If you are a dog owner then there is one thing you must know, “no one is going to love your dog the way you love him”. This should make this statement pretty understandable that no one can train your dog the way you can train him. So if you are not happy with some of the habits of your dog then before approaching the professional trainers consider your own self as a trainer first. Dogs can have a number of creepy and disturbing habits. Here we will focus on one of the most disturbing habits of dogs i.e. biting. There are a lot of reasons for dog biting. Their victims are mostly children. Research has shown that about 50 percent of the dog bite victims are children under the age of thirteen. Now the question is that how do you teach the dog not to bite you or your kids? Training the dog to stop biting is not something as difficult as you may consider. We will discuss some of the very simple training techniques that you may use to train your dog yourself.
Why Does My Dog Bite?
Dogs never bite because they don’t love biting. There is always a reason behind their aggression. In order to train the dog not to bite you should first understand their psychology and the reasons for their aggression. Once you have a complete understanding of their aggressive behavior, only then you can become a good trainer or teacher.
One of the most common reasons for dog bites is their possessiveness towards their property. Their property could be anything like their toys, food, territory or even a person. Whenever they feel that someone is going to take their possession away, they bite out of anger and fear.
Pain or Injury
Injury or pain can make even the most innocent and friendly dogs to bite. Dogs become very short tempered when they are in pain. Injured dogs may even bite when you are trying to relieve them.
Fear can also make a dog bite. Dogs bite mostly when they are exposed to new situations or when they see new faces. Fear of unfamiliar conditions make the dogs bite for self defense. They always take the unfamiliar situations in a negative way.
How Do Dogs Warn Us Before the Attack?
It is very interesting to know that dogs never bite all of a sudden but give us several warning signs before finally losing the temper. Sometimes the warning signs are very subtle and slight and are missed by us. And sometimes the warnings may continue for months before the creature finally decides to attack. Following are some of the signs that dogs give us as warnings.
1.The dog starts moving away from you.
2.The dog gives an imploring expression.
3.The dog starts licking himself when you approach him.
4.The dog starts scratching or biting itself as you start interacting with him.
5.The dog starts looking at you in such a way that you can see the half moon shaped white of his eyes.
How to Train Your Dog Not to Bite?
Being a dog owner it is your responsibility to train your dog in such a way that he does not cause harm to you and to others. The idea of training your dog yourself at home may seem very difficult at the first glance but it is not something impossible. Here we will discuss some of the very simple techniques that you may use to train your dog not to bite and harm. Have a look:
We have discussed earlier that one of the most common reasons of dog bites is the fear of being in unfamiliar situations and meeting unknown people. You need to introduce your dog to different people and place to help him come over his social phobia. Socializing is one of the most popular techniques to help your dog not to lose his temper.
Obedience training helps a lot in the prevention of dog bites. Make sure that your dog completely understands the basic obedience commands like stay, come, sit and leave it.
Let Your Dog Growl
Dogs normally growl when they feel uncomfortable in certain situation or with some person. Growling is actually a warning sign that dogs use to show their aggression. It is a normal practice that we teach our dogs not to growl as it is an inappropriate behavior. This is very wrong. Teaching your dog not to warn you before biting is indeed something very dangerous. So, let your dog growl in order to know that he is not feeling comfortable and so to get him out of that situation before he loses his temper.
Exercise and Play
Play and exercise with your dog. This will create a strong bond between you and your pet. Playing with your dog will not only strengthen your relation with your pet but will also redirect your dog’s energy. It is very important to utilize your dog’s energy in something positive and fun instead of letting that energy turn into a negative one.
Relation of Trust & Respect
You need to build the relation of trust and respect with your dog. Training your dog is not possible if your dog does not trust and respect you. It is very simple to understand that no one will obey the order of someone who he does not respect. So expecting your dog not to bite and to follow your command without having a healthy relation with you is a folly.
So start training your dog yourself. Try to understand his psychology and recognize his gestures. Being a good dog owner it is your responsibility to train your dog in such a way that he does not become the source of harm for other. Not only train your dog how to behave with your kids but also train the kids how to interact with the dog. Once you provide your dog with a healthy and friendly environment there is no way that your dog will behave in an inappropriate way.