, hip dysplasia, or some long term injury, it’s better to take them to your vet as soon as possible and meanwhile try to keep your children away to prevent them from annoying your dog excessively. If there is no evident cause available, make sure to rule out pain and take your dog to the vet.
- If your dog has recently given to birth to puppies, her maternal instinct may be on its best. Be careful while approaching young puppies and warn your children to not to do it either. Make sure you provide the mother and the puppies a safe place where they are not bothered unnecessarily.
- Be careful if you are running or cycling past a dog. Make sure you don’t cross their path as walking and running by a dog may cause them to chase you and end up them biting you. If you do end up being chased by a dog, stop running and stand calmly. Even if the dog comes closer to you, maintain your position. The dog will soon be uninterested and walk away.
If you are wondering how would know if a dog is about to bite you, here are some signs that you should look for. Most dogs have their ears are characteristically pinned backwards, the fur along their back may stand up, and the whites of their eyes may be prominent. Their lips might be curled back into a snarl with their teeth showing. They may be directly looking at you maintaining eye contact.