So what can you do as pet parents to prevent your own furry loved one from biting someone, or from getting bitten yourself? Here’s a short list of 6 tips to help prevent just that. Let us know on Facebook if you have any other great ideas or tricks!
- Properly train and socialize your dog from an early age.
- Pay attention to your pup’s body language
- Use a leash when walking your furry best friend
If you feel uneasy around others’ unleashed dogs, firmly ask them to leash up their dog or leave the area.
- Teach young children to be cautious around pets.
Children aren’t always able to read their pets’ warning signs – just think of how easy it can be to misinterpret a stressful pant for a smile. It can be surprisingly easy for a puppy to jump from playful pawing, to nipping, to a hard painful bite! So remind children that each animal should be respected and teach them what to look out for.
- Remember dogs don’t always want to be squeezed.
Hugs and kisses aren’t their gig, at least not until they know you well. Sometimes dogs interpret human behavior differently than we would expect, and if they’re intimidated or threatened they can lash out – even if we’re showing love.
- Use caution and common sense with unfamiliar dogs.
Look for cues from the pup’s owner letting you know they’re friendly before you approach. Dogs can be very protective, so never assume that he/she will be friendly right at the start. Be sure to avoid reaching out to pet, or putting your face up to a dog’s face before they’ve been properly introduced to you. Sniffing, licking, and wagging tails are a good sign! If the pup is alone, be extra cautious because he/she is probably already very scared!
Biting may be part of a pet’s natural instinct, but good training – for both pet parents and pets – can keep your pup at ease. If you have any questions you can talk to your local Kriser’s Pack Member for some training or product recommendations for your naughty nipper.