How To Stop A Dog Biting
If you are wondering how to stop a dog biting, then you are probably dealing with a dog that is ignoring your commands and biting either yourself or other people. Do not think that all hope is lost for your pet, it is perfectly possible to teach an old dog new tricks, but it isn't always easy. The difficulty of the task will depend on the personality and maturity of the dog in question.
- The first step is to determine why the dog is biting. In most cases, the root of the problem is a dominance issue.
- Asserting yourself as the dog's superior is the most important step to stopping a dog from biting. Dogs are pack animals; if your dog is biting you, it is probably because he is trying to tell you something. Regardless of the cause, it is important to stand firm with the animal. However, you should also take steps to keep yourself safe. A muzzle may be necessary. This can take time, but eventually, the dog will submit to you, at which time you reward them but do not tolerate any old or aggressive behaviors.
- Find ways to discipline and reward your dog for their behavior during the phase. A simple scolding is not as efficient as it was when she was a puppy, so try psychological strategies such as putting her on a leash and making her submit to your authority. Remember that the key is to establish the respect and obedience, not fear; striking a dog is not efficient or necessary punishment. A good strategy to use right after a dog has misbehaved is to chase them away. This is a tactic used to establish dominance in pack animals.
- Once your dog views you as the dominant member of the "pack," you will be open to tackle any other issues your dog might have. Is the aggressive behavior extended toward other people or animals? You now have the power to teach your pet new habits and behaviors similarly, albeit more slowly, to when she was a puppy.