Preventing Vicious Dog Bites
Most vicious dog bites can be prevented if the right precautions are taken. Being the victim of a vicious dog bite can be scary and costly.
Dogs that have engaged in aggressive attacks on humans are usually put down if their behavior does not improve. The dog’s owner, in most cases, will incur the medical charges for the dog bite victim.
It is important to know the reasons why dogs react viciously. In addition, proper training and prevention is the key to eliminating vicious dog bites.
Why do Dogs Bite?
Dogs tend to bite people when they are scared, overly protective, or injured. Some dogs are trained to be vicious towards people or other dogs.
It is not recommended to train your dog to become vicious towards others because it is against the law to train your dog to fight. Dogs have strong jaws and sharp teeth, which are no match for human skin and bodies.
A dog is more likely to bite when they are scared or in unfamiliar surroundings, such as the vet’s office or wandering the streets. Some vicious dog bites occur when a dog is extremely protective towards their food.
Food aggressive dogs will bite someone who tries to take their food away. Injured dogs are often confused, and may bite any person who approaches them. Since dogs cannot express how they feel, it is important to note the condition of a dog before petting one or getting close to it.
Preventing Vicious Dog Bites
By taking into account the condition of a dog, you can assess their likelihood of biting. Talking softly and walking slowly is necessary when approaching a dog of unknown origin.
It is important for you to know how to pet a dog properly, and to teach young children proper techniques as well. The tendency of youngsters to run up to a dog and quickly pet him on the top of the head might send him the wrong message.
Be sure to let the dog approach you and smell your hand first before attempting to pet it. If your dog needs medical treatment, you can use a muzzle to help prevent vicious dog bites. Muzzles are used to cover a dog’s mouth, making it difficult for them to open it and bite.
Veterinarian offices frequently use muzzles in order to perform services, like drawing blood, where a dog might become aggressive.
In order to prevent food aggression, where a dog might become aggressive if he feels like his food supply is threatened, frequent feedings are necessary. By keeping your dog happily fed and watered, he will have a much calmer demeanor overall.
Seeking Professional Assistance
If your dog becomes more aggressive and is frequently biting others, seeking professional assistance is warranted. Veterinarian Behaviorists can help you with your dog’s aggression. Medications to calm your dog may be prescribed to help prevent vicious dog bites.
Dog trainers will also be able to help you with your dog by showing you training techniques. However, if attempts to train your dog fail, it may be recommended to put your dog down.
If you come across an unknown dog that might become aggressive, call the local animal control agency. Animal control agents are trained to use equipment that can be used to contain aggressive dogs safely.