Dogs may be man’s best friend, but they can also pose a serious danger. No matter what breed your dog is, or how sweet its temperament is, it is always possible for a stressed-out or provoked dog to bite.
Understanding this risk and how to prevent dog bites is an extremely important part of being a responsible dog owner. According to the American Medical Veterinary Association, two key ways to prevent dog bites include socializing your dog and avoiding risky situations.
Socializing your dog
It is best to start socializing a dog when it is a puppy. There are multiple ways to socialize your dog. One way to do so is to take your dog to the park. This will get your dog used to interacting with other canines. Regarding humans, taking your dog out in public and introducing it to many people while young will help get your dog acquainted with humans.
While going through this process, remember that choosing the right breed of dog for your family is key. While any breed of dog can bite, some dogs are more tolerant of children than others. If you have children in your family, get a child-tolerant dog.
Avoiding risky situations
There are certain situations when it is dangerous to interact with a dog. For example, it is not a good idea to pet a dog while it is eating. It is generally smart to keep unfamiliar humans and small children away if a dog has puppies.
Dogs, like humans, have unique personalities. Some dogs may display food aggression and are more dangerous while eating than others. Some dogs are very laid-back. Understanding your dog’s tolerance for stress in certain situations can help prevent dog bites.