Dog Training Could Prevent Bites

The month of January has been designated National Train Your Dog Month by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). As a dog bite insurance professional I understand that a “well trained dog is one who is less likely to bite.” Dog trainintraining could prevent dog bitesg starts from the moment you bring your new puppy or adopted shelter dog home.

While it might be easy to overlook “puppy behavior” that may seem cute when he or she is little and adorable, like:

  1. Barking
  2. Nipping or biting when they play with you
  3. Chewing shoes or other inappropriate items
  4. Resource guarding either your or their food
  5. Not taking pieces of food gently from your fingers
  6. Not “coming” when you call
  7. Being afraid of strange humans or other dogs (socialization is key to a well-trained dog and one who likely not bite)

Dog Training Could Prevent Bites

Dog trainers explain that dogs should be trained in at least basic obedience which would include:

  1. Sit
  2. Stay
  3. Come
  4. Lie Down
  5. Drop it, or leave it
  6. Heel

When you’re looking for a dog trainer for your puppy or your newly adopted older dog, ask what kind of experience and certifications they have. Ask for references from current and former clients. Ask how the training classes work. See if you can sit in on a current session and observe how the trainer interacts with the pet parents and the pets themselves.

It may be tempting to think that your adorable little puppy is either too young to learn or just too cute to have to learn, you will likely regret your decision when you are being faced with an older puppy or dog who is a menace or who simply is running wild in your house. The sad fact is that many dogs are surrendered to shelters when they are around eighteen months of age simply because the dog has “bad” behaviors that include barking, chewing, biting, etc. These are behaviors that could be avoided if you work with a dog trainer or if you are a pet parent who is willing to read books, watch videos and take the time to train his or her dog.

Take some time before the month ends to find a trainer for your cute, new puppy or older dog and help make him a wonderful, loving member of the family.

About FIDO

There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.

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