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1. Possessiveness 

This is one of the main reasons for the dog biting.  Safeguarding property is a common matter and in this case, "property" could be human beings, food, toy, and territory.  Herding breeds and guard dogs are typically the worst offenders; however, this behavior could arise in any dog. To minimize this level of possessive behavior, you should begin dog training early.  Training to obey the "leave it" command works quite well in stopping toy aggression.  

Teaching your pet to wait while putting its food down can prevent food aggression. Teach the dog to lie down or sit and then take away their food and put it back.  Occasionally, you should approach the food bowl and add treats to it, so the dog understands that a person approaching the bowl is not a threat.  Teach kids not to bother dogs that are enjoying a treat or eating.

2. Fear 

Fear could cause dog biting, and this is typically taking place in unfamiliar situations and directed at strangers such as postal workers and veterinarians.  Approaching an unfamiliar dog is never a good idea, and your children should be taught this as well.  Fear bites could also happen if a dog is startled at home; as such, you should teach children never to disturb your sleeping animal.  It is important to have early socialization so that a young dog is exposed to a number of different individuals, situations, and animals, minimizing the danger of a developing phobia.  For instance, your initial visit to the vet should be a simple social call so the dog can meet the staff and get a feel for the center.  Leave a note and some treats in the mailbox asking your postman to give a treat to the puppy.

3. Pain 

Even the friendliest dog could bite when in pain.  If your dog has a chronic injury like severe otitis or hip dysplasia, ensure household members are gentle with it and stay away from the painful areas.  If the dog becomes snippy for no apparent reason pain could a possible cause, so consider scheduling an appointment for a physical with your vet.

4. Maternal Instincts 

Even the most well-trained animal can become a biter after having puppies.  Recognize and respect the maternal instinct of a female dog that has recently whelped.  Teach kids to avoid approaching young puppies around the mother, and you should also use caution when handling the puppies. Ensure the dog and puppies have a safe place with minimal interruption.

5. Prey Drive 

This could also cause dog biting. Another instinct to become familiar with is sometimes triggered by cycling or running past a dog, ending up in a chase.  If you are cycling or jogging, be aware of your environment.  If you notice a roaming dog, avoid crossing its paths.  If the dog starts chasing you, the best course of action is to be still and stand upright facing it.  Be abreast of the movements of the dog but avoid making eye contact, which could be viewed by the dog as a challenge.  It could come up to you and sniff but will ultimately find you boring and move on to something else.  If you are knocked over by a dog, curl up in a ball guarding your face, neck, and hands and remain still.  Teach kids to do the same by setting up a drill for a mock "stray dog."

Warning Signs of Dog Bite 

Recognizing the common triggers that result in dog biting will empower you to dodge these circumstances.  The certain behavior usually comes before dog biting, which can be used by a shrewd observer as a caution.  Steps can then be taken to reduce the fear or stress of the dog.  

Typically, the ears are pinned back, the fur may stand up on the back, and the whites of the eyes might become visible.  They could also yawn to show off their teeth, and this should also be viewed as a warning sign.  Non-social behavior like becoming frozen in response to a look or touch followed by an intense, direct eye contact from the dog is another distinct sign that it could bite.

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