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Why do dogs bite?

Why do dogs bite?

dogbite-1Big or small, male or female, young or old, any dog can bite. Even the cuddliest, fuzziest, sweetest pet can bite if provoked.  Literally every dog has the potential to bite. Luckily for us, most don’t. Understanding what causes this phenomenon is important in preventing it.

There are several possible reasons why a dog may bite:


-      Dogs can bite because they are scared or have been startled or if they feel threatened.

-      The dog is protecting a possession, food or water dish or puppies or even its owner.

-      An attempt to break up a dog fight is the most common scenario for dog’s biting.

-      Dogs might bite because they aren’t feeling well. They could be sick or sore due to injury or illness and might want to be left alone.

-      Dogs also might nip and bite during play. Even though nipping during play might be fun for the dog, it can be dangerous for people. It’s a good idea to avoid wrestling or playing tug-of-war with your dog.


There are three keys to bite prevention: learn to understand canine behavior, take the time to socialize and train all dogs – the younger the better – and teach children to respect all dogs, starting with their furry buddies at home. With this accomplished, you’ll hardly pass by a biting incident with your dog.

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