• How To Stop a Dog That Bites | Top 8 Badass Ways

    It is very important to prevent a dog bite as dogs are generally present everywhere. Although some are friendlier compared to others, any dog can bite on the given circumstances, regardless its breed & size. Even the friendliest dog may bite or snap you if scared or injured. 

    All the adults & children should know how to keep themselves safe around dogs, but the fact is the owners of the dog are responsible for its behaviour. Fortunately, you can stop a dog bite if you take appropriate action. Educating people & being a responsible dog owner is the way to go to keep everybody safe.

    Warning signs of a dog about to bite

    Dogs trying to dominate each other

    This situation can be avoided if you are able to pick up the warning signs a dog provides. Dogs always show particular kind of behaviour before biting which a keen observer can take as a warning & then take necessary steps to reduce fear or stress in a dog. The signs may include:

    • Tipping back of the ears
    • Standing of the fur on their back
    • Seeing whites in their eyes
    • Showing teeth
    • Freezing in response of a touch
    • Look followed by direct intense eye contact from the dog

    Reasons why dogs bite

    Most of the times they bite when they feel threatened in some way or the other. Domesticated dogs still have this natural instinct in them so it is extremely important for everyone who interact with the dogs to know the reasons which can provoke this aggressive behaviour in them that includes:
    • To defend itself
    • Startling or approaching them suddenly
    • Running away
    • Fear
    • Injury or illness

    1) To defend itself

    A dog can bite when trying to protect either itself, its territory or its pack's member. Also mothers dogs are known to be very protective while protecting her puppies.

    2) Startling or approaching them suddenly

    Provoking them by suddenly waking them up or approaching them from behind can make them bite. 

    3) Running away from them

    You can provoke them by running away, even when you are playing can lead to a bite. They might think that it is part of the fun or may trigger predatory or herding instincts in some breeds.

    4) Fear

    The situation they are currently in can lead them to bite anybody who approach them. This situation might include being abused very badly or being abandoned in the side of the road or may be something that is perceived normal by us like loud noise.

    5) Illness or an injury

    Injury & illness are also one of the most common reasons. If a dog is in severe pain or isn't feeling well, it might not even like to be touched or approached by the people they love.

    How to stop a dog from biting

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    Its your responsibility as a dog owner to train them & keep them under control every-time. You are the person responsible for the behaviour shown by your dog & are the first line of defence in preventing dog bites. Make sure you do whatever is possible to keep everybody around you safe by stopping a dog from biting:
    • Providing basic training
    • Socializing
    • Exposing
    • Paying attention to details
    • Never be violent
    • Keeping on leash
    • Use muzzle
    • Get them vaccinated

    1) Providing basic training

    Enroll your dog in some kind of basic training at-least & continue to train them throughout their life which is very helpful in reinforcing the lessons you have taught.

    2) Socializing

    Make sure to socialize your dog by allowing them to interact with different types of people like  kids, disabled & older people under positive & calm circumstances.

    3) Exposing

    Your dog should be exposed to a variety of situations like other dogs, loud machines & other loud noises, vehicles or anything you think might scare them. Best results can be obtained by providing them with positive experiences & by training your dog from a very young age.

    4) Paying attention to details

    As a dog owner, you should know the things which makes your dog aggressive & avoid it whenever possible. If you are not able to control the situation of your dog's behaviour, you might need to remove your dog before things get out of control.

    5) Never be violent

    Never be physical, aggressive or use violent behaviour to discipline your dog. Instead, provide them treats & praise & always opt for a positive reinforcement before you decide to use any aversive technique such as loud noises or shock collars to eliminate their undesirable behaviour.

    6) Keeping on leash

    Always use a leash & keep your dog in a fenced area. Before letting them off leash, make sure you know them well & keep them in sight every-time.

    7) Use muzzle

    Always warn others of your dog's fearful & aggressive tendencies. Allow your dog to approach other animals & people only when the situation is under your control. Make sure you use a muzzle whenever required.

    8) Vaccination

    Get your dog vaccinated on time, especially if its a rabies vaccination & make sure to visit a vet on a regular basis for wellness checkup.

    How to interact with a dog safely?

    interacting with your pet

    Most of the dogs are cute & friendly which makes people excited whenever they see them. However, you should be aware that dog can turn on someone they don't know pretty quickly.

    Even if you don't own a dog, it is extremely important for you and others in your group, including kids, to know how to interact & when to approach one safely.
    • Never approach unfamiliar dog
    • Never approach a dog that is eating
    • Avoid touching an injured dog
    • Never leave a child alone with a dog
    • Allow dogs to sniff & come to you
    • Avoid getting closer to an unknown dog
    • Don't run or scream
    • Remain calm if knocked down by a dog

    1) Never approach unfamiliar dog

    Always take permission from the owner before touching a dog who is unfamiliar to you. Avoid going near to a dog in the absence of its owner.

    2) Never approach a dog that is eating

    If you see a dog eating, sleeping or caring for their babies, never approach them as they are likely to be very protective & can get startled easily in these situation.

    3) Avoid touching an injured dog

    Never try to touch, approach or move a dog that is injured. Instead, make sure to reach out to animal professionals for help.

    4) Never leave a child alone with a dog

    A young child or a baby should never be left alone with any dog for any reason.

    5) Allow dogs to sniff & come to you

    Always allow unknown dogs to come to you and make sure to crouch down or turn to the side. Before you pet them, allow them to sniff your hand.

    6) Avoid getting closer to an unknown dog

    Never take your face closer to an unfamiliar dog for hugs & kisses.

    7) Don't run or scream

    Try to remain calm & still, in-case you get cornered by a dog. Never ever try to run or scream. Slowly try to back away when you see that the dog isn't paying attention to you.

    8) Remain calm if knocked down by a dog

    If you get knocked down by a dog, make sure to cover your head & face while falling to your side in a fetal position. Don't panic and remain very calm & still.

    What to do if your dog bites someone?

    It becomes extremely important to act quickly, in-case of a dog bites someone. Try to immediately assist the victim after the dog has been confined. If possible, thoroughly was the wound of the victim with warm water & soap. Last but not the least try to seek medical attention.

    7 Steps to treat a dog bite

    You can suffer a nasty bite during a playful game with your pooch or due to an unexpected dog attack. Primary concern here is getting infected, so try to act as fast as possible after getting bitten.

    Below we are listing seven steps you should take after a dog bites you:

    1) Wash the wound with a mild soap & run warm water over it
    2) Squeeze it gently to allow it to bleed slightly, unless it is already bleeding freely
    3) Remove objects such as hair, teeth or dirt from the bite
    4) If it is bleeding heavily, dress the wound using a clean cloth & apply gentle pressure
    5) If it is paining, consume painkillers like Paracetamol or Ibuprofen & that too if your not allergic
    6) Seek professional help, unless it is a minor injury
    7) If any of your body part got severed by the bite, wrap a clean tissue around it after washing it using tap water. Use a plastic bag to store it surrounded by ice and then try to seek emergency medical attention.

    Frequently asked questions

    1) Do dogs feel guilty after they bite?

    Dogs are know to show behaviours like putting their head down, avoiding eye contact, turning around when you get near & hiding from the plain sight after they bite. While these actions do indicate guilt, they do not indicate whether a dog experiences guilt to an emotional level.

    2) What breed of dogs bite the most humans?

    Pitbull tops the chart with highest percentage of bites. They have highest average damage per bite & highest relative risk of biting.

    3) Can you trust a dog that has bitten?

    Yes, it is possible to rehabilitate a dog after they bite another animal or a person. Seek help of an animal behaviorist so that they can evaluate your dog after it has inflicted a serious bite so that they can be trained to react differently to a changing stimuli.

    4) Will dogs bite their owners?

    Yes, there are cases of dogs biting their owners but not all are related to aggression. A dog may bite if it gets startled, is scared or in pain.

    5) Should you put your dog down if it bites you or somebody else?

    No, It is not required to put your dog down after it bites somebody as you will be held liable for the injury & not the dog itself. 

    6) What breed of dog is most likely to bite a child?

    A dog won't bite unless provoked, so you should never leave your child alone with any dog if possible & make sure your children know how to behave & treat a dog properly.

    7) Do I need tetanus shot for dog bite?

    Currently there are no stats available on how many tetanus dogs have passed on to humans as it is rare in dogs. It is still possible for a dog bite to transmit tetanus to humans. Serious wounds presents higher risk. We highly recommend you to visit your doctor to get a tetanus shot after getting bitten by a dog.

    8) How many injections are required for dog bite?

    Four to five doses of anti-rabies vaccine is recommended to prevent rabies. Yes, rabies is extremely fatal but can be prevented.

    9) What food should be avoided after dog bite?

    You should try to avoid foods like potatoes, milk, dhal, tomatoes, coriander & other spicy foods.

    10) What does infected dog bite look like?

    Some of the symptoms which may be visible are swelling, pain or redness which can last more then 24 hours. You might also see pus draining from the wound or bite & even red streaks running up on your hand & arm.

    11) How long does it take for a dog bite to become infected?

    People are known to fall ill or show symptoms within 3 to 5 days of being bitten but this can even range from 1 to 14 days.

    12) How long does a deep dog bite take to heal?

    Depending on the seriousness of the injury, most of the wounds will heal within 10 days. But an infection might continue to persist even after correct treatment so make sure to check the wounds on a daily basis for any signs of infection.

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