How Responsible Dog Ownership Can Limit Bite Risks
When it comes to preventing dog bites, it’s important to first understand why they happen. There are many opinions from experts in various fields as to why a dog will bite. For example, popular dog trainer Cesar Millan states that there are 5 main reasons a dog bite might occur; possessiveness, fear, pain, prey drive, or even maternal instincts. Millan claims that knowing the common dog bite triggers can empower dog owners to avoid these situations. This may be true, however it’s important to look at what exactly you can do as a responsible dog owner to limit bite risks.
First off, it’s imperative that you understand dog bites can happen out of nowhere. They are unpredictable and even the most well-behaved dog may bite given the right situation, such as any one of the scenarios mentioned above. However, what are some factors that you can implement today to potentially reduce your risks? The Humane Society of the United States recommends spaying or neutering your pet to begin with. Studies have shown that doing so reduces your dog’s desire to roam and fight with other dogs, and some experts believe that spayed or neutered dogs are less likely to bite.
Of course, depending on your situation and purposes for having a pet (for example, if your dog is a show dog) spaying or neutering might not be an option. Whether or not this is the case, the next step you should take is to appropriately socialize and train your dog. Taking your pet to a training class is a great way to socialize them and to learn proper training techniques. Remember, only you can teach your dog how to behave in your home, and if you earn respect from your animal in your home, they will respect and listen to you in other environments; therefore limiting your bite risks.
In addition to teaching your pet appropriate behavior inside the home and outside, what else can you do as a responsible dog owner? Provide regular veterinary care, including rabies vaccinations. This way you will have less liability if your dog does bite another person. Experts and other dog owners agree as well that a dog should be made a part of your family, or your “pack” so to speak, as dogs who spend too much time isolated in a yard or tied on a chain can often become aggressive. Dog trainers say that canines who are well-socialized and supervised are less likely to bite.
At Federation of Insured Dog Owners (F.I.D.O.) we understand how stressful situations can affect your dog’s behavior. It’s imperative that you work with professionals to help your dog become accustomed to stressful or unfamiliar situations, and avoid these situations if you are not confident of their behavior. Doing so could very well reduce your Dog Bite Liability Risks. Please contact us today at (855) 534-6495 for more information on what to do in the event of a Dog Bite Claim.