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An Owner’s Guide: 5 Ways to Prevent Dog Bites

A new dog has been named Westminster Kennel Club’s Best in Show. CJ the German Shorthaired Pointer took home the win, beating out over 2,700 other dogs. Out of seven categories, CJ brought the Sporting category into the spotlight.

But what happens if your number one canine bites someone? In Texas, there is a “One-Bite Rule” for dogs; you’re only liable for injuries your dog causes only if you had reason to know the dog was dangerous. The best option, however, is to take measures to reduce the risk of your dog biting others.

Here are 2 ways that you can keep your dog from biting others

Train Your Dog

Take the saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” and bury it in the yard. Any dog can be trained and in some cases, older dogs are easier to train because they’re calmer and are better at focusing on your commands.

The best way to prevent your dog from biting others is to train them with commands.

  • Sit – Teach your dog to sit when others are near or you pass people on the sidewalk.
  • Stay – It’s important that your dog know the command “stay” because it’s an effective way to keep them under control and well-behaved.
  • No Bite – Using a specific command for the behavior you want them to stop will help them associate the command with biting.

Socialize Your Dog

One of the main reasons dogs bite others is because they’re scared and in an unfamiliar situation. The best way to “desensitize” your dog is to expose and familiarize them to many different situations. Take them on walks at different times of day, exposing your dog to different levels of activity. You should never overwhelm your dog with new situations all within one day or week; make it a gradual process.

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