Having a dog is not an easy task to handle. It’s not all about feeding your dog and keeping them groomed and healthy. It also includes training your dog from their puppy stage until their adulthood, and that doesn’t stop there.
A dog should be trained, on biting as soon as possible. Just stopping them whenever they bite is insufficient. Control, training, discipline, and conditioning are simply a few of the things that you should be well aware of as an owner of a pet.
You may be thinking, “Even my dog? The friendliest and fuzziest dog in the whole world?” Frankly, yes. Every dog can and will bite you if the circumstances need them to. But don’t be afraid because, in this article, I will teach you all about what is needed in training your dog how not to bite.
Teaching your dog not to bite
Teaching your dog is time-consuming, and your patience will be greatly tested. But there are many things to learn before you start training your dog. So, where do you start?
Educate yourself first
Start with yourself. Realize why it’s vital for you to train your dog not to bite. Research why dogs bite and what causes them to do so. It is usual for dogs to bite, but some dogs bite out of fear or frustration. Learn their body language. Is your dog simply playing, or is your dog showing signs of aggression? Here are some indicators that your dog might be getting ready to bite:
- Growling, snapping or showing of teeth
- Tails raised high
- A rigid and stiff body
- Fur standing up
These are just some of the indicators that your dog may bite you. Be well prepared, aware, and ready to react accordingly. Don’t be in a rush because it takes a while to train your dog not to bite, but be patient and educate yourself properly.
Start when they’re young
As soon as possible, start training your dog. Dedicate some of your time every day training your dog. Start simple; you can try to introduce your dog to the neighborhood. Let him socialize. Early exposure benefits the dog in the long run since it will make them less likely to be fearful, and this lack of fear will consequently make them less aggressive to things and reduces the likelihood of them biting.
Whether your dog is an adult or a young puppy, obedience training can never go wrong. It takes patience from both sides to properly train a dog, so an understanding of the fundamentals of what you need to do is required. These are the things you can do for your obedience training:
- React consistently to bites – playing with your dog is natural, but sometimes it comes with excessive biting. Scold your dog by either yelling “No!“ or yelping just like their littermates. This can give feedback to your dog about what is acceptable as playing and what isn’t. Be careful of yelping though; some dogs don’t react well if you do so. If they show a sign that they’re still trying to bite you after yelping, try shouting “No!” or “Ow!” instead.
- Redirect your dog’s/puppy’s bite to another object – use toys instead of your hands when playing with your dog. Anytime your dog would bite your hand, use a toy to redirect their attention. If they don’t stop biting you even after using a toy, then completely ignore them. Stop playing with them in the meantime so they’ll be discouraged from biting you.
- Using taste deterrent – Use spray deterrent in areas where your dog would bite you. Common areas would be your hand and arms, but it’s never wrong to spray some to other parts. When he starts biting you, wait for him to react to the taste. This will more or less discourage him from biting as a result of conditioning. But before using deterrents, search for the deterrents you can use on your dog without any hazardous consequences.
- Reward good behavior – you can clicker train
your dog every time he does something good. This isn’t just applicable for bite
training but is also used in many other things where you train your dog. But
how do you start clicker training for your dog who bites a lot?
- First, put your hands on your dog’s mouth. If he doesn’t bite, use the clicker, give him a treat, and praise him.
- After training for some time, you can try to up the stake a bit. Do something like waving your hand in front of your dog. If he doesn’t bite, give a click, treat, and praise him.
The goal of obedience training is for your dog not to bite everything that’s in his face. An abundance of patience is needed when training your dog. Don’t be discouraged if he shows no sign of abiding. Just train him until he’s able to recognize all your cues and actions.
Other things you can do while training your dog
Training your dog not to bite is not limited to training him day and night. There are other things that you can also do, such as:
- Don’t stop a dog’s growl – when your dog growls, it indicates that your dog is uncomfortable with a person or situation. As previously discussed, when a dog is frustrated or scared, he can start biting. Learn the things that are causing him to growl and begin another dog training program. Teach your dog to become comfortable in those situations. In this way, you correct the problem that causes potential aggression.
- Educating children – just as you educated yourself, training your dog not to bite doesn’t stop with your dog. Children are naturally drawn to pets. They don’t understand that it’s bad to run into strange dogs, so properly educate your children about the dangers of doing so and the proper demeanor they need to have when around dogs.
- Neuter your dog – having your dog neutered will not guarantee it not to bite, there is evidence that neutered dogs act less aggressive. There are of course many different reasons on why you would want to neuter your dog, and so you can add “maybe prevent dog bites” on the list.
- Don’t make assumptions – just because a dog doesn’t look aggressive, doesn’t mean it will not bite. Every single dog will bite. Many people assume their dog won’t bite. Don’t be one, be cautious, and train your dog.
Effects of dog bite
You’ve trained your dog, but it got worse. Your dog bit you. No, it’s not a light bite, but a bite that actually injured you. So, what are the effects if you did get bitten?
The most common ones are:
Other symptoms of infection may include:
- Pus or fluid oozing from the wound
- Tenderness in the area near the bite
- Loss of sensation around the bite
- Limited use of the finger or hand if it was bitten
- Red streaks near the bite
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Fever or chills
- Night sweats
- Breathing difficulties
- Muscle weakness or tremors
What to do if you got bitten
Of course, medical assistance is the first thing you’ll need after you got bitten by a dog. But in circumstances that assistance would take too long, you can administer first aid by following these instructions:
- If the skin has not been breached, wash the area with warm water and soap
- If the skin was broken, wash with water and soap and gently press on the wound to enable a small amount of bleeding; so you can flush germs out.
- If you’re already bleeding due to the bite, apply a clean cloth or towel to the wound and press gently to stop the bleeding.
- Try to keep the injured area elevated
- Apply a sterile bandage to the wound
- Apply antibiotic ointment to the injury
All dog bite wounds, even the smallest one should be monitored for signs of infection until they completely healed. Even though you’ve administered first aid, consult with a professional about things what to do and not to do.
Training your dog is an essential part of being an owner. It’s important to know the reason why you should train your dog not to bite as it will not only affects you. It can also affect your children, neighbors, and any other person your dog meets.
Preparing your dog for training is never sufficient. Research more and be knowledgeable of the consequences. The training needs a good mindset from you, the owner, to effectively and efficiently train your dog. The time it takes to train your dog differs from one another, and it might take you forever doing so.
But don’t fret since training a dog is part of being an owner and you’ll be training your dog as long as you have him or her, so why not enjoy while training your dog. He’s going to be your companion for a long time, so you might as well enjoy the things you do together.