How to Prevent Your Dog From Biting People

It is no secret that dogs are a man’s best friend. They are some of the most loved animals among mankind. They are kind, gentle, loyal, and always willing to give you a cuddle when you need it. However, this doesn’t mean that dogs are always calm and obedient. It is possible for canines to bite when they are provoked or see something that they don’t agree with.

As a matter of fact, according to these new dog bite statistics, 4.5 million dog bites occur every year, and they are on the rise. From 2001 to 2016, there was a 139 percent jump in dog bite injury hospitalizations.

But dog owners and lovers are in luck, there are a few tips and tricks that you can implement to get your pup not to bite or nip at things that you wish it wouldn’t.

Here are five ways to prevent your four-legged pet from biting.

How to Prevent Your Dog From Biting People

1. Bite Inhibition

Many dogs, especially puppies, are unaware of how strong their bites are. They often grow up nipping other dogs or puppies that have a higher pain threshold that humans do. Because of this, they don’t believe that their bites hurt or have an impact. You don’t want a dog to grow up thinking this because there might be a day that they overexert their bite force and it could result in serious injuries.

When dogs do get hurt by other canines, they often yelp in a loud, high-pitched tone. This signifies to the other dog that they have inflicted pain on the other pup. In order to show your dog that their bites could have serious consequences, you should mimic how a dog would react if they were actually hurt. Stand up and say, “Ow,” really loudly. Do this consistently over time so that your dog knows that even the smallest nip is not allowed.

2. Game Over

If your dog bites you when you are playing, immediately stop the game and walk away. Many people believe that you are supposed to yell and shout at a pet when they do something wrong. But this isn’t true. When you shout at your dog, you’re telling them that the action that they just committed elicits a reaction from you. When they are looking for your attention in the future, they will do the same act again.

Once your dog nips at you, put all the toys away and simply leave. Consistently do this so that they know that biting means forfeiting play time with their best human, and so that they will learn that it has negative effects.

Try to refrain from playing aggressively with your pup. If you play rough with them, you might accidentally encourage them to bite you. Dogs often return the same energy and activity level that you exert to them. So if you don’t want them to attack you or other humans, don’t draw it out by forcefully playing with them.

3. Buy Them A Few Chew Toys

While biting humans are not preferred, is it in a dog’s nature to want to bite something. Help your dog get this out of their system by giving them chew toys. If they continue to try to bite your fingers or your prized possessions, redirect their attention by giving them a toy. However, if your pup is still aiming to bite you and not the toy you’re trying to give it, reinforce the last tip that we said and walk away from play time. They should learn that biting you is always wrong.

Make sure that your dog has a good amount of toys spread out throughout the house. If they can’t find a toy when they want to release energy, it is possible that they will end up biting things that you don’t want them too.

4. Exercise

Most dog owners take their pups out for walks three times a day. However, this might not be enough for all dogs. Many dogs sit at home waiting for their owners to come home all day. This means that their energy is pent up and saved all day. Canines are high energy animals, and when they don’t get to expend enough energy exercising, they can potentially divert it to an unsafe and unwanted activity.

Try to take your dog out for at least 30 minutes a day after work so that they can use up all that energy. If you don’t, they could potentially start destroying the house. They could also show you that they’re bored or restless by biting you. After exercising, however, dogs are often in a passive and calm state, making them way less likely to bite.

The activities that do with your dog don’t need to be grueling. Simply bring them to a dog park and let them run around with other pups or play catch with them in a big field. Your pet will love the fresh and will enjoy spending quality time with you. Here is a list of fun dog activities to partake in.

5. Socialize Them Early

You want your dog to see all humans as friends, not just you. In order to do this, you need to socialize your dog at an early age. You can start doing this by inviting friends over to meet your new pet. It is a good idea to introduce your dog to new people in your home first. They will be exposed to something new in an environment that is still comfortable and familiar to them. Tell your loved one to calmly approach the dog and allow your canine to get used to their scent. Instruct your friends to slowly pet the dog and not to make any sudden movements.

After they are cleared by the vet to go on adventures, bring your dog on walks in busier areas and allow friendly strangers to pet them. They may be reluctant to do this at first, so ease them into it and keep the walks short. You should bring them to new areas and parks, as well. Dogs who are exposed to more people and places have less anxiety and are less likely to act out or attack around strangers.

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43 comments

Lesa D
Lesa D3 months ago

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Ingrid A
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thanks for sharing

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Chad Anderson
Chad Anderson3 months ago

Thank you.

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Amparo Fabiana C

Educate them and exercise them.

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Mely Lu
Mely Lu4 months ago

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