You might be surprised to learn that the vast majority of biting dogs are family pets–77% of them belong to the victim’s family or a friend. How about your dog? Is he or she safe? Do you know the warning signs?
While it is popular, today, to blame certain breeds or dogs who look a certain way, one cannot look at an individual dog, recognize its breed, and then state whether or not it is going to bite or not.
Dogs bite for a number of reasons, and any dog can be turned into a dangerous dog thru harsh treatment and bad training. Or a dog may be a good, loving pet and an unthinking owner creates a dangerous situation, such as leaving kids and dogs alone together and unsupervised.
Rather than simply blaming the dog, the owners must take responsibility for failing to teach the dog NOT to bite, and not properly controlling them.
The ideal time to prevent aggression is when you bring that new puppy home at 8 weeks. It is so easy to give puppies confidence and identify and prevent serious problems such as aggression and fear.
If your dog is reactive or aggressive to other dogs or people, don’t give up–we can help! Although not all dogs can be taught to love other dogs or people, we can teach them to be polite. Through proper training and management, anything is possible.
Clients that weren’t able to walk down the street without worrying what might happen if their dog met another dog or a child are able to gain the confidence it takes to go for a simple walk. Fearful, aggressive dogs become more relaxed and pushy dogs learn that the life is far more enjoyable when they cooperate with their owners.
Aggression is a serious problem, and won’t get better on its own. In fact, the passage of time makes finding solutions difficult. Get help at the first signs of irritability in your dog. If you think your dog may have a problem, feel free to call Cathy at 772-284-9011 for a short phone consultation to see how dog training can help.