Come on, today we’re going to talk about dogs that bite.
You know the rottweilers, the staff and the others?
No, I’m just kidding! Of course you are.
Personally, I don’t do facial recognition, but unfortunately a lot of people still do at this time.
And yet, all dogs can be made to bite, even the little Chihuahua that impresses no one with its small size.
Simply because they all have… fangs.
DOG LANGUAGE TO AVOID BITES
Dogs have an extraordinary way of expressing their discomfort to us.
Except that this famous way is still too unknown to the general public.
We will therefore discuss… SOFTNESS SIGNALS.
Soothing signals (or communication signals) are different signals that the dog will emit and use to express his discomfort, his desire to play, etc.
A good reading of the dog’s behavior could therefore avoid many potential accidents.
There are a lot of them, but I will tell you about the most famous ones:
Licking the noseTurning the head Yawning (And yes, this is not necessarily due to fatigue)Raising a forelock Gasping BlinkingMuscular and facial tension
However, we must take into account the environment, a dog that gasps under a temperature of 30 degrees will have a normal behavior and adapted to the specific situation because of the heat. We must therefore observe before drawing hasty conclusions.
THE BITE CAN CONCERN ALL DOGS
I repeat, all dogs have fangs. Teeth that are sharp and can hurt.
That’s the way they are naturally born, so there is no point in punishing them for that.
There is no breed more dangerous than another. All dogs can get bitten.
I will also make a big announcement:
YOU DON’T HIT A DOG THAT GROWLS OR BITES.
The dog ALWAYS has a good reason to bite (even if it is strange to say that).
We talked above about appeasement signals.
The growl is an appeasement signal like any other. It is even evidence of a very good balance on the part of the dog who has decided to warn before going on to bite.
What would happen if we punished the dog that growled?
The dog will understand that he is being punished if he growls. He will then be likely to go on to the biting stage without warning the next few times.
It is therefore imperative to never punish a growl.
Whether the dog is big or small, it is exactly the same.
ANTICIPATE TO PREVENT POTENTIAL BITES
If you are faced with a case that worries you, call a professional trained in positive and caring education.
He or she will come and analyze your situation and advise you so that it can be resolved.
I just advise you not to wait until you are terrorized in the corner of the living room though.
Children are the biggest victims of bites, often by the family dog.
Simply because a child remains an innocent being who is not aware of his actions and potential clumsiness.
I therefore advise you to call on a specialist trained in bite prevention and canine behavior in order to learn the right gestures and postures to have when facing a dog, unknown or not; and this from the beginning of family life.
The ideal is to do it before a possible accident.
Let’s take a fairly classic example:
A toddler pulls the ears and/or hair of his dog without parental supervision. The dog in question yawns, turns its head away to show its embarrassment in this situation. If the child is not supervised at this time or if the parents do not intervene, the dog may climb the ladder by growling, and if not listened to, may bite.
This can lead to dramatic consequences.
Of course, a bull terrier bite will have more consequences than a pug bite. I do not deny this fact.
But the behavior is the same.
Whatever the breed, whatever the temperament, a dog remains a dog.
And it is up to us to understand his behavior and his way of expressing himself in order to better cohabit together in a serene way.