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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Holistic Vet Outlines Ways To Stop Dog Aggression (Biting)

Recently I witnessed a small dog bite a woman - she bent down to pet the dog, an older Bichon Frise. He attacked the woman by biting her on the hand, knee, and ankle.

This incident occurred within seconds - yet the woman was bleeding and in obvious pain. And the dog was a small canine. Wonder what would have happened if it was a large dog equipped with much bigger teeth.

This type of dog aggression happens every day. One could argue that the woman should never have tried to pet the dog. Unfortunately, she mistakenly believed the dog who bit her was another less aggressive Bichon mixed breed dog - a true case of mistaken identity.

As a dog owner, you are responsible for finding ways to stop and prevent dog aggression. Dr. Becker, a holistic vet, recommends the following ways to ensure these bites do not occur:
1. Socialize and train your dog (obedience training).

2. Spay or neuter.

3. Supervise. Leaving a dog to decide what action to take can create an anxious animal.

4. Do not chain or tie up your dog.

5. Do not let a dog run loose (off your property).

6. Maintain your dog's health. A sick or hurt dog is more likely to snap at a human.


Dr. Becker's full blog post about ways to prevent dog aggression: