For Dog Owners

Preventing your dog from biting or attacking.

Dog ownership can be a rewarding and wonderful experience.  It is also

a big responsibility.  As the owner of a dog, you are responsible for it's actions, both good and bad.

The Humane Society of the United States has suggested three basic steps toward preventing your dog from biting.  

  • Spay or neuter your dog. This important and routine procedure will reduce your dog's desire to roam and fight with other dogs. Spayed or neutered dogs are much less likely to bite.

  • Socialize your dog. Introduce your dog to many different types of people and situations so that he or she is not nervous or frightened under normal social circumstances.

  • Train your dog. Accompanying your dog to a training class is an excellent way to socialize him and to learn proper training techniques. Training your dog is a family matter. Every member of your household should learn the training techniques and participate in your dog's education. Never send your dog away to be trained; only you can teach your dog how to behave in your home. Note that training classes are a great investment even for experienced dog caregivers.




Other ways to prevent
your dog from biting

More suggestions from the

Humane Society of the United States


If your dog has bitten a
human or another pet

Steps to take if your dog has

bitten or attacked


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