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How to Keep Your Dog from Biting Someone

  • Neuter/spay your dog. An unneutered dog is more than 3 times as likely to attack.
  • Socialize your dog. Start when he is a young puppy, so he feels at ease with other people and animals. Expose your dog to a variety of situations gradually and under controlled circumstances.
  • Train your dog. Teach basic commands. Take group puppy and adult obedience classes, which offer excellent opportunities for socialization.
  • Watch your dog. Know your dog. Watch for signs your dog is uncomfortable or scared or angry. Dogs don't know how to cry, so a frightened dog's instinct is to bite.
  • Never leave a baby or small child alone with a dog.
  • Always walk your dog on-leash. And don't let a dog run out the door.
  • Don't play aggressive games with your dog. No wrestling or tug-of-war.
  • Keep your dog healthy. Have your dog vaccinated against rabies and other diseases.
  • Spend quality time with your dog. Dogs are social animals. Neglected dogs have a greater tendency to develop behavior problems.

Last Updated: April 15, 2014 (LET) PawSupport