3 Reasons Your Dog May Bite: Be Informed Before It’s Too Late

January 22, 2018 | We Learn | Tips from Heather Burdo

According to Jacque Lynn Schultz, C.P.D.T, approximately 800,000 dog bites every year in the United States are severe enough to require medical treatment. Out of these serious dog bites, around 17 are fatal. According to the same statistics, 50 percent of American children experience a dog bite by age 13. 

It’s important to know that all dogs have the potential to bite. Certain things set them off and it’s crucial to know the reasons before you go out and get a dog for your family. Here are the most common reasons your dog may bite. 

Overprotective. Some dogs believe the only way they can protect their own toys, food, or their human’s belongings is through aggression. If someone new was to come to the house, your dog could bite because they would  be worried that new person would try to take away their belongings. Some dogs could be overprotective of their owners as well, even when the person isn’t meaning any harm. For example, playing around and excessive laughing could cause the dog to be frightened that someone is getting hurt. Until you know how your dog reacts around these situations, it’s best to keep an eye out. 

“Until you know how your dog reacts around these situations, it’s best to keep an eye out.”

Pain. Any dog can bite if they are hurting. A gentle dog can even bite if an owner is trying to soothe or check out the dog’s wound. Each dog has their own pain threshold and if they can’t handle something, the only way they know how to react is to bite. If you noticed your dog biting or becoming aggressive when petting him or her, it’s best to make a vet appointment because there could be an underlying cause. 

Fear-Based Aggression. Usually fear aggression occurs around strangers. It’s not uncommon for dogs to feel fearful in an unfamiliar or threatening situation. If your house is normally quiet and then you bring your dog to a dog park or for a walk with a bunch of noise, it can trigger some anxiety for your dog  as they aren’t used to that type of noise. Any breed is capable of biting due to frightening situations

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