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