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Is There a Way to Stop a Dog from Biting? 

As a companion a dog is a wonderful thing to have around.  They will stick by your side through thick and thin and will protect you when necessary.  There are times, however, whenever a dog owner has to face a problem that their dog is exhibiting.  It could be that the dog is acting unruly or perhaps just needs to calm down a bit.  Sometimes, however, it will go much deeper than that.  One of the situations that you could be facing is having a dog that bites.  It is imperative that you handle this as soon as it develops.  But why would a dog bite in the first place?  When should you start to train your dog not to bite, and is it possible to stop a biting dog from biting?  Let's examine the answer to these questions together.

 Although it is very unusual for a pet to bite, it is actually a natural thing for a dog to do.  That is why it is necessary to start the training from a very early age.  If you have ever had a small puppy you have, no doubt, experienced what many people have called puppy teeth.  When a puppy is playing it will naturally start to nibble and bite at you.  While many people may consider this to be cute behavior, it needs to be stopped immediately at this early age.  At this point the dog will do little more than cause irritation but if you allow it to bite then it will think that this is acceptable.  Then it will continue this behavior throughout its life.

What if you are having a problem with an older dog that suddenly begins to bite?  There are several things that you should keep in mind if this is the case.  If you have had the dog for a number of years, and it has never exhibited this type of behavior before, then it is possible that there is something physically wrong with the dog.  Many times a dog will show some aggressiveness if it is not feeling well.  If your dog suddenly begins to bite then it is a good idea to have him checked over by a veterinarian to see if there is a problem that can be corrected physically.

 If you have an older dog that has a biting problem that just seems to be getting worse you need to begin to correct the situation immediately.  It might be necessary for you to enroll your dog into an obedience class in order to see what a professional can do to help you.  If your dog has a biting problem, however, don't be surprised if your trainer makes your dog wear a muzzle and a restraining collar of some sort.  If you are persistent in your training then your dog will eventually yield to it.

Having a dog with a behavior problem such as biting can be very stressful.  It is possible, however, to overcome the situation and to stop your dog from biting.  Once you are standing on the other side looking back at the way your dog used to be you will be happy that you took the time to correct it.


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