by admin on 19/09/12 at 9:53 am
Recently, I read a heartbreaking story about a ten-month-old child who was killed after a relative’s dog attacked him. Some of us may hold a sense of mortality, but even so we would like to think we are safe in our own homes. What happened to this family is certainly tragic, and we can argue forever about fault and what could have been done to prevent such a thing. At the end of the day we make look at our own dogs and think if it’s possible they will bite a member of the family or a friend. Bites are always possible, regardless of familiarity – question is, how can we be proactive and keep it from occurring?
Dog bite issues have received quite a bit of press lately. In Maryland, for example, laws relating to dog attacks have been passed, and debates over certain breeds always remain hot. It doesn’t matter, though, if you own a large German Shepherd or a cute little Yorkie – all dogs have the potential to bite somebody. Even a threatening but minor nip should be discouraged if you are in safe company, so what can you do to keep your dog from causing harm?
Advocates of pet neuturing have suggested that this procedure on dogs may help in evening their temperment. While spaying or neuturing a pet is not an absolute cure for ending hostile behavior, it can provide other benefits for your pet. You may wish to consult with your veterinarian about the connection between neuturing a pet and preventing dog bites.
It may help, too, to see that your dog does well in social situations. As early as possible, be active with your dog by taking him to the park where he will be around other people and pets. This kind of exposure can help him feel comfortable among people he doesn’t know, so he will be less likely to act out.
Of course, if you worry about aggression you should look into local obedience classes for your dog. You can ask your veterinarian or favorite pet supply store for recommendations. If there are no classes held by local stores, research possible one-on-one training programs. Your dog’s own personal “whisperer” could provide good insight on encouraging good behavior.
Above all else, don’t assume that because your dog is tiny or is an absolute sweetheart at home it means he/she will never bite anybody. Your dog may be provoked, or sense something wrong and strike. No matter the size or temperment, a dog is capable of biting. Be watchful and learn how to be proactive in your dog’s care.