How To Stop Your Dog From Biting - Tiziana M. - ebook
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It is important to understand the causes of dog bite injuries before you can attempt to think of the preventive measures or ways to at least reduce the bites if not completely stop the bites.Having discussed the possible reasons why puppies bite we will now be discussing the reasons why dogs bite. However, you must surely know that a biting puppy that’s not taught bite inhibition will almost certainly turn into a biting older dog. Dogs will bite as a result of the following reasons among others.

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Table of Contents

Title Page

Chapter 1

 

 

 

 

How to Stop Your Dog from Biting

CONTENT

Reasons Why Puppy Bite. ………………………………….…. 7 Dog Bite: The underlying causes. ………………………………. 12 How to recognize warning signs? ………………………………..14 How you can get a puppy to stop biting ..………………………. 16 More on puppy biting:

Stop Puppy from Biting. Puppy Biting - Have Patience

My Puppy Keeps Chewing What Do I Do? Teaching Puppies Not To Bite

How To Prevent Dog Bites: ………………………………………27

Preventive measures applicable to potential dog owners. Preventive measures for dog owners.

Preventive measures for parents. Preventive measures for general Adults.

How to Socialize - Critical stage for puppy …………………….. 31

More on Socialization Techniques:

Puppy Dog Socialization.

Dog Bite Injury prevention - Socialization tips for Puppy owners.

Seven things you should do if your dogs bite…. ………………….. 50 Advice To Dog Bite Victim:………………………………………… 51

Guest Expert Articles:

Baby on the Way - prepare your dog………………………………. 52 Children and Dog……………………………………………………. 54 Bite Inhibition.. ……………………………………………………… 58 The Complex World of Canine-Car Relationships.. ……………… 60 Canine Bloat and Temperament.. ………………………………….. 62

Compulsive Canine Behaviors: Too Much of a Good Thing ..……. 64 Desensitizing Possessive Behavior Parts I & II. …………………… 66 The Large Dog and Children..………………………………………. 70

Dog and Puppy Biting, Mouthing, Teething..………………………..73 Litter Mate Behavioral Variation: A Multi-Ingredient Stew ………76 Ten Rules for Buying a Puppy ……………………………………….78 Two most important things you teach your children ………………. 81 Three Most important things Dog Owners can do. …………………83 The Ins and Outs of Canine Guilt……………………………………. 84 Case Studies: ………………………………………………………….. 85Links to dog bite cases with solutions.

Top Dog Site Recommended by experts. ……………………………. 86

INTRODUCTION

In the preparation of this little work. The writer has kept one end in view: to make it serviceable for those for whom it is intended, that is, for those who have neither the time nor the opportunity, the learning nor the inclination, to peruse the most elaborate information source ever – INTERNET.

Also provision of educating- entertaining training tips that will help reduce the burden of dog bite, if not totally eliminate, the most aggressive behavior of dogs- a big threat to our health, which our kids are the most affected victims. If you buy this book you don’t expect to be presented with statistics of dog biting again. You can find lots information about dog bite statistics in news.

What we are after here are ways to avoid the problem. How we can discover the reasons, warning signs, ways to prevent, and reinforcement training that can help you turn your dog into better friend he is suppose to be. That is exactly what you will get in this book.

This little book goes forth—a finger-post on the road of positive reinforcement training. It is hoped that if you follow the steps according to the index you will arrive at a state of peace of mind with your dog. You are advised to call on a dog-training professional, veterinarian or animal behavior specialist if you notice unusual behavior in your dog.

Chapter 1

Why Do Puppies Bite?

"For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." Newton’s third law of motion

Don't be surprised that a book on dog training is starting with an old physics quote.

It's from Newton but it's a natural law which is applicable to other events including dog

training.

I know you will want to ask: Of what use is this law here? You see, lots of people are trying to find solutions to problems without actually knowing the cause of these problems.

Lots of dog owners have been trying to stop puppies from biting without even knowing in the first place why puppies bite. According to Isaac Newton, every action is a result of an opposite reaction. Everything happens for a purpose and for a reason. Your puppy will bite because of certain reasons, which if you study will help you in creating a good old dog as a friend.

The main reason why puppies bite is as a result of TEETHING.

The teething period is a state when puppies are cutting new teeth. This is mostly between the age of 4 to 6 months and the maximum age is 10 months. A nursing mother once told me about her experience when her toddler was passing through the teething stage too. How painful it was for her little baby girl. In the same way it is also painful for puppies passing through this stage of having loose teeth hanging in their mouths.

Puppies’ jaws are weak and for them to inhibit the force of their jaws as a result of these new teeth they gnaw, mouth and even play-bite to sooth the gums around the teeth.

The combination of weak jaws with extremely sharp, needle-like teeth and the puppy penchant for biting results in numerous play-bites which, although painful, seldom cause serious harm. Thus, the developing pup receives ample necessary feedback regarding the force of its bites before it develops strong jaws - which could inflict considerable injury.

The greater the pup’s opportunity to play-bite with people, other dogs and other animals, the better the dog’s bite inhibition as an adult.

For puppies that do not grow up with the benefit of regular and frequent interaction with other dogs and other animals, the responsibility of teaching bite inhibition lies with the owner.

All puppies love to play by being mouthy and biting or chewing anything they can get

their sharp little teeth into. These sharp teeth are the reason that it is crucial for puppies to

learn bite inhibition (controlling the force of their bite) during the first few months of life. Normally this is learned naturally and effectively through contact with mom and other littermates. If the puppy bites mom during nursing, mom can roll the puppy over to correct it or just get up and walk away.

Lack of socialization of puppies:

It is very important to socialize your puppy if you want to have happy dog. Lack of socialization of your puppy between the age of 3 wks to 3mths with your environment, your children, other people and other dogs can also lead to growling which can lead to biting. Thus proper socializing is important.

Apart from teething and socialization, always bear it in mind that puppies explore objects in their environment with their mouths.

 

 

Chapter 2

Dog Bites: The underlying causes.

It is important to understand the causes of dog bite injuries before you can attempt to think of the preventive measures or ways to at least reduce the bites if not completely stop the bites.

Having discussed the possible reasons why puppies bite we will now be discussing the reasons why dogs bite. However, you must surely know that a biting puppy that’s not taught bite inhibition will almost certainly turn into a biting older dog. Dogs will bite as a result of the following reasons among others.

Dominance and Authority:

Dogs will bite to establish leadership and order within their rank. They’re being assertive by using their teeth to determine who is the strongest, and will to power are genetic behavior traits which are peculiar to all canine groups. This dominance behavior being demonstrated by dogs is as a result of survival instinct. They feel they are in charge and need to keep other members of their group along without excluding other people. Who in most cases will be the member of family of the dog owner and neighbors.

Warning Message:

Dogs usually send warning notes in the form of non-serious bites before any serious attack. If you step over a dog who's resting or try to move a dog off the bed for any purpose you should know what to expect.

Security and Protection:

Some dogs feel insecure as a result of some of human actions like invading a

dog's territory, riding on his back like pony, showing off with ferocious displays, blowing

puffs of air in his face, taking her food or disturbing a mother dog and her puppies. They believe these human actions can cause them harm.

It could also be from being continuously chained. Continuous chaining of dog can cause physiological problem and thus the affected dog may not know how to behave when it's released. So in other to protect themselves, they result to aggressive acts like biting.

Lack of good/positive training:

Dog bites are a result of the lack of good and positive training. Why do I say this? Some dog owners employ forceful, fear inducing and painful training methods. Your dog will perceive this as threatening their life and result to aggressive acts in order to protect herself.

Others will bite out of fun and when they are over excited. Both cases are mostly as a result of lack of positive training. So if you don’t properly socialize your dog with people or other dogs, expect bites any time.

Fear Biting:

Just like human beings, if a dog is in any threatening situation they will feel the need to protect themselves. This is often directed toward strangers. Thus threatening a

dog or it's family, bending over it when it's resting, hugging it when it's sleeping, teasing

and awakening a dog will surely cause a bite as a response to these actions.

Physical Pain:

Depending on the degree of pain, a dog will bite a beloved owner, member of the family or neighbors when suffering from physical problems like chemical imbalances in the brain, external infections like otitis, tumor, hip dysphasia among others.

A fighting dog is sure to be in a serious painful condition and attempt to break the fight by pulling the dog will possibly result in a bite.

Chapter 3

How to recognize warning signs?

Before any dog bites he will give warning signs which, if apprehended, can prevent a

bite at all. They usually make sure that these warnings are very clear using body language whenever they feel frightened or threatened by situations.

It's advisable to watch and listen to the warning signs a dog gives you when he is upset. Let me make it clear here once again that a healthy dog will never bite without being provoked. However, if your dog bites without provocation, seek professional help immediately.

Below are some of warning signs your dog gives which you have to notice:

• When a dog's ears are pulled back against his head.

 

• When his legs are very stiff.

 

• When dog's fur is raised up, his ears erect and tail high.

 

• When a dog growls and barks aggressively with his teeth showing.

 

• When a dog is intensely looking directly at a human's face.

 

• When a dog licks his chops while you approach or interact with him.

 

• When a dog suddenly starts scratching or licking himself.

 

• When a dog lowers its tail (held stiffly) and wags it slowly.

 

• When dog is standing forward and up on its toes. (unclear)

 

• When a dog's body is stiff and leans forward toward the target.

 

• When snarling with its teeth uncovered.

 

• When the dog is cowering.

 

 

• When a dog’s tail is tucked completely under his body.

 

• When a dog is ill or old.

 

• When a dog gets up and moves away from you.

 

• When a dog turns his head away from you.

 

•When a dog yawns while you are approaching.

 

Chapter 4

How you can teach a puppy to stop biting:

Biting is a normal behavior for puppies and it rarely causes harm, however, it is highly important that this behavior is stopped before your dog reaches adulthood. As you know, at that stage a bite could inflict serious injury.

There are methods to inhibit biting in puppies, however, you should not expect this to be eliminated overnight.

You should begin training your puppy early when it is 6 weeks old and make sure that you attend obedience school when she is six months of age.

Below are a few training tips you can make use of. If your puppy becomes

aggressive instead of backing off please see your veterinarian or professional trainer for

assistance.

The first and best way to start teaching your puppy to stop its biting is to do what his littermates would have done were they in the same position. Puppies usually learn bite inhibition from their mothers and littermates. Some people do get a puppy that's younger than 8 weeks which is not advisable as the puppy will not have had enough time to

learn a bit of how to behave.

When a puppy bites its littermates, they will yelp and go away. This same method can be applied by you. As soon as your puppy starts to bite, you should give a loud, yelping OUCH! Glare at the pup, get up and move away. This way you can start ignoring behaviors you don't like. Be persistent with this method and advise your family to do the same. If your pup does not change then you can start applying the ‘‘Time Out ‘‘method. You just leave the room or take him into his crate.

Another way to use this method is this; when your puppy bites, say "no" and gently hold its mouth shut. This will teach him to keep his mouth shut. Since the puppy is a social creature, saying no, yelping, holding his mouth or walking away will teach him that he will lose his playmate.

An important fact about the above two methods is to maintain eye contact with your pup when saying "no" and also watching the tone of your voice. Laughing and amused tones will hardly work.

Mouthing and biting in a puppy are as a result of "teething". Puppies mouth, chew and even bite to ease teething discomfort. Your duty as a puppy owner is to plan a response to active puppy teething that will soften the impact on you and your possessions. The best way to do this is to provide your pup better chewing alternatives instead of your fingers and limbs. You can buy toys like hard rubber balls, kongs, sterilized bones, nylon bones and knotted ropes from pet supply stores. You will find a comprehensive list of these at the end of this book.

In a low voice you can say "no" then remove her into a neutral area where you can give her any of the above stated toys or others to play with.

Praising your puppy whenever she behaves well is one of the best ways to teach her what's right. She will surely want to continue getting the praise. So when she plays nicely and appropriately, praise the action.

Another method is teaching what I call the "off" command. Here is how you do this. You get a puppy's dry food. Hold a handful and close your hand with it then say "off." Note what will happen. After a few seconds, if your puppy has not touched your hand, say "take it" and give him a piece of food. The lesson you are teaching him here

is that "off’’ means not to touch.

Get your puppy to exercise daily and give him enough playtime. To do this it is advisable to have a specific daily playing time. Your puppy will always look forward to this period and will be less likely seek attention at anytime